A week or so ago, when my friend and I took the kids to the air show, I realized I have some set things that I do every time I take the kids to a crowded place.   And my next thought was, what a great WFMW post!

So without further ado, here are some tips for keeping kids safe when visiting busy spots, like zoos and theme parks.

~  Dress all the kids in the same color shirt.  Doesn’t have to be matching shirts, just the same general color.  This will help you track your children in a crowd.  And if one wanders a little too far, you’ll know which color to look for.

~  Bring a long a recent picture (can be just a snap shot or Polaroid even) of the each child.  Individual pictures if possible.  That way, should the unthinkable happen and you actually loose one of them, you can immediately hand over the picture of the child to security so that they know who to look for at the entrances/exits.  Precious time is often lost because of not having this sort of info on hand.

~  You can also write your cell number on the inside of your child’s arm or on a piece of paper that you slip into a pocket on their clothing.  That way, if an employee, good Samaritan or security find your lost little one, they will be able to find your number easily and call you right away.

~  One thing NOT to do, is write your child’s name (first OR last) on any backpack tags or any such similar item where people walking by can read it.  Abductors will look for ways to convince your child that he/she is NOT a stranger to them and one way is to call them by their name.  Personalized items are cute and all but save them for them for play dates.

If you have any other ideas, I’d love to know so leave them in the comment section.  And for other fabulous ideas for just about everything under the sun, check out Rocks In My Dryer