These days, people have many choices in entertainment. From state of the art, thoroughly interconnected entertainment systems connecting to entire worlds of video and audio feeds to the sheer dedication needed to fill sketchbook after sketchbook with drawings, one’s options for amusement have never been wider. Some options once considered unthinkable, ranging from big budget special effects heavy films to private clubs catering to specific past times, have proliferated into the mainstream of Western society. With all these options available, it isn’t a stretch to say that oftentimes it seems as if there are too many choices, making the decision nigh impossible for most people to make.
Still, some choices do come more easily then others. Whether it’s a past time that leads to personal fulfillment or something that brings us closer to the people around us, some entertainment activities are more obvious choices then others. Whether we’re role playing with our friends who are having a rough time lately or playing the piano at a family gathering, sometimes amusement is more than just personal indulgence. This is especially true of families with children, as many childhood development experts agree that bonding with growing children as they play can be far more important than simply assisting with the work of the learning process.
Amusement parks are, as they always have been, a fine choice for a family outing. The perfect choice for family in amusement park is likely the ferris wheel. These large structures, ranging from small ferris wheels at short lived local fairs to massive structures that have become a part of the local skyline, are large, wheel shaped amusement rides. Along all ends of the ferris wheel are places for people to sit, some more thoroughly shaped and structured than others; after all, a small ferris wheel giving only view of a small town fairground is by necessity going to require less safety measures than a taller structure such as the massive ferris wheels of London and Tokyo, among others.
Riding on a ferris wheel is a fairly simple affair. The ride does not move as fast as a roller coaster or bumper cars, and is more like a small train trolley than anything else, only instead of moving on the ground, it takes you skyward. Children in particular appreciate ferris wheels as they seldom have very many other chances to be so close to the sky. While not all ferris wheels are capable of accommodating very small children, the sedate pace of the average ferris wheel tends to lower safety and with it, height and weight requirements to get on the ride. Some variants of ferris wheels do exist, such as roller coasters that are little more than a single, fast moving loop, but these are seldom appropriate for small children.
Ferris wheels are, overall, a great family activity for a day at the amusement park. Even adults can appreciate the view at the top, let alone their children who rare see such sights. The next time you got to an amusement park with children, consider the ferris wheel.