Print out a map of the park before you go, and have each person in the family put stickers on the rides they want to try—green for the must-dos, yellow for the maybes and red for the if-there's-time options. Laying out a game plan early will help maximize your family's time and get the kids excited from the get-go.
Ward off the boredom of long lines with a family scavenger hunt. Give out the challenge on the ride to the park—who can find two girls wearing pigtails, six men in blue T-shirts, five park-goers eating funnel cake? Your kids won't even notice that they've been waiting 45 minutes to board the roller coaster.
Set a game allowance for each person in your group and make your own mini-Olympics. Divide into teams for Skee-Ball, water-gun races and beanbag throwing contests and then make your own family prizes (winner gets to choose the music for the ride home!) for first, second and third place.