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Teaching Kids How to Use Mass Transit – Our Trip To Knotts Berry Farm on the OCBus

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I remember as a kid using the local bus to go places. I thought it was fun, something to do and as a kid it was always fun being about big machines. With my kids growing up, I try to teach them and share a lot of things I did at their age. One being taking the local public transit bus system to school, the nickel arcade, or to the shopping area.

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We took a trip on the Orange County Bus (OC Bus) to Knotts Berry Farm for a day of fun. Taking the bus has some advantages for families even if they usually rely on their car. First, it allowed us to be able to relax and have fun with each other to our destination and it also saved us money on gas and parking fees.

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Why Learning About Mass Transit is Important for Kids

I wanted to teach my kids about knowing how to ride public transportation. As they get older, they may decide to use the bus or have to rely on the bus during their university and college years. They may forgo a car and rely on car sharing and Mass transit to save money, who knows. Taking a bus and public transportation can save on gas, parking fees and, in some cases, time. No matter what, it is important for kids to understand how to use these vital systems.

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We took our local OC Bus routes 24 to the 29. It was an easy transfer. While waiting I was able to teach them how to read a transit authority map and explain time schedules. Now they know that the bus runs every 15 mins (or sooner in some cases) on weekdays and can have limited schedules on weekends, so plan ahead by visiting OCBus.com. I also wanted to show them how to make sure they are on the right route and boarding the right bus. These skills apply to trains, airports and all mass transit.

kids boarding oc bus orange county fullerton knotts berry farmTaking The Bus Was An Adventure For Our Kids

As we got onto the bus, they were still challenged with how to use the ticket and fare box, but the driver kindly showed them. They had fun paying their fare and looking for a seat. It was an adventure for them, plus they had their parents full attention.

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While driving we had time to talk, play around and just look at everything we passed. Since I am usually driving, I don’t typically get time to just enjoy the ride and point things out to my kids. The more we can teach our kids, the more they know and there is a lot to see outside of a moving vehicle.

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Riding the public bus is not only useful but a way we could just bond and get excited about the rides. We had one last thing to do before arriving and that was to pull the stop request line. I told Brooklin to pull the stop line and she had no idea and started reaching around. She eventually saw the wire hanging and pulled it.

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I remember as a kid learning the bus system. I grew up in Portland, Oregon for a majority of my life, which has an excellent transit system—even 20+ years ago. The kids were able to learn how to ride the bus and I was allowed to just sit and relax before arriving at Knott’s Berry Farm for a full day of walking!

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As we got off the bus, our destination was right across the street. Its fun to walk along the streets especially in busy places. So much going to see and do. Plus we got curb-to-curb service and no parking fees!

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We made our way to the park and enjoyed our day. The nice thing about using the bus is you can be on schedule if need be, or take your time. OC Bus has tons of routes that run every 15 mins, so if we missed a bus one would be on another one shortly or we could use the app and find out the exact arrival times.

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  1. Joyce Brewer on November 7, 2017 at 7:10 am

    We live in Atlanta and we try to use public transportation. We avoid traffic this way and don’t have to worry about parking.

  2. Toni | Boulder Locavore on November 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    This is a great post! I would love to introduce public transit to our kids, Such a great way to teach them lessons and bond with them,

  3. Tonya on November 6, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    This is a great skill to learn for those of us that don’t live in a large city. I think fear of messing up keeps a lot of people from using mass transit.

  4. Claudia Krusch on November 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    The bus is a great way too get around town. My city can be hard to find parking. With the bus I do not have to worry. I love that they give first-time riders 2 free day passes.

  5. Brianne on November 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    It’s so important to teach our children how to get around town. I’m currently doing this with our son in NYC.

  6. Sara Welch on November 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    These are some awesome lessons for city kids! Mass transit is such a useful thing.

  7. Pam Wattenbarger on November 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    If there was public transportation here I would definitely want my kids to know how to use it. My daughter relied on it in college.

  8. Kelly Hutchinson (@KickingWKelly) on November 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    You know, until I read this, I didn’t think about how important it is for kids to know how to use mass transit. My daughter is a freshman in college and I don’t think she would know how to take the bus here.

  9. travel blogger on November 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I think this is such a great experience for kids! I never grew up using public transportation. We lived out in the country, and when I had to use public transit in college, I had no idea what to do. This is a great idea to teach kids! Looks like they had fun!

  10. Heriberta montes on November 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I need pass for my son they have austism i pay went a get the bus

  11. Liz Mays on November 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    This was a fun way to introduce them to some of the routes! I do think having transit like that is convenient. I’d use it all the time!

  12. Maureen on November 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    That’s so cool, I am sure it’s very important to teach kids how to use Mass Transit. Seems like they will eventually need to use it to get around. What a fun trip to have with kids!

  13. Dogvills on November 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    It is important to teach kids this life skill. Of course it is always convenient to just drive to your destination but there is just more to learn with taking public transport. Kids will also learn compassion by helping the elderly and people with disability to get on and off the bus.

  14. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle on November 6, 2017 at 8:39 am

    It’s so important to teach kids how to safely use mass transit. We live in a world that’s constantly on the go, and when the kids are older, they’ll almost certainly have to use it.

  15. robin rue on November 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I live in a small town, so there is no public transportation, but when we are in Boston, my kids love the T (the subway), so we always take it when we are in the city.