Over the weekend we went to a carnival put on by the city. We were all quite excited. There were to be rides, possibly animals and if heaven smiled down on us, cotton candy.
We found a parking place and headed into the grounds. There were people everywhere. A petting zoo with goats and lambs and pigs. Face painting, clowns making balloon animals, and pony rides. My heart dropped when I saw the sign for the pony rides. $3.50 a person. It was an omen of bad tidings to come.
We walked further into the park, all of us on sensory overload. I've decided West Jordan doesn't do things well. It took 5 minutes of looking to finally find the ticket booth. And when we saw the list of prices, my heart dropped even more.
$1.50 a ticket
Each ride 1-3 tickets
$25.00 for an all day ride pass.
We bought ten. Which equaled 3 rides for the girls and 2 for Seth. Luckily this carnival was held within walking distance of what I believe to be the coolest playground ever. This satisfied the kids after their less than exciting carnival experience. I don't think that a park will continue to do so for very many more years.
However, I was not satisfied. The prices were ridiculous. I understand that such equipment must be costly to run and maintain. But like most families in the area, we are on a budget. Blowing $100 so our children can go on as many rides as they want is completely out of the question. What I want to know is, who do these people think that they are catering to? The prices are so ridiculous that people are going to go home and tell their friends not to bother going. It's just too darn expensive.
I came home giving thanks that I have such understanding children. We explained that we only had so many tickets and we found ways to use them wisely. And when their 3 rides were over, they were perfectly happy to play at the park for half an hour. And as a bonus, the petting zoo was free. We got to see goats pee and poop. Who couldn't ask for better dinner conversation that that?