Can you afford to take your kids to the ballparks,amusement parks etc..

United States
December 10, 2006 3:12pm CST
It seems everytime one of our Sports team hires a great player for millions of dollars we end up paying for it! There is no way i could afford to take 6 of us to a sports arena and pay for tickets,food and a small souvineer without spending at least $200.00. The ticket prices are outrageous. At the theme parks their just as bad, $3.50 for a hot dog! I don't like to be cheap but i am already the working poor and i feel bad that i have to tell my kids sorry i can't afford it right now. They seem to always stress spending time doing exciting things with your kids but you just can't afford it. Am i wrong to feel this way? Sometimes i feel so guilty when i have to say no.
46 responses
• United States
11 Dec 06
Try taking your kids to a museum rather than a ball game, how about a trip to the zoo? Try calling the universities, see if they have any educational events that are open to the public. An archeological dig can be both educational and fun. Create your own softball team, have a picnic, go fishing (you don't need a boat), try being a rock hound, learn some geology. I know kids want what they see others getting, but you can give your kids things of lifetime value along with the fun. Might make those kids who get to go to the parks and the ball games jealous, you just never know.
• United States
11 Dec 06
Well here in Chicago it will cost you for a family of 4 a minimum of $50.00 just to get into the zoo or museum without seeing any of the shows or exibits.
• United States
13 Dec 06
OK. So since george makes $5,000.00 a month I will take the whole family to the amusement park. lol. Right then i woke up. It's ridiculous. Atleast at Brookfrield Zoo we can take the cooler in. That's another ting I have to get! A membership, so we can all get in free!
@utsadetti (4589)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I don't think i can do it. but in indonesia i can bring kids to the amusement park. it's cheap.
• India
11 Dec 06
its always a good practise
• United States
11 Dec 06
Unfortunately, we all face this same dilemia. The rising cost of inflation has all of us staying at home more often. It is a shame when you have to save money to fund entertainment. Thank god for charge cards, but you still have to be cautious that you don't put to big of a priority on entertainment and forget about monthly expenses.
@jeffaim (215)
• United States
11 Dec 06
it is often way too expensive, especially for these things (and you're right about the food too - that makes these events even more expensive). I like to try to take them to things like minor league sports games that are less expensive and also try harder to make everything family friendly and entertaining with things like audience participation and lively mascots. This keeps costs down and can add to the excitement (and lets me afford to spend $4 on a hot dog and not feel to bad because tickets are $6 instead of $36!
@wolflvr (336)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Tickets to things are outrageous. Amusment parks are crazy. I have only 1 kid but going out somewhere for a day can cost $100 easily. There used to be places that would give deals on childrens tickets but I haven't seen one of those in a while. It is too bad they don't have deals for big families every once in a while. The arenas could definately afford it.
@rawpoet (2047)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Talcon roller coaster - Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa. This is a picture of one of their roller coasters.
I used to, but not anymore. I remember when the price used to be 6.50 to get into the amusement park where I live, but since years past and I'm now a single mother of three children, it's now 30.00 per person to get in. I took them once when I was married. Two incomes were a big help of course. Hopefully, someday again. And hopefully, before they're 18 years old.
@toocewl (293)
• India
11 Dec 06
no kids
• India
11 Dec 06
yeah of course i do and the kids love it.they have to be taken to the amusement parks once in a while. and the amusement parks in my country are really cheap and dont need much of an expenditure simultaneously you can have loads of fun too. thats good is'nt it ?
• India
11 Dec 06
well at present i dont have any kid bcoz i m yet to marry but whenever i will have a kid then i think i will be able to take them to ballparks,amusement parks etc..and of course it will be affordable to me
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I can't afford it either. I have three kids, and when they have activities at the school, I have to tell them the same thing. I realize it's only 5 bucks, but with three kids it's 15 bucks. Even school lunches are a lot. More than 5 bucks a day. We go to the fair and can drop 200 bucks in a day. The moves are 30 bucks, easy. I sucks, thank God for netflix.
@fintzu (56)
• United States
11 Dec 06
No, I can't anymore, but the real solution is to stop watching sports on TV. If the TV revenue dries up, sports will die, and the prices will come back down to normal. Simple as that. As if that were simple...
• India
11 Dec 06
don't feel guilty when you tell them sorry.don't worry be happy.
@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
11 Dec 06
We are soon to be a family of 5 & it is so expensive to go anywhere. The big amusemnt park around us is 6 flags. It is around 45-50 dollars a ticket. That is just to get into the park. Even the parking for everything downtown can be $30.00 & up without admission to anywhere. I feel bad about not being able to take my girls places, but you would go into debt trying to. When they are in girl scouts we do go to the icecapes & such because we can get really good tickets threw the scouts. My sister-in-law will take the girls places because they have a lot more money then we do.
• United States
11 Dec 06
having picnics at the beach or public parks are just as nice and they are free
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Nope! Any and every place is too expensive to enter or even eat at. If you think the ballpark hot dogs is bad, try paying 3 bucks for a very small bottle of water! Universal studios is outrageous too. From cost to enter, to food and drink. They even have express passes that one can pay extra for to take a special line to cut the waiting time! Of course I think the Express Pass if totally worth it...so anyone going, definitely pay the extra money. But for two people, that is an extra $60!!! Everywhere the prices are rising along with the cost of living. But the rate of pay increases do not balance. That is why more and more people are staying home instead of vacationing. Hey, it is so costly during a vacation, you get stressed anyways! Even hotels have jumped into that wagon of being over priced. No why would LaQuinta Inn cost $150 a night for a double? Heck! To stay for a week is an entire month's morgage!
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
I a finding that more and more these types of activities are becoming harder to afford and out of the price range of average working families. Here in Canada I can't even afford to treat the kids to a hockey game, something I loved to do with my own parents. And it is such a shame as hockey is our national sport.
@rainbow (6763)
11 Dec 06
We take them places when we are on holiday or occasionally to the pictures to see a new film although we often make them wait for the DVD release. I like to take them to the beach or the playpark. I could not afford to do stuff with them every week and as they are still quite small (7 & 3 years) I don't really get nagged about trips out yet.
• India
11 Dec 06
Take your kids to a place which you could afford. Plan to take them once to the place of their choice and be prepared to shell out as much money as it is required without cribbing.