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When did a kids day out start to cost so much?

By 16 June 2014 26

I took my kids along to ‘Kids in the Shed’ at the Old Bus Depot Markets yesterday.  We usually enjoy a morning at the markets, sampling the tasty treats (the honey and ice cream in particular) and checking out some of the lovely hand made goodies.

This morning the little people were really excited as we had said it would be kids focused – face painting, bouncing castles etc.

It might just be me, but I kind of expected that much of the additional activities for kids (as they had advertised) would be free or subsidised as extras to bring family’s into the markets.  Walking into the kids area to find a $7 PER CHILD charge to visit the farmyard petty pen (with fencing cleverly covered in plastic to prevent little eyes looking in for free without a lift from mum or dad), $4 for a bounce on the jumping castle and $10 for face painting (which was poorly positioned, ensuring maximum stress to parents attempting to find money, keep kids close and prevent being in the way of all the other prams coming through) was a bit of a surprise.

Am I the only one who found this all a bit steep?

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26 Responses to When did a kids day out start to cost so much?
#1
TAD11:37 am, 16 Jun 14

Yep, the Bus Depot markets is like that in general I think because of all the Kingston Foreshore residents who wander over every week.

#2
Kerryhemsley3:20 pm, 16 Jun 14

“I took my kids along to ‘Kids in the Shed’ at the Old Bus Depot Markets yesterday. We usually enjoy a morning at the markets, sampling the tasty treats (the honey and ice cream in particular) and checking out some of the lovely hand made goodies.”

Do you ever buy the products?

#3
wildturkeycanoe6:59 pm, 16 Jun 14

Welcome to the end of the age of entitlement. Kids don’t deserve to have a day of fun with mum and dad anymore, they should be at home studying so they become productive members of our society.
Last weekend we also had the “what can we do today?” problem. I looked at the nearest venues and was shocked to see that almost anything remotely interesting would cost from $50 to $85 for a family of five. Our guests had four kids, so I didn’t even contemplate recommending they spend nearly $100 to give the kids just a couple of hours of entertainment. In the end, we just went to the war memorial again. At least they don’t charge entry there yet. Still haven’t seen everything on offer there either, so it was good to have covered some more of that historical ground.
Everything just gets more and more expensive, except for our wages. Life is becoming so sad.

#4
banco7:29 pm, 16 Jun 14

Those prices don’t seem unreasonable.

#5
Maya1238:05 pm, 16 Jun 14

Go for a bush walk or cycle ride. Pack a picnic lunch. This is free, except for the picnic lunch, and that’s up to you how much that costs.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the face painter and the jumping castle to cost money. Someone has to pay for this and the people’s wages. They shouldn’t be expected to give their time for free.

#6
harvyk18:08 pm, 16 Jun 14

banco said :

Those prices don’t seem unreasonable.

So how many kids do you have banco?
At $21 a child, any more than one adds up very quickly.

#7
Sandman9:24 pm, 16 Jun 14

How many free or subsidised kids activities do you volunteer to run on the weekends?

The markets and all those activities are businesses, and not cheap ones to run either.

#8
Postalgeek11:23 pm, 16 Jun 14

wildturkeycanoe said :

Everything just gets more and more expensive, except for our wages. Life is becoming so sad.

Seriously?? We live in Canberra where we have a mix of nature parks, lakes, ovals, and unspoiled playgrounds coming out of our buttonholes. We are spoilt rotten for choice. Sure things like Questacon, the Zoo etc have to be occasional treats, but is/was there any previous generation that was better served?

#9
sepi10:12 am, 17 Jun 14

Ten dollars for face painting is a bit steep. If you have 3 kids that is 30.00 before you even have any food or a drink.

#10
Maya12310:49 am, 17 Jun 14

sepi said :

Ten dollars for face painting is a bit steep. If you have 3 kids that is 30.00 before you even have any food or a drink.

Do what many people do, or did, pack your own food. When I grew up we (as good as) NEVER ate bought out food. My mother packed sandwiches etc. There wasn’t face painting either. A day out doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s your choice.

#11
Dacquiri11:10 am, 17 Jun 14

I used to take my children to Questacon a lot during the winter & on rainy weekends, They loved it and it was educational. But I thought the $8 entry fee at that time was a bit steep until I saw what the admission prices are now. Ouch! Looks like the Q Club, which gives you unlimited free admission, could be a good investment for families.

#12
Jivrashia11:17 am, 17 Jun 14

I thought that price was to cover their insurance cost, the insurance to cover them from those parents who tend to sue the organisers just because their children sneezed.

#13
Postalgeek11:53 am, 17 Jun 14

sepi said :

Ten dollars for face painting is a bit steep. If you have 3 kids that is 30.00 before you even have any food or a drink.

Yes it’s true, if you have x number of kids, you multiply the costs associated with a child x amount of times.

I have sympathy for parents in many areas, but I don’t have sympathy for people who might complain they have to pay 3 times because they chose to have 3 kids. That is an entirely foreseeable consequence of a voluntary family-planning choice.

And if a face painter wants to charge $10 for a face paint, that is their choice to charge and your choice to pay for it. There is nothing stopping you from walking past face painting, as I do with my kids all the time.

#14
dtc12:06 pm, 17 Jun 14

Maya123 said :

Go for a bush walk or cycle ride. Pack a picnic lunch. This is free, except for the picnic lunch, and that’s up to you how much that costs.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the face painter and the jumping castle to cost money. Someone has to pay for this and the people’s wages. They shouldn’t be expected to give their time for free.

You did notice it was raining most of the weekend?

Most of the time when a venue advertises these activities, the venue pays for them as a marketing thing – a way to attract families. They arent run as profit ventures in and of themselves.

I like all the sanctimoniousness. Like do any of you go to the movies, or restaurants or bars? Or do you only go out with home packed sandwiches and sit in a park? Why can’t someone offer their kid something fun do to once in a while that is a bit different?

#15
watto232:15 pm, 17 Jun 14

Postalgeek said :

sepi said :

Ten dollars for face painting is a bit steep. If you have 3 kids that is 30.00 before you even have any food or a drink.

Yes it’s true, if you have x number of kids, you multiply the costs associated with a child x amount of times.

I have sympathy for parents in many areas, but I don’t have sympathy for people who might complain they have to pay 3 times because they chose to have 3 kids. That is an entirely foreseeable consequence of a voluntary family-planning choice.

And if a face painter wants to charge $10 for a face paint, that is their choice to charge and your choice to pay for it. There is nothing stopping you from walking past face painting, as I do with my kids all the time.

Agree these costs add up, but like many will say as a kid 30+ years ago, we never got any of these extra things, which is strange especially given that parents born in the 70′s for example would hav experienced. I know one friend who learnt to paint faces and just bought face paint. The kids only ever want their mum to do it. In the scheme of things $4 to go into a petting pen is pretty good value, given the costs involved with those animals.

I don’t know what people want these days but we can’t have everything. Personally I’d rather have a society where even the poorest live at least to some standard, than having a society where things are cheap because labour is cheap and we have a large homeless issue and crime issue aka USA.
We are pretty well off in Australia and complaining about things many only wish they could have doesn’t look good IMO.

#16
Sunny2:20 pm, 17 Jun 14

Why do people without kids get so narky about people with kids saying something is expensive? Raising kids is expensive but something that benefits the whole community. One day those kids will be paying taxes while you are old to support the healthcare system that you will expect.

Do parents have to go an hide in the park or are they not allowed to enjoy some of the lifestyle the DINKS and SINKS have? The market is taking advantage of parents for they advertise to them only to charge a lot and position the ‘treats’ in places that can’t be avoided.

#17
VYBerlinaV8_is_back3:04 pm, 17 Jun 14

Buy them a cheap pack of textas and tell them to paint each others’ faces.

Problem solved.

#18
Ben_Dover3:55 pm, 17 Jun 14

sepi said :

Ten dollars for face painting is a bit steep. If you have 3 kids that is 30.00 before you even have any food or a drink.

Pack of face paints cost between $10.00 and $15.00, your call.

#19
John Hargreaves Ex M5:22 pm, 17 Jun 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Buy them a cheap pack of textas and tell them to paint each others’ faces.

Problem solved.

Or send them to Steve Pratt to learn how to use those same textas to ruin legitimate public wall art…is this what you would recommend?

#20
Postalgeek5:25 pm, 17 Jun 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Buy them a cheap pack of textas and tell them to paint each others’ faces.

Problem solved.

I never had to tell mine to paint each others’ faces. And they never restricted themselves to textas. Or faces.

#21
Sandman9:01 pm, 17 Jun 14

Sunny said :

Why do people without kids get so narky about people with kids saying something is expensive?

Who said we didn’t have kids. I got narky. I have 2, which in school holidays often increases to 5 when I take care of my own plus 2 nieces and a nephew.

Why do some people with kids feel that society owes them a debt of gratitude for continuing on the existence of the species?

#22
dungfungus8:42 am, 18 Jun 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Buy them a cheap pack of textas and tell them to paint each others’ faces.

Problem solved.

Or send them to Steve Pratt to learn how to use those same textas to ruin legitimate public wall art…is this what you would recommend?

You are still living in the past Johno – move on.

#23
Genie12:08 pm, 18 Jun 14

I don’t have kids but $10 to get their face painted. OUCH !

What ever happened to a gold coin donation !?

#24
Rollersk8r1:02 pm, 18 Jun 14

I happened to be there with the kids on Sunday and thought the same thing. I appreciate the prices are pretty standard these days, for school fetes and charity type events etc, but the markets is different – it’s a business promoting a special day for kids. Prices were too expensive so I didn’t pay them.

#25
Maya1231:07 pm, 18 Jun 14

I also wonder about hygiene practice with the face painting. Are brushes shared and dipped in the same paint pots? I would guess they are. What about spreading skin conditions such as herpes? I did a bit of googling. I would be hesitant to let my child have its face painted. Be grateful it cost $10. It might have saved you heartache.
http://www.mamapedia.com/article/herpes-cold-sore-from-face-painting

http://facepaintingschool.com.au/2013/06/01/herpes-in-the-headlines-why-hygiene-really-matters/

#26
VYBerlinaV8_is_back1:18 pm, 18 Jun 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Buy them a cheap pack of textas and tell them to paint each others’ faces.

Problem solved.

Or send them to Steve Pratt to learn how to use those same textas to ruin legitimate public wall art…is this what you would recommend?

Your cheap shots on this site do you no credit at all.

Kids like stuff like this – let them run wild and free.

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