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

By Emily Morris 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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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:18 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.

Maya123 1:07 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/

Rollersk8r 1:02 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.

Genie 12:08 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 !?

dungfungus 8:42 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.

Sandman 9:01 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?

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