This morning I raised a topic on twitter that got several varied responses.
Wait, do you follow me on Twitter? You should. I’m a good time. But I do like to make fun of people, so if you are sensitive you should probably be warned. But, please, try not to take anything personally. I’m almost always not talking about friends or ‘friends’.
Anywho, Regan received a birthday party invitation to the children’s museum in a couple of weeks. The invitation clearly states that parents will have to pay for their own admission*. I am put off by this. How are you going to invite my child to a party and I have to come out the pocket on admission when I already have to pay for a gift? And don’t forget downtown parking!
My thought is if you want to have your party at one of the popular children’s places around town, pick the one that is not going to cost your guests anything. There is Gymboree, Music Class, Aquatots. The possibilities are endless and, quite frankly, more fun and less hassle.
Honestly, I can’t think of anything less fun that I’d want to do on a Saturday. The Children’s Museum is more like a zoo. A zoo of wild, uncontrollable toddlers and children. You couldn’t pay me to be there at prime time on a weekend. And pay for it? No, sir!
Thankfully, Regan is out-of-town on the day of the party, so going is not an option. I probably wouldn’t have gone anyway. I adore the birthday girl, but I wouldn’t have been willing to spend the $25+ that it would have cost me. I think I’ll just send a gift to school and call it a wrap.
Okay, good people of blogland, how do you feel about paying to play? Do you think it’s okay to ask parents to pay their own way at kids’ parties? Have you/would you do the same?
*I googled the party at the children’s museum and it looks like the party includes 23 guests. I doubt she is having 23 kids attend, so it looks like she is only expecting certain people to pay.