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In thinking that THIRTY ONE POUNDS is a ridiculous

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lorelilee Tue 24-Aug-10 13:57:57

sum of money to charge for a child to enter a theme park (and £38 for an adult). Or am I living in the dark ages?

Has anyone been and thinks it worth the cash (my DS are 3.5 and 2).

TequilaMockinBird Tue 24-Aug-10 13:58:39

which theme park?

LetThereBeRock Tue 24-Aug-10 13:58:44

It'd probably help if you tell us the name of the theme park.grin

sorky Tue 24-Aug-10 13:59:00

Have you been to Legoland?

compo Tue 24-Aug-10 13:59:01

Legoland?

fortyplus Tue 24-Aug-10 14:00:28

There are always vouchers around - hardly anyone pays full price. Or why not use Tesco or Nectar points?

twolittlemonkeys Tue 24-Aug-10 14:00:51

YANBU, it is ridiculous, which is why I haven't been to a theme park since having kids. Wait, I went to Legoland with them once but we were given free tickets.

Not worth it when children are young, though when mine are older I may use Tesco points to get the Merlin annual passes and spend large chunks of summer holidays there. Only when children are big enough to enjoy all the rides though.

GeekOfTheWeek Tue 24-Aug-10 14:02:09

Alton towers?

YANBU.

lorelilee Tue 24-Aug-10 14:02:20

Ooops, sorry, yes, it's Legoland (too stunned to function properly).

sorky Tue 24-Aug-10 14:02:38

Legoland is pointless with children under 1.3m as they will need an adult to go with them.

Under 1m and the choice of rides is severely restricted.

YANBU

Indaba Tue 24-Aug-10 14:08:51

They had amazing deal on recently which was a night in a hotel, day passes for two days for 2x parents and 2 x kids for 100 GBP so long as it was out of school holidays.

It is expensive but we love it there on a sunny day outside of school hols so its more quiet.

switchtvoffdosomelessboring Tue 24-Aug-10 14:14:02

But surely noone ever pays full price? Every pack you by seems to have a bogof voucher.

3Trees Tue 24-Aug-10 14:15:12

honestly, Lego land is great for kids over 1m. BUT I would NEVER pay full price, tesco vouchers or discount codes or something ALWAYS work.

under 1m, and I wouldn't bother taking them tbh.

You virtually never pay full price for Legoland, though. ELC generally have a "child free with full-paying adult" voucher that you can get even if you spend £1 on a paintbrush, and there are generally offers on packets of things and even better vouchers online, or buying with Nectar vouchers or Tesco vouchers.

Mind you, if you go in August the anaesthetic brain-numbing effect of shelling out huge amounts of cash may help you cope with the horror of the crowds... grin So maybe you have the right idea after all!

We have annual Merlin passes so we go often and it works out as very good value. But even before that we only ever paid around half the advertised price overall.

SalaDo Tue 24-Aug-10 14:18:54

I'm so silly! I was reading 1.3m and 1m as 1month and was thinking well who the hell would put a 1month old on a ride! Lol

notquitenormal Tue 24-Aug-10 14:20:06

My Mum took my brother to the Lego shop and told him it was Lego land.

Much cheaper grin

He was about 13 before the penny dropped.

Blu Tue 24-Aug-10 14:23:06

Not worth any amount of cash when they are so young. They just won't appreciate it. Wait til they are 5 and 3.

mnistooaddictive Tue 24-Aug-10 14:27:39

We went last week with a 3 year old and 2 year old. There was virtually nothing for the 1 year old but we didn't have to pay for her. The 3 year old went on some rides but they were few and far between. I was shocked at the number of extras they want you to pay for. I wouldn't gors. I have been told Paultons Park near Romsey is much better for children this age.

mumbar Tue 24-Aug-10 14:40:10

most theme parks you can buy online and its much cheaper.

Yes there are loads of free child with paying adult deals about as well.

To the pp poster who mentioned ELC a friend and I actually went in and bought a paintbrush, then went back for the apron and then again for a pad of paper just to get vouchers blush

Cartoose Tue 24-Aug-10 14:51:33

Not really worth it to pay full price for a very young child but it was well worth it for my 6yo who adores Lego. It depends I suppose.

themeparkspy Sat 06-Aug-11 17:49:41

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WillowFae Mon 08-Aug-11 00:21:53

Gulliver's is a much better bet for that age. £15 entry. Under 90cm is free because the rides are limited.

DeWe Mon 08-Aug-11 00:36:04

Get your child a Blue Peter badge and they get in free. Every time. grin

Coffeeisking Mon 08-Aug-11 00:57:54

I'll agree with paultons park being one of the best for under 5's. it is local to me and have always gone there. the new peppa pig world is fantastic! well worth the money!

LordOfTheFlies Mon 08-Aug-11 01:24:54

Took my DCs to Saaaarfend last week.
Their bands for the funfair were £23 each for their height, £11.50 after 6pm.
Rides £3.20 each.
Some not included in band price.
Now that's a rip-off.

Didn't buy bands, DCs wanted the beach mainly.

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