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To say the price for adult tickets at children's 'day out' places are a joke!!

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HJWT Sun 24-Feb-19 17:15:03

Why does it cost say £8.95 for DC but £13.95 for an adult??? I cant go in the jungle gym or on the electric tractors, Im not even allowed on the bounce hopper 😂 so why do they charge so much for adults!!! I understand when its something the whole family get to enjoy like the zoo or sea life etc bit when you literally watch your child on everything there is to do its a bit of a joke to pay so much for the privilege 😂

ILoveBray Sun 24-Feb-19 17:16:28

YANBU, some places are bloody daylight robbery!

myusernameisnotmyusername Sun 24-Feb-19 17:16:31

I agree to be honest.

LaurieFairyCake Sun 24-Feb-19 17:16:59

Nope, the problem is that the kids price is 'cheap' so people think it's good value for kids as they get to do everything

It would be more 'honest' to just say it costs a tenner for everyone

HJWT Sun 24-Feb-19 17:22:14

I wouldn't mind if we got a free coffee but we don't 😁

DanglyBangly Sun 24-Feb-19 17:41:21

Bewilderwood is bad for this. £16.95 or something to stand around and watch your child.

GregoryPeckingDuck Sun 24-Feb-19 17:43:08

It helps bigger families afford these places by using adults to subsidise children which in turn help boost revenue.

PinkOboe Sun 24-Feb-19 17:46:41

Kidzania. £18 for an adult. £18 to stand outside watching through a window while your child dresses up as a nurse.

Loolol64 Sun 24-Feb-19 17:48:57

Not at all. My DD is now 15 so we don't go to these places any more but I remember going to a soft play place near us where to begin with you just paid for your child's entry which then left money over for the grown ups to buy a coffee and a slice of cake, notwithstanding also buying drinks and snacks for the children. Then, in their infinite wisdom, they began to charge the adults an entry fee. Result? We stopped going.

GoGoGadgetGin Sun 24-Feb-19 17:49:14

Our local farm park- £10 for the adult to get in. We are a very rural farming area- there's bloody cows and sheep every where!!

Orangecake123 Sun 24-Feb-19 17:49:42

Just checked bewilderwood. It looks nice but I see what you mean!

Born to BeWILD Under 92cm FREE
Almost WILD From 92-105cm £16.50
BeWILD Now Over 105cm £18.50

Sirzy Sun 24-Feb-19 17:50:15

Because they need to cover their costs and most people would turn their nose up at paying more for a child than an adult. It also makes it harder for those with more than one child if children are more expensive

chillpizza Sun 24-Feb-19 17:50:32

I refuse to visit places like that. I don’t mind £2 ish for an adult but when I can’t do bugger all but watch my child nah no more.

ILoveMaxiBondi Sun 24-Feb-19 17:52:08

If they said it was £23 for the first child and £14 for each one after but no charge for adults then I don’t think as many people would go. It’s the cheap child prices that gets people interested and then they hit you with the adult price.

HaveNoSocks Sun 24-Feb-19 17:52:52

YANBU. It does sting a bit when we have grandparents etc visiting and go to one of those places and end up spending a fortune on adults who aren't going to actually do any of the activities (we have since learned our lesson and go to a stately home with a good adventure playground - costs about the same and much more fun!).

When DC1 was a toddler we once went to a soft play centre where he got in free (as he was under 2 ) and DH and I both had to pay entrance!

AintNobodyHereButUsReindeer Sun 24-Feb-19 17:55:51

We were pleasantly surprised on Thursday by going to a local farm park, £1 for adults and £5 for children over 3, £3 for children 1-3. Plus you can buy two bags of animal food for £1 (a bag for the birds and a bag for the animals). So for DH, me, 7yo DD and baby DS it cost us £8 (inc. animal food) to get in and DD didn't even want to feed the animals so I ended up being slobbered on by sheep, calves, alpacas, ponies, donkeys and goats!

AppleKatie Sun 24-Feb-19 17:56:51

For lots of places I agree OP.


Bewilderwood is bad for this. £16.95 or something to stand around and watch your child.

If you’re standing around you’re doing it wrong! It’s more fun for adults than kids that place!

Widowodiw Sun 24-Feb-19 17:59:06

Every single day out is bloody expensive. Cadbury world, safari park, low key theme park at least £50 for a family of three just to get in. That doesn’t include any parking, petrol, food. I don’t really bother anymore and save my money for the summer where we hit the beach and the money goes further .

edwinbear Sun 24-Feb-19 17:59:55

Lapland UK - we paid something like £100 for both adults and kids. It’s absolutely amazing, it really is, but I don’t believe in Father Christmas, nor Mother Christmas and I also knew the elves were ‘normal’ adults dressed up as elves. I have to just tell myself it’s actually £200 per child.

HJWT Sun 24-Feb-19 18:01:11

@edwinbear wow that is crazy 🤭

LakieLady Sun 24-Feb-19 18:04:48

We save our Tesco clubcard vouchers for days out with DGD. We saved nearly £60 on the full-price tickets for a day at a zoo last summer.

StinkyCandle Sun 24-Feb-19 18:11:34

As above, people would be outraged if they had to pay more for children and bigger families would scream discrimination.

There was a poster fairly recently who felt discriminated because she was a single parent so was losing out on "family tickets".

For all these things, you need to look at the total price and see if it works for you, it doesn't actually matter how they work it out. "kids go free" is another marketing way to do it, but it doesn't change the total price.

The reason why soft plays had to start charging adult entrance is due to the number of CF bringing their own drinks and food!

HaveNoSocks Sun 24-Feb-19 18:17:46

I wouldn't mind paying in Bewilderwood because I would definitely be up there getting involved! It's just at places which are clearly designed for kids where only kids will actually be involved in the activities.

WeBuiltThisBuffetOnSausageRoll Sun 24-Feb-19 19:03:32

I started a thread that partly covered this a few months ago.

I completely agree that it's crazy to charge adults for bringing and supervising their kids at things that will hold no interest for them at all.

A lot of places offer a free 'carer' ticket with paid-for tickets for wheelchair users, which is great; however, there's every chance that the accompanying adult will enjoy the play/concert whatever just as much as the disabled patron. Not complaining at this at all - there aren't many concessions for what disabled folk have to contend with in life in general (or for full-time carers, for that matter); and there's also the very real possibility that a disabled person may want to go to the theatre, be unable to attend without assistance but not know anybody who shares their interest in the production.

However, if you're taking your toddler to Billy Badger's Bumper-Fun Bonanza, where you will get no enjoyment yourself (and as OP said, wouldn't actually be allowed on, even if you wanted to), you have to pay. It's not like they're going to go themselves, is it?

It's not exactly the same thing, but it would be a bit like 4 people getting a taxi to the station and expecting to split the fare 5 ways, as the taxi driver gets to go there as well.

I have no problem whatsoever with a ban on bringing your own food (as long as they don't only sell fruit-shoots, pom bears and turkey dinosaurs) - an adult buying a coffee will obviously directly benefit from it whereas a toddler wouldn't.

Sirzy Sun 24-Feb-19 19:09:27

Taking an “able bodied” child somewhere is in no way comparable to taking someone with a disability out.

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