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to think I should be allowed to take drinks for my children on a corporate event?

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LowFatMilkshake Mon 09-Jul-07 12:50:25

DH and I are taking the DC's to a 'Fanily Day' this weekend, organised by out employer at a local park.

We've only had to pay £5 which will go to a local charity and even the parking has been provided free. There's going to be loads of stuff to do and we're really looking forward to a cheap, fun day out - especially as this Sunday is supposed to be the hottest day of the year so far.

But when we got the confirmation we read that picnics and bottles were not allowed, although everyone would get vouchers for at least one item of food and a drink.

I'm not to bothered about the picnic, but I am a bit annoyed about the bottle thing. Whenever we go anywhere I always take a 2 litre bottle of squash as although DD is'nt a great eater she drinks like a fish, and on a hot day even more so.

But now we will have to pay for her drinks after her free one and who knows what the price will be, and I'm not sure what drink it will be. If its fruitshoots she'll only be able to have a couple anyway as they give her really bed stomach ache.


I dont want to seem ungrateful for what I am sure will otherwise be a fantastic day - as has been in previous years, but wonder should I just take my bottle of squash as normal or would this be unreasonable on my part?

I'm going to have to take food and juice etc for DS - who's only 7months anyway.

Eddas Mon 09-Jul-07 12:55:47

I'd just take it. Surely they won't mind for a child. As you say you'll be taking it for ds anyway.

I'm sure they won't strip search you before you go in

Bouncingturtle Mon 09-Jul-07 12:57:45

I would ask the organiser - I can't see why they can't allow you to take some squash for your los, especially as you don't know what they have, I mean what if it's all caffeine drinks or something that may be contain particular additives that your lo can't tolerate?

LowFatMilkshake Mon 09-Jul-07 13:00:42

They've made a point of saying DC's will get a voucher for food one for a drink and one for an ice cream.

So I think they probably will enforce the bottle thing if they see it.

I might ask DH to contact the organisers and be upfront about it.

amidaiwish Mon 09-Jul-07 13:01:11

just bring it and try to be discreet (maybe a few smaller bottles rather than a big 2 litre?)
i guess what they're trying to stop is everyone bringing tons of food, wine etc. and turning it into a mass picnic.

If anyone says anything (they won't) say she has allergy to sweeteners so you have to bring your own drink.

collisionfrances Mon 09-Jul-07 13:02:46

I would just take some cartons of juice in my bag and not say anything.

I hate it when I have to buy things at these sort of days out! They cost a fortune.

collisionfrances Mon 09-Jul-07 13:03:38

maybe they dont want glass bottles because of health and safety.

Smaller cartons would be better IMHO!

EscapeFrom Mon 09-Jul-07 13:05:56

See, you will have to bring your own drink in case she has an anaphilaptic reaction to something that has become cross contaminated on site at their event.

<<ahem-lawsuit-ahem>>

LowFatMilkshake Mon 09-Jul-07 13:11:02

at EscapeFrom

Thanks folks, am on the phone to DH now telling him how to word his e-mail.

bran Mon 09-Jul-07 13:12:46

Will you have easy access to the car? Put several half litre bottles of squash in a cool bag in the car and then just nip back every now and then and put one into your handbag. Or put squash into something that isn't a bottle, like a large insulated cup.

The day has probably been subsidised to some degree by the food/drink vendors on the basis that they will be able to earn the money back, which is why the don't want people bringing their own. Even if you spend another £5 on food/drink it would still be a cheap family day out.

There will definitely be bottled water for sale, so you could bring a small amount of undiluted squash and buy water.

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