I guess it was only a matter of time, being that my child is getting older. I knew eventually, we would start venturing out of the house, to events targeted for children. I had performed the calculations in my head, as to how much it costs to partake in children’s entertainment events. Boy oh boy did I get a wake-up call when we went to the circus a couple of weekends ago. Similar to an unplanned work lunch, not budgeting for “fun with the kids” can potentially bust your budget. Take a look at what it could cost you to go to the circus:
- Tickets were roughly $30/person.
- A box of popcorn, similar in size to a small box of cereal, was $8.
- Cotton candy, yeah, that’ll run you $12.
- Various light-up toys…anywhere from $10 to $25.
- Flavored, shaved ice in a “collector’s cup”, $10 friggin dollars!
Now, I only have one child and, even though she may want every toy she sees, it doesn’t work that way. We did get her one light up toy. The three of us munched off of one box of popcorn and a bag of cotton candy (I wanted to see how she reacted to cotton candy).
Seeing as how the circus was held in the arena where our basketball team plays, the regular concession menu is available as well (hot dogs, nachos, etc). I have no idea how much other items cost (like shirts or pictures) b/c I was quick to avoid those booths. But, can you imagine the total if you had say, 2 kids? How about 3? And, what if these were older kids that could put a dent into some popcorn, or a hot dog? Jeez!
I think in the end, it’s okay to have a good time and partake in some of the extras but, it makes sense to plan for these ahead of time. I plan on making a “children’s entertainment” fund/jar, where I’ll throw a few dollars into and let it build up. We don’t go out a lot (her first time going to the movies was to see The Lorax…I think I had more fun than she did) so, I have time to build this up before she really starts getting interested in going places. Right now, she’s content to go outside in the backyard and run around while I do yard work!