Last week was our spring break, but since we have a beach trip this June and a Disney trip this fall, we were stuck at home. I wanted to be sure the girls had a fun experience, though, even though we didn’t have plans to travel (or spend much money).
MFJ‘s daughter was with us, as well, and Brenia was thrilled to have a friend each day. The week was planned, and it was brilliant (if I do say so myself). The schedule was laid out and filled with fun, free(ish) activities.
We kicked off the week with a big, exciting trip to Bouncer Town. They have free wifi for momma and tons of fun for the kids. It was $25 (including drinks) well spent for 4 hours of play! I was able to use the (mostly) uninterrupted time to get a jump on the week’s work, since I knew my writing time would be few & far between the rest of the week.
Tuesday, I planned a super fun Hot Locks doll party for the girls—it was a sponsored house party, cost next to nothing and gave the little girls a little something special while the big girl was away with friends. On Wednesday, we took advantage of our family membership to spend an afternoon at the Children’s Museum. Thursday was a yucky, rainy day spent indoors with pre-planned crafts while I compiled grocery lists.
It was all leading to our Friday of Fun—MFJ had the day off, and we were planning to do something with the girls. After a week of low expenses, I was ready to spend $50ish on an exciting outing to cap off the spring break. For weeks, we told the girls we would go somewhere awesome on the last day.
We landed on Dave & Busters—my sister raves about it, my oldest had talked about it for weeks after a birthday party, and I thought it was genius—we can spend hours at an arcade for nothing more than a roll of quarters. The younger girls were unbelievably excited—what’s more fun than a huge room full of games?
As it turns out, Dave & Busters = casino, not arcade. Quarters? Oh, heck no! They’ll take $20s, if you please.
For just over an hour of play, we spent $108 loading $25 on game cards for each girl. Yes, that’s right—they charge you for the card! There are no prices on the machines. Just an odd, seemingly random number of credits. 10.7 credits to play this game. 13.3 credits to play that one. 16 credits (whoa—a whole number?) to ride this ride. 12.4 to ride that one.
And, tickets spewing out of half the machines at random intervals.
For our $108, we got 1 hour of chasing after the girls through a loud, obnoxious, poorly lit room and 4 bags of absolute junk prizes. Featuring? Tootsie Roll banks. Hey, at least there was chocolate! Had I researched the prices before announcing our destination? We would most certainly have chosen something else.
For $108, we could have purchased a zoo membership for an afternoon of animal wonders & many more throughout the year! For $108, we could have purchased a carload of bubbles, kites, games & toys to spend an amazing afternoon at the park. For $108? We should have had $108 worth of fun.