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Old 01-22-20, 10:04 AM
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The cost of entertainment

I just can't believe how much it costs to go out and see a play, enjoy an amusement park or just about anything nowadays. Getting tickets at face value just doesn't exist.

Now that I'm retired I've been interested in doing some of the things that I always put off, but when I see how much entertainment these days costs... OUCH!

I was thinking about taking a couple of the grand-kids (boys 15 & 17) to the Pomona Speedway to see the drag races. It would cost $264 for 4 tickets and I'm sure that doesn't cover parking or service fees, and another $40 we'd spend on each of them that evening.

A couple of the kids are at the age where I thought they might enjoy going to see the play Hamilton at the theater here in Los Angeles. For anything even close to decent seats, 4 tickets would be around $2000.

Disneyland, on an off day (not weekend or holiday) is still $102 per person and if I remember correctly the parking was $25. There would be no way I would get out of there for less than $600.

Even if I want to buy tickets to a concert at the Forum, the cheapest nosebleed section is still $99. Anything other than that starts at $149 and anything good is $200+.. And those prices don't include the service fees.
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Old 01-22-20, 12:13 PM
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Is there a wildlife area near you? With binoculars or a camera, that can be a good time. Most kids love animals.
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There's always the LA Zoo. $22 a ticket, and you can bring your own food.

The wife has been mentioning Disneyland again, and that's usually about a $1k day. That hurts.
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We do live next to a huge park, El Dorado park in Long Beach along with the nature center there. We take them to the beach in the summer, a movie every now and then, but it just seems everything is just so damn expensive.
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I just can't believe how much it costs to go out and see a play, enjoy an amusement park or just about anything nowadays. Getting tickets at face value just doesn't exist.

Now that I'm retired I've been interested in doing some of the things that I always put off, but when I see how much entertainment these days costs... OUCH!

I was thinking about taking a couple of the grand-kids (boys 15 & 17) to the Pomona Speedway to see the drag races. It would cost $264 for 4 tickets and I'm sure that doesn't cover parking or service fees, and another $40 we'd spend on each of them that evening.

A couple of the kids are at the age where I thought they might enjoy going to see the play Hamilton at the theater here in Los Angeles. For anything even close to decent seats, 4 tickets would be around $2000.

Disneyland, on an off day (not weekend or holiday) is still $102 per person and if I remember correctly the parking was $25. There would be no way I would get out of there for less than $600.

Even if I want to buy tickets to a concert at the Forum, the cheapest nosebleed section is still $99. Anything other than that starts at $149 and anything good is $200+.. And those prices don't include the service fees.
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Old 01-22-20, 04:48 PM
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+1 on zoo’s and yes at the beach, rent a surf board, bike the beach path etc., kayak a river, a good hike, zip-lining, together do photography/video, woodworking, pottery projects etc., look for museum/science center exhibits that would be of interest to them and even do some community volunteer work with them!!!…..that’s just a few of the things i would do to save the money spent on a day at more expensive entertainment centers. I had both a grandfather and uncle that involved me in being creative and thoughtful through my teens. those interactions/travel/projects are my best remembered from that time….and cost very little

btw a 4 to 6 year old can really get into the magic of disneyland and a 9+ can really get into the rides….i know that from first hand knowledge with nieces and it was well worth the cost for the enjoyment they got from the day.
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Definitely outrageous nowadays.
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There's plenty of free (outdoor) activities through the Irvine Ranch Conservancy
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Museums in Seattle have one free day per month, maybe there's something like that in your neck of the woods too?
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Universal Studios in Hollywood is $25 for basic parking ($50 for premium near the entrance), and $139 for each adult (I think its over 12 y.o.) . The Universal overlords have changed the park so most of it is now indoor roller coasters going through rooms with 3D projects on the walls, probably so they can change each ride quickly for the next blockbuster 'franchise' movie. They still have the backlot tour, Waterworld live action show, and a 'Animal Actors' show, but that's about it for live action. Food in there is expensive too - basic burger-fries-drink is $20, so save your $$$ and eat at one of the restaurants on Citywalk.

Not sure how people can afford it, especially if you're a family group coming from overseas. There were a lot of Chinese tourists there last November when I took some European relatives up there for a day.
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Universal Studios in Hollywood is $25 for basic parking ($50 for premium near the entrance), and $139 for each adult (I think its over 12 y.o.) . The Universal overlords have changed the park so most of it is now indoor roller coasters going through rooms with 3D projects on the walls, probably so they can change each ride quickly for the next blockbuster 'franchise' movie. They still have the backlot tour, Waterworld live action show, and a 'Animal Actors' show, but that's about it for live action. Food in there is expensive too - basic burger-fries-drink is $20, so save your $$$ and eat at one of the restaurants on Citywalk.

Not sure how people can afford it, especially if you're a family group coming from overseas. There were a lot of Chinese tourists there last November when I took some European relatives up there for a day.
In most cases I can afford it, I just can't justify that kind of cash for a day out. As I previously posted... I'd like to take 2 of the boys to the drag strip next month. After all is said and done I'll probably spend $150 on each of them. 4 tickets to Disneyland on a Saturday cost $596. That's not including parking and food. Maybe even a gift or 2 if we're taking the kids. It would probably turn out to be an $800 day. I'd just rather buy the 17 y/o a $800 car.
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There is plenty of music that is free or under $10 at the local university
https://music.asu.edu/events/
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Universal Studios in Hollywood is $25 for basic parking ($50 for premium near the entrance), and $139 for each adult (I think its over 12 y.o.) . The Universal overlords have changed the park so most of it is now indoor roller coasters going through rooms with 3D projects on the walls, probably so they can change each ride quickly for the next blockbuster 'franchise' movie. They still have the backlot tour, Waterworld live action show, and a 'Animal Actors' show, but that's about it for live action. Food in there is expensive too - basic burger-fries-drink is $20, so save your $$$ and eat at one of the restaurants on Citywalk.

Not sure how people can afford it, especially if you're a family group coming from overseas. There were a lot of Chinese tourists there last November when I took some European relatives up there for a day.
Once in a lifetime event for which you save a long long time for. But yes, it is all terribly expensive.

When my son was a young boy the most cost effective entertainment was the annual pass at the San Diego Zoo... this pass allowed for regular trips to the zoo at early hours of the day before the tourists flooded the place.

We would choose one area, and spend a couple hours really checking out all the animals in that zone... rather than rushing through and barely glimpsing the entire park.

The other great entertainment was the beach... sure, sand and waves had their attractions, but tide pools were the real show. This required knowing the beach well enough to know low tide, and where isolated tide pools existed... so a bit.of exploring was in order, but the rewards were well worth it... and the price... well, just the cost of gas to get us there.
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Get a few beers and watch bugs fly into the bug zapper. Hours of cheap entertainment
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Is there a wildlife area near you? With binoculars or a camera, that can be a good time. Most kids love animals.
I was going to suggest taking them camping for a few days.

When I was a kid, the most we got entertainment-wise were movies. Other than that, we made our own fun, like riding our bikes around the 'hood or going to the park and tossing a Frisbee.
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I would suggest a long bike ride (if they’re up to the challenge) or perhaps a short tour this summer. Neither will work if they’re not already cyclists. Otherwise, I’ll echo the more nature based excursions and activities. In my experience, nothing compares to the eye opening experiences only Mother Nature can provide. Commercial entertainment venues, even on their best days, are always uncomfortably overcrowded and expensive.

Sunrise in Yosemite valley, the brisk cool morning in the desert, or the gorgeous sunset over the Grand Canyon beats anything the Disney folks can artificially create.


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As a kid in the 60's and 70's we begged our parents to go to Disneyland. "All the kids are going, mom!" "Dad, why can't we go?!"Or so we thought! It was expensive back then, too. Always has been a pricey proposition. Transportation, lodging, food, admission, etc. The local crik and lake were our playgrounds.
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Even the movie theater wants to charge me a $3.68 "convenience" fee" for reserving 2 tickets online.
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As a kid in the 60's and 70's we begged our parents to go to Disneyland. "All the kids are going, mom!" "Dad, why can't we go?!"Or so we thought! It was expensive back then, too. Always has been a pricey proposition. Transportation, lodging, food, admission, etc. The local crik and lake were our playgrounds.
Back then Disneyland had days/nights when they allowed only certain business groups access to the park, typically during the slow winter months. One was a 'bank/savings and loan day', another was 'aerospace day' and my father/neighbor's father could get 'full-park-access' tickets really cheap ( no A-B-C-D-E ticket books). We went there so many times over the years that I tired of the whole place. I still don't live too far from it but have not been there since (at least) 1973.
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Bottom line... those "destination parks" are really just a once in a lifetime thing for many folks... just think about that foriegn family that has saved "forever" for the trip "to the states," that includes 2 or 3 days at a Disney park. That's it, one shot deal. Blow the whole wad on the one event and call it done.

Then, show the kids/grandkids, the world of nature... trees, beaches, bolders, mountains, glaciers, geysers, streams, fishing, camping, campfires, smores, stars...
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Many of these theme destination parks are a rip off - or so I've heard or rather interpreted from my acquaintances who have been. Many hundreds of dollars to mostly stand in line for hours with only a few rides possible. If kids and their parents were not so inundated with marketing they would not have their parents drag them there.
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Many of these theme destination parks are a rip off - or so I've heard or rather interpreted from my acquaintances who have been. Many hundreds of dollars to mostly stand in line for hours with only a few rides possible. If kids and their parents were not so inundated with marketing they would not have their parents drag them there.
Essentially, I agree with you...

Best time to go is off season, midweek. Wife and I played work hooky once on a rainy November day in So Cal... went to Disneyland... faced no lines. Rain wasn't that bad as we went from ride to ride quickly, and had a blast. (We were "dating" then...)

Over a decade later, we took our son, and "enjoyed" all those aspects you mentioned. You could not pay me to do it again.

Our son and his friends all went together in their senior year of High School... he hasn't been since... go figure.

Someday, he may take his kids... once.
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