14 of 40 – Splashing out


“Wow. Can I have a go? Can I? Please? Pretty please?”

I have to admit, it DID look like fun.  There were two lads and, I presumed (correctly as it turned out) their mum, each hurling themselves round in floating plastic balls.  There were shrieks of laughter and a lot of falling over with legs going everywhere.

“Well, let’s see how much it is first…”  Woah there! HOW much?! £5 for a go?  And a go is only 5 minutes?  Yes, OK, I understand that they have to make their living and that this stuff isn’t going to be cheap to buy. And yes, I understand that there is a going rate. Etc. Etc. I’m not saying that they were wrong in charging whatever they darn well liked to charge.

But £5?!  Holy smoke that’s a lot.  Especially when I had already forked out for the entrance fee to the SS Great Britain. (On an unrelated side note, that is rather expensive. But definitely and completely worth it.  And it is an annual pass.  Five year old and I took two pretty full days to see it all and are looking forward to going back.  Especially having asked ‘Brunel’ a question he had never been asked before.  He asked the museum staff on our behalf. They did research. They sent an email with pictures, diary extracts and acedemic references.)Image)

But anyway, back on dry land.  Have you seen Puss in Boots in Shrek 2?  The eyes?  Yeah, you know what I am talking about.

How much was it again? £5 per go.  Or £8 for 2. Or £10 for 3.  Now, just checking, the multiple tickets don’t have to be for the same person, right? 

Oh sod it.  Three tickets it is, then… one for Cherub, one for me and one for Cherub to have a go on the bungee trampoline.

You know something? It was just as much fun as it looked. You know something else? Remember I mentioned it took two days to see everything on the SS Great Britain? We paid again the second day we were there, to have more goes.  And Cherub keeps mentioning how he just can’t WAIT to have a go in that big water ball thing.

Sometimes, it is worth trying a New Thing – whether that is the water ball itself, or dipping hand into pocket to pay the extortionate amount it costs.  Sometimes, there are other ways to save, to create moments of fun like that.

About Not quite 40

Mother of 1, wife for 15 years, coming up to 40 and wanting to do something different. Not sure what, then realised it didn't actually matter. As long as I do *something* new, it's going to be Good!
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