My husband and I have season passes to the local amusement park. It also covers a bunch of local water parks and not so local amusement parks. We paid for ours throughout the winter and today, when my husband gets his check, I am ordering my son one. It will be 30 dollars a month, for 6 months. So we'll be done paying it off right around the time that the park closes for the year.
I am pregnant, so I'm not going to get much use out of mine, except for taking the kids, seeing the shows, fireworks on the 4th of july etc.
My husband doesn't think we should get one for my step daughter because it's 180 dollars and she only visits every other weekend. He thinks it's a waste of money. I beg to differ. She's tall enough to ride all of the rides and while she probably won't get on the coasters, there's plenty of other things to do. See the shows, shop in the shops, do the water rides, the kiddie rides etc.
If we do Cedar Point one weekend - she will cost 50 dollars
Soak City - 33 dollars
Wild Water Kingdom - 30 dollars
King's Island - 55 dollars
I'd like to go for the special events and holiday's - Plus early admission with the pass, discounts on food and games etc.
I handle our money and in this situation, I am going over his head and getting her a pass. It's more frugal to just get the pass, because if she doesn't have one, and we don't have the money to get her a ticket, the whole family misses out. Like the Fourth Of July - it's his holiday. So the whole family can't go because we didn't spring 30 bucks a month for his kid? I don't think so.
Even if she's only here every other weekend - She'll be here for 13 weekends that the park is open. Halloween is his holiday this year as well and he wants to take her there for Halloween. This is our main source of "outtings" this summer.