We celebrated my son’s 9th birthday over the weekend. It was a flurry of dining out, opening Beyblades and DSi games, and playing with Beyblades and DSi games.
One thing we didn’t do over the weekend was host a birthday party. That’s because, like many kids his age, Will did not want a birthday party. All he wanted this year was a trip to the giant indoor water park. His request–and his father’s and my reaction to this request–have prompted the following list.
Here, in reverse order, are the Top 5 Reasons I Don’t Want to Go to the Giant Indoor Water Park:
5. The Cost.
Stays at the Giant Indoor Water Park are expensive! And what’s this thing they’re charging me called a mandatory “resort fee”? Sounds like another way to milk parents out of their hard-earned dollars.
4. The noise.
Take 8 million gallons of rushing, churning, spilling water. Add 8,341 children of all ages screaming in terror and/or glee. Now enclose all that water and all those children within four walls and a roof.
3. The arcade.
Those resort masterminds, much like the masterminds at Disney World, know how to bilk you out of every last cent. One such way is by putting the Vegas-style arcade right next to the entrance to the Giant Indoor Water Park with one of those prize counters where kids can turn in $20 bucks worth of tickets for 1 bouncy ball.
2. Party rooms.
After spending all day in the loud, overpriced Giant Indoor Water Park, all you want to do is pass out from exhaustion in your room. Except you can’t. That’s because Skyenna is having, like, the most awesome sleepover ev-ah for her and her besties right next door to your room. Or above your room. And, like, they are totally not going to sleep forev-ah.
1. My husband.
My husband hates crowds, noise, arcades, people making noise in any room near his, and spending money. (Honey, if you’re reading this, you know I love you!)
And then there’s this:
All my 9-year-old wanted for his birthday was a trip to the Giant Indoor Water Park.
We’ve booked a night in August.
Have you been to a giant indoor water park?