Birthday Party Question

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Registered: 11-09-2006
Birthday Party Question
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Sat, 06-06-2009 - 10:27am

Hello all! New to the board and had a question on DS's birthday party. We are having it at a waterslide park this year, and for the first time I am allowing DS to invite some friends from school. I work there (at his school), so I really want to follow proper protocol. Anyway, I have already sent out the invitations and now realize there is a 6 dollar parking fee. I called the waterslide park and they said they are a different company than the company that handles parking, so we cannot include parking in the party package. What would you do? Also, does this schedule sound ok?


12:00 party starts/eating begins


12:45 free time (I plan to set up some activity stations or do games)


1:30 cut cake/ open gifts


2:00 slide time

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Registered: 06-29-2001
Sun, 06-07-2009 - 11:53am

Ian is going to have friends at the water park for his birthday also, this year.

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Registered: 11-09-2006
Sun, 06-07-2009 - 5:39pm
Mindy, Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, it is a party package. I asked the planner what is usually done in this situation, and she said the parents that opt to bring thier child just pay for parking. They do not pay 2x though (doesn't make me feel better). I will admit that I have been to kids parties and paid for parking (not unusual here to pay for
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Registered: 06-29-2001
Sun, 06-07-2009 - 6:38pm

Well, if they are opting to come along and pay for themselves and the rest of the family to spend the afternoon at the water park, then I wouldn't feel badly about the parking fee anymore, they are choosing to spend the day at the park and would have had to pay the parking anyhow.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 06-08-2009 - 10:44am

You both gave me a great idea to celebrate Philip's birthday! Thank you. Now to see if I can convince dh to take him and a couple of friends.......

Does the park allow you to "pre-pay" for parking? A small local zoo allows us to do that and when we've gone to parties there we've been given the tickets for it. I've also seen a drop off circle where the family doesn't have to pay for parking. If the water park has that options you could let the guests know that you will be waiting there from say 9:30 to 9:45 so they can drop their child off with you and not have to pay for parking. And that everyone will be at the drop off point at 5pm waiting to be picked up.