You can certainly call me cheap, because I often am, but I'm astonished at the prices to go to these performances! The going rate on these tickets in my area is $60. I checked other locations and the lowest I found was $50 for the nose-bleed section. For that reason, we have never taken the kids to the stage to see Barney or George.
There is a very specific target market for these shows: kids aged 2-10. And it's not just one 5 year old kid hopping in a car and driving himself to the theater. There's at least one parent so the total will be over $100 for two hours of in-person entertainment.
Now, let's say there are more persons in the family. A family of four, whether it's two adults and two kids or one adult and three kids, is spending a jaw-dropping $200 at the very least! That's no food, no drinks, no toy and no parking fees. I could take my family for two days of skiing, hotel and two meals for this price.
To me, it's insane! I fully understand the laws of supply and demand; these are the prices because we parents are willing to pay them. I truly have no idea the associated costs to open, run and clean a huge venue. And if it warrants these prices, so be it. I just can't figure out the willingness to pay these prices.
My husband works hard and we have a descent income, higher than the average middle income according to the government. I realize it's all choice, but if we find it overly expensive at our income, how do families making less afford to go to these? Again, I'm cheap and for certain things, I just have a limit. I'm not judging, I'm questioning. Just sayin'.
So I'm wondering have you taken your kid(s) to these and was it worth it?
Do you think these prices are ridiculous?
Other thoughts, ideas?