Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Best of Small Town Mexico-The Family Fun Center

Today's Best of Small Town Mexico is brought to you by a special "guest poster", my 5 year old son Julio. We have just returned to Small Town from Houston and it is always hard to come back; I can't think of anything really great about living here right now, so I will be relying on guest posters until the depression lifts.

Julio's favorite thing about Small Town Mexico is the "Family Fun Center". The Fun Center is a bowling alley with some video games, air hockey/pool tables, etc. They also have an indoor play area for kids. Julio loves to go there.

It opened about a year after we got here and there was much anticipation in our house as there just is not a lot to do here in Small Town with kids (or without kids for that matter). Bowling is not my favorite activity, but I can see how it would be more fun than say, playing Candyland 30 times in a row.

Exit, sweet, fun-loving Julio. Enter grouchy Gabriela.

We were pretty disappointed when it opened up and we saw the prices. Here's the prices PER PERSON, PER GAME (10 pesos=1 dollar):


So, for our family of 5 to bowl during prime bowing hours (after 1 pm) and play ONE game (with shoe rental), it would cost us FORTY DOLLARS. 4-0. Can anyone believe that??? I cannot. And if we go for bargain bowling? $35.00. PER GAME. It's bowling for Pete's sake! I don't think so. I have not and will not ever bowl here.

I am not sure who is using this so-called "Fun" center. An average, minimum wage, entry-level job here pays around $240 a month. A serious bowling habit could really take a hit at that.

Occasionally, when we are TOTALLY desperate for something to do, we will go and play the other games. Those are expensive too. between $0.60 and $1.00 per game. GRRRR.

Sorry, this is supposed to be the positive, uplifting, Best of Small Town. I'm just not there yet. Maybe next week.

16 comments:

Rachelle said...

Holy expensive batman! I would never pay that much to bowl either!

Kristen said...

Whoa! I don't think I'd be bowling there, either. It's not that great of a game!

ShelahBooksIt said...

Those places are always total ripoffs. I avoid them. Maybe it's just because I'm a really, really bad bowler.

No Cool Story said...

WHAT?!! How can anyone afford that...
Oh, I get it, the price is that high because
1)the place smells great, 2)The bowling shoes smell beyond great (I’m guessing lavender and a touch of cinnamon) 3)food and beverages must be out of this world, which I assume, are included in the price.
I’m also assuming that the “escuela de boliche” is actually an all-inclusive summer program.

C’mon Gabriela, confess

El Guapo (I hate my name) said...

It's sad when bowling is a status symbol. We aren't high society enough for it yet.

No Cool Story said...

I'd like to show my support for you by including Best of Small Town Mexico's "Family Fun Center" to my list of things I'm protesting on May 1st.
I'll protest this Center of Unfuness by never going there. Not ever, no matter how bored I am, I'll never set foot in (on?) it.

Grammy said...

Man, it makes the cost of a day pass to the aquarium seem like more of a bargain than ever. I haven't blogged yet, but I've gotten a lot more quilting in since you've gone. My left thumb is mincemeat! Miss you already.

Gabriela said...

I was just thinking that my thumb hurts! We miss you too!

Stephanie said...

Those bowling balls must be made out of diamonds. That is crazy!

Bright One said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I thought Mexico was supposed to be the land of great bargains! Good thing your family isn't huge! Wonder if you get a break if you bring your own ball! : )

smartmama said...

its those pricey zapatos they'll get you every time-- or maybe it's the pricey zapatos disinfecting spray...

itybtyfrog said...

Mental note...steer clear of bowling alleys when visiting Mexico. Sorry you are depressed to return home. It is always hard coming home after a fun vacation.

momofalltrades said...

There are plenty of places here that cost as much. One night our family went and it was $50!!!!!!!!!!!! We were SHOCKED. Horrified. Never been back. ;O)

On a side note, (and you can tell me to butt out, take a hike, whatever...if you wish!) but you stayed with Grammy in Houston....are you all related (Grammy, DYM and you)or just friends? I've made some very close online pals over the last couple years, so I was just curious.

Lei said...

Wow, that is expensive! I say you save a couple soda cans and let the kids bowl indoors, lol!

Grammy said...

Hey, Mom of all trades,

It's Grammy speaking. Gabriella is my dear friend - made while living in S. America and kept forever. Most of my friends here think Gabriella is my daughter, because she is closer in age to my daughters than to me. But she claims to like me, even if I am old.

DYM, Heather of onewomansworld and Nantie Meg are my daughters who blog.

handiemom said...

I don't think I've ever seen a bowling alley in Mexico so maybe that is why it is so expensive because it is the first????????? Either way, smart move not to pay money for it. Carisimo!