Why do kids pay while grownups play?

The Canada 150 Day celebration in Parksville was great. We had a free parade, free parking for the handicapped, free birthday cake, free entertainment all day, free fireworks.

But I was appalled to see children charged for a bouncy slide ($2 per slide), $5 for four minutes in a bouncy castle, and I’m sure there were charges for another inflatable attraction. I would have preferred one less band and have the children celebrate Canada 150 Day for free.

We have many single parents and low-income families that were likely unable to afford this fun for their children. I’m deeply disappointed that the organization committee saw fit to charge children to celebrate Canada 150 Day, and let the adults have all their fun for free.

Bev Gray


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