Forget Chuck E. Cheese or some boring bounce house, birthday parties for kids today need something more exciting to celebrate the turning of another year. Something like swimming with live alligators perhaps.
Yes, on purpose. A company out of Florida (where else?) is offering to throw live alligators in your backyard pool to pep up your kid's party. Bob Barrett runs The Alligator Attraction out of Mediera Beach, and decided to take his show on the road charging $175 to put one of the reptiles into the pool with a bunch of screaming kids. Apparently this idea is for some reason appealing to the masses (or Floridians anyway), and Barrett says the reptile-infested parties have taken off like wildfire.
The gators' mouths are taped shut, so it sounds at least relatively safe (until some curious kid pries that tape off). But still, talk about overkill. Not to mention those poor gators!
The freaky factor aside, it's just the latest example of out-of-control, overindulgent parenting trends that will likely set our kids up for a lifetime of disappointment. Seriously, when you get a party at 10 that requires as much planning as some weddings, what's there to look forward to in the future?
I get it that we all want to make our kids' childhood memories the best they can be, and if you have the money, why not. But there's a point at which you're killing their childhood with elaborate expectations. Other kids' parties I've attended and/or heard about from others include things like:
Overnight stays at pricey hotels
Fancy catered food
D.J.'s and full bands
42 center pieces, 2,000 flowers, and 300 costumes for a 6-year-old's party with a $32,000 budget.
And on and on. So I suppose a few alligators aren't that outrageous in the scheme of things. The scheme of things, however, is so ridiculous it's sad.
What's the most outrageous children's birthday party you've attended?
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