So, let me just say that we had neither. This is not to say we didn't have any fun, but we had to work harder at having fun than we usually do.
After lying around all morning, we decided to check out the Frisco Freedom Fest. It was advertised as "Free admission" and "Lots of free Kids' Zone activities" so we thought that sounded like a great way to spend time before the fireworks started (scheduled for 10 pm).
Here we are, just arriving at Frisco Square, around 5 p.m:
I like these pictures because, not only are we all festive in our coordinating red, white and blue, but we are still full of hope and anticipation of the 5 hours of fun we are about to have. (Did we really think the kids would last for 5 hours? Sure, with FREE activities, live music and "tons of Frisco restaurant booths" to choose from.)
Our first activity was the Euro Bungee. Avery was the only one brave enough...thank goodness, because it WAS NOT FREE. It cost 6 tickets. Aaron went to buy tickets while we stood in line. He came back and informed me that he just spent $30 on 30 tickets.
Okey dokie...well, this is a big activity. It has to cost more than the other things. Plus, Avery loved it.
See? She's loving it. Totally worth six dollars.
Now, on to the next activity...tons of bounce houses. Since bounce houses are everywhere these days, they have to be cheap.
THREE TICKETS? PER CHILD? That's three freaking dollars a child to jump on a dadgum bounce house! It's not looking like our $30 of tickets are going to last 5 hours....seriously? THREE DOLLARS TO JUMP ON A BOUNCE HOUSE? There is a restaurant by our house that has two bounce houses out back...sure, the food sucks, but at least the bounce houses are free!
We decided to take a break with a snow cone. $3 each? Yeah, but you get to make your own! Surely that's worth $3, right? Kids LOVE to squirt that syrup stuff. Suicide snow cones on the 4th of July. Gotta love that. Oh wait. I have picky kids. None of them wanted the vomit-colored snow cones they had created. There's another $9 down the drain. But look how cute they are with their sweaty, red faces.
So, where is this Kids' Zone with "tons of free activities?" It's way, way in the back...behind all the three and four ticket items, of course. It's the crappy bean bag toss where the bean bag weighs more than the actual board, so it tips over when you throw it. It's that fishing game, where the kid throws the fishing line over a screen and someone behind puts a toy on it. We have like, three paper gliders that fell apart 10 minutes after we got them. There was also a game where a kiddie pool was full of ducks with numbers on the bottom. I'm sure there was supposed to be some sort of system, but the dude running this "game" just handed a prize every time a kid picked up a duck, regardless of the number. More gliders.
We walked all the way to the back, playing one crappy game after another, until we came to the paramedic/fire station portion. The kids liked that...here they are with one of Frisco's old-timey fire truck.
So, to summarize: We spent $9 on snow cones that went in the trash; $30 on bounce houses and bungee jumping; $13 for three sandwiches; and $6 on water. All this in 2 hours. We were too broke to wait the last 3 hours before fireworks, so we came home and got in the kiddie pool in the backyard. We then had popcorn and watched a movie until 9:45, when we drove up to the CVS parking lot to sit and watch fireworks. I wouldn't say I would do it all over again, but hey, it's a memory. That's what holidays are all about, right?
P.S. If you ask my kids what their favorite part of the day was, I bet they would all say the fireworks. Not because they loved them so much, but because, at one point in the parking lot, one guy had his headlights on and another guy went absolutely berserk, yelling "HEY, IDIOT! Turn off your lights, IDIOT!" over and over again. We all got in the car and laughed all the way home, mocking the yeller. The next day, that's all they wanted to talk about...the yelling guy. Hey, at least that was free.