You never really see it coming, one day you’re driving and notice a little sign around the round about “Holiday Carnival” or you may pass the set up area and see trailers off loading and then you know. It’s here!
(Video cred Michael Culmer 242 in the know)
Round and Round we go! McCafferty Enterprises sets up on Fort Charlotte and once again gives us locals another fun time at the Carnival. Not sure if they were hoping to gain the attention of tourists with the location change but with twice as much space and twice as much dust you can be sure that the new location adds to the nostalgia of the Holidays.
You won’t find an issue with parking although some areas are more well lit than others, there is ample space on either the eastern or western side of the Carnivals entrance. Being that I drive a particular vehicle that starts with the letter H I was particularly concerned but nonetheless it’s probably no safer than my own yard.
Once in expect to pay $7 for adults and $5 for kids age 3 years and younger/in a stroller are free of charge, but don’t quote me as this price seems to fluctuate (was told it was $5 for adults and $3 for kids but who knows)
Now you’re in!Fun begins and money starts to spend! Tickets! Tickets! Tickets! Depending on the age group most rides for younger kids start at 3 tickets and go up to 6 tickets for the more mature crowd. Tickets are $1.25 each. This year they reintroduced the packaged tickets which for me made much more sense money wise.
With two kids in tow I purchased the family sheet and was on my way! I would imagine with a larger family you would need the larger package. Shoots even I was borderline low on tickets and found my self back on the line trying to balance out the last few rides so budget accordingly.
One thing I liked this year was that the tickets can rollover to another day (again don’t quote me). Normally you would have to use all of your tickets during the same visit or forfeit it all, ticket agent assured me this was not the case but I still tried to use just about all that I purchased. Oh but bear in mind there is no reentry.
This year there was over 15 rides not including the games, your favorite 25cent Glass throw, Balloon darts, I mean they all came back.
They brought back all the favorites and then some like the YoYo, Gravitron, Merry Go Round and Mr.Dragon!
Yes the Over and Under table is still there and yes so is the Kalik tent! Word of advice the Kalik tent has water for $1 the other guys has it for $3.
Traditionally I never buy food at the carnival with the exception of a few must haves like the pizza and of course cotton candy. I was surprised to find most vendors were actually “affordable”. Had I not already infused in my child’s brain the promised of a my little pony toy from Mickey D’s I would have no issue treating myself to some chicken and fries!
Please keep in mind especially with little kids that bathroom situation is port a potties. I don’t know about you but I’m not a huge fan of these things and unless I missed it there is no where to wash your hands. So if you don’t already take LOTS of Hand Sanitizer hand towels tissue…yea I think you get the idea or better yet just leave at this stage.
As usual over all the experience was a memory maker and with Arawak Cay right next door it made for the perfect time to stop and enjoy some fritters with the family and over look the harbor. Yes it is expensive but like MasterCard commercial the smiles I get is priceless.
Until next time…