Entertaining the whole family is easier said than done, especially these days.
Post-recession, many households have a hard enough time covering just the cost of living — never mind the cost of living it up.
Family night can easily carry a $100-plus price tag, unless it involves board games or binge-watching "24."
Not that there's anything wrong with a good Monopoly match and streaming video.
Togetherness is togetherness, after all.
But sometimes you just want to get the brood out of the house, if only for the sake of everyone's sanity.
So here's to the York Fair and its sponsors for making the 249th edition a bit more affordable for those wanting to partake of the family fun for which the fair is known.
Admission to the nine-day fair, which opens Friday at 11 a.m. at the York Expo Center, is normally $8 for adults and $4 for those 6-18 years old and college students with ID.
Throw in parking for $7, and a family of four would spend $31 before they even lay eyes on a funnel cake or spin on their first ride.
But fairgoers can put a big dent in their costs by taking advantage of one or more the different discounts offered every day of the fair.
Popular promotional days traditionally include Utz/Scouts Day ($3 off admissions, free for Scouts and leaders in uniform Tuesday), Weis' free admission day Sunday for families of four with a Weis Markets Preferred Shoppers Card, and Community Courier Day, which offers free admission for families of four with a coupon from the newspaper.
Discounts on ride tickets and all-day ride wristbands also are offered throughout the fair's run.
Considering there's plenty of free entertainment inside the gates, the promotions make a day at the fair affordable for almost any budget.
Now let's hope the weather cooperates ...