Well, it was a financial hit (for me) but a HUGE stress relief. With all that is going on, I have had to figure out something to keep Q busy at least till 8:30 every night. It ends up in surprise charges even when I bring food, not to mention gas if we do something like our gps find a new park fun...(he loves to explore and find new parks but with his new fear issue, he is now worried about wild animals popping out and while he faces his fear when it hits him he takes it out on me rather than talking about it)..... So our city has a nice size water park. Not too huge to get lost but big enough that he never gets bored. With the new fear of heights he is much more cautious this year on slides..that is a good thing, it doesn't stop him but he is not being overly confident and disrupting people on the stairs. So here's what I did. I found out that the season pass is 60 dollars thru mid Sept. For kids with special needs it includes a PCA (they type it right on the pass, not sure that is cool...but oh well) and so that is 60 dollars for the season for both of us (I get to be the pca if no actual Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) worker comes). it is 10 dollars per day normally for each of us. Since I dont get to do a vacation, I have always treated him to that a few times a year. I feel awful spending that much at one time, but I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me. He does beautifully at water parks, with only his normal simple moments, but in general he wants to always be able to come back so he doesn't goof it up. It is a way for him to be around kids but not having to negotiate back and forth play. So for 60 bucks we both get a season full of water park, they are open even on holidays so when every other activity falls through we always have this as a back up except on storm days but we live close enough that we have left during the rain then come back and almost have the park to ourselves. It is sucky to feel guilty about spending money but I know this was a good move. He didn't even fuss about my coming to pick him up from school instead of the bus bringing him home. I know this is a dumb thing to type about but my head is so full and this one thing made a huge difference yesterday. It was for him but it was for me too....it made my life manageable for the summer. So I decided if you take all the mani's and pedi's that I have never done in my life, and the fact that I have had ONE haircut all year....I am going to say I earned this. Good thing my kid likes peanut butter and jelly! LOL.