Organized class-wide costly outings
I would appreciate some thoughts whether the below is common and any advice as to how to navigate to the extent possible with the the limitations of not being the organizer of the outings so having little control over it. I have a child in public school with a large but very close knit class with many playdates occurring and many parents involved in the school. We have an outing coming up to a fun and kid friendly location, but with a costly admission fee. The outing is outside of school hours and is organized by parents but the whole class is invited. It is not a birthday party, so each family is expected to pay for themselves. We love the idea of the outing, are comfortable with the cost, and know that a large portion of the class is going (and we are going as well), but I found out that a few of the kids cannot make it because of cost. PTA cannot help because it is not school sponsored event. They said it is unfortunate, but it is effectively a playdate on a weekend to which some kids are going (it is majority of class, but not all) and it is up to the organizers and school cannot appear to sponsor it. Organizers cannot help since the location is selected and there is nothing anyone can do about the cost as it is everyone pays for themselves event. Besides trying to ensure that the next outing is in a park and we at least alternate between expensive outings and free/cheap ones, I'm curious if anyone's class is equally close and parents organize those type of outings, and how students' families' different ability to afford outings is being handled?