My children and I were very excited to try this out, when we got there we did not realize how much money we would actually have to spend. My girls Loved the idea of getting to sift through the sand like the actual miniors did way back when. But the more you actually sift through the sand the more money you spend. You are also not guaranteed any special gems or stones unless you buy the most expensive buckets. I Loved the idea and it was a great concept for kids But I know we can't afford to go back there. Hopefully they will lower there prices so we can try it again sometime.
My fiance, myself, and our son went this passed summer. My son is 3 years old, and we all enjoyed digging through the sand, and getting our special gems. You have to choose which bucket you want, which they go up in price depending on how much you are willing to spend, you are gaurenteed a specfic gem and some that are special. You get to keep everything in the bucket, and at the end you can choose to mount it into something such as a ring, necklace etc. We used a coupon which is the only reason we went because it is pretty exspensive without a coupon..and we ended up getting a treasure chest to put our gems in...we never did mount them..but we found some REALLY nice stones! Fun for all ages even the preschoolers like to help and find the ROCKS. :)
The premise is simple; buy a bucket of dirt, dump it into a mesh-bottom tray (little by little), and sift it in water to find gems. It is not an attraction for someone who is fastidious about staying clean. It is a lot of fun, especially for younger children - but adults have just as much fun, especially if you buy one of the higher-priced buckets that guarantees you a valuable gem of some kind. Dress in your play clothes, and prepare to get dirty. Also prepare to shell out some bucks (entrance is free), especially if you want one of those valuable gems or if you plan to have any of your finds turned into jewelry! After you finish your bucket/s, you take your finds into the building and someone sits with you, and explains what you have found.