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Friday, April 5, 2013

NC Zoo Trip

Wednesday, April 3 was the middle of Spring Break for Guilford County Schools. I headed to the NC Zoo in Asheboro with my two girls and a friend - an 8 year old, a 3 year old, and a 2 year old. We have a family membership, which is great because I don't feel like we need to see everything at the zoo every time we visit. We can take our time (important with toddlers!) and walk through North America on one visit, and Africa on the next. The membership pays for itself after two visits, so it is well worth it to take advantage of the deal!

We always start our zoo adventures with a stop to rent a double stroller. I always have a backpack with me with lunch and water bottles, so if the kids aren't in the stroller, the backpack is. And let's be honest - our zoo requires A LOT of walking! I think the prices just went up to $10 for a double stroller (I seem to recall it being cheaper last time we were there), but it is still well worth the expense. Even the 8 year old likes to sit and catch a ride sometimes!

We headed to Africa, and visited the Dinsosaurs exhibit for the first time too ($10 extra for the four of us). It wasn't as big as I was expecting, but it was really neat to see and hear the dinosaurs moving and roaring! The kids absolutely loved it too, especially the one that "spits" at you! Spring is definitely a good time to visit the zoo - all the animals are out and active. The gorillas and the giraffes were definitely the most-loved by the kids during this trip though, they were so close and active! Plus a baby gorilla and a baby giraffe are just fascinating for kids.

I like that the zoo offers the tram service to move to different points throughout the zoo. We always utilize it when we are there, and the kids think it is fun to ride a tram. In fact, they'd probably be just as happy riding the tram as they are with seeing the animals!

All in all, if you're looking for a fun way to spend a day with your kids, the NC Zoo is great. Be prepared for lots of walking, animal sightings, and fun!

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