A Trip to the ZOO!

Last week we made a day trip to the NC Zoo. If you’re a homeschooler and a planner, register 2 weeks in advance for tickets and save some serious cash. Here is the link to reserve tickets ahead of time for free admission as a homeschool student or instructor.

If you’re challenged in the planning area but thrive on spontaneity (like us) then you may want to purchase the annual membership for $59.00 because that’s about what you’ll end up paying for the day. This membership works for many other children’s museums and aquariums across the country.

Once Duff and I got over the fact that we missed out on the homeschool discount, we had a blast! We were a little nervous initially when after visiting our third habitat of the day we still hadn’t seen a live animal. But after the slow start we made out really well. We saw monkeys, bears, elephants, giraffes, seals, and we even ran into our friend Anne and her children by the buffalo!

The kids never tired of traipsing around from habitat to habitat.

Wish I could say the same about Duff:)

If your familiar with the NC Zoo you’ll agree with our friend Margaret,” it’s kinder to the animals than it is to the people!” You get some serious exercise! Makinley and Gabrielle walked at least 75% of the time which amazed me.

The kids LOVED cooling off at the misting station in Africa.

After lunch we spent some time in the Kidzone where Gabby and Makinley had a ball painting with water!

Gavin and Luke suggested that we take pics with them on top of the giant bison!

We spent much of the day looking at this view of Makinley making her escape:

always in the opposite direction from the rest of us.

Nothing frightens,


or unnerves her……

She is a complete mess!


  1. Miss seeing you guys at church. Thanks for posting the pics!

  2. beth glick says:

    Oh my goodness! Those pictures are fun! Expecially the one of Duff tuckered out and Makinley running the opposite direction! (I laughed out loud when I saw those!) We hope you guys are doing well. We miss you!!!

  3. I’d say I look more disgruntled than tuckered out! :)

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