Taking advantage of the “Swaptember” promotion between Lowry Park Zoo, MOSI, and The Florida Aquarium, we (myself and my current homeschoolers, minus one) made last Wednesday a free zoo field trip day!
It had been two years since we had last visited the zoo, so it was like a whole new experience for Dee. And she LOVED it. She loved it so much, that we used the visit as a starting point to our September Zoo themed Unit Study.
I just noticed Lefty’s face. Why does he always have to make faces at the camera?!
One highlight was petting the llama that Dee described as “so soft”.
Again with the FACE!
Cute baby rhino, sticking out his tongue
Shortly before lunch, we met up with my friend Paula for awhile, sharing a picnic lunch, then letting our youngest girls cool off in the fountains together.
And one thing that I was very pleased about, regarding a change that the zoo has made since our last visit — they stopped charging for the rides! (The rides weren’t previously included in the price of admission). This allowed the older children to beat the Florida heat by cooling off on the log ride.
And Dee couldn’t get enough of ”driving the train”. Since it was Wednesday, there were no crowds at all, so my children had the train ride all to themselves. The ride operator allowed Dee to ride around…and around…and around. I didn’t think she’d ever tire of it.
The bats weren’t as fascinating as they were on previous visits (no babies this time, everyone asleep, and fewer bats present than last time), but the children still enjoyed the goofy photo op:
One thing Dee enjoyed just as much as she did the train — petting the goats!!!
She did NOT want to leave the goat pen/petting zoo area!
Watching the river otters
Manatees and turtles
The OTHER reason (second to gators) I don’t swim in fresh water in Florida
The only kind of turtle I *don’t* like
The Stingray Touch Tank is ALWAYS a favorite! They have one here at the zoo, at the Clearwater Aquarium, at the Florida Aquarium, at Mote…no matter where we go, the children seem to be drawn to the stingrays. We spent more time here than anywhere else. :) [workers keep stingers clipped, so they are harmless]