Project Explore Washington has been a bust this summer, but I’m not giving up. I had planned on exploring different areas of the state with the family now that the kids are old enough for some over nighters. We successfully journeyed to Crystal Mountain and Portland…and then that’s it.
It’s not my fault though.
When the school year ended kids pulled out of the daycare for the summer and my spending funds took a hit. Turns out paying our mortgage means more to Pat than taking the kids to Mount Rainier for the weekend so that I can post about the exploration on my blog.
The upside to that little setback is that I realized how lovely it is to only have six kids home with me as opposed to twelve and an assistant. So I’m keeping it this way.
In the mean time we’ll need to be a little more frugal with what exactly we’re exploring in Washington, so for trip number three I give you…The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Hardly the cheap way to go…the cost to get into the zoo is $16.50 per adults and $11.00 for kids. Add in the cost of parking and food IF you choose to splurge…you’re looking at a spendy day trip of well over sixty bucks. But if you have a zoo membership and park on the street and feed your kids before you go than you’ve got a free trip on your hands.
I have to admit, we hadn’t been to this zoo in years until becoming members earlier this year. My dislike for keeping animals in captivity skyrocketed after the whale incident and it wasn’t until recently that I’ve been able to accept the zoo again. I realize what an amazing learning experience it is for the kids though so I’m sucking it up for them.
And it’s a good thing. Because this zoo is beautiful. I could walk around it all day with or without the animals. It’s lush and green and pretty and huge. It’s so big that you don’t even realize it’s packed with everyone so spread out. There were plenty of moments where we were the only people walking its winding paths and wooden bridges.
There’s an indoor tree house climber that trumps all climbers.
The kids were delighted with the animals.
I was delighted seeing them delighted.
And it was altogether a successful trip…Project Explore Washington (on a budget) #SUCCESS!