Saturday, May 28, 2011

Field Trip: Cincinnati Zoo

We took this field trip to the Cincinnati Zoo back in March as part of our penguin unit. The weather was gorgeous on this particular day - warm and sunny enough to be pleasant for us humans but not so blazingly hot that the animals were languishing in the shade or asleep. We actually saw quite a bit of activity from many of them.

Even though we don't live terribly close to this zoo, we decided to purchase an annual family pass. We always have a ball there and come away having learned something new with each visit. Since there was a good special going on family memberships in March, I couldn't pass it up. If we go twice - which we will easily do - we will more than get our money's worth from it.

Do you have a zoo in your area? If so, you might want to check into any special discounts or specials they might be running. Some museums and zoos offer educator discounts to homeschooling families. What a great way to get outdoors for some learning fun with your family this summer - or anytime of the year for that matter.

These King Penguins were the primary purpose for our trip since we had just finished up our Penguin Unit. (Sorry for the poor photography. I was shooting through a wet, glass window.)

In case you can't tell, it was lunchtime when we were there. These King Penguins stand two feet tall and truly do look like little old men dressed in tuxes.

We've been to this zoo several times, but this was the first time the lions were out where we could actually see them. 

The polar bears are always one of my fave exhibits b/c it's a huge area, and there is a glassed-in portion below ground where you can see them swimming underwater.

Goofing around at the entrance.

As a part of our membership, we receive unlimited free rides on the carousel and the zoo train.

Sweet Pea the Turtle

One of the giraffes had just given birth that morning, so she was indoors resting and bonding with her new little one, but this elegant lady was out for a stroll.

Another of our fave exhibits. Usually we'll see a mama gorilla with a baby, but only the males were out on this particular day.

Thanks for joining me on this recap. of our zoo trip. I hope you've enjoyed it!

If you're looking for some fun field trip ideas or want to share a field trip that your family has taken, head over to The Homeschool Post and link up with the new Fantastic Foto Field Trips Meme going on there!

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