A Journey to the North Carolina Zoo + Sunday Enjoyable

When Ryan and I noticed the forecast for the climate this previous weekend — mid-60s and sunny — we started discussing plans for a visit to the zoo on Saturday. The sunny skies and cool-but-warm temperatures seemed like the perfect zoo climate and it couldn’t have been a extra lovely day!

We loaded up the automobile and hit the street for Asheboro round 8:30 a.m. By 10 a.m. we arrived on the North Carolina Zoo and the North America entrance already gave the impression to be packed. For any native associates, I needed to take a second to share what I feel is the last word “zoo hack” Ryan and I found associated to the North Carolina Zoo this weekend. Previously we’ve at all times parked on the the Africa entrance because it’s at all times rather a lot much less crowded however the format of the zoo means we’re both strolling all the way in which throughout the park again to our automobile on the finish of our go to or ready in a line for the tram. This time we parked in North America however used the “Connector Path” to stroll a mile to the Africa entrance to purchase our tickets and enter the park. This labored SO effectively since a fast one-mile stroll wasn’t daunting originally of our zoo go to after which once we had been completed on the zoo, we walked proper out to our automobile after we concluded our time within the North American portion of the zoo. I can’t suggest this sufficient! It made the entire journey seamless from a logistical standpoint.

The primary animals we noticed as we entered the zoo had been the zebras and giraffes and Rhett was in heaven! He adores giraffes — a fascination prompted initially by the five hundred Giraffe Wubbanub pacifiers he has in addition to a big giraffe stuffed animal he has in his room — and he was completely thrilled to see an actual giraffe in individual! One of many juvenile giraffes walked proper in the direction of us at one level and Rhett was in awe. Ryan and I each stated the zoo was proper within the “candy spot” for Rhett at 2.5 years outdated as a result of he was utterly fascinated by every part he noticed. Since actions can go both means with Rhett (and all toddlers, actually) at this age, we thought-about this a giant win!

Because it’s been almost a 12 months since our last zoo visit, I used to be shocked when Chase remembered the precise spot the place he misplaced a tooth final 12 months in addition to the very best locations to seek for anole lizards and skinks on the zoo grounds. He’s our Creature Man so I don’t know why I used to be so shocked he’d bear in mind the very best lizard places! This 12 months Chase spent about 25% of our time on the zoo trying on the animals and 75% of it obsessively on the lookout for lizards and skinks to catch and launch.

(Overalls: Amazon / Sneakers: Madewell / White v-neck bodysuit: Amazon / Sun shades: QUAY

(Try the blue-tailed skink in Chase’s hand!) 

We now have to get that child again to Florida ASAP as a result of his fascination with catching and releasing lizards is at an all-time excessive.

Favourite animals and displays for the boys this 12 months included the desert exhibit (full with tons of snakes, lizards and tortoises), the otters (so playful!) and chimpanzees.

We had been bummed the butterfly exhibit the boys beloved a lot final 12 months wasn’t open but so we could should make one other go to to the zoo early this summer season when the climate is hotter and it opens again up.

The route we took by way of the zoo had us ending our go to in North America which meant we stumbled upon the playground and dirt kitchen space proper when the boys had been prepared for some free playtime the place they might run round and discover. We ended our go to within the early afternoon and each Rhett and Ryder fell asleep for just a little little bit of drive residence which shocked us since Rhett by no means sleeps within the automobile (sure, not even on our 6+ hour drives to Florida).


After such a full day on Saturday, we needed to maintain issues just a little extra chill on Sunday. We frolicked near residence and the boys performed basketball, creativeness video games and distant management automobiles for a number of hours after they awakened and appeared to understand not being rushed out the door within the early morning.

Round 10 a.m., we headed off to Birkdale Village! Ryan is co-coaching Chase’s soccer crew on Monday nights (a roll he type of fell into when the coach initially assigned to Chase’s crew fell by way of on the final minute final week) so we needed to select up a number of issues he must run practices for a rowdy group of boys! We additionally meandered over to Barnes & Noble to select up the previous few books from the Dragon Masters series of chapter books Chase loves a lot.

We’re making our means by way of the sequence once more and since we personal 75% off the books within the sequence, we figured we’d full our assortment since we have now three children who could all learn/hearken to Dragon Masters books. (We initially completed the sequence by borrowing the previous few books.)

(Unpopular opinion: I do nooot just like the ebook The place the Wild Issues Are. Ryder picked it to learn collectively on Sunday and was equally underwhelmed. Clearly we don’t get the hype round that one!) 

The boys love journeys to the ebook retailer so we took our time and allow them to flip by way of books that referred to as to them earlier than rounding up our crew and making our solution to a neighborhood pond to see if any tadpoles had been out.

We warned the boys that it was probably nonetheless too early for tadpoles (it was) however fortunately our journey to the pond was saved once they had been in a position to web tiny fish to catch and launch of their little catch-and-release aquarium. (<– That factor is a must have for creature-loving children, particularly in the course of the summer season months and on the seashore.) The boys would’ve fortunately stayed on the pond all day however ultimately we knew everybody wanted lunch and Rhett wanted a nap so we headed residence.

The remainder of our Sunday handed by in a blur of labor, laundry, cleansing and film evening! Ryan and I each wanted a number of hours of labor time on Sunday and arrange side-by-side laptops on the sofa whereas the massive children performed throughout Rhett’s nap time. Ultimately Rhett was awake and we received the boys within the bathe/tub earlier than watching the film Vehicles and calling it an evening.

It was a easy however full weekend! I hope you all had one and revel in the remainder of your week!