Monday, December 15, 2014

Homeschool Travels - The White House and National Zoo

We try to do as much as we can as a family when on trips.  Poor Daddy doesn't get to explore with us as much as we would like.  One day we visited the National Archives, (Sorry no pictures allowed inside.) to see important American documents.

 We kept exploring all the way to the White House....

 And we had to take some time to chase the squirrels.
 This has to be one of the best zoos we have ever visited!!!  The highlight though was seeing the pandas.

 How Panda poop tells a story.
Panda research area.
 Checking out bamboo

 Lydia was so excited to see these unique horses.  Przewalski's Horses are a rare breed of horses we learned about in Mongolia.  

 Caty was working on her hiking badge.  She helped pack the snack bag for us before we left the hotel and now she was supposed to be using landmarks to find our way through the zoo.
 Giant Sloth
 Lydia teaching the bird to read
 Checking out a naked mole rat colony.

 There was a whole building dedicated to the brain!

 Checking out the tiger
 We have to ride the carousel!

 Prairie dog maze to play in
 And it's Lunchtime

 Giant pizza to play on in the "Where does your food come from" exhibit.

 The kids were jealous of the goats play area.

 We were loving the leaves.
 Display on how long items take to decompose.  Great learning lesson.

 Brayden loved this.
 Sun bears playing

 Staring down the fish

 Poop was a scientific theme at the National Zoo....this was on elephant poop
We have been to some nice zoos.  This ranked as our favorite.  (Sorry Bronx Zoo you have been dethroned.)

If you pack snacks and lunch, the only cost is parking.  That can be pretty high depending on your lot.  So be prepared, it is not totally free.  Also if you want a map, you pay for those also.  But this zoo was well worth it and we LOVED it!  We plan on cycling it through again.

If you are in DC, make sure to take some time to visit the National Zoo!

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