I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Philadelphia Zoo Sleepover

We were given a free Philadelphia Zoo sleepover for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Sleepover at the Philadelphia Zoo

Where: 3400 W. Girard Ave
             Philadelphia, PA

Who: Ages  6 and Up


Me - The sleepover at the Philadelphia zoo was fun-filled. We got to sleep in Kids Zoo U. There were less people in the sleepover group than at any other sleepover we have been to. There were some little animals in Kids Zoo U  like chicks and rats and more. The chicks were really cute. I don't like rats though. We got to go in  the Reptile House and the Small Mammal House. I liked them both but I liked the small mammals a little bit better because they are cuter. My favorites in the reptile house are the turtles. We went for a hike at night and  another one in the morning. It was kind of hard to see any of the animals at night. Our guide used flashlights but he couldn't shine them directly at the animals. The penguins looked like they were bowing down to a giant statue. It was funny.  On the morning hike, somebody asked about why they don't have elephants at the Philadelphia Zoo anymore. Our guide told us it was because they couldn't afford to build the kind of enclosure they wanted. So this little kid in our group wanted to know how much it would cost because he was willing to donate money. It was so funny!  At night, we had a snack. I didn't like it because it was animal crackers which was appropriate but I don't like animal crackers. They don't taste like anything. I did like the apple juice they served with it though. They didn't serve any other food.  We had to eat dinner before  we came. In the morning, there was breakfast but you had to buy it. It wasn't very good. The Philadelphia Zoo sleepover was one my favorite sleepovers that I have ever been to because I love animals!

Mom - A Philadelphia Zoo Sleepover is a fun and unique experience. Where else can you sleep in a room full of animals (don't worry they are all small and in cages) and go on a nighttime wild animal hike? It is also great to have the opportunity to visit some of the zoos most popular attractions like the Small Mammal House and the Reptile House after hours with much smaller crowd sizes than you would find when the zoo is actually open. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about some of the different animals as well and even to get much closer to some of the animals than you normally would during regular zoo hours. Meals, however were not included on our sleepover.  According to the web-site, a complimentary continental breakfast is available with your zoo sleepover. However, although breakfast was available, we did have to pay for it. I don't know if this has changed since we attended a zoo sleepover although  it has not been that long since we attended. Dinner allegedly used to be available for purchase. However, it was not offered at all on the night we attended and according to the web-site is is still not available now. Therefore, it is best to eat dinner prior to your arrival. Free parking is available overnight as well as the next day and you also get free admission to the zoo the next day. If you really love animals you will want to stay the next day because you will not get to see all of the animals on the sleepover. However, that doesn't make the sleepover any less fun and any less of one of kind exciting adventure for the whole family.

And that's our view.

For more information or register for a sleepover, visit www.philadelphiazoo.org/Learn/Spend-the-Night-at-the-Zoo.htm.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

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