Now, this place made a really good first impression because the staff member who got us all checked in ($8 for all of us!) was homeschooled herself - bonus! She handed us some scavenger hunt sheets for the kids. Any place that has this kind of interaction gets extra points too! They had booklets for the older kids and for Shorty, a laminated sheet with pictures he could mark off with a dry erase marker.
|Bubby with his book|
|Shorty and his Scavenger Hunt|
|waiting out the rain in an oil derrick|
We stayed overnight and the next day I was a party pooper mom. I had kiddos who wanted to just swim and I didn't want to deal with wet kids and then jumping in the car for the drive home. I was tired and a bummer. I had one kid especially who let me know their disappointment. So I compromised with a trip to the little playground next to the museum we had been at the day before (it has a lake and geese/ducks too!). One small problem -it was cold and rainy! I had to find a quick fix. So I drove down the road toward home and hatched a plan - the Emporia Zoo! Another exit for us on the turnpike, free and with a playground of its own. Score! We had been last year, but it had brought vows of revisiting so I knew it would be a hit.
It's a pretty basic little zoo, with a bunch of either rescue or aging animals but the landscaping is amazing and well, its a zoo :)
|Bubby talking to the animals ;)|