Our local zoo has cheap admission on Wednesdays in the winter. The forcast high temp is 70 today, so after over 2 weeks of being stuck inside with sick kids, sick mom, and/or below freezing highs we took advantage of the nice weather and cheap price for a visit to the zoo. Many from our homeschool group were going to meet near the entrance at 11:00, but we were running late and missed them. The zoo is so big, and there are so many different paths to take, I was only a little surprised that we didn't see anyone we knew in the 2 hours we were there.
Our goals were to see the elephants, zebras, and flamingos. We also saw the chimpanzees, baboons, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, kangaroos, gold fish, and a peacock on our way out. We ate lunch and played at the children's playground near the gorilla exhibit. Two hours is about all I can handle, especially without another adult helping, so I told the boys we could come back next week and see some of the animals that we missed today.
I think in a year or two it will be well worth a family membership. I have heard great things about their educational programs also.