Over the weekend, we spent the day at the Maryland Zoo, an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo. That means it meets the highest standards in animal care and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. And thanks to Stonyfield you can get free kids’ admission into one of these amazing zoos.
When you visit an AZA zoo you not only get a great day with your family but you are helping to support animal conservation and welfare.
It was an overcast day, but perfect for a walk at the zoo. We have never visited this one before, and what a gem. There are daily activities with the keepers, hands on experiences, and even a huge slide built into a giant tree.
We saw several different animals, learning more about them from the keepers on hand. Did you know Porcupines do not have quills on their bellies. If they did they would not be able to walk backwards.
The kids also got to feed a giraffe! He was such a sweet boy too!
Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program on a mission to help save endangered species.
As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their families to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening. Stonyfield YoKids’ sponsorship of AZA SAFE will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species.
This elephant decided the grass was greener and tastier on the other side of the fence!
Free Kid’s Zoo or Aquarium Admission
From now until the end of September, families who buy two specially-marked YoKids yogurt multipacks will receive a free kid’s admission to their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium when they also buy an adult ticket. Just look for the most adorable animals in the yogurt aisle!
Click here to find the one closest to you.
What is your favorite animal to see up close at the zoo?
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Christmas season has officially kicked off! The music, the decorations, and all the amazing events that are going on around the country. The magic is certainly in the air. Our family recently experienced the best holiday event in our area: Gaylord National Christmas on the Potomac! This is a a must do for any family visiting or living in the DC area.
They couldn’t wait to get to breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends!
From now until January 1st 2017 you can experience everything the Gaylord has to offer for the season. The entire resort is like a Christmas wonderland. With special shows in the atrium, activities for the whole family, and the number one holiday attraction in the Capital Region- ICE, Gaylord National is the place to be for the holidays.
Our Christmas on the Potomac started off with Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends!
This event includes a buffet breakfast, featuring Peanuts-themed dishes, and one-of-a-kind time with everyone’s favorite Peanuts characters!
After breakfast it was time to experience ICE! This year explore Christmas Around the World as you walk through more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand carved ice!
There are ice sculptures, two-story-tall ice slides, a live ice carving demonstration, and more!
The detail of the ice sculptures is amazing. I don’t think these pictures do it justice, you have to see these for yourself!
Brr! 9 degrees is quite cold! Time to warm up with the other holiday fun at the Gaylord. Grab your hot chocolate and decorate a Gingerbread. You might even spot a familiar Gingerbread Man! There is also The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, tea cups, carousel, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and more!
At night the atrium comes to life with two free new shows: Very Merry Atrium Show and Rock’n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show! Lights dancing, indoor snowfall, 60-feet high water jets, and more will delight the whole family. Shows begin at 6pm nightly. Check with the guide for any changes during your stay.
Christmas on the Potomac 2016
There is so much to do and see at Christmas on the Potomac. Plan your visit here today!
Our visit was hosted by the Gaylord National. All opinions are my own.
About a week ago we got up and instead of our usual Sunday routine, headed out to a local golf course. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, the closest to golf I have gotten was a pretty competitive game of Putt-Putt.
Our destination was the 1757 Golf Club, a beautiful golf course, training facility, and even wedding venue located in Loudoun County. Thanks to another blogger, Andrea of Real Housewives of Northern Virginia, a few of us were invited out to meet PGA golfers, tour the club, and let the kids take a swing -pun intended- at golf.
We started off our visit with a tour of 1757, learning more about the game. Who knew there was a science behind it? Before you scoff remember I’m a putt-putt girl. Just like in running where they measure your stride, in golf they can measure your swing. Then your clubs can be custom fitted as well as advice given on how to improve it.
Did you know most public golf courses/driving ranges have a FREE putting green. Basically you can make your own game of putt-putt. All you have to do is show up with your own clubs, balls, and athletic shoes.
After the tour of the grounds, the kids were invited to hit a few golf balls out onto the field. Naturally, this was their favorite part! Mike Aldrich, the PGA Player Development Manager, quickly won over the kids. They all seemed to gravitate to him and want him to teach them how to properly swing a golf club.
As you can see he had a captive audience as he explained the rules for the practice swing area. They must have listened well, we didn’t have any injuries!
The fun wasn’t just for the kids! The moms got to hit a few balls too. It was nice to be able to participate in the sport my kids were playing. As opposed to my usual role of cheerleader, water girl, and snack stand lady.
The kids had a blast learning a few basics of golf and just getting outside and hitting a ball. Golf is something I would never have thought about it before as a fun activity for the family, but now they are begging to go back and I can’t wait to take them!
If you are local, join the 1757 Gulf Club for a FREE event for families on June 28th 2014! Also, if you are looking to sign up for women’s classes use the code “Mom Blogger” when you call and receive a discount on your rate!