Saturday, February 20, 2010

Field Trip Friday - Riverbanks Zoo

Tonya at Live the Adventure has started up a Friday meme for posts on field trips. I'm all about field trips. That's half the reason I want to homeschool - what better way to learn than to see life in action?

This week, we went to Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, SC, with a friend. We love this zoo, and we have a membership so we go pretty regularly. The zoo is the perfect size for a family with little ones. We can see everything in 3 or 4 hours, including a stop for lunch. The zoo is set up in a convenient loop, so you're unlikely to miss your favorite animals. There are lots of kid activities, like a carousel and a train (Crumpet's favorite), as well as a little playground. There are sculptures to climb on and plenty of space to run, which is great when you have a busy little boy:

You can feed giraffes and lorikeets (little parrots). It's amazing to be able to get this close to a wild animal!

More climbing:

We had a great trip. We hadn't been there for a while because it's been a cold winter, so Crumpet made me promise that we'd go back in a few weeks!


  1. I am so with you on field trips!

    Looks like the kids had a blast at the Zoo!

  2. Looks like a great day! We have a membership to our zoo too. We just went there this morning. It is a guaranteed hit with my boys.

  3. When we were in Columbia for my brother's graduation we went to the zoo, and I agree it's an awesome zoo.

  4. It looks like a great day at the zoo - that picture with the giraffe is amazing!

  5. I'm so glad you were able to join me this week for Field Trip Friday! You understand my philosophy completely regarding field trips!

    We still love to visit the zoo and have had a zoo membership ever since the kids were tiny- which seems so long ago!BTW, my big kids still love to climb on the statues of animals. I'm not sure they'll ever outgrow that one.