Why the Buffalo Zoo is Worth a Visit

One of my favourite childhood events was a visit to the zoo. I went once with my school and another time with my parents and sister.

The closest zoo to us was the Toronto Zoo. Which is a fairly large zoo with many different animals. It is however a bit more expensive than smaller zoos.

That is part of the reason we chose to visit the Buffalo Zoo with our 19-month-old daughter. We live just across the border from Buffalo in Niagara Region. The zoo is a 45-minute drive.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.  #zoo #buffalozoo #buffalo #daytrip

The Buffalo Zoo is the perfect size for young children

Visiting the Buffalo Zoo was a good choice for our family because it’s not very big. We also forgot our stroller. Although you can rent strollers for $6.

Our toddler was able to walk around most of the Zoo. The exhibits were easy for her to view, There was either glass or low walls on most exhibits. She could walk right up and get a good look at the animals.

The Zoo opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. We arrived around noon and stayed for a couple of hours. In that time we were able to see most of the exhibits without rushing.

Whereas at a larger zoo a lot of walking is required to see all of the exhibits in one day.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.

The Buffalo Zoo is Affordable

As Canadians, our money doesn’t stretch as far in the US. Yet for 2 adults and parking, our zoo trip only cost $40 CDN. This is very reasonable for a family outing.

When we arrived at the zoo the parking lot was almost full. It is a very popular attraction. Which is always encouraging when visiting a new place.

All of the staff were helpful and friendly. It was quick to buy our tickets and enter the park.

We were able to bring our own food and drinks. Although there are a few places to buy food within the park.

The Zoo provides a wide variety of Animal Exhibits

Our favourite animals we saw at the zoo were the snow leopard, the lions, the giraffes and the polar bear.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.

The exhibits featured animals from all across the world. Upon entering we checked out the sea lion exhibit. Each exhibit provided information on what the animal is, where they are from and some interesting facts.

Some animals were outside like the giraffes and rhino whereas the gorilla and amphibians were housed indoors. It was nice to get a break from the sun while looking at different exhibits.

Tips for Visiting the Zoo

The zoo is located in an urban area surrounded by a large park. If you wanted to explore more around the area there are other places to visit.

Parking at the zoo is $5 US and you are given a token to exit.

Admission is $13.95 US for adults and $10.95 US for children (2-12) for our entire family with parking it was $40 CDN. It was very affordable compared to the Toronto Zoo.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.

The zoo didn’t provide any maps when we entered. But the layout is pretty much a large circle. We were able to see most of the park by walking around the perimeter.

On the inside parts there were a few exhibits and areas where you could pay extra to do an activity.

After visiting the Zoo we headed to Chick-fil-A and Target about 10 minutes away.

The Buffalo Zoo is a great cross border trip for families. The zoo is not too big so it’s perfect for toddlers to explore. Plus it’s affordable and a short drive from the border.

What are your best tips for visiting the zoo as a family?

To the Mom Who Takes Her Kids to Church Alone on Sunday

My favourite day of the week is Sunday. I look forward to a slower day, time spent worshipping and learning about God’s word.

It’s the one time of the week I have an hour and a half without distraction. My daughter is now fully accustomed to staying in the nursery for that time. I don’t look at my phone and most times I’m sitting by myself.

To be honest as an introvert I don’t mind going to church alone.

A lot of Sunday’s my husband has to work.

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10 Easy Ways To Save Money on Moving As Couple

No matter how many times you’ve moved it’s stressful and costly. Over the past few years, I have moved many times with husband and on my own.

In this post, I share some of the ways I have saved money on moving. Plus some tips on making moving less stressful.

Since we’ve moved for personal reasons we paid for all moving expenses. Over time we have learned how to save money on moving.

With summer in full swing, it’s prime moving season.

Moving is an expensive and stressful life event. There are ways to save money on moving. Some creativity and moving during an off season can all save money. #moving #save #packing

We won’t be moving for awhile since buying our house but over time we have figured out some ways to save money on moving. My husband also worked as a mover in the past. He always loads up our truck like a pro and without damaging items.

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10 Insanely Easy Ways to get Supper on the Table Faster

No matter what your day includes everyone wants to get supper on the table faster.

Supper time is usually the busiest time of day. I also find it the hardest time of the day. Everyone is tired, hungry and ready to unwind.

Today I want to share 10 insanely easy ways to get supper on the table faster.

. A little bit of planning ahead can go a long to way to making dinner time less stressful.

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My Second Article on Her View From Home!

In case you missed it my second article with Her View From Home got published today!

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/85568461657322581/

I wrote this article one evening as I was reflecting on how grateful I am for my husband. We have been through a lot together.

Through it all, he has been my rock and the strongest person I’ve ever known. Even though I don’t enjoy going through struggles or times of waiting it’s all been worth it.

Not only has it made us stronger but my faith has been refined. As I learn to depend on God during the hard times. Over and over He shows me He is faithful and will bring us through.

If you can relate to this article I hope you share it or leave me a comment.

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5 Easy Ways To Teach Your Toddler New Words

Teaching your toddler vocabulary, communication and other skills can seem intimidating. All it takes is consistency and lots of praise. Children’s brains are wired to learn.

A lot of people have remarked to me that Lyla says a lot of words for being 18 months. She will tell us “yes” and “no” and can repeat back most words we ask her to.

I think at 18 months it is expected that children know 20 words. Whether Lyla is doing better than average is up to opinion. Yet, I do know we are intentional in teaching her vocabulary.

It’s not something we sit down and do every day rather we try to make it a part of our interactions with her.

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