Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wishing for Wednesday

This week I've linked up with Alyson from Eisley Rae Clothing for Wishing for Wednesday.

I've come up with a few places to visit with the kids that won't break our small budget { with the exception of my last place} since we are in the process of buying our very first house :)

My first place is Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. While it's not the largest of zoos around, it's about 30 min away and my kids seem to enjoy it anytime we have gone.

Zoo Hours are :
10 - 4:30* Monday - Saturday
11 - 5:30* Sunday
*Zoo remains open for 30 minutes after the last admission
Those hours work great for us because we beat the horrible rush hour traffic.

This Peacock roams the zoo and is so beautiful
Admission is also very reasonable on a tight budget. Even the food is a decent price. However, McDonald's is right across the street and much cheaper!


Adults $10
Children $7
Seniors $7
Under 2 Free

My favorite part of Turtle Back Zoo is The Train - Departing from Turtle Back Junction, the zoo's miniature train ride takes visitors through the beautiful South Mountain Reservation. The train is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day. The train departs approximately every 15 minutes from the station and is wheelchair accessible. Train rides are included with the price of admission. The train is closed during inclement weather and for the winter from December 1st - March 31st.
Here's a picture of us last year at Turtle Back Zoo(please keep in mind that I was 7 1/2 months pregnant)

My son LOVES the prairie dogs! hey have big tubes you can stick your head in and get "up close and personal" with them

They have an area that you can buy some "feed" and feed the sheep! My kids LOVE that!

As of right now they are expanding the zoo, bringing in Sea Lions and have added a mini golf section!

We aways have a great day at The Turtle Back Zoo and usually it costs us around $45.00 including McDonald's for lunch and that's a family of 5 with 1 child under 2. Pretty darn good

See how happy they were :)

My next stop is The Red Mill in Clinton,NJ.(and yep, an episode of Ghost Hunters was done here) Last year I had the privilege to go on Branden's field trip with him and it was a blast. I haven't taken my 2 little ones yet and may wait until they are a bit older but my son was 8 and enjoyed the trip.

The Mill has 2 different types of hours and admission:

Regular Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Open Sundays: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Regular Admission is
Adults, $8

Seniors (65 and over), $6
Children (ages 6-12), $5
Members and children under 6 admitted free

Winter Hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Open Sundays in November and December: 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Winter Admission
Adults, $5
Seniors (65 and over), $5
Children (ages 6-12), $5
Members and children under 12 admitted free

isn't this neat?

The Bunker Hill Schoolhouse is located on the grounds

oops this was 2nd grade so 2008-2009

anyway, I can go on and on about this trip. there seriously was so much to do and learn. They have a blacksmith, and the kids even got to write with quill pens!

While we didn't pay for this particular trip a family trip to the Red Mill Museum won't cost more than $45 for the day either. There are also tons of places to grab a bite to eat as well.

While this next one isn't in NJ it is in PA. Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA was super fun for the kids. We have a place in the Poconos so when we were on vacation and it was a rainy miserable one we hit this place up.

It was a little higher on our budget but we were on vacation(and it was last year) If I booked this for our family of 5 now it would cost us $152. Olivia is still free since she is under 2. Last year I believe it cost us around $79, however that was also because we had a gift card we used towards our ticket purchase.

indoor water slide

This was a fun trip but there was only so much you could do. The kids had a blast and that really is all that matters :)

Mamas favorite place is the beach. While I'm not a huge fan of the Jersey shore, it is a fairly cheap{yet tiring}day. We always pack lunches and snacks so that cost is zero. Just gas and admission to the beaches, which i believe is around $10. Cheapest trip yet!

Peytons 1st trip to the beach 8.25.09

please don't mind my 8 mo pregnant self

And our ABSOLUTE favorite thing to do:
A NEW YORK METS baseball game!!! This is our most expensive thing to do as a family. usually runs us about $300+ including tixs, food,train,and souvieners!! But its our most favorite

again, Im 8mo pregnant here so no judging

Peytons first Mets game

the Mother in Law


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