In early January I took my two four year olds to Chester Zoo in Winter, on a week day in term time. It transpires that it is the perfect time to go. I’ve recently changed my job and so I’m now getting two days a week at home (or probably two days to get out and about) with my two four year olds before they start school in September.
Chester Zoo is an incredible place mid week during term time and why if you have babies, toddlers or pre-schoolers you should visit and maybe even invest in an annual pass. I’ve written here about why you should visit on a Rainy Day and a lot of the reasons are similar, but with the added benefit of it being even quieter.
On arrival the staff on the entrance took time to chat to my two about what they wanted to see that day. They could do that because there was literally no-on else walking in at the same time as us. I don’t think that has ever happened to me before (and we have been a lot!).
Whilst the main reason to visit is that it is very very quiet. There also seemed to be lots more staff about and obviously loads more places to take photos near their favourite things! The kids are usually queueing up to get near this elephant statute (go figure!).
This was elephant poo (lovely) and the girls got a good five minute talk from the volunteer about why, how, when, what the sweet corn was for in it….
When we got to the butterfly house, there was another staff member around and this time he was getting the stick insects out for people to look at. When I say people – I mean the three of us and one other man. It was incredible. I felt so spoilt and as though I was there on an invitation only day.
Incredibly it seemed like the animals like quieter days too as we saw all three Jaguars. The times we have wandered through the Jaguar house and seen nothing at all. That day this beautiful Jaguar seemed so happy and content to relax on his rock. The girls had to drag me away.
We spent 3 hours just wandering through an empty Chester Zoo soaking in all the sights at our own pace. I saw quite a few Mums with babies in prams and toddlers mooching about. They didn’t have to worry about them running off as they could see them easily, there was no queues for the toilet and no problems with the kids getting prime position around the enclosures.
We had a great day and will definitely be getting good value out our annual passes over the next few months. I’ve worked out you only have to go 3 times to make it worthwhile and we will definitely go more than that.
NB: This is not a sponsored post, nor did we get free entry to Chester Zoo. We just love going. For another post on the A-Z of Chester Zoo click here.