Smithsonian National Zoological Park

***30th August 13***


Darian taking photo at the Zoo entrance with a random kid who sat there for so long and we couldn’t wait till he leaves. Heehee 😉


With my darling❤

After seeing the Zoo en route to the Singapore embassy at Washington, we were very sure that we would be bringing the kids there soon. Darian was all grinning when he found out about the Zoo and has been asking to go. Since Papa Yap was having a long weekend break, we planned a day out to the Zoo. It took us almost an hour to reach the Zoo as some roads were closed for some sort of event. We were literally driving in circles because the GPS kept guiding us to the closed roads until Papa Yap drove away from that area.

Thankfully we managed to get a parking lot at the Zoo. It has limited parking lots and is usually full. The car park charges is quite pricey though. We paid 22 bucks for three hours or more. Regardless, it is free admission into the Zoo. How awesome is that! The zoo is situated within the housing estate so people staying around could walk over as and when they like without worrying about the parking. Seriously parking can be quite a headache in D.C. Over at the sloth bear show, an old lady was telling me that she was actually on the way to the bakery with her grandson when he insisted to turn into the Zoo instead. Haha… 😉


Darian purchasing the zoo map.


Acting like as if he is a pro at map reading. Heehee 😉


Lunch: Pizzas and kids meal.


At the panda souvenir shop


The panda hear gear is too big for Baby Dyann. 😉


My adorable panda boy! 😉

Things are of course not cheap in the park. It is exactly the same in Singapore so I am not complaining. Well we can choose to bring in our own food though. There are some picnic areas. Zoo map is at 2 bucks each so if you are unwilling to spend money on that probably you could take a photo of the map or print it at home. Anyway the admission is free, hence we could spent a little on food, souvenirs and parking. 🙂

Visiting the zoo during summer time is really hot. It doesn’t help much especially when there were plenty of walking to do, going from one exhibit to another. Hah! The park was built on the hill so the part of walking down slope, looking at the animals was definitely easy peasy as compared to walking up! You know, it seemed like a little hike for me. Seriously I had aching legs for the next two days after that. Good exercise though. Heehee 😉


Mister TianTian alone


Getting our panda penny.


Looking for the sloth bear


The oh-so-cool goriila

Looking at the crowd, the Zoo sure seem to be a popular hotspot in D.C. It is well maintained and big with many animals including the red pandas and panda. During our trip, the female panda had just given birth to a cub so they were both kept in confinement, leaving the papa panda in the exhibit. The pandas should be the people’s favourite. There were just too many people at the exhibit. 😉


The boys


Looking at the seals

We all had a fantastic day at the zoo though we were dead beat. The kids slept through the journey back home. I even totally declined Papa Yap’s kind offer to bring me shopping at a premium shopping outlet in Leesburg. See that is exactly how tired I was. Heehee 😉 So we got home at about 4pm. We bought Zoo t-shirts for the duo and a set of dinosaur mini figurine for Darian. To round up, it was a fun and happy day for the Yappies! Splendid! 🙂


Happy little girl


At the petting farm


with my lovely little girl❤


Back home with some souvenirs from the Zoo. 🙂

We did not get to see all the animals. Perhaps of the hot weather, they decided to hide and laze in the shade. I think fall should be an ideal season to revisit again. So till then! 😉



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