when it comes to driving my girls to homeschool activities
i can be quite provincial.
baltimore? too far!
but not when i get take three children (and an infant) to the national aquarium on the cheap.
have you seen their prices?
adult tickets are about $35 and children 3 and up are about $22.
not ghastly, but why do it if i don’t have to.
it’s not all about money
but it is all about saving money whenever and wherever i can.
we’re a single-income family of 7.
a homeschool mom hooked us up:
we got in for $28.
not each. total.
(plus parking garage costs and food
because they don’t let you bring in a bag lunch.)
it was perfect.
we came with friends.
there were no crowds.
we were able to catch a few demonstrations.
we did the whole aquarium without the kids getting (too) tired.
and i made it out of the gift shop without being badgered into getting anything.
aquariums (and zoos) kinda make me sad for the animals
(especially when i saw the dolphins),
but then again, we would not have be able to see these various ecosystems-in-miniature up close
unless we were friends with an underwater biologist.
i take solace that these animals are just a small fraction of what exists in our oceans
and that this experience will help us all be more mindful of our effect on and connection to our shared earth.