Our Review of Bristol Zoo with a Toddler!

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Our Day Out at Bristol Zoo!

Last time we went to Bristol Zoo, the little man was two and he was in an awful grump.

Photo evidence right here! Zoo visit 2015:

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That day, mr d and I swore we wouldn’t bother going out again. How many times have we said that ey? Take this eating out fiasco for example.

“What’s the point?” I exclaimed. “Why do we bother?”

And here is why we bother…because we can’t let a shitty toddler experience put us off or we’d be housebound forever!

I always try and remember to take the rough with the smooth. There will be good days (smiley face) and there will be bad days (angry, pissed off and crying face). Fortunately our latest trip to Bristol Zoo was a “good” day – yay for us.

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Getting Ourselves Organized!

Here’s a little write up of why we like Bristol Zoo and what made our day run particularly smoothly.

1. Potty training is finally taking a turn for the good! This means no more “poo patrol” and no more billion pant changes. Yay! Trust me, it is a load of my mind when the little guy goes before we are about to go out.

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2. We got our shit together and planned well. We packed spare pants. We packed a coat. We packed snacks. You name it, we bloody packed it.

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Check out the rucksack on that!

3. We decided to be led by b. If he wanted to see the monkeys, fine. If he didn’t want to look in the Bug house, fine. If he wanted to spend the whole day in the coin-operated rides, FINE. I decided from the start that he could lead the day and ultimately see what he wanted to. I find I spend half my life trying to coerce him to do things I want him to do. I decided to take a step back today.

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Why Bristol Zoo? Well it is local to us and little b’s grandma got us tickets last Christmas. I actually forgot we had them and they needed using by the end of the year. So off we went.

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Why we like Bristol Zoo

I like Bristol Zoo because it isn’t too big. You can walk around the park and enjoy the animals without having to take buses here, there and everywhere. Everything is accessible and nothing is too far away. With a recently potty trained toddler, it’s good to be close to toilets.

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Fascinated by the blue frogs! And the ghostly appiration of mummy’s hand and phone…

I like that a lot of the exhibits are undercover. They’ve thought about the British weather and made it an all-weather attraction for the most part. Fortunately it’s been beautiful weather both times we visited but if it had rained, we could have still sat out and had a picnic under cover.

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They have a great adventure playground with plenty of places to sit and eat while the kids play.

bristol zoo review north somerset toddlers family day out pros and cons

What we’re not so keen on

You have to pay to park! This is the only attraction I think I’ve been to where the car park isn’t included in the admission price.

bristol zoo review north somerset toddlers family day out pros and cons

So there we are, a little overview of our fun filled family day. Have you been to Bristol Zoo? Do you like it? I think for size and location, it makes for a great family day out with little ones.

Be sure to pin the pics for later and share on the usual social sites 🙂

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