Spending the day at the San Diego Zoo can be a great way to have fun with your family while also educating your kids. While the zoo can be a budget buster without proper planning, one zoo event, the San Diego Zoo Play Days, will be taking place over the next few weeks and will help you get the most out of your trip to the zoo. The Marina Inn, a preferred cheap hotel in downtown San Diego, offers information about the Play Days and how you can save additional dollars when attending!
The San Diego Play Days event runs from March 29-April 20, 2014 and provides visitors with extra activities they wouldn’t normally get to enjoy. With the regular price of admission, you get to participate in special events such as:
- Exclusive Keeper Talks where the zoo caretakers answer questions and talk about the unique animals and plants they care for
- Expert Meetings based on specific animal behavior topics
- Digital Easter Egg Hunt where you use the camera feature on your smartphone for a chance to win backstage zoo passes for additional exploration and fun
- A visit with the Easter Bunny where families can take pictures
Special events such as these give you more bang for your buck since you’re not only getting to enjoy the animals you would normally see, but are also able to take advantage of additional activities for no additional cost.
Another way during the San Diego Zoo Play Days is to bring your meals with you! Spending money on food and snacks throughout the day is a huge expense and can be a budget buster for any size family. Save those dollars for souvenirs or special attractions by bringing food with you to enjoy. Though coolers aren’t allowed in the park, you are allowed to bring food with you in backpacks or purses. Items to consider packing for the day include water, granola bars, cookies, crackers, and sandwiches that don’t require refrigeration. You also have the option of bringing a cooler to leave in the car and enjoying your meal just outside the zoo at their picnic area. Since paid ticket holders are able to get their hands stamped for re-entry, taking a break to eat lunch outside the zoo won’t keep you from enjoying the rest of your day.
Spending a day at the zoo can be both fun and inexpensive if you take advantage of the tips above. For more information about affordable accommodations near the San Diego Zoo for Play Days 2014, contact the Marina Inn & Suites. We are a San Diego hotel offering discounted prices on our clean and spacious rooms and suites. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 for summer availability and don’t forget to ask about our current promotions for additional savings.