What is This???

Hey, Shayna here. I am so many things but the overwhelming part of my identity right now is MOM. I have 4 very rambunctious, crazy, noisy, spirited children and while I enjoy a good girls night out or even the coveted adults only date nights, the majority of my time is spent with the family. I am starting this blog because I need more attention, I like to write, I want to log where we go and how easy or not easy it was to take the kids...aka "family friendly". This is not the same as "kid friendly". I have been to my share of kid friendly places that offer very (very) little for mom and dad. Just remember that my point system is highly influenced by a) my mood that day, b)the environmental conditions that only God controls (i.e. weather) and c)how much fighting there was in the car on the way to the location so this is very very very unscientific. Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bear World- Idaho

Bear World- Idaho
Price: 4
Kid Friendly: 8
Parent Friendly: 8
Easy Access: 7

So Bear World is off of Highway 20 in Idaho (going from Idaho Falls to Island Park) and from the highway it looks very underwhelming. BUT it was such a cool place. You start out by driving your own car through the park and you see buffalo and elk and goats and then you get to the bears! And there are TONS of them.  It would be virtually impossible
to drive through the park and not see a bear. They are so used to the cars however that don't expect to see them charging you or growling, most of them just sat there and didn't even look at us....but it was still very cool to be that close. 
The entry price is steep for a little family outing....and then you can pay an extra $25 to drive around the park in the open bus and feed the bears. This $25 is so totally and completely worth it. The bears were like big dogs. They came up to the bus and sat on there butts and "begged" for food. It was very fun for the kids and adults alike. 

The drive around the actual "park" is not very long so its a good thing they have other stuff to entertain you. The petty zoo (included in your fee) is not your average petting zoo. They have these "tame" wild animals that you can pet and feed and right after this picture, Lincoln got a huge slobbery "kiss" from this beautiful elk. 

This little Bambi was so dang cute! And since she is trapped (sound horrible once you type it) she is super good with the kids. 

Like any attraction everything costs extra and is very expensive. The food is pricey for the quality (not good, bring your own...except for the ice cream) and of course you have to walk through the gift shop to exit (always a nightmare with kids...obviously effective marketing) BUT Bear World does give you a break by making all of their amusement rides free with your entry. Most of them are little like this one, and meant for the kids, but there is a semi decent rollercoaster that they added this year that fits kids and adults and I will admit, made my stomach have butterflies for a minute. In all, it was a fun time...but one that we would have to save for and not just "drop by". Keep in mind that they are closed in the winter (hibernation).

Anybody seen a real bear in real life? With kids? 😅

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