The Gosselin family takes a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo for the day, where they get a special behind the scenes tour of the exhibits. They entire family is amazed that they have the rare opportunity to feed giraffes, pet a penguin, and hug an alligator.
The twins are 7 today! Unfortunately they have to go to school while Jon stays home from work and helps Kate with the sextuplets. They go to jamboree class in the morning and prepare for birthday celebrations in the afternoon. The whole family will eat out at a restaurant in the evening and then go back home for cake, ice cream, and presents.
The Gosselins decide it's time they hired some help, so Kate screens prospective nannies through the agency "Nannies 4 Hire". Although the interviews allow Kate to form a first impression on the candidates, she believes that putting them to the test with all eight kids will show her how well they can cope with the chaos.
With much success Kate has potty trained Leah, Hannah, and Alexis. Now Kate turns her attention to try and potty train Joel, Collin, and Aaden but one of the boys remains determined to stay in diapers.
The Gosselin family gets a new formal picture taken with a photographer who has shot the family since the babies were 6 weeks old. But no matter who the photographer is, it's never easy to get a perfect picture with eight kids who don't want to sit still.
Winter is coming soon, and Kate is looking for fun activities for the kids that will get them outside the house. They hire a Tumblebus, a school bus filled with activities inside instead of seats. Then, Jon takes Kate out for a shopping date to buy her a much needed new wardrobe.
Jon and Kate give viewers an inside look into how an episode is made on Jon and Kate Plus Eight. They discuss how their family has changed since the sextuplets arrived and the effect the cameras have on their day-to-day lives.
The Gosselin family gets into the Christmas spirit by baking cookies and caroling for family friends who have helped them in many ways over the past few years. Then on Christmas day, the family enjoys a nice, relaxing day together filled with lots of presents and sugary treats.
With eight kids and two sets of multiples, viewers of Jon and Kate Plus Eight are always curious as to how Jon and Kate cope with such a large family. The couple answers some of the many emails they receive each week.
When all ten Gosselins are settled into their house in Utah, they begin their skiing vacation. The eight kids take skiing lessons while Jon snowboards and Kate, despite feeling very ill at first, relaxes with Beth in the spa.
After Mady's teacher suggests that Mady be involved in an extra-curricular activity, Kate and Jon decide to enroll Mady in violin lessons and Cara in piano lessons. They buy a new violin for Mady and receive a complimentary piano for the whole family.
Kate signs Cara and Mady up for cooking classes where they learn proper cooking skills. Back at home, the sextuplets pass the flu around giving Jon and Kate many extra tasks to complete, like vomit laundry.
On the day that's all about love, Mady and Cara are at school while Kate and Jon make everything heart-themed at home for the sextuplets. Then, when the twins get home from school, all eight kids go on a treasure hunt for one big Valentine's Day gift.
Now that winter has arrived, Jon and Kate take their eight children outside to play in the snow. Then they all visit a Crayola factory where Jon and Kate realize that outings do not get any easier as the kids get older.
Oprah Winfrey invites the Gosselins to visit her show in Chicago. As they prepare for a two hour flight, Jon and Kate look back on their previous traveling experiences and feel that they can confidently take on this trip.
Jon and Kate begin to include the sextuplets, as well as Mady and Cara, in completing the daily chores. Although the little kids don't always do everything perfectly, Jon and Kate are very grateful for their enthusiasm and willingness to help.
Mady and Cara want to put on a talent show starring the sextuplets. But when things don't go as planned, Kate and Jon decide to make it a fashion show, knowing how much the kids love dress-up. They also discuss their own wardrobes and the changes that have occurred over the years.
With eight kids and eight unique personalities, Jon and Kate believe that discipline is key to surviving in their household. They discuss some of their most effective parenting techniques and talk about the positive and negative qualities of each child.
Jon accepts an offer to have a hair transplant procedure done in California. While he and Kate are away, uncle Kevin and aunt Jodi bring their four kids to stay with the other eight at Jon and Kate's house.
Many viewers are still curious as to how Jon and Kate got to where they are now. The couple sits down and discusses their life together, from the moment they met to their lives now with two sets of multiples.
It's Friday and the Gosselins are planning a family movie night. During the day, while Mady and Cara are at school, Jon hits the gym and runs errands while Kate oversees the installation of their new blinds.
Instead of having a huge party for the sextuplets as the family has done on previous birthdays, the Gosselins keep it low key this year. The whole family travels to a bakery where each of the eight kids makes their own cupcake topped with lots of icing.
All eight kids go with Jon and Kate to Sesame Place, an amusement park centered around the Sesame Street characters. Even with the temperature topping 100 degrees, the family has fun as they ride together and meet Elmo, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, and many more familiar characters.
In North Carolina on their beach vacation, the Gosselins take a beach-side tour of wild horses in a Jeep. Then, after getting hermit crabs for the big girls, they visit a lighthouse where some members of the family discover their fear of heights.
Continuing their vacation in North Carolina, Jon and Kate decide to brave the beach once again and take the kids to play in the sand and swim in the water. Back at the beach house later in the day, the kids take swimming lessons, a first for the little kids, and use pudding for finger and body painting.
When the Fourth of July rolls around, the Gosselins are still in North Carolina on their beach vacation. They celebrate with a big seafood feast, hair wrapping for the girls, and watch the fireworks display.
Jon, Kate, and all eight kids visit the Hershey Medical Center, where Kate gave birth to the sextuplets. Although the sextuplets themselves don't remember anything, visiting the Center brings back powerful memories for Jon and Kate, and even Mady and Cara.
Jon and Kate receive around 3000 emails a week and although they can't answer emails everyday, they do enjoy responding to the questions they get asked. They answer questions about everything, from the personalities of the kids, to the parenting styles of Jon and Kate, and what the future holds for their family of ten.
Kate leaves for New York on a business trip, leaving Jon at home to take care of all eight kids. The added stress of doing everything on his own shows Jon how hard it is for one parent to take care of all eight.
Jon and Kate always wanted to get married in Hawaii. So when a resort in Maui invites them to stay with them, Jon and Kate decide it will be the perfect opportunity to renew their wedding vows. The family prepares for their flight to Hawaii with a connection in San Diego.
While in San Diego for five days in order to brace themselves for the time difference, the Gosselins enjoy playing on the beach, running around Legoland, and meeting new animals on a safari. At the end of their trip, they head off to Hawaii!