Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh, My!

It recently occurred to me that we have not visited a zoo in a really long time. The last time, in fact, was the National Zoo in DC back when we lived in Pennsylvania. In the hopes that my children might appear less wild in comparison, we started out out summer vacation by visiting the Bronx Zoo in NYC.

We bought a family membership (mostly because when your family is as large as mine it is the same price as regular one day admission). We were there 5 hours and saw maybe half the zoo. It was 2 hours down, but the zoo closed at 5 (think rush hour leaving NYC) so it took 3 hours back. Next time we get there and leave a little earlier. I learned a lot at the zoo:

1) All families fight and my family really enjoys watching a good fight (especially if it is preluded by teasing).

2) It is hard to tell which is more wild: the kids or the monkeys?

3) There are some crazy looking creatures out there, and the animal in the background is funky, too.

4) The bonds between parents and children are always beautiful (and all mothers can have that exhausted look).

5) We were not the only one to find a day at the zoo exhausting.

Can't wait to go back and see the rest of the zoo!


  1. Looks like lots of fun. There aren't any good zoos here. Maybe I'll check Albuquerque for one.

  2. Those are some beautiful pictures. We haven't taken Abraham to a zoo yet, but I am very excited to take him someday. I think he'll love it. You are lucky to live close to so many fun activities.

  3. I love how you organized the pictures. How do you do those collages?

    We haven't been to the zoo as a family in eight years, but the first-graders go every year. So I'm counting that for now. Somehow I always manage to miss the free zoo day in March.

  4. It looks like you had a great time. I would have liked to have come with you.

  5. It was a lot of fun. Mary, I made the collages with adobe photoshop.

  6. I love all your zoo pictures and collages! I think kids are more wild than monkeys although I suppose it depends on the breed. I had no idea you were so close to NYC.

  7. Looks like fun! Especially the driving part ;)