I’m a homebody, especially in the winter. But my kids aren’t. They’re very social and they love to get out. I’ve come to realize that hitting Target or getting groceries doesn’t really count as an outing to them, and that our weekends run much better if we do get out of the house.
As we were hanging out Saturday evening I realized we needed to plan an outing for Sunday. It wasn’t going to be very nice, but there had to be fun things we could do. We googled a bit and finally decided to go to the Como Zoo. Of the two local zoo’s it’s the cheaper zoo, the smaller zoo, and the closest. We’ve been there a few times so I knew it wouldn’t be a ton of outdoor walking. It also has a conservatory with plants and flowers that we had never explored.
The girls were beyond excited all morning. We ate lunch at home and then headed out. The entire drive over they were bouncing in their seats, I knew this was a good decision.
Since we were warm from the drive over, we decided to head outside first. It was cool, but not cold, and at least it wasn’t windy. A few of the animals were off exhibit or indoors, but the crowds were considerably smaller than any other time we’ve been which was nice.
The giraffes were my absolute favorite. The outside enclosures at this zoo are small as well, but with the animals inside you were so close to them! We hung out here for probably 10 minutes, just watching them walk around and eat. They are so graceful, and they were feeling playful, so it was fun.
Oh man, this guy. Going to the zoo is hard because you know these animals aren’t in their natural habitat. And yes it’s cool that we get to see them up close and personal, but they are also confined to such small areas. I feel bad for most of them, which is hard. This guy came over to the glass and hung out with us. One of the other orangutans came over and looked like he was playing with him, but it quickly became apparent he wasn’t playing, he was being mean. I get the feeling this guy is the odd man out. Bullying is everywhere isn’t it?
After the monkey habitat we headed inside. Plants are cool, but also kind of boring so we hustled along those paths until we found the flowers. There were a lot of people wandering the pathways, most of whom had big cameras with them. I did not! So we made do with my iPhone. This is Delaney art directing my shot. “Did you get the flowers?” YES!