No sweaty people in tank tops rubbing up against you at the lion cage. No toddlers dripping melted ice cream on your flip flops. Cool temps and few lines. We love the zoo during the winter more than any time of year.
Before we go, we read our favorite zoo book (yes, we have several).....
Caroline bought it for us from Anthropologie years ago and we've loved it ever since. Know what else Caroline bought for us? Our Zoo Membership as a house warming gift when we arrived in Kansas City. $70 for a year full of fun. To quote her exactly, "Best money I've ever spent because I know it will be used!" And, it has. We treasure it.
Took the kids out on Monday because we had temperatures above freezing (Go, Kansas, go!). Still bundled up and we kept busy to stay warm......and had a great time.
We're getting a new Polar Bear exhibit and it's going to be fabulous. The kids peaked in to see the progress.
It's coming together and it's going to be huge.
Lainey cradled her baby during the entire trip. Here she is rocking her while walking.
We checked out our koi pond.....frozen over.....and then found a zoo keeper to discuss where all the fish and snakes go. Remember this pond from the summer? The snake was balancing on the bushes? The children still remembered.
Winter brings all sorts of things to talk about.......why does this leaf melt the snow?
And, why can't I have these gorgeous curls and that gorgeous color? A 2 year old doesn't appreciate that! (Not part of the discussion......but something I wondered.)
Wide open exhibits. And, the animals are not in a heat coma......instead, they're usually roaming around putting on quite a show.
Picture of the week! (Puffy coats are super slimming, no? I feel like George Costanza.)
Sweet baby pig was inside staying warm cuddled up next to his blankets. Jack gags every time we have to go indoors to visit. He's stinky, but we love him. (the pig and Jack)
Inside the Tropics building. Jack flipped out over this bird who pecked at him through the glass. I just happen to catch it on film.
Later on, he tried to eat Carter.
"Him bite Yainey, too?"
"Yes, Lainey. He might bite you, too. Give it a try. That's a good girl."
We love, love, love the zoo. We walk and talk about the animals......there's always something to discover. As Paul Simon once said, "There's always something happening at the zoo."
And, there are plenty of options for free visits if you don't have a membership. A few are listed below.
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago
St. Louis Zoo
Most zoos have significant discounts or free admission at one time or another and most often during off season......which is now.....not all advertise......call your local zoo to inquire.