One of our favorite places is the Oakland Zoo.
Gramma and Granpa have gifted us a membership the past few Christmases. And it really is the best gift that anyone could give. It doesn't take up space. There is no clean up involved. And it is the non-chemical equivalent to giving my children sleeping pills.
After a visit to the zoo, easy nap and bedtimes are guaranteed.
I think that's written into the fine print of the membership documents.
Because we have a membership, there is less pressure at the zoo. We can walk around the whole zoo. Or not. We can just visit the petting zoo goats. Or the tigers. And it makes it easier to follow through on that whole parental threat of "if you step out of line again, we are LEAVING!"
Another thing I like about the ability to visit the zoo multiple times a year, if not multiple times a month, is that it provides a place for me to watch my children grow.
Returning to the same context, the same elephant enclosure, the same insect climbing structures in the Children's Zoo, I step back and really give you girls a good look.
I'm flooded with memories of how big you were when... or the last time you... or in the case of Danjo, how much closer you are to your goal of being able to pet a giraffe.