The zoo is a bit of a drive from us, but we bought season passes last year so we can pop in on weekends when we have nothing going on and explore a bit. Having passes lightens the stress of "must see and do it all". While the zoo is small enough to see most everything in one day, we like letting the kids do more of what they like there and less of what they don't.
Lia's favorites this trip were the flamingos (because of her shirt, of course!), the giant checkers game, and a giant slushy.
Nico's favorites included digging in the dinosaur play area, stealing his sister's giant slushy, and climbing any and all fences and walls and displays that he could, of course.
We brought along a picnic, fed the giraffes, explored the fun children's area (hello tree house and giant outdoor games), and shared funnel cake fries.
After we were all happily exhausted, we attempted an early dinner in a funky little downtown restaurant. I spent most of the meal walking Nico down side alleys but that's how the cookie crumbles lately.
But, it was a really really good family day.