Sometimes what you really need is a day off at the zoo.
My youngest daughter is a huge fan of pandas. We have yet to see a giant panda in real life. However, we do have red pandas in our local zoo. Last year, two new red pandas were born at the Boise Zoo. We love to visit them as they are growing older.
Some of our other favorites are the monkeys, wolf, and the giraffes. In the giraffe enclosure, they have the bones of a giraffes neck and head close to where patrons observe the animals. I am pretty certain that the bones are actually plastic, but I think it is a little bit hilarious. I realize that the point of these bones is probably to show the patrons that giraffes have really long neck bones, not many small ones. Yet I still chuckle every time I see those giraffe bones.
I also have a moment of sadness every time I walk past the food and remember that our zoo doesn’t sell elephant ears. I know I don’t really need fried bread with sugar on top. Yet, I am always slightly disappointed when I think about it. But I guess maybe it would be disingenuous for a zoo without elephants to sell a treat named elephant ears.
As a parent, especially a homeschool parent, I love that the zoo offers a choose your own adventure experience. We can mosey slowly and read all the information about the animals. Alternately, we can rush through and try to visit every animal in one day. The ability to choose is lovely.