Our first trip ran into lunch time. I didn't have time to pack anything before we had left the house so I opted for the overly priced concessions available. I walked up to the window, and tried to decide what was worth paying for. I finally opted for a small pizza. I figured it would at least tie us over until we got home. I placed my order, and chatted with the employee for a minute. She told me it would take about 5 minutes before it would be ready.
I started to push the stroller over to some picnic tables when she turned around and handed me two souvenir cups for the kids! They were filled with Icee's, and the best thing about it is they are good for FREE refills of fountain drinks throughout the zoo for the life of the cup! I was shocked that she just GAVE them to me! I got the kids settled, and went to pick up the pizza. That is when she handed me two kids meals, each with a hot dog, animal crackers, and a rice crispie treat!!! It was one of the nicest things ever! A meal that would have easily cost us $20-$30 only cost me $8!
Sydney had a panic attack while we were eating. The tables we were at were right by a pond/lake. So there were alot of ducks and birds around. These little fellows were obviously used to alot of visitors because they weren't afraid of us at all. In fact they got quite close...too close for comfort for our little Sydney. Some of the birds would just land with their mouths open. I felt bad for Syd, but had to laugh at the same time. She insisted on sitting on my lap, screaming at the top of her lungs, and then started tossing all sorts of her food to try to get them away. My poor kids are so pet deprived...they just don't know how to deal! :)
We even made a stop at the splash pad that they have within the zoo. Sydney was a little hesitant at first, but was able to have a bit of fun in the water. I think I need to send them outside in the sprinklers more often...they aren't too big on getting water in their face. Caden barely even got wet. Hopefully he will get braver as the summer goes by.So even though it is hotter than hot...you can still have fun at the zoo. They open at 7 am, and since we have a membership, we can go for just a few hours, and still have lots of fun! As a bonus...it totally wears them out! If anyone is brave enough to go...just let me know...and we can meet you there!