April 10, 2012 by Carin
It’s Tuesday which means Confession Tuesday. Sorry to disappointment you, but I am all out of confessions, for now. But on the bright side, I did break outo of my rut last Thursday after this post. We have a booked checked out from the library that has become a favorite of Graces. We have read it at least once a day for the last month and it really is a cute book. Check it out if you can find it, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo . Because of this book, Grace has been asking to go to the zoo and see animals. So, I took the kids to Como Zoo and we had a really good time. Grandma B and Auntie Brenda joined us to make the trip even more fun and memorable. The weather was sunny and cool and the kids were super excited to see some animals.
Como Zoo is one of my favorite things to do that is totally free and worth the drive across the river. Entrance into the zoo is free (a donation is encouraged), parking is free and all the exhibits are free. What is better than that? I love that the zoo is small and easy to walk through. All the animals are in close proximity to one another thus making it easy for Grace to walk without having to hop into a stroller after a while because she is getting tired. And being that is it still early spring, the zoo wasn’t very busy, so we could navigate the stroller and toddler without running into or annoying other visitors.
The bonus to our trip to the zoo was the walk through Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to check out the all the plant life. The Sunken Garden with the Easter Display was a highlight with many blooming hydrangeas, tulips, hyacinth and lilies. Both kids had a good time checking out the flowers and plant life. Grace loved the North Garden because of the koi filled pond that she could easily lean over for a good look at the fish, which she loves.
On the drive home, my sister and I were talking about my post and how I wish I did more “adventurous” stuff with the kids. I talked about how hard it sometimes feels to get out the house with two kids and how I just never know if it will go well or if a tantrum will ensue or one of the kids will just be outright crabby. So at the end of our conversation I made a deal with myself to take the kids on one “adventurous” trip a week this spring/summer with whoever wants to join us.
My list so far includes:
Toddler Tuesday at the Mall of America (kids eat free at a variety of restaurants on Tuesdays)
Stone ArchBridge and Gold Medal Park
That is my list so far. I am sure I will discover more places to add to it. I think we are going to have a really fun summer exploring some new and old places.
Any suggestion or must go-to places?