The kids have been asking to go to the zoo for a while now (pretty much ever since we went after Christmas), and Bree's birthday was the perfect excuse to go again. Some of our friends bought our family a year-long zoo pass, so we got in for free! My mom was able to come with us and help with the picture taking, and the weather was perfect. We decided to forgo the double stroller this time, and took advantage of the free tram tour tickets. That was pretty neat, since we got to see the lions, tigers, giraffes, etc. without having to walk the entire way. That left us with more time to just let the kids play.
Bree and Mason really love the goats in the petting zoo (it took a few minutes for Mason to really warm up), and playing on with the "toys". That's the beauty of being able to frequent the zoo often for free: I don't feel pressure to make sure we see everything and get our money's worth. If all my kids want to do at the zoo is play at the water pad or climb in the tree house, so be it. We are at the zoo for them, after all. We stayed for a couple hours, enjoyed some kettle corn and some really loud monkeys, and then headed off to Red Robin for lunch. Bree had her usual corn dog, and then she pretended to be shy when the waiters all gathered to sing her the birthday song (although they are quite boisterous, so I don't blame her). A birthday ice cream sundae and balloons for the kids rounded out the birthday festivities.