A few weeks ago, on our three-day Labor Day weekend, we were trying to figure out something fun and outdoorsy to do, and we decided to go to the zoo. Here in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo actually has free admission, though parking is expensive if you drive there. (And drive we did — taking public transportation would have involved bus rides with a stroller, so the added convenience seemed worth it.)
It was Lillian’s first zoo trip, and our curious little 10-month-old was definitely excited by all the sights and sounds and people, though I’m not sure how many animals she actually got to see. Even when they weren’t sleeping or hiding, Lillian seemed more interested in the small details of the zoo — like the strong dark metal bars that surrounded the animal enclosures:
Or the reflections in the glass window surrounding the otter exhibit, even when there were otters swimming around inside:
It seemed like the small animal house had lots of baby-friendly things to see in general, including this gazebo-ish walkway overlooking a pool of bright orange fishes:
At one point, Joe lifted Lillian up out of the stroller to see the red panda, which was up in a tree, but Lillian was more interested in grabbing his glasses off of his face and trying to eat them.
Overall I think she had a great time though, and it was a fun little family outing. On the way out of the zoo, a friendly tourist was nice enough to capture this photo of all three of us:
(Side note – since I don’t think it’s appeared on this blog, the above photo shows my new haircut, which is the shortest it’s been in a long while. Chosen mostly for the convenience I’ll admit, haha.)
Anyway, that’s the mostly-told-in-pictures story of our trip to the zoo! Another addition to the collection of firsts and milestones that have appeared here on this blog. Has anyone else been doing fun outdoorsy things as summer winds to a close? Or any interesting experiences with taking babies / toddlers / young children to the zoo? Feel free to share your stories in the comments!