We Bought the Houston Zoo
No not really but it was a pretty penny so being ready can mean the difference between planning more fun activities this summer or watching the clouds roll by while the kids taught “I’m bored!”
This summer the Houston Zoo has an exhibit with Dinosaurs featuring lifelike animatronics, you can see about them here (http://www.houstonzoo.org/dinos/) so now is the time to pack them out and head on down. Your best bet to beat the crowds is to go early and if you can pick a day during the week to visit. Also remember Spring and Fall host school field trips and the Summer host Pre-schools and camp programs, while still field trips typically a lot fewer students.
It’s always a good idea to plan for what you can, for instance my favorite plan ahead for the zoo is bringing my food and beverages. I don’t even have to sneak them in my purse and feel super sinister about
it… it’s completely on the up and up in a cooler and all! The Houston Zoo even has nifty water filling stations at some of the water fountains so you can easily refill your own water bottles.
Some things you can’t completely plan for but you can can get a pretty good idea of the daily events by looking at the previous days schedule online the night before. The bathing and feeding schedules seem pretty consistent but talking engagements may vary more. I highly suggest feeding the giraffes at one of their two feeding times, really a cool experience for one you walk up a ramp with an amazing fan system that cools the giraffes off as you feed them and oh well then there’s those stunningly beautiful giraffes!
While we’re on the subject of cooling down Houston is quite unbearable at times we did find a couple other quick cool down gems that seemed cooler than others; the exhibit room after the Rhinos where the Hogs lived and hang with me here the women’s restroom in the Kid’s Zoo by the petting zoo is so cold I almost didn’t want to leave! Ok there I said it I’ve given away my secret treasures so now I can only blame myself when there’s a long line in that restroom the next time I visit.
The Kid Zoo was great but I did have one beef during our visit with the ol’ Wildlife Carousel. I upgraded tickets at the front when we arrived because the woman said it would include everything as well as unlimited carousel rides, but since my little guy was too young to need a ticket my upgraded ticket could be used for his carousel rides. Although when I arrived to cash in on this at the carousel I was told differently and was told I would need to shell out even more money for him to ride. Of course Mr. Man didn’t understand why he had to sit out why the girls all got to ride and he didn’t why I waited for a supervisor to get involved, by the time they actually let us ride one more time which is probably all he would’ve been good for anyway, he was toast. Although at that point it was the principle of the matter so yes he rode that baby crying the entire time! And if the attendants ever read this which I’m sure they won’t they’ll understand in 15 years when they decide to carry on their namesake why I gave them the looks I did and was not a happy camper.
Time to cool down again but not from the Texas heat! We head on over to the splash pad but this is no ordinary splash pad and what the website fails to tell you this splash pad requires swim diapers because they will be soaked. But don’t worry the Zoo is happy to accommodate and provide you one swim diaper for $4.99 times that by 2 kids plus tax hmmmm…wish I would’ve read that the night before. So bring your swim diapers at that cost I could’ve bought enough swim diapers to last the rest of the month for both possibly even the summer, depending. Although they had so much fun there it was well I won’t say priceless because I know exactly the cost but it was good stuff! It did make my heart happy!
Just as I changed the kids back into new dry clothes, the Heavens opened and a downpour of rain came down just in time for us to experience the Dinosaur exhibit in an amusing way! Even though it rained on us and rained HARD, I think it was better that way, since we were the only ones traipsing through it when it really felt like we were alone in the forest with these giants creatures.
And on that note it is time to go home, we had a great day even with a couple of bumps. Alyse has not stopped talking about the dinosaurs’ and them eating her and telling people they were going to get her. I’m not sure we’re up to speed on that whole imaginary thing yet, so way to go Houston Zoo you definitely impressed a couple of people in our group!
I think on our next visit I will be purchasing a City Pass first! Even though it costs double my ticket for the zoo, I’ll still have 4 other attractions left to go to!
Check it out! http://www.citypass.com/houston