Last Saturday, after Lily's softball practice we grabbed a quick lunch on-the-go and headed off to the Nashville Zoo to meet some friends!
Several of Lily's friends from her girl scout troop met at the zoo earlier that day and we met up with them as soon as we were able! We started our visit by meeting a few animals up close and personal... like this skunk!
Thankfully this skunk has been de-"stunked" (as Lily used to call them).!
We also made sock caterpillars! Then we loaded up and headed off to explore the parts of the zoo that her friends and their mom's hadn't already explored!
Ava Grace was along for the ride and, as always, was just happy to be in close proximity to Lily and to be outside!
We found some water wildlife - fish and lots of really big turtles!
It was the perfect day for the zoo! There was a nice breeze and the temperature was mild, but the sun shone the whole day, so it was very comfortable!
There were several animals that Ava Grace just couldn't spot from her vantage point. I mean, how do you explain to a 15 month old to look for a panda bear way up in a tree somewhere in a huge enclosure??? BUT, there were a few animals that were up close and personal and she L-O-V-E-D those! The best example was probably these flamingos! They were making all kinds of noises and moving around near the barriers and she thought they were fascinating!
I didn't know how she would react, but I took her in the petting area. Really, I just wanted to take advantage of the chance to let her get out of the stroller and run around! And she did run... right for the animals! She loved petting the goats.... and playing the mulch too!
At the end of our zoo adventure, and just before the zoo closed, we took the girls to the huge playground for one last hoo-rah and then over to the carousel to cool off.
We didn't get to see everything because Lily's friends had already done a few things before we got there. That's good, though, because Chris wants to go with us next time to see it all! In fact, we had so much fun that it really got me thinking of doing the membership. It's $100 for the year (which basically, if you got twice a year, you have already covered the price of your membership). It is certainly something to think about. Have any of you ever had a zoo membership? Did you think it was worth the money?