Can I ask a question? What the HELL are we supposed to do with our kids all Summer?! Sure we have little things like an hour of soccer or lacrosse here and there but there are TEN MORE HOURS TO FILL IN THE DAY. Mommy, what’s next? Can I play my iPad? Can I watch a show? What are we doing today? Can we go to the town pool? (No.) Can we go to Kidzone? (No.) Can we go to Edaville? (No.) There are very few things (I won’t hike in the peak of tick season) that work for 3 different ages of kids other than the beach. (And thank God for the beach.)
Massachusetts – I’ve got some good news…Stone ZOO and Franklin Park ZOO are open! And let me tell you, it felt SO ALIVE to pay a visit. This was our first outing back into civilization after quarantine and we couldn’t be happier. It was so nice to have an entire day planned out! Timed tickets are mandatory to help control capacity, as is a mask for adults and kids over 2. Six feet apart outside of your party is requested and there are plenty of space markers painted on the ground. There is also hand sanitizer everywhere! The best part about being here is that it was ALL outside so we really felt so safe (even though we missed our beloved gorillas!) The giraffes and zebras never disappoint…
Franklin Park ZOO set up a one way “Safari Walk” track around the grounds and our “Zoo Crew” of 16 kids got to get up close and personal with red pandas, prairie dogs, zebras, wildebeests, kangaroos, giraffes, lions, tigers (no bears) oh my! Riggs (3) could not believe how “humungous” the camels were and all of the kids got to get extra close to the gorgeous peacock roaming free…..
Both the new children’s area AND the play area were open at Franklin Park Zoo. It was such a refreshing feeling to watch these kids roam free at what I consider one of the best playgrounds in Boston. The smiles, the shrieks, the energy…. aside from the masks which most of our kids are used to now anyway…it all just felt so normal! And with all of the health protocols in place, it also felt safe.
Did you know there was a Giant Corpse Flower named “Fester” on display in the one-way Outback Trail? The kids (and moms) were all so interested in a rare glimpse at this unique flower that stinks like crazy but is also the largest potted plant in history reaching over 9 feet tall. We can’t wait until this sucker blooms again soon (although it may be a few years). Lucky us we got to see it!
There is no food for sale at the zoo yet except for ice cream and waters so after our trip we enjoyed drive-thru McDonalds. I could tell by the looks on the kids faces it was a day well spent out of the routine of the backyard. Make sure to get your reservations in advance, go support your local zoo, and give the kids a fun day out! Key word – OUT!
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