Before we moved back from Ukraine we had a huge purging in the playroom, and then when we had received all three shipments of our household goods that had been shipped back or had been in storage, we had another great purging. When Christmas rolled around, we were not in need of many (if any) new toys. I suggested to the many generous givers that consumable gifts would be very much appreciated. The kids got CFA and Chuck E. Cheese gift cards, tickets to the science museum, and a family pass to the zoo for a year.
I don't know how you work it in your family, but we don't tell our kids about special events in advance too often. My sanity is important to me, and I would like to enjoy the event without regretting it before I even get there- know what I mean? Early one Saturday morning, we loaded up in the van with fresh fruit and water bottles, went through the drive-thru for donuts, and headed to the "special outing." While they ate breakfast, the kids tried to guess where we might be headed, and finally clued in when they saw the exit for "zoo!"
We arrived at opening and had the perfect spring day to enjoy the park. A perk: we didn't have to rush or feel like we needed to stay all day to get our money's worth, so we spent a few hours there and then headed home for lunch.
I decided we're going to study zoology for science next year.
I love an excuse to head to the zoo!