The Houston Zoo in particular (along with the local museums) has gotten way too expensive in recent years. Too expensive for us, anyway. On a typical day, it'd cost $63 for our family to get in the gate, plus gas to get there and food on the trip. A yearly membership would be $96 and gives free admission, but we rarely go twice in the same year. Once inside, the food and drinks are the typical over priced fare and there are other activities that cost money.
However, the first Tuesday of the month during the school year, zoo entrance is free as long as you show up after 2pm. So that's exactly what we did. It was more crowded than I expected, but not too terribly bad.
Josh couldn't get off work this day, but I had planned to make the trip regardless because it was going to be our last chance to catch a big bug exhibit they had going on. Thankfully, it worked out that my mom could go because the girls were AMPED UP. They weren't really misbehaving, they were just all SO excited and there's three of them and I only have two arms to keep them and all the stuff that's required to take the three of them out of town (even for a day trip) close by.
We started out at the Natural Encounters exhibit:
I think it's the movement that threw her off, she continued to ask if they were real until we were about halfway through the exhibit.
They all wanted to stop in and pet the goats. After each one they pet, Secora would say, "it didn't bite me!"
At the children's zoo entrance, there was a wind tunnel. Sedona really wanted to go in it, but Sierra was afraid to go and I didn't want to. Grandma finally said she'd go with her.
Obligatory shot with the giraffe statue. The giraffes are in a new enclosure and there are way too many of them in a small space. I'm hoping it's because they're still building and making more space for them
Waco Zoo better. They agreed they like them both. They said Houston has more things to see, but Waco is easier to get around and the layout is better, so you don't miss anything.