Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Dallas Zoo

Or: How "What a waste of money!" turned into "I need a season pass!!!"

Every good mother of a young child knows that there will probably be at least one day each week that neither of you will get out of your pajamas, and there will also be at least one day that you reserve completely for fun times. That is how things run at my house at least. Today I took Augie to the Dallas Zoo and we had quite a day. It didn't start out that way; I don't know if it was the wrong time of day or what, but it seemed like hardly ANY animals could be seen. Then we got to the snake area, and Augie got to pet one!

That was super cool, but wasn't enough to make the $8 parking and $15 ticket worth it. We also saw some penguins...

Once again, cool but I was still miffed. Then, it happened. Right when I was about to leave this sad excuse for a "zoo", we found the The Stream. Seriously, look it up-- it is named "The Stream". It is inside the Children's Area and is was *amazing*. 

Needless to say, we were completely unprepared for this and Augie just played in his regular clothes. I wanted to let him swim naked, but I am not sure everyone else there shared my hippie mentality. 

This kid loved it and when I finally had to take him away he was arching his back and crying. My stoic little Augie-bear threw a fit. It was adorable. I couldn't stop giggling at how badly he wanted to stay. I love water too, Augie. I get it.

I mean, look at that face! "Mama!! Is this heaven?"

But alas, we did have to leave and since this unprepared mama had no change of clothes we just went to the car like this. No pants. I literally got laughed at by one lady. She spoke Spanish, but so do I. Also, it doesn't take foreign language skills to understand what pointing and laughing means. Estupida mujer. 

So, I loveloveloveloveloved the water feature, and I will someday go back, pay $8 for parking and $15 for a ticket and head STRAIGHT to The Stream/Children's petting area and make a day of it. Or maybe I will try and go on a half-price admission day. Ooo, lala.

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