Especially if you live 10 minutes away from one.
We have a smaller zoo about 10 minutes from the house and it has been a life saver for me.
They have a water play area for the kids to splash around in, and a fishing boat, a petting zoo, kayak rides, dress up areas, and all kinds of hands on activities for the kids. Just this week, we have been 3 times. I take the kids sometimes after school for a quick trip to feed the birds, or for a quick romp in the outdoor play area.
Tina "tickling" the Otter.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to time a picture with those silly otters in the background? Yeah, its damn near impossible.
We had a gorgeous sunset the other night. This is the view from the family room.