The kids and I love spending mornings at St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. We arrived before open at 9:45 am and were later joined by my sister and her boyfriend. I consider our mornings at Como Park to be a “stay-at-home mom perk”. As in, I can go to the Zoo in the morning during the week and not have to park a mile away, not have to stand in line, and shove my stroller around slightly less than if I was attending the park on a weekend.
Even though I take the kids everywhere by myself, and do feel I am missing the quality family bonding with my husband, I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the sequence and structure of our day. I know how to handle my kids. I’m not looking to anyone else to be responsible for anything or anyone. I know the kids’ moves before they make them and believe me when I say, I can take my kids anywhere.
We pack a lunch to keep costs low. We arrive right at open to find a good parking spot and this time I called in some back-up (I coordinated a Zoo date with my sister last night) for lunch. Which, I totally needed because both big boys had crying fits of near rage because the wind was blowing their food way. Scratch that part earlier when I said I know my kids’ every move. At least, my sister has a similar sense of humor as I do, and we both basically laughed at the kids as their peanut butter and jellies were rolling across the picnic area. Ah, I’m such a mean mom…
Upon arriving, the kids played at a large park near the Como Town entrance until the Zoo and Conservatory opened. A little after 10 we headed to the Conservatory to check out all the plants, flowers, fountains, and small aquatic life. This time last year, Nick was only 9 months old and I took him to the Zoo in the stroller. It was so fun to see him out and about and able to explore the Conservatory now that he is older.
The kids go crazy over the Koi fish. James wants to feed them, Nick wants to touch them, and David wants to know where they originate from and how they got there. My kids are so different and I raise them all the same way. Being a mother and seeing their different reactions to the same attraction is amazing.
Of course, mom’s favorite spot is the Sunken Garden. The kids see and smell all the beautiful flowers, while I am forcing them to sit down and look at the camera so I can get a picture. I wish I could enjoy some moments more without worrying about taking a picture, but I just don’t see that ever happening!
After an hour or so in the Conservatory, we stopped to learn about plants, animals, and bugs in a hands-on kids exploration area. We had a small snack and then met up with my sister where we toured nearly the whole Zoo! Because it is the beginning of April, not all attractions are quite up and running. Like, Como Town is not open, there are only a few vendors, and many animal exhibits are still indoors. It doesn’t bother me what-so-ever because the kids are still little and we can go to the Zoo anytime. If you are from out of town, you may want to save a visit for a Summer month when there is more to do and see.
Now that Spring is here, I feel like I have so much to show my kids. I love this time I get to spend with them and helping them experience new things. It’s just so much easier to take the kids places now that it is above freezing and they are at such great ages. Our whole life changes in an awesome way! I’m sure we’ll visit the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory this Summer, when we can watch the seal show, play at Como Town and eat Sno Cones.
Do you frequent the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory or have a smaller Zoo in your area you enjoy? Is it easy or hard to take your kids places?