It was Mother's Day weekend and I was so excited to be spending my special day at the San Diego Zoo with my family. This was my family's very first time visiting the San Diego Zoo so we were all acting like tourists! Our first stop was to fuel up so we would have the energy needed to make it around this massive animal wonderland. We chose the San Diego Zoo Sandwich Company because Dad loves sandwiches and just outside of the sandwich spot was Lagoon Terrace where the kids had hot dogs. The kid's meals were seriously awesome! I thought the kids had to choose between apple slices, animal cookies and pirate's booty, but it turns out, every kid's meal includes ALL 3! They had a hot dog, kid's cup of their beverage choice, apple slices, animal cookies and pirate's booty all in a great souvenir cheetah mini tote. After lunch we let our little explorers map out our adventure!
The kids rushed over to the Discovery Outpost Children's Zoo where they got to explore the Reptile House, visit the spider monkeys, check out the petting zoo and play in the Fisher-Price Discovery Playground.
The best way to get around the San Diego Zoo is to hop on one of the double decker buses and cruise the grounds in style. Choose between a guided tour with no stops or hop on the Express Bus and enjoy the sites while having the opportunity to get off and on at any of it's multiple stops.
We got off the bus and rushed over to the 4D theater to catch the last showing of Happy Feet! This weekend the 4D theater will start showing Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs with a few opening weekend festivities. For more info, click here!
The rest of the day was spent exploring! We were all over the place! I have never seen these animals this close before. We were able to really appreciate the animals and watch their behavior up close. My kids were amazed to the rhinos butting heads, the giraffes feeding and a tiger taking a nap with one eye open. We hung out with the gorillas for awhile then it was time to visit the chimpanzee!
The chimpanzee exhibit has left us with the most memories because it was just last month that we all experienced "Chimpanzee" the movie at the El Capitan Theatre. We were lucky to have the entire chimpanzee exhibit all to ourselves and I know my kids really made a connection with the chimp in these photos. I'm not exaggerating when I say the chimp walked right up to my kids. I couldn't stop taking pictures. We didn't want to leave him!
Before leaving the San Diego Zoo, all the kids demanded churros and a massage for their tired little footsies!
It was a day we won't soon forget. The best Mother's Day weekend ever! I can't wait to go back over the Summer. Stay tuned for my review of the San Diego Safari Park!
Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated for this post. I was offered media passes in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!