Want to know a little known secret about me? Okay, I’ll tell you. Just between us, deal?
In college, I was a Docent Zookeeper. This means I took care the animals and their habitats; it seriously must be one of the world’s happiest careers.
These days I still love the zoo and take taking my boys whenever I can. I share with them stories of how I used to feed the giraffes in the barn, how the monkeys hated me (It was my perfume they hated, who knew?) and about that African Penguin who bit the back of my calf as I walked past her baby.
Making and sharing memories are some of the most important things we can do as parents; and I’m pretty sure that never changes. In fact, our most recent trip to the zoo was a treat from my boys’ Grandma. Thanks, Grandma!
A great time was had by all. Click below and you’ll see:
What’s that? You’d like more ideas as to how to make memories with your family? I just happen to have a few ideas for you!
1. Botanical Gardens. I love to stroll (read: chase boys) through botanical gardens…sometimes I take a peek at the labels to learn what that gorgeous flower or fern is, but mostly I just enjoy the lovely scenery and wide walkways.
2. Petting Zoos. Like a zoo, but more petty. It goes without saying my boys love the opportunity to pet a llama or alpaca (I’m pretending I know the difference here); the chance to learn about “exotic” animals and their care is the icing on the cake.
3. Aquariums. Sharks and stingray and kelp…oh, my! If you’re lucky enough to live close to an aquarium, it’s a great place to spend a hot summer afternoon. Bonus points if you get splashed!
4. Nature Preserve. You just might live close to a nature preserve and not even realize it. They come in all sizes, some are governmental and other private/non-profit; most are great destinations for families.
5. Local Farm. If you don’t have friends who are farmers, do a little investigating. You might just find one near you where you can pick berries, harvest apples, or even participate in (or at least watch) the old-fashioned hand-milking of a cow.
What’s your favorite way to create memories with your children (or grandchildren)?
Here’s my Protip: Sharing your memories with the Story App is a super fun and easy way to make a (free!) gift for grandparents.