One of the things that is great about the zoo is that it is free. It has some attractions that you have to pay for, but entrance to the zoo itself is free. Then there are several attractions that are free if you get there early. Here are some examples…
* Parking is free on the zoo lots before 8:15. (There is free parking throughout Forest Park, but it could be a walk to get to the zoo)
* The cove where you can pet sting rays and sharks is free until 10:00 AM.
* There is a great carousel for the kids that is free until 10:00 AM
* Even the children’s zoo is free until 10:00 AM.
So, am I trying to drum up business for the St. Louis Zoo? No, it is a great attraction, but I bring it up because the zoo made me say something to my grandchildren that I am going to have to make good on.
Two days ago I took them to a playground. We played for a while and then headed back to the house. I mentioned that I hadn’t taken them to the zoo this year and they began to get excited. Zoo talk is very stimulating to 8 and 5 year olds. Excited grand children are stimulating to grandparents (or at least this one).
I mentioned this idea: Why don’t I come over one evening; we and put up a tent in the backyard, camp out and then go to the zoo early enough to take advantage of all the free stuff.
They liked it.
Driving home I began to have second thoughts on my ability to pull this off. My mouth thinks I am younger than I am. Then I came across this verse in Proverbs, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Why didn’t I ask for advice? Oh well, at least I haven’t set a date.
I’ll let you know how it works out. (If I live through it.)
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