Sunday, May 17, 2009

Memphis Zoo Visit

We packed this zoo up this afternoon and headed to The Memphis Zoo.

We saw lions and gorillas, a skink at the gorilla habitat, pandas, budgies and polar bears. We saw pythons, hippos, ducks and gibbons.

I saw a guy with a picture of his kids on his t-shirt. I may have to get me one of those.

We saw giraffes, ostrich eggs, alligators and a duck.

But what was the most exciting item at the zoo for my kids? What commanded all of their attention? Was it the meerkat? The Bengal tiger? The orangutan? No, it was the Radio Flyer wagon we'd brought along to haul GK and Mr. Baby around in. That molded plastic conveyance that sits in our driveway every. single. day.

From time to time at home they'll want to ride in it, be pulled down the drive to the sidewalk and back before becoming bored with its lack of speed, comfort and television. We'll use it to take the kids up the street to the park, and for that it's pretty useful.

But today at the zoo you would have thought it was Evel Knievel's rocket car or the Batmobile. They all fought over it, pleaded to ride in it and sat in it when we stopped to watch a zebra or the sea lions.

We have a family membership to the zoo, but if we hadn't, it would have cost us about $95 to visit today. That's $95 to be pulled around in in a wagon that we own and that sits gathering rainwater most of the time.

Next time I'll know better. Next time I'll pile them all in that wagon and pull them around the yard to see the squirrels, Cardinals, toads and mosquitos for free.


EcoMemphisq said...

You're probably smarter than us, we usually rent one of the strollers the Zoo has to offer. No excuses, can't say we left it at home.

A few weeks ago our kids came running out of the bathroom saying there was something I HAD to see! It was AWESOME! SO COOL!. They had found the medicine cabinet behind the mirror.

Life is grand!

Mrs. Katherine said...

You just sealed the deal for me. We have been thinking about getting the Little Lady a wagon for her birthday, but I never knew the wonders it could truly hold.

Stacey Greenberg said...

yay for the awesome zoo.

Sweet Sassy Molassy said...

Oh, now, come on. You thought the zoo was awesome before they pissed you off.

Katherine, do not get one with hard plastic wheels. Seriously, the noise they make is thunderous! We have the Radio Flyer with fold-up seatbacks, but we saw one like it today with a canopy and little storage compartment on the back and your brother had wagon envy.

LJS HEALY said...

When my daughter was younger and we made our summer trip to Memphis from London, she loved rolling around Libertyland aboard the oversized Radio Flyer wagon that my friend had for her children. She always wanted me to get her one. They have a mystical power.

Secret Agent Mom said...

Why would you want a shirt with some other guy's kids on it?

sf said...

SAM-I laughed out loud. Do they still have the wax animals? I always thought it would be better as a CANDY wax animal. My favorite animal is the siamang. Howler moneys are the best thing in the zoo.