Tuesday we were supposed to take the girls to an amusement park. Something came up where that just wasn't going to be a possibility, so we were scrambling at 11 pm to find something else to do. We thought about driving into Michigan and taking a tour of the Kellogg’s factory, something we had been wanting to do at one time, but found out they closed 3 years ago. Since we had to scratch that too, we started looking into what we could do in Chicago. The museum attractions didn’t sound too appealing this time around, so we finally settled on Brookfield Zoo. Every year we talk about going, but never got around to it. I was really glad we finally got the chance.
They had a lot of hands on activities for the kids and signs where you could measure yourself in comparison with the animals.
On the other hand, Allison had much more fun posing with the statues.
Mariah was quite amused by the “Sexy Shrimp.”
We did find Nemo and Dory too, though I don’t think you can see them in this picture
The best part of the day though was petting the sting rays! You could even buy fish to feed them. They would swim right over your hand and scoop it right out of your fingers!
The Extreme Bugs exhibit wasn’t that fantastic, but the sculptures outside were pretty cool.
Overall, it was a great zoo visit. However, if you are in Chicago and are planning a zoo trip but don’t care about the hands on experiences, I would go with Lincoln Park Zoo. They seem to have the same animals, and even better, it’s free for entrance. We spent $125 for the entrance and attractions at Brookfield Zoo for the four of us. The most we have ever paid at Lincoln Park was $17 for parking. If you get there early enough and are lucky, you could find free parking on the street though. But, I would say that Brookfield is a must visit zoo at least once if you live close enough to visit.