Sometimes less is more.
Actually most times, less is more.
It seems that when we take a day with family, we are looking for the BIG day out, or the over the top fun, and the dynamic restaurant thrill ride. But a quiet, easy, peaceful day is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.
I don't have little ones anymore, but I was able to rent some from my sister and we spent a few hours at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton. It is a super simple outing that doesn't make you continually count heads to make sure you still have all of the rentals you came with.
The admission price ($3 for adults and kids are free) is so small that you may want to actually make a donation or just say, "Keep the change". You don't even have to pay for parking or walk a mile to the entrance. (And running the Run For the Animals 5K/10K is not a requirement either, but it sure is fun.)
It was such a relaxed day. The unusually cool August weather even had us wearing windbreakers.
For those city kids who have never had a chance to see animals native of this area and farm animals up close, this is hands-on fun. (These rentals are from Wisconsin, so they have seen their share of cows and goats.)
The exhibits are small and easy for little ones to reach in and feel the fur or the soft nose of these tame animals.
Signs warn that all of the animals do have teeth and of course to be careful.
But who can resist. At least it wasn't a polar bear exhibit.
...or a real live snake pit with pink boa-constrictors.
There is a caboose that is permanently on display with some hands on interactive learning inside.
And you can pack a picnic lunch or just buy a treat at the snack bar.
Sometimes after the big kids all go back to school it is fun to do things only little kids appreciate without big kids saying "Can we go now?! This is sooo boooooring!" Stay an hour or stay all day and appreciate the small stuff ...with chocolate on top.