Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ZOOLights at the Oregon Zoo!

ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo

Last week we were given the awesome opportunity to check out the ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo. I've wanted to go every year, but this was my first chance actually going. It was amazing. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures, we still managed to have a lot of fun. I am adding one solid thing to my Christmas list, however - a nice quality pair of gloves!

I learned my lesson from our last few trips to the zoo and brought the wagon this time - such a good choice! Well... at times. We were able to fit both kids, snuggled up with blankets in the wagon for the most part. G loved running ahead and check things out, and by the end, all N wanted was for me to hold her.

My husband was stuck working out of town for the week, so the kids and I brought my parents along. They were cold, but enjoyed the trip every bit as much as we did. Plus, it gave G and I the chance to check out the virtual ride! We chose the snow ride, and G loved it so much, we went for a second ride before leaving! It's a 3D simulator ride with a bunch of different options - a tropical ride, a futuristic glacier run.
ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
If nothing else, it was a really fun way to take a break from the cold for a few minutes!

ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
The light displays were absolutely phenomenal. I know some people are concerned about the train not running during the event this year, but I really don't think we could have experienced all the lights as well as we did just walking through the park like we did. It was great being able to stop and spend extra time where we wanted (and taking sometimes foggy blurry pictures along the way!).
ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo

Grandma & Grandpa braving the cold with G & N
I absolutely recommend ZooLights for your whole family! There's just something magical about Christmas lights. You can get in as early as 4 (which is perfect considering how early it gets dark out!), so you don't have to worry as much about staying out late with littles. Plan on spending a couple hours, and BUNDLE UP as appropriate! My kids were warm enough with their parkas, boots, extra layers, and snow bibs, but I could have used another layer! Don't be like me - check the weather report before you're in the car and on your way. At the very least, treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa from one of the open snack carts along the route! 

Have you been to anything like this before? Any great holiday events you have coming up? Anything you'd like to recommend? 

Disclosure: I was given admission to ZooLights in exchange for writing this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own!

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