Monday, February 24, 2020

Why We Bought Passes to Our Local Zoo // Santa Ana, CA

I'm finally on maternity leave & am trying to soak up all the time I can as a family of 5 before we become a family of 6. The other day, after doing school drop-off, I took M to our local zoo for a little mommy-son date. He was so excited about the idea of seeing monkeys he could hardly contain himself. That in itself was well worth the adventure.

I didn't go intending on buying a year pass but when we got there I immediately thought it would be a great investment. I'm so glad we did because I took both kids back the very next day. Here's why we bought the pass:

1. Our park options are widened. The Santa Ana Zoo is less than 15 minutes away from our home which is comparable to a lot of parks our kiddos like going to AND they even have an awesome park on-site with a snack/coffee bar. I mean, come on. None of the parks we frequent have a coffee bar.

2. It's entirely outdoors. Our home doesn't have a useable yard so we have to be intentional about getting the kiddos outside playing. Our nanny, who is with them when Josh & I are at work, does an amazing job with this but it's always nice to have more options that don't require additional cost!

3. There are learning opportunities around every corner. The zoo has volunteers scattered around who are so friendly & offer fun facts. We learned the difference between monkeys and baboons & spent quite a bit of time identifying each as we strolled through the animal exhibits.

4. The pass pays for itself. We spent $129 on the pass that includes 3 named adults who can take up to any 4 kiddos. We picked this one because it means Josh, myself, or our nanny can take P & M whenever it strikes our fancy. It also means we can bring cousins & friends too. I've already been twice which is the equivalent of $33. I'm not even a little worried about getting our money worth. Plus, parking is free. That is a miracle these days. In addition, we also get free or discounted admission to other local things to do around Orange County.

5. There is so much to do. The zoo offers a park, a farm, rides, animal exhibits, and a beautiful place to just run around. P & M ended up spending 45 mins playing on the tractor wheels at the farm. Who knew they'd have so much fun playing in the dirt.

We had so much fun & I'm looking forward to our year of zoo adventures ahead of us. If you're local, check out The Santa Ana Zoo & even if you're not, look into the zoo near you. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised at the array of adventure available to your family.

Scroll for photo evidence of our adventures.

Have you invested in passes to any places around you? What has your experience been?

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  1. The zoo is such a fun area for kids, and they can learn so much there! But even as an adult, I want to start going to the zoo more and enjoying the benefits of it!

  2. What cute kiddos! This looks like a really great spot - so much to see and do!

  3. I would love to buy passes to my local zoo! It would be totally worth it for sure!!

    1. We're so thrilled about it! You should look into it.