How are you supposed to survive a day at the zoo with kids?

I mean, seriously. We only had our 13 month old, and if we would’ve brought my husbands 4 year old, I don’t think I would’ve survived! It was so packed… and hot even though it started our pleasant. I tripped and fell off a step and skinned my knee, foot, leg and elbow and I was holding her at the time, and saved her and now I can barely even walk. Im bone tired and very sore. We used a stroller 50% of the time and had a blast, but it was so hard to do. We had everything we needed (too much actually) Any tips for next time? (other than to watch where i’m going)
His daughter is non custodial and her mother fights us tooth and nail not to let her go anywhere with us. We’re working on changing that. And it’s good for young children to experience new things! And yeah, I know, I’m silly for thinking 1 is hard, but with 5 you gotta learn to adjust– I’m not very good at it lol. And my mom is too ill to go and my husbands family is literally non existant. It is just us alone in our own little world

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  1. Kristians B, 13 May, 2010

    We took our 18 month old, 16 month’s at the time, to the zoo and we had a blast. I packed plenty of snacks, little toys, and we used our stroller (plus I had the child harness so that she could get out and walk around (it was so packed the day we went). Our daughter did really well and although I know she doesn’t remember going, i’m not going to leave her home and out of our family outings just because she’s to young to really remember anything..why even bother living the first 3-4 years of your kids life if your not going to take them on any adventures…the zoo we visited cost 10$ to get into (it was free for her), so its not like we can’t take her back because it was some expensive trip..we’lll just go again. My husband and I go out to dinner with my daughter all the time, we’vee already taken her to her first movie and she made it through the entire movie without crying (she ended up falling asleep 40 minutes in and watched the movie up til then without even whimpering, we took her to a water park when she was 6 months old (she loved it)…we do everything with our daughter and have a blast. Toddlers get distracted fast and tired really easily so naturally a little fussiness is expected. Our daughter does great with anything, so we got lucky, but just keep doing things with her and taking her places, she’lll get use to it. Come prepared with a bag of goddies everywhere you go…beleive me, its a lifesaver sometimes to just have Extra animal crackers or an extra stuffed animal…lol. Hang in there.

  2. Joseph the Second, 13 May, 2010

    Bring someone with "Experience"- like your Mother or your Mother in Law. THAT way when the Paramedics are working on your Injuries- she can be chasing after your kid ! 🙂

  3. krismiss2us, 13 May, 2010

    you should have left the 13 month old at home and taken the 4 yr old – seriously. the little one probably wont remember the trip nor really appreciate it but the older one will remember something like that. also don’t go on a weekend – they tend to be more crowded. going anywhere with a child under 3 is always an ordeal. save trips like that for when the kid’s older – both you and the child will appreciate it a lot more

  4. SHANNON J, 13 May, 2010

    I have 5 kids and people who have so much trouble with 1 kid I find funny. We have a blast at the zoo, park, amusement park, pool, etc…just go with the flow and don’t stress over the little stuff.

  5. kitten, 13 May, 2010

    I go on a monday or Weds, At a time when its not so busy or hot out, I bring snacks and toys for the little one in case she gets board. You do not have to see the whole zoo in one trip ,map out a quick course of a few animals. then next time ,see the other half. So your not wearing yourself out.When your about finished at your last stop, bring the 4 year old to the gift shop. get a small trinket before you go home. taaa daaa ! That was the simple fun day at the zoo

  6. Pat, 13 May, 2010

    If you can’t handle a tript to the zoo with TWO adults and ONE kid, then you are in no way a competent parent.
    You shouldn’t even be allowed to have kids.
    I wouldn’t let mine go anywhere with you either.

  7. adrian♥, 13 May, 2010

    We just did the zoo thing on Sunday for Mother’s Day. Four kids ages 8, 5, 4, and 2…and I’m pregnant. It went great. Not sure what’s so hard about one 13 month old…those were the good ol’ days!

  8. teraafirma, 13 May, 2010

    Well ,go prepared with snacks,drinks ,bandages,umbrellas……………… should be a memorable trip take in your neighbours kids too.and dont forget the camera!

  9. Alicia, 13 May, 2010

    Bring what you need, but don’t overpack. A few diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, sunscreen, lunch and a snack is really all you need, as well as your money/ID, etc. Organize things so they are easy to reach and get to. Don’t stress out and take your time.

    I took two boys (then aged 2 1/2 and 11 months) to the zoo via metro. It was MOBBED. Especially as we were getting ready to leave – the zoo was packed and even both sides of the sidewalk leading to the zoo was mobbed.

    I picked a bad day as it was the Friday before the cherry blossom festival plus many schools were on spring break that week. Completely overlooked that, which was my fault. Try to plan dates that won’t so busy – maybe go on a weekday where schools are still in session and it’s not quite tourist season yet (not sure where you are at but tourist season gets insane here).

    Overall we did ok, and it was fun. We packed lunch, snacks, and a drink. Had the stroller. The younger one didn’t nap on the way as planned, but still held up alright.

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