Recently, both my family and Mama Harper’s family got together for an amazing weekend filled with tons of fun. We met together in Columbus, Ohio for MommyCon on Saturday, and then continued our fun on Sunday by visiting the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We had never been there, so my boys were pretty excited to visit a brand new zoo and see all of the animals. After a long, fun day, I can tell you that their excitement was completely fulfilled, and we can’t wait to go back!
On of the first things we did upon entering the Columbus Zoo was download their app. It was super handy to have to navigate the zoo and find out all of the special events going on. We used it to head straight to the biggest item on our list of fun things to do- meet the amazing Jack Hanna (who has been the Director since 1978!). I think Mama Harper and myself were the most excited to meet Jack as we’ve been watching him since we were children. Not only was he incredibly personable just as he is on television, but he signed photos for us and asked all about our local zoo and where we came from. It was definitely an experience to remember!
After the awesome experience with Jack, we headed over to what I knew would be Reese’s favorite portion of the zoo, Pirate Island. Pirate Island was like a mini-theme park all in itself, right in the Columbus Zoo. There were large animatronic pirates all through the area, and we went on incredibly fun boat ride throughout the Australia and Islands region of the zoo. We were able to board the boat and then witness lots of animals while observing the battle between the “Pirates for the Planet” and “Purple Poaching Pillagers”. The saga continued as the boat wound through the exhibits with canons, fights, and lots of water sprays. My boys thought it was the best thing ever, and well, the Harper girls, not so much, hehe! But aren’t those two guys just so handsome with all those kiddos?!
In addition to the Pirate Island ride, there were lots of other rides that made the Columbus Zoo even more special for all of the kids. We bought them each a bracelet that allowed them to ride all of the rides all day, and they loved that the zoo became more than just the animal experiences. We did the carousel, train ride around the zoo, and some of the kids even did pony rides.
In between all of the animal exhibits, the kids were able to spend some time at the larger-than-life Stings, Wings, and Playthings Park, as well as the Polar Frontier Playground.
Meanwhile, Mama Harper spent some time with sweet Lilah at the Infant Nursing Station, which was PERFECT for nursing moms to take a much needed break. Complete with a sink, nursing chair, changing area, and even electrical outlets, we were both incredibly impressed with the Columbus Zoo’s support for nursing moms!
Not only were there all of the extra things to do, but the size and amount of animal exhibits was simply impressive. From watching polar bears to petting snakes to observing the penguins, the kids loved the time spent with each animal. Even though we spent most of the day there, we definitely need to head back to the Columbus Zoo and keep exploring.
I think next time we’ll plan for a zoo weekend, because there is just so much to do and so many animals to see! Plus, coming up this October is Boo at the Zoo, which looks like tons of fun for the kiddos in costume. Be sure to check out the Columbus Zoo website for a list of upcoming events, special exhibits, and hours, and get to planning your zoo visit today!
We received complimentary admission to the Columbus Zoo. All opinions are our own.