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National Zoo in DC

March 19, 2010

One thing I absolutely love about being back close to DC is that the Smithsonian Institution offers a lot of free exhibitions. I cannot believe that National Zoo is free except for parking in their lots. I usually go there by metro, but this morning, one of my best friends here drove me and my second daughter to the zoo. She has a FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) member, so parking is free. It made a huge difference.

I’ve been very lucky to have this friend. Our daughters’ birthdays are only 3 weeks apart. The girls have known each other since they are 10 months old and they are now 2 years and a couple of months. I find it very special that she and I have known each other since pre-kid time and now our girls are best friends.

They even own the same pants. I actually copied my friend and got the same pants when we went shopping to Target together.

The weather was gorgeous. Unfortunately, we only had about an hour to spend at the zoo since I had to go pick up my older daughter at her preschool. Still we had a lot of fun. We went to the area that I have never been before. My friend drove all the way to the back of the zoo where the area was dedicated for small kids.

We started with Kids’ Farm.

Then we went to the area called Amazonia. It was awesome since the exhibit is indoor and it’s like a small aquarium. If you have kids who love to run, this place allows you to take a short break.

We were lucky to be there during the feeding time of the Amazon River fish. I didn’t know that they like grapes, lettuce, and even bananas!

After we left Amazonia, we went to see a tiger.

We reluctantly left the zoo behind to go pick up my older daughter. I wish we could stay there longer…

As we drove in DC, I spotted many signs of spring. I cannot wait for the cherry blossom season. It’s my favorite time of the year here in DC.

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