When the boys were much younger, I had a zoo membership. We visited the zoo a couple times a month to see the animals and ride the train and just get out of the house. It was one of the few places that everyone enjoyed. That all changed as the boys grew older. The train lost its allure and Ryan decided that most of the animals were "boring". It was always too hot or too cold, and the mean mama never wanted to buy the poor, deserving children ice cream/cotton candy/souvenirs. Zoo visits became strife filled. We let the membership lapse and our visits dwindled to once a year at best. Today we decided to give the zoo another chance.