When looking at the calendar with Audrey we didn't have many options for a get together before Christmas. So we decided to get the kids out of school early on Friday and meet at the zoo. It was great! The weather was perfect, we had the place almost entirely to ourselves, the kids were very engaged and having a lot of fun (instead of trying to rush us from one exhibit to another as they usually do), and the animals were very active. We got to see the new baby gorilla and the baby giraffe. And the 9 month old chimp was such fun to watch! She was climbing trees and swinging from vines and all kinds of things. We spent a good 15 minutes or so just watching her.
We had about 2 1/2 hours there until it closed, then we all went out for milkshakes before heading home. I was really glad we pulled off the spur-of-the-moment outing - it was so worth it!
Every year we have Christmas Elves visit us for the month of December so they can report back to Santa if the kids are naughty or nice. They showed up right on schedule and were soon up to some crazy elf tricks - like wrapping the toilet in wrapping paper!