August 12, 2015
Family Fun Day! The Kansas City Zoo
Here is my family on one of our MANY zoo trips this year with our awesome niece Taryn. 🙂
So many places to go…can’t decide where to go next! 🙂
We Sinthusys are always on the look out for fun, family activities we can all do together. And the Zoo is something we ALL enjoy. As many times as our family has been, it never gets boring (not yet anyways!) I love the Zoo…I mean really what’s not to love… and we get to see the kids figuring out and understanding new things on each visit. And of course anything to get us outdoors and walking all day is just an added bonus. However, this last visit I left…well shocked and a little confused! Maybe I never paid close attention before? I’m not sure why this visit was different….BUT
SODA, SODA and well more SODA?!?! It seemed like almost every stroller had 2, 3, 4 even 5 of those large refillable soda cups hanging from the handles…really?
Have you ever heard someone say, “I can’t afford to eat healthy? HAHA! Water is free…last time I checked soda is not free! Why as parents do we think we are punishing are kids by not letting them indulge in sugar that will quite possibly lead to health and/or weight problems in their future? With all the studies out there that say, “Yes, added sugar does in fact act just like cocaine and is addictive and has NO positive benefits”…why do we keep buying it??? Why do we want our children to face the same (or worse) health/weight struggles we have had to struggle with as adults?!??! (This is a subject I’m very passionate about – if you didn’t notice!) 😉
Of course my kids see the big cute drinking cups and want one…if they were a few bucks and came filled with H2O I just might buy them. So why not place water filling stations around the Zoo, so families can fill up on ice water…it’s hot out there. And the Kansas City Zoo, might offer this however in the years my family has been going I have never seen a water filling station….NO I’m not talking about a drinking fountain. I prefer my water free of germs. 🙂
One fabulous option the Kansas City Zoo does offer is you can bring in your own food and drinks. And good thing, because I’m not sure there are many (or any) items on the menus that I would purchase for my kids, plus yes it saves a few bucks. But it would be nice to be able to walk into a cafe and grab a fresh salad, or sandwich that isn’t highly processed. And please don’t tell me they have bananas or apples for sale…wow, yes an apple that’s a great meal option….that would be part of a snack for us. So again, I appreciate being able to bring in our own food. But, why not start promoting a healthy, active lifestyle? I’m sure most of us would agree that the Zoo is a great fun family activity…what better place to start, right?
My thoughts exactly! I will be sending a letter with a simple request to the Kansas City Zoo. Set-up a few VISIBLE water stations that are staffed…why staffed? Because there are kids at the Zoo…enough said.
Our family still LOVES the Zoo and we hope to help make it an even more enjoyable family fun activity! 🙂
Does your local zoo have water filling stations?
Let me know what your family is struggling with this week and I’ll tell you how we handle that issue (if we have).
Drink Water!!! 🙂
Happy Wellness Wednesday!