I love that I have friends who have busy lives; juggling work and a family (and so much more) but still find the time to help me out. Thanks to my friend Patricia for her review and recommendation on all that the Smithsonian National Zoo has to offer for families as well as a date night option.
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. Entrance is free, while food, drinks and special activities have a cost. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Open November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm (except December 24, 25, 31).
ZooLights is in full effect! Another not-to-miss adventure, this event is a beautiful sight to the eyes and a beloved family tradition. Thousands of lights line the pathway with different themes while music plays and people sip hot cocoa. Again there are not many animals to be seen (I imagine for their own protection) but the mission of the Zoo remains apparent. My advice to anyone is- get there early or take the metro. Parking is available but goes fast! Pack snacks, wear your walking shoes, put your kids in reflective and recognizable clothes, bring cash for the choo-choo and settle in for a night of holiday overload! Lots of great discounts are available for FONZ members! FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10.
The Smithsonian National Zoo can do no wrong with my family. I have two daughters ages two and four and we visit the zoo year round. From the pandas to the zebras and everything in between there is something there for everyone. While we come year round it is the special events that we never miss!
Just a few weeks ago we attended Boo at the Zoo and the kids had a blast! While there weren’t a ton of animals to see you still felt their presence. Kids were able to trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy the festive decorations, listen to music and watch a juggler work his magic. Tickets are not free of course but the entertainment and memories alone are worth the price of admission. We look forward to going back every year!
One last thing I will mention- if you love the Zoo and want a fun date night, check-out ZooFari; a fundraiser you can really sink your teeth into. With more than 100 of the area’s top restaurants it will be a delicious evening of gourmet food, fine wines, and celebrity chefs all in the wild setting of the National Zoo.