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Let the games begin!

(Apparently while I was working in midtown, the gang was having fun at Fantasy Forest in Flushing Meadows – Corona, Queens. Thanks Ina Seow for the pix!)

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long time friends Lea and Max and their siblings joined...

long time friends Lea and Max and their siblings invited us to this cool place …


Zoe and her BFFs Mia and Hazel brave a new ride

Zoe and her BFFs Mia and Hazel brave a new ride

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Whew! Spring Break and traveling is over … but the weather here had been SO amazing that we just could not seem to justify hanging out indoors. (At least not until temps dropped this week.) Of course Zoe is not only obsessed with the little sister of Ezra’s friend Lea (asking ‘see Mia?’ every morning when she wakes up) but she also now has a thing about patting animals or just seeing live animals in general. So with that fueling us – we took a short trip to our local Queens Zoo. I have to say – I was hugely impressed with this little zoo. I think I’ve spent so much more time at the larger zoos (Bronx) and had been frustrated with how distant the animals are. (As much as I love to see them roam freely it can be rough pointing out a camouflaged animal to a toddler for the first time.) The Queens Zoo seems to have exhibits that are built around the viewer’s paths, without trapping the animals in small pens. And what an amazing aviary they have! Just a walk on the inside of the dome was great – and viewing birds in their habitats was a bonus as well. There’s a petting zoo at the end, and a fun playground area with a migration theme that got my little birds ready to fly home (only 30 blocks from us by bus or train.) Thanks to Lea and Mia for reminding us of this local fun!


Sadly this big guy frightened Zoe away!

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Nothing is better than visiting this beautiful zoo when it’s in full bloom during the spring time. It is however extremely crowded when Easter and Passover fall on the same weekend, and spring break is starting for school kids. Finding parking on the local streets was surprisingly easy – especially on weekends. Aside from seeing all sorts of animals there’s also a great petting area with cows, a Prairie Playground, some dinosaur bones and even a giant pizza to climb on!

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