The first time I visited the Franklin Park Zoo a few years ago I was impressed, and every time I return I'm equally entertained. I've been to big expansive zoos with a wide variety of animals, but Franklin Park has an excellent smaller collection of animals with exhibits that allow you to get really up close and personal! The animals also look very healthy and are not at all camera-shy as you'll see from the pics below.
Boston-based New Balance gave us a big treat by sending along a pair of shoes for Jake and free tickets to the zoo. Geez, I didn't realize that tickets for three adults and one child are almost 70 bucks! We usually get on a wait list for discounted tickets from the library, so I was very grateful for this indulgence. New Balance is launching a super-cute collection of shoes for infants and preschoolers called Trip to the Zoo that comes in animal prints with easy hook-and-loop closures and a lightweight EVA midsole. Too bad Jake was too old for this line so we received the slightly more grown up New Balance 890v4s, which were perfect for him. He runs and jumps around like crazy, so he needs tough shoes with extra support and cushioning.
I invited my parents who have moved into a senior housing complex nearby and are just starting to explore the city. It's hard to see them aging (my mom is almost 80) and moving much slower but I'm so glad they're here. Despite this, my busy schedule often interferes with spending quality time with them. When I asked if they wanted to go on this outing, they emailed back YES!! ANY TIME, ANY DAY. THANK YOU!!! It made me think of a dear 85-year-young patient of mine, Irving, who is sharp as a nail and funny as hell but trapped in a declining body and fights depression living among others who have succumbed to old age. He shared that when he was a younger adult, he and his siblings would brush off spending any time with their elderly parents; now he knows what that feels like. Irving took my hand and begged me to not do that to my parents.
Disclosure: I received a pair of New Balance kids sneakers and four tickets to the Franklin Park Zoo to help facilitate this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.