One of the things that I love about living in Little Rock is the (relatively) mild winter weather.  We’ve had plenty of 50 and 60 degree days to provide salvation between the days when it is too cold to get outside.  On these nicer days, we’ve taken advantage of our zoo membership to visit our animal friends at the Little Rock Zoo.  In addition to getting out of the house, there are other advantages to visiting the zoo in the winter.  First, you practically have the place to yourself.  Last time we were there, we only saw two other families (not counting the silverbacks, who put on quite a show for us).  This means that I can let the kids out of the stroller to wander a bit without worrying about them getting lost in the crowd or tripping up other visitors.  Second, on Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter, the carousel, train, and concession stands are not open.  Although we still go and see the train, I get far less argument and begging about riding the train, because it’s fairly obvious that it is not running.  And third, it seems that we get a lot more up-close and personal interactions with the animals – especially the lorikeets, who have always loved Carina.

Carina having a chat with a lorikeet

Not so happy about sharing the gorilla

The zoo also has a great little playground that the kids love to visit (right next to the train and the kids’ “farm” zoo), especially when they have it all to themselves.

For those of you who live in the Central Arkansas area, the Little Rock Zoo has their memberships on sale half price (about $45 for a family) this month!  Definitely a great investment with a great savings!