A word usually spoken in the same breath as the struggling economy this year has been staycation. People are finding inexpensive ways to celebrate and explore the cities and towns in which they already live. How great is it that we relocated to a fabulous city packed with things to do?
Since we have been here in Atlanta, we have been very lucky to have had many family members visit so the mini staycations are abundant in the Hartzell household so far this summer. W00T! As you all know, we loved our previous local zoo. We could not wait to check out the fabulous Zoo Atlanta. They are one of only four zoos in the country that have giant pandas, and the ONLY zoo with a baby panda born (in 2008). Oh, and did I mention they have a live panda cam???? So fun for getting a daily fix of the cuteness! And I have to say the greatest thing about the zoo was the amount of shade in the walking areas. We were there on a very warm and sunny Saturday and had no problem staying cool.
Being fish people (as opposed to dog or cat people…we were up to three salt water aquariums in our last home), the Georgia Aquarium was next on our list of things to do. We spent the day
among throngs of other people exploring the site from end to end. Poor Jed. He has never spent so much time in his Snugride! If he wasn’t getting so big, we would have been carrying him around in our arms because he loves watching the fish already. Our entire family would easily sit and stare at the six million gallon tank for hours if it weren’t for closing time.
There are also free things to do in our new city that are great ways to beat the heat with kids. Centennial Park has a variety of playgrounds and fun padded fountains for little ones to play and keep cool. Baby still
whines asks to go back to the fountains this time with her bathing suit. There was even music in the park the evening we were there. Nothing cuter than watching kids dance with wild abandon. Sadly, Baby right now is more like Elaine Benis from Seinfeld when it comes to her dancing talent. Mommy definitely has to help out there. Dance lessons needed. Now. Could a pageant be right behind? Come to think of it…I think that’s a whole other post for another time.
There are so many more things to do in our new city, as I am sure there are in your own. Are you planning a staycation for your family this summer? Are you sharing any hidden jewels of your own city with visiting friends or relatives? Share the excitement and get out there to explore!