The 2nd annual Dad’s Day Out at the Zoo happened on New Year’s Eve this past year. What is Dad’s Day Out at the Zoo you ask? Well that’s when my good friend Casey and I take our kids to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens together. We’ve gone twice in two years 🙂 He just so happened to have a few days off from work and we were able to head over to the Zoo. Incidentally, Casey has his own blog about fatherhood. You owe it to yourself to check it out: Dashboard Dad.
I take my kids to the zoo a couple times a month. We have an annual membership and the zoo is a great place to take the kids for the morning. Since we go so often, I specifically go on weekdays when there will be less people. I don’t like being crowded if I can help it. Little did we know that the zoo was having a special new year’s eve celebration and the place was packed.
We were not to be deterred however. After making it through the gates we set out on our safari adventure. It was a cold day and some of the animals were hunkered down but most were out and about which is always desirable. As our 5 kids were running around and I was talking with my buddy, I realized something. It was rejuvenating to be around another dad. To have another adult around to talk with and help with trips to the bathroom and be a second set of eyes on the kids was such a welcomed deviation from my normal trips to the zoo.
I used to think all these “Mom’s Groups” were silly. Now I get it. Watching the kids is stressful and having a friend who can 100% relate is nice. Even though Casey isn’t a stay at home dad, he’s still a dad and we have many other things in common that we can talk about other than just our kids. It was such an uplifting day. I need to find ways to spend more time with other dads.
Why don’t dad’s get together more often with our kids? Is there something in our nature that makes us less social? Is it simply a logistical issue because there are fewer stay-at-home dads? Are dads too busy trying to complete all these honey-do lists? 🙂 Do we think we don’t need the extra support?
Whatever the reason is, I hope us dads can get past it and get together more often.
Here are a few pictures from the day.
The 3rd annual Dad’s Day Out at the Zoo can’t come quick enough. Maybe we need to make it semi-annual and get matching shirts printed up!