by Lesley Kim
Ever since our move to Calabasas, I haven’t been to the Los Angeles Zoo. Luckily, a friend invited us for a play date, and we soon rediscovered this fun, family place my kiddos love. Our first stop was Muriel’s Ranch, where the kids were able to pet and brush the coats of baby goats and sheep. This kid friendly area is a hands on way to experience farm animals. There is also a washing station and plenty of hand sanitizer for everyone to use after playing with the animals. The LA Zoo is a massive place with plenty of exhibits like the Elephants of Asia, Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and more. There are also many areas for food, snacks, souvenirs, or just to rest. One of my favorite parts of the zoo is the Neil Papiano playground, where the kids can play in animal themed structures while the mamas and daddies sit on shaded benches. The Los Angeles Zoo is an amazing experience if you have never been there- with plenty of beautiful animals to see- lions, tigers and bears… and so much more!!! LA Zoo tickets for adults are $20, while for children it is $15. I always find it more cost-efficient to sign up for a membership, since we always plan on coming back. Members get unlimited admission to the the zoo for one year and 10% discount at Zoo restaurants and gift shops. With two kiddos in tow, these perks quickly add up for us. When I first became a member of the LA Zoo, I would actually go just to walk the zoo for my exercise. It’s like taking a hike with some pretty amazing scenery.