When my husband suggested that I choose something to do on Mother’s Day, I knew what I wanted … a family day at the Zoo. I like the Zoo and we haven’t been in a couple of years, so it seemed like a good way to spend my Mother’s Day. The pandas are currently at the Toronto Zoo, which was another reason I really wanted to visit.

Before seeing the pandas, we hopped on the Zoomobile and took a ride around the zoo. I caught a great shot of these ponies while they were grazing.

ponies grazing

Then we made our way to the panda exhibit. They have a huge room filled with education and interactive tools for the kids and adults to learn more about panda bears. We learned that they eat a lot, and that was evident when we finally made our way outside to get a look of this hungry panda. She was really enjoying her bamboo.

panda bear

panda bear

Panda bear eating

She is beautiful and I’m glad we had a chance to see her. The pandas aren’t the only bears you will find at the Zoo. Grizzly bears are in the Canadian pavilion and there are some gorgeous polar bears and a polar bear cub as well. This big bear was having fun rolling around in the grass.

polar bear playing in grass

My youngest was anxious to see the hippos, and he was not disappointed. There were two of them making their way around their enclosure before heading under water. They are massive creatures that the kids always love to see, especially when they are passing gas under water…my boys think that’s great, lol.


The reptiles at the zoo are pretty incredible too. We saw a boa constrictor that must have been ten feet long (I’m guessing, but I doubt I’m far off) and so many smaller snakes too. These two captivated me with their gorgeous green and yellow hues and the way they hung beside each other.

green snakes

The Toronto Zoo houses many animals, birds and reptiles, but it also is home to all kinds of plants and flowers. There are some new gardens opening soon too.


The strangest creatures I came across at the Zoo may have actually arrived there with me.


So how did you spend your Mother’s Day?



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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