We’re lucky enough to call New York’s Chelsea neighborhood home. It’s diverse and energetic, always up for a good time. Particularly when June rolls around and Gay Pride celebrations kick into high gear. Lauren once said that we live in the most beautiful place on Earth because it’s full of rainbows. An astute observation from a then-4-year-old kid, who noticed that hundreds (if not thousands) of rainbow flags flutter above our neighborhood storefronts.
One of our neighbors co-hosts the J.P.Morgan-sponsored Pride event held in the Central Park Zoo every year.
The kids look forward to the end of June every year, which marks both the end of school and the Pride event at the zoo.
Usually the Tropical Zone is open, but for some reason, this year, it was closed. But I do have a few pictures of the blazingly warm pavilion from last year. The Tropical Zone houses all kinds of exotic animals, from rare species of birds, to lemurs, and more creepy crawlies than I’d typically like to see in one sitting, including Pythons and Tarantulas.
And the birds…there are the most beautiful species of birds in the Zoo. This was Sam right before the husband and wife pair in the background got into a huge marital spat and accidentally cuffed him in the head with their wings.
Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that it was closed this year.
But we did have our regular Sea Lion show. “The seals, guys, the seals!” I called as the trainers got ready for the show. At which point a well-coiffed man in front of me exclaimed to his daughter “aren’t you excited for the SEA LIONS?” Apparently zoo animal classification is critical to some people. Not to me, ballpark is good enough.
And yes, as always, there was face painting. These painters know how to work a kid’s face, I’m always impressed.
Sam was shocked at the result and couldn’t take his eyes off of his Tiger reflection.
Sam wasn’t the only one psyched up with a changed appearance; all of the kids got into character.
Lauren never really got out of character all evening…
I guess neither did Sam.
We ended the night with some butt wigglin’…
And an attempt at a Guinness World Record for most kids held at a party (the record now stands at 5 in case you were thinking of breaking it at your next event).
So until next year Central Park Zoo. If we can wait that long. We may have to visit our friends the Polar Bears when the weather cools down and they come out of hiding. But the face paint, that, sadly, will have to wait…
Looks like a great party! Amazing faces! We just saw all of those gorgeous birds last wknd when we were in town – so cool! SEA LIONS too (hehe)
What a great day! Love the tattoos.
Lovely face painting they have over at the zoo at your place. Happy WW
Love your fab photos what fun and those brilliant face paintings heheh! our London Gay pride is this Saturday always a fun day
Have a tanfabulous week 😉
How did I not know you were my neighbor?
A day is better spent with face paint on! Great photos!
Looks like everybody had a good time, the face painting came out great for all of them.
Have a wonderful rest of the week!!
Love the face paint on the kids! They’re works of art! 🙂
The face painting is great, love the sea lion pool!!! You all look like having such a good time. Thanks for hosting!!! Happy Wednesday!!
I LOVE the icream cone tats… so cool!
Awesome ice cream tats! Wow, that face painter was great!
That was so much fun! So happy we were in town that day. Love Lauren’s comment about rainbows. Wonderful photos as always.
Awww what an awesome day at the Zoo! Looks like you had so much fun in there =) #WW
The face paint is amazing!
The face painting is amazing! We just went to the National Zoo 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Together on Tuesdays!
Fun face paint! I’m always impressed by artists that draw on surfaces other than paper. ;D
That face paint is really great, and the kids sure got into the spirit of it.
Awesome pictures. Love the face paints! This makes me miss going to the zoo too. I really need to find a way to get my husband to agree for us to go – even if it’s hot out!
Looks like a fun day at the zoo. The kid’s face paint is excellent. They do a great job!
Looks like everybody at fun. I need a day at the zoo.
This looks like an amazing way to spend the day!
nice pictures,hope you all had a fun time…Cute face paints too
The ice cream paints are my fave, but I like the face painting too.
Whoo looks like a great day, love the ice cream tattoos 🙂
Such a wonderful day! We love the zoo. The face painting was indeed a delight!! HappyWW!
Awesome photos! It has been way too long since we’ve been to the zoo but it’s on our summer bucket list! 🙂
Kind of makes me wish I were a kid again 🙂
Wow, it looks like it is a really fun time! I hope you all had a blast. 🙂
Wow, looks sooo much fun! 🙂