On Sunday, June 28, twenty five family members and friends representing the St. Philip Neri Catholic Family Life Center traveled to Schnecksville, PA to visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Surviving torrential downpours from the day before, we were blessed to find a dry park with only a few puddles to keep the little ones from splashing through.
The Zoo itself is very quaint located in a beautiful area of the Lehigh Valley. Upon purchasing our tickets and pausing for a group picture the excited families entered the park to begin exploring or to have lunch in one of the spacious pavilions. Families had the option of purchasing food at the Zoo or bringing their own lunch.
As we strolled through the park we had the opportunity to take part in the “Daily Zoo Talks” that are presented by the Zoo staff. The Zoo is home to 325 animals representing over 125 species. 23 of the species are classified as endangered, threatened, or species of concern. Lehigh Valley Zoo has a commitment to celebrate study and protect wildlife and their habitats. I have to admit I personally enjoyed the penguins the most.
Scattered throughout the zoo are stations where children can enjoy having their faces painted, make a penguin bracelet or participate in some other animal themed craft. Of course the day would not be complete without a trip to the gift shop.
We spent a wonderful day being with our own families but also enjoyed the other parish families and friends that came along with us. We look forward to seeing everyone again, and hopefully some new faces, when we travel to the DaVinci Center on July 18.