J. Crew Chino shorts; edmonton zoo
Shorts, J. Crew Factory; top, Anthropologie (via eBay); sandals & necklace, Old Navy; bag, MbMJ (via eBay)

Our family summer vacation this year was a staycation. Edmonton is a pretty cool place to hang in the summer, so this wasn’t as depressing as it would have been if we were talking about our mid-winter vacation. The kids like need to stay busy, so we cooked up a week’s worth of local adventures to keep them entertained.

One of our stops was the Edmonton Zoo. My last visit was about 7 years ago, and it wasn’t much to write home about, so my expectations were low. And they got blown out of the water! The city has done a tremendous job of expanding and modernizing the zoo, and making it very kid-friendly.

Edmonton Zoo
Urban Farm @ Edmonton Zoo

The boy loved the urban farm, although he spent most of his time there running away from any animals that got too close … only to start following them around as soon as they walked away. If this is in any way a window into his future dating strategies, his teenage years should be interesting.

We even had a little celebrity sighting when we spotted Lucy the elephant take her morning stroll. Lucy became famous a few years ago, after being at the centre of a court battle between PETA and the city.

Edmonton Zoo; Lucy the elephant
Miss Lucy the elephant

The zoo is full of cute animals but, really, it’s all about these gingers for this lady:

red panda; edmonton zoo
Dat face tho
red panda; edmonton zoo
o hai, is it time to get up?
red panda; edmonton zoo

Call me biased, but they are the cutest, ever, period. Well, this little guy’s pretty cute too:

edmonton zoo
Arctic exhibit … now with extra local flavour

All in all, a really fun morning adventure. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kidlets entertained this summer, definitely give the Edmonton Zoo a try.

J. Crew chino shorts; Anthropologie Fei floral peasant blouse
Non-photo bombed

Stay tuned for more staycation adventures. And a few more shorts outfits, because holy heatwave, Batman!

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