Cubs photo courtesy of the City of Abilene

Have you ever gone to the Zoo in the evening?

I had the privilege of attending our Abilene Zoo during the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. I purchased the VIP Passes for my husband Steve, our daughter Elizabeth and her fiancé Timothy. The evening included admission to the zoo (from 6 to 9 p.m.); a tasty sandwich, drinks and chips from Sharon’s Barbeque and Catering; a reserved parking pass and best of all – front row seats to the fireworks. (That adventure was fantastic and I definitely plan on going again next year.)

Now, back to the Zoo – I have never been to the Zoo in the evening and discovered a lot of animals are very active when the day begins to cool off. We enjoyed all of the animals, but stayed nearly 30 minutes watching the lions. The lioness and her cubs were playing like small kittens. Everyone was enjoying a game of “pounce” – except dear ol’ dad. The cubs tried to get him in on the action, but he decided to catch a quick nap instead. If you missed this event, you still have a chance to attend an evening at the Zoo. From now until Labor Day, the zoo is open on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You also might want to mark your calendar for the last two “Spots and Stripes Forever Summer Concert Series.” On July 28, Derek Brown and the Chauffeurs will celebrate summer with a lively classical jazz set at 6:30 p.m. and on August 18, Frankie y Sus Hommes will close out the series with a variety of familiar Hispanic and Tex-Mex tunes, also at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the Zoo, including the concert, ranges from $2.50 to $5 per person. Info: 325-676-6085.