Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

For some reason after this last election I feel like there has been so much fighting that we just need some peace and to come together again in unity. Christmas, I think is going to help us over look our differences and get back to life without politics. Even though I usually hate christmas to show up before Thanksgiving is over, I admit that I’ve already been listening to Christmas music and Tuesday our family went to the preview of the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo.  I just need Christmas to come a little early this year and the Houston Zoo stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park with Zoo Lights.

Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect. We had never been to Zoo Lights before and why go to the Zoo at night when all the animals are sleeping?  But I was given tickets for our family to attend by TXU (Thank you!) and after everything was done and we were getting in our car, Princess Girly Girl told me it was the best night of her life so far.

So why go to the Zoo at night besides to heal the political unrest within your body (a little mama drama peeking through)? It’s gorgeous and a special time with your family.  You simply follow a path that takes you by amazing light displays.

There are lights everywhere and music piped throughout the zoo.

And then when you think you might have seen it all you round the corner and there is a gigantic monkey projected onto the side of a cliff.

Or there’s white ceramic animals under black lights that are so unexpected but just plain fun.

And there’s lights reflected into the pond that are set to the beat of the music.

A lot of animals are sleeping or enclosed for the night so you won’t see most of them. However you might round the corner and see a sight that you have never seen before like all the rhinos laying in a perfectly straight line, asleep. Or you might get really close to a Zebra that is just trying to sleep in their enclosure.

Even though our overly tired children fought most of the way home and one of them fell at the Zoo, they still proclaimed it one of the best nights of their life. I think that’s just plain awesome.

If you’re in Houston, the Zoo Lights open Friday evening 6-10pm and will run for a few weeks. If you’re not in Houston you should look and see if your local zoo is having a similar program. When else will you get to be a renegade and go to the zoo at night?


disclaimer: I was provided with free tickets to go the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo by TXU energy. They did not ask me to write this post, I just had a great time and wanted to share it with you. It is worth the trip! 


Bobbie is a homeschooling mom of three girls in the Houston area. Although most of her days are spent scrubbing up paint or ungluing her fingers, occasionally she also takes the time to burn dinner.

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