We were invited to the annual Dream Night at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo a few weeks ago. We didn't really know what to expect other than it was for families with children with disabilities and terminal illnesses. We decided to go and we were so glad we did. It was a beautiful evening both because the weather couldn't have been better and because the zoo went out of their way to make sure all the families in attendance had a wonderful experience!
The event took place after regular zoo hours and since the zoo is so big and there were not too many families in attendance we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. If you've ever been to the Omaha zoo you know how unusual this is. When we arrived, the zoo offered us supper free of charge. We then got to go on a few behind the scenes tours which was extra special and exciting for the kids (and us).
We got very up close and personal to the giraffes.
We rode the train all around the zoo and I got a big hug the whole time. Parker wasn't sure about the train whistle and he held on TIGHT!
Alexa loved it though and wanted a picture with her and the train.
We also got to go on a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium. This was especially neat and very interesting to see everything from this perspective. Looking down into the water was pretty fascinating.
We also went the regular way through the aquarium but seeing everything without all the crowds was really nice and Parker ate it up! The aquarium was by far his favorite!
They had many other activities for us to do while we were there and it was so much fun for all of us. We really did feel special and the experience did fit the the theme of "Dream Night". Thank you to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo!!