If you’re an AZ resident or visiting from out of town, the Phoenix Zoo is a perfect daytrip this time of the year. The weather is perfect, the animals are active, and there are baby animals flourishing. Make sure to allow time in the orangutan exhibit, the sensory classroom, and the goat petting zoo. (Just avoid the big gray goat in the corner, he’s grumpy). The baby oranutang is learning to climb and it’s fascinating to watch the mommy show him the ropes (no pun intended!) and the daddy show him how to build a fort with old sheets. The zoo keepers are so knowledgeable – they have an answer for every question we had. The sensory classroom is a hidden gem at the zoo located between the red tractor and kids playground, you wouldn’t even know is there unless someone tells you. Full of murals, pretend food, toys, various chairs to climb on, and a welcome air conditioned break for all ages this room is awesome. The (mostly) friendly goats are always fun for kiddos, just keep in mind you may take the pungent goat aroma with you for the rest of the day. Allow a good 2-3 hours for a proper Phoenix Zoo experience and go in the morning while the keepers are feeding and interacting in the cages.