**Disclosure – I received a pair of New Balance sneakers for each of my boys and a family four pack of tickets to the Franklin Park Zoo at no charge to help facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.
As the mom of two very active little boys, having comfortable sneakers for their little feet has always been a high priority for me. While comfort is the number one thing I look for when it comes to my boys footwear, style is a very close second. I want their feet to feel good and I want them to look good at the same time. And that’s why I love New Balance. Not only are they a Boston based company (yay Boston!), but they make really, really awesome sneakers, too. I have been wearing NB kicks myself for years and the gruesome twosome have each had numerous pairs of New Balance sneakers over the years.
Just in time for back to school this year, my boys were each sent a new pair of New Balance sneakers. For my little guy, I chose the Hook and Loop 574 sneakers. He can tie, but is still a newbie & it’s a little slow going, so I thought the velcro closure might be a little better for him while he’s away all day at school. My oldest picked out his own sneakers and chose the Varsity 574. I’d say both pairs are pretty sharp looking, wouldn’t you?
I am excited to tell you about New Balance’s newest line – the Trip to the Zoo collection! This colorful collection of kicks is perfect for kids planning to hit the playground, explore the zoo, or impress at school! Featuring a lightweight EVA midsole, synthetic/mesh upper, and hook & loop closure for easy on/off, the new collection has been available since October 1st in infant and preschool sizes at www.newbalance.com & in New Balance stores for $47.95-$54.95.
In honor of the new line, my friends at New Balance sent my family off to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston for the day. My boys were pretty excited when I told them because we had never been there before (which seems silly now because it’s only about 35-40 minutes from my house).
Anyhow, we got there right when the zoo opened this past Monday. The boys were sporting their new kicks, of course, and were ready to take on the zoo!
We spent hours walking around checking out all the animals.
What I loved about the Franklin Park Zoo was that they had some animals that you just don’t see at a lot of other zoos. The Gorilla was definitley the highlight of the day for my boys, but we were all definitely impressed by all the animals we saw there.
You can see a full list of animals here if you would like. Trust me, there’s lots to see.
Another thing that my boys loved there was this 10,000 square foot playground:
I think they had as much fun on that playground as they did exploring all the animals.
We had such a good time at the Franklin Park Zoo and I am still kicking myself for not taking the boys there sooner – especially since its so close to me. But believe me, we are definitely planning on going back.
Both of my boys are in love with their new sneakers, especially my oldest. He has been raving about them ever since he started wearing them. You can view the entire New Balance Trip to the Zoo collection at www.newbalance.com.
The Franklin Park Zoo is located at 1 Franklin Park Rd in Boston. Here are their winter Hours: (October 1- March 31) 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily