With free admission on Mother's Day, moms avoid breaking the bank at the Abilene Zoo

Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the United States more than a hundred years when a proclamation was signed into law by the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans would be spending an average of $180 per mother, but for those looking to save a few bucks on Mother's Day, the Abilene Zoo welcomed hardworking mothers with a free pass to get into the zoo on Sunday with a paying child.

"Mother's Day, to me, means the world to me, because nobody would be here without a mom," Olivia Ancira, who drove all the way from Lubbock to visit the Abilene Zoo on Mother's Day, said. "Mothers are special in every way."

But a day at the Abilene Zoo did not mean taking a day off from being a mom.

Rylee Johnson was spraying her kids with sunscreen when KTXS News asked her for an interview and she said that being a mom is hard work.

"Making sure you got time to yourself and the kids and the work," Johnson said, standing beside her three young children and husband. "Just making it all come together, that's the hardest thing."

Tammy Click joined her daughter and granddaughters at the Abilene Zoo and she said that it is important to live life in the present moment.

"I'll give up all the gifts in the world just for the time," Click said. "I mean, that's what it's all about. It's just being together as a family."

For Eva Gutierrez, she would not trade spending time with her family for any other activity and four generations of her family were all at the Abilene Zoo on Sunday.

"[I] count the blessings that the Lord has blessed me with, which are five children, 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a great-grand-baby on the way," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said that God is the glue that holds her large family together.

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