Neil Patrick Harris with twins Gideon and Harper.
Pacific Coast News
06/11/2012 at 01:00 PM EDT
Before taking center stage at the Tony Awards
on Sunday night, host Neil Patrick Harris
decided to take in a show at New York's Central Park Zoo.
The actor and his fiancé, David Burtka, brought 19-month-old twins Gideon and Harper to the Manhattan zoo Saturday, where they watched sea lions splash around in their outdoor exhibit.
The family might have caught a glimpse of the zoo's new youngsters: sea lions Edith, 9 months, and Katie, 2, who recently took residence there. It sounds like the actor preferred sight-seeing to putting together his song-and-dance numbers for Sunday's broadcast.
"[The Tony Awards] are tomorrow. I really should start preparing something..." he joked on Twitter.