updated 07/12/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/12/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
She’s the most famous ex in the city.
Single, but hardly alone. So far she has had two constant companions by her side: her 6-year-old daughter Suri, of whom she won primary custody, and her mom, Kathleen, who is visiting from Holmes’s hometown of Toledo, Ohio.
On Wednesday the threesome spent the day at the Central Park Zoo, where an enthralled Suri fed the alpacas and the goats – and sweetly shared the food with several other children – as her proud mom and grandma looked on. (Holmes also showed off her parenting skills by gently defusing a scenario familiar to many parents: the I-don’t-want-to-leave tantrum.)
It was yet another summer outing for the three generations of Holmes women, who on Tuesday visited Chelsea Piers, a recreational center where Suri attended a one-on-one gymnastics lesson with a private coach.
A relaxed Holmes “looked natural,” says an observer. Compared to the weeks leading up to the divorce, “her smile wasn’t forced. It just looked more real.”