We did get to go to the zoo yesterday, with our friends Rachel and Bridger. It was a gorgeous, perfect day for the zoo. Sunny, slightly breezy, warm, and not too crowded. We arrived just as the zoo was opening, around 10 am. We first saw the hippos swimming and the tortoises eating lettuce (funny story- I was holding N up to get a look, and said,"See the turtles?". A 9 year old boy who was standing next to me turned to me and said, with a touch of disdain, "They're tortoises".) Then we went through the monkey house, a personal favorite. I think I could sit and watch those squirrel monkeys all day, or at least longer than a toddler's attention span allowed. We walked through the rest of the zoo, and finished up with a picnic lunch before heading home for naps.
We originally became members when E was 1, and kept it for 3 years, letting it lapse this past year. I love being able to go for 1/2 a day, and go home without feeling guilty for not seeing everything. They also have special members only events throughout the year that we took advantage of, like Boo at the Zoo (kids come dressed in costumes and they can trick or treat at special stations), extended morning or evening hours, opening day of new exhibits with music, crafts and freebies. So we are picking up our membership again this year, and can take guests as well. Let me know if you want to plan a zoo trip some time!
E listening to the story with her zoo key.
E, Bridger and N on the hippo statues (chicken in the dirt on the left)