Sunday, February 23, 2014

Animal House

Last night, we decided we would take advantage of this incredible 70-degree NC weather and take the kids on a surprise adventure to the zoo.  Playing hookie from church, we packed a picnic lunch and put on our sneakers.  Daddy made maps for Miles and Vivienne, and we were on our way.

Even though we told them it started with a "z" and had crocodiles like Peter Pan (which was the movie they were watching in the van on the way), they had no idea where we were going.  It wasn't until we were actually parking the car that they realized we were at the zoo.

We started with some chimpanzees.  We were lucky to watch a baby chimp hanging from the play structure.  The kids got a kick of out him (or her?).

Evelyn read up on some chimpanzee courtship (while loading her diaper... lovely).

We took lots of snack breaks in the stroller.  These kids are eating insane amounts of food these days.  The strawberries lasted about 4 minutes.

We moved on to the gorillas and other African animals.

The elephants were beautiful, as always, though the kids seemed more interested in the simple tent that was set up nearby.  

We walked through the aviary for the first time.  Evelyn appreciated having an opportunity to say "Duck!  Duck!" over and over.

On the North American side, there was some rock climbing and forest exploring.

The kids usually love seeing the otters, but today the otters weren't quite as active.

After some playground time and some mini chocolate cupcakes, we loaded our tired crew back into the Foxmobile and headed for home.  It was a fun, fun day in the sun with few crowds, lots of animals and loads of giggles and smiles.  I'm so glad we grasped this chance to explore the zoo together.

1 comment:

  1. Fun! We love the zoo. Great for letting them run free of the stroller - without cars! Glad you had awesome weather.