Our local zoo is a favourite with the kids, and it had been AGES since we had made a visit. So one day over the summer, while the 8yo was unable to swim while his split chin healed, we headed over for a wander.
It’s a small zoo, and you can visit everything in not much more than an hour. A couple of hours is plenty of time to see all the animals, take a second visit to a favourite and feed the goats. And, this is exactly what we did.
My eldest and I strolled and chatted while the younger two zipped from one animal to the next. The bears are always a must, and we were just in time to see the roadrunners being fed. Have to say, the cartoon roadrunner is remarkably accurate in it’s movements.
The kids know the zoo well, so now lead the way for most of our visit. The otters, flamingoes and gibbons are always high on the list of must-see animals, but we were sad not to see the cougar or jaguar this time. We did manage to watch the beautiful wolves though.
It was a joy to watch the 8yo and his little sister laughing and chattering away, no bickering. I do love the summer, but sometimes we all need a distraction from each other… the animals certainly did their job in that respect! And of course, feeding the goats is always a popular activity, and for once I actually had some change for the machine, so we could.
We managed to walk around the whole zoo on this visit and the alligators (which we actually saw; they head south for quite a bit of the year, and we never seem to visit when they are in residence!), otters, reindeer and bears won the vote for a second visit before we left.
As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of animals in cages. But the conservation work that zoos do is important, as is giving kids the opportunity to visit and learn about animals up close. There were staff available at several exhibits to tell us more and answer questions.
And, there is nothing like watching engaged and excited children. A perfect way to spend a couple of hours.
I began these ‘Snapshots’ posts over the summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.