What more is there to say?
It was a long, full day. When we got there, the first thing we did was get over to the giraffe enclosure because it was feeding time. This was such a great opportunity. Mike helped the kids hold out treats and the giraffes would lean over the fence and eat it out of their hands. It was an awesome experience for all three kids.
Hannah was startled that their tongues were purple. ("They're not even turquoise!" she later told her aunt.)
Ainsley was tickled (literally) by how long the tongues were.
Grayson seemed unsure - maybe because he realized that a giraffe kiss would cover his entire face - but couldn't stop staring. He was very unhappy to leave that area.
Once we were done with that, Ainsley took the map and started to decide where we should go.
Each girl had animals they wanted to see, and they both got to see all of them.
Hannah got to see her lions, tigers, and anteaters.
Ainsley got to see her elephants, zebras, and - her favourite animal - toucans.
Look close - they're up there.
Me? I was just happy that this zoo was obviously built with kids in mind. There were little cubbyholes everywhere holding little creatures.
Scattered throughout the zoo were animals that kids could climb on.
There was even a 'petting zoo' that was low on variety. Only goats. My kids were so excited about that.
Can you see the excitement? Yeah. "We have deez at home." said Ainsley.
There were little playgrounds scattered everywhere which were great places to let kids run unfettered for a bit.
We even found places to sit and just be for a little bit.
Though this tranquil moment ended when Gray decided to try to jump into the pond - but that's a story for another post.
The next part of the zoo was very exciting (truly). It was a 'monkey village'. You walked into an enclosure and these little spider monkeys were everywhere. The picture below was taken without a zoom lens.
They were running and jumping and swinging all around you. It was fantastic.
By the end of the day, we'd seen more animals than I could remember and we were all completely exhausted.
Oh, I have to show you this picture because it makes me laugh. At the moment I took the picture, Hannah was pretending to be The Little Mermaid, Gray was trying to decide whether a running jump off the log was a good idea, and Ains was saying "Wook, Mommy! I Queen of all da kids in da WOOOLD!!!"
On our way out, we stopped at the carousel. Hannah and Ains each chose sea creatures the first time around - a sea horse and dolphin respectively.
Gray chose to sit on the stationary bench with me once his shark started moving.
On the second time around, Ains chose a zebra. She wanted to bring it home with her.
Today I went to IKEA for the first time with my sister and my feet hurt from all the walking I did yesterday added onto the walking we did in IKEA. That store's almost as big as the zoo (Not really. But kinda. But not even close. But it's BIG!!!).
It was a wonderful day and now my kids want to go to the zoo closer to home. It's not nearly as nice, and it's a lot colder this time of year. They'll have to wait.