T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Impromptu Zoo Outing...

This past Monday, which is usually library day, we opted to take the right hand into the zoo instead of the left turn into the library. It was just such a beautiful day, still a bit chilly, but the sky was an incredible shade of blue making it so I could not help but want to wander the zoo. 

The kids were not disappointed. They do enjoy story time but a trip to the zoo? I've told you how they always ask to go. Generally, though, they know days in advance and anticipate the fun. It was fun to just pull up there and see the excitement in their eyes. I might just have to surprise them like this more often.

There was hardly anyone there. Ironically, we did run into some very dear friends who found themselves there also because of the glorious day. The kids very much enjoyed the company and socialization. We also deviated from our normal walk through the zoo. Usually we start with the giraffes but that day we went the complete opposite direction. 

The penguins were not so active as they are laying eggs and nesting. Hopefully, we'll have some baby penguins soon. T Rex asked the zoo keeper if they ever "hooted". He's really into a library book called Penguin and Little Blue right now. When his dad reads it he does a great "hoot, hoot, hoot, hoot" when Penguin calls to his friends. The keepers said that "yes, indeed, they hoot". T Rex just beamed.

We already have a tiny baby wallaby. I don't think it even has fur yet - it looks like a hairless rat peaking out of its mama's pouch but it is still SO cute.

The snow leopard also put on quite a show for the kids - back flips, tale chasing, leaping. They just watched in awe.

I suppose shaking things up once in a while does a person, particularly a young one, good. Do you like to be surprised? Do your kids enjoy surprise outings?


septembermom said...

My kids love surprise outings! And me too! That snow leopard is very cool. Looks like a fun zoo!

Camie said...

Love the Zoo! IT's one of my favorite places to be during the spring. Hoping to make it there sooner than later too :)

JKMommy said...

When I was a kid, I LOVED it when my dad would surprise us - even if it was sharing a soda from the McDonald's drive through - surprises are great for kids! :)
I still love surprises (of the good kind) and "taking the road less traveled by" when possible! :) A. is too young to even understand when we deviate from schedule but I think he will also love surprises too because any fun adventure we go on delights him! :)

Boise Wiebers said...

We haven't been there for years. When I learned giraffes were coming, I really wanted to go for a visit. Sadly, it hasn't happened. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your local pics. =)

Kim said...

I think you're onto something. Deaglan is at the age when if you tell him about something days ahead, the anxiety and anticipation really impact him. I find it easier (yes on myself) if I just tell him the last minute about an outing. Sigh, I'd love to have a zoo nearby.

Jenners said...

I think surprises are a great treat and necessary to spice up life. Sound like your zoo is really good with all the babies there!