Back from the zoo

Call me crazy, but yesterday I took the two kiddos to the zoo – by myself. It was free admission and seemed like the perfect excuse to get my homebody butt out of the house and give the kids something fun to see. After hearing Ava’s reaction when I asked if she’d be interested in going to the zoo, there was no turning back.

I wasn’t sure how Julian would do with walking the whole time, but I didn’t want to cart a stroller around either since I knew I’d just have to hold him up to see the animals anyway, so I put him on my back in the Ergo for about the first 30 minutes and he was totally fine with that. After I took him down to change his diaper, I let him walk, and, surprisingly, he held hands with Ava and/or stayed by us most of the time. He only took off running once or twice and was easily corralled.

The only time there were tears during the outing was when I told Ava she could not have cotton candy (despite the fact that other kids were having it). We did, however, all share a couple of ice cream cones before we headed back home and that, she told me in the car, was her favorite part! Who needs exotic animals when you’ve got ice cream? ;oP She later told me that seeing all of the animals AND the ice cream were all her favorite parts. I guess she wanted to make sure there will be future visits to the zoo. 😉

A&J walking around at the zoo - 10/07/08 Posing with our elephant friend 10/7/08 J doing some animal watching 10/7/08 Feeding time for the penguins 10/7/08

10 thoughts on “Back from the zoo”

  1. You are a braver woman than me to go stroller-free. I took Reid to the Toronto Zoo in July and still took her in a stroller. It’s not even so much her but our stuff that needs to be carried: Camel Back for water (it was July, after all), some fruit for snack, bathing suits for the splash pad (I don’t know why there is a splash pad at the Toronto Zoo but there is), my camera case, etc.

  2. I have to agree. A stroller is a must for us too. And, yes, as much for all of my stuff as for the child riding in it.

    Glad you had a nice day!

  3. Amy that sounds wonderful! We don’t get to the zoo nearly enough, although it’s only about an hour and a half drive. It’s so much fun! And next time the kids will remember and enjoy it even more. Sounds wonderful

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