What is the best way to have one last bash with good friends before everything changes? Well… if you have kids a trip to the best zoo in the province is definitely a way to go! And, on top of that, allowed us to use up our zoo bucks (a Christmas gift from Kathy and the only way we would have been able to make it to this particular zoo). We even convinced Esther to join us in the fun!
Waiting on the rest of our group
So after we made it into the zoo itself and the Bleau family caught up with us it was time to see the newest attraction at the zoo (and one you would remember from the LAST time I went to this zoo with just Kathy and the girls)… the penguins! This time the line up was short so we went INTO the exhibit where you get us really close to all the penguins they have. It was noisy and splashy and the kids LOVED IT!
My big kids
Close up and personal
Out from behind the camera… it was not an overly warm day which was PERFECT for zoo visiting.
Don’t forget the peacock who was right at the front entrance… on the way back he was showing off ALL his tail feathers… so we got the best display ever!
Checking out his reflection
Even with 5 adults it was a bit like herding kittens but we managed quite nicely. With so many little and not so little boys we HAD TO run through the new dinosaur exhibit. So much excitement running here and there with Darryl at the front of the pack egging them on!
What a group!
Echo with a favourite aunty
Strike a pose
The leader of the pack
That left Sharon, Esther, Echo and myself to bring up the rear. With the aunties more than willing to walk the baby. Note that miss Echo went through MULTIPLE costume changes during our 3 hours at the zoo… for some reason zoo and walking and all that means pee through ALL your clothes!
After dinosaurs it was time to see more animals. And a variety of those there was to see!!!
Emanuel was amazed that there were so many types of animals in the “same box”
Add in a bathroom break in the African exhibit.
And a play break at the playground…
Birdies at the park and super close
With her god mommy
Baby and the Beasts
We managed to visit my favourite exhibit – the butterfly one. And with less kids in the zoo it was MUCH calmer which meant better pictures of butterflies at rest! I will share more of my favourites in a separate entry.
A 5 day old moth
So many on one bush!
After the butterflies it was time for Emanuel’s most requested ELEPHANTS!
Emanuel and his super special pose
We took a photo together here our last trip to this zoo together… when Emanuel was less than a year old!!!
Riding the stone elephants
And then after a few wrong turns… the baby tiger was out for show!
Baby tiger AWWW
With the tigers our crew was done in and it was time to head back home. Of course with a stop off half way to see Karyn, collect passports (yup EARLY) and have lunch at Quiznos. YUM!
We took up 3 tables!
Hungry and tired
Definitely a day to remember. And I have the souvenir penguin to add to all of that! I am so glad that I got the chance to take our kids there and with such good friends too boot!
Siblings of the heart