Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Joining the Monkeys

...for a day at the zoo.


lions, and tigers, and bears...Oh, my!

This wasn't a real bear.  Want to guess what he was made of??????

It was my daughter's first trip to the Philadelphia Zoo for her birthday.  The area we live in has a small zoo but it is nothing like a large city zoo. Our zoo is more of an animal preserve than an actual zoo.

My husband would pick Emmy up at each crossroads and have her point to the animals she would like to see which resulted in us meandering around the park.

It was a lot of fun (and good exercise).

I thought this picture was fitting.  A mommy and her baby.

It was also funny how quickly the time flew.  We had walked around most of the zoo within 2 hours.  That was time aplenty visiting the animals since Emmy and Madison had had enough by then.

What would a trip to the zoo be without a trip to the gift shop where Grammy bought Emily a birthday present of her choosing.  Of course, Emily at first bonded with a stuffed tiger but then she saw the Polly Pockets.  That was the end.  Polly came home with us (along with the tiger courtesy of Grammy and a rhino for Madison whose tail she tried to chew off).

 On our way out, we passed the Impala Fountain which I fell in love with.  I loved how it looked like the impala (a type of antelope that can be found in Africa) were jumping through the water.  Rainbows appeared in the spray (you can see one in the lower left-hand corner of the picture) mesmerizing the children around the fountain.

The only unpleasant part of the trip was the fold up seating in the cargo area of my husband's SUV which we never use.  I had nowhere to put my poor legs (and I am only 5'8).  I even attempted to swing them up on the folded up stroller on the hideaway seat next to me to no avail. Not to mention with the two car seats in front of me, I had to climb in through the cargo area since I couldn't move the back seats.  My MIL offered to sit back there.  There was absolutely no way I was letting her sit there. I like her to much to do that to her.  Okay, I never would have let anyone sit back there in all honesty.  It just wouldn't have been fair to them. 

When you go to the zoo, what is your favorite animal to visit?  Besides the little monkies hanging on your legs!


Stephanie Faris said...

What fun! Thanks for taking us along. We got the joy of all the sights without having to endure the smells!

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

We LOVE the zoo!! It's one of our favorite family outings. I'm glad you guys had such a nice time. That impala fountain is beautiful!

Kel said...

How fun! We just took the girls a few weeks ago to the National Zoo and they had a blast.

blueviolet said...

I try to get to the zoo at least once a year. This time I've been three times. I always make sure I see the monkeys and bears!

Lourie said...

I love the tigers. They are so impressive and regal. I also like the pandas. I had the opportunity to see them at the Atlanta Zoo when the IL's live and in DC when we lived in VA.

What WAS that polar bear made of???

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

The zoo is always a lot of fun. I love the gift shops too! That was sweet of Grammy to buy Emily a present there...happy birthday Emily!

Joy said...

I have to admit that the smells were not bad considering that it was rather hot that day, thank goodness. When we had been to the Central Park Zoo a few years a go it had been unbearable probably. The Philly Zoo is pretty spread out which I think helps. Em couldn't get enough of the animals!

Joy said...

It probably helped that at the Lego exhibits they gave the kids trading cards so Em was on a treasure hunt!

Kmama said...

Great pictures!! That fountain is beautiful!

Our SUV is much the same way. And getting the seatbelt on always causes it to pull all the way out and then lock, which drives me nuts!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

We've got a really great zoo here in Pittsburgh. I like the polar bears and penguins. And the baby elephant. Okay I enjoy them all!

Shell said...

I have to ditto Joey- the animals and the zoo- though I don't live there any more. :( We used to go there at least once a month.

Tricia said...

I am just stopping by from TTT. Our family loves the Philly Zoo. We didn't make it there this year, and seeing your pics makes me wish we had. It's about 3.5 hours away for us, though. So the trip is usually a once a year thing. So glad that your little one (and whole family) enjoyed it.


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