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First trip to the Zoo! | Smiling Watermelon
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First trip to the Zoo!

by Juliemara

20130129-225312.jpgWe went to the zoo! It was so much fun. We debated for a long time when would be the perfect time to go to the zoo for the first time. During the summer and fall the girls were still a bit young for the trip to the far side of town to be worth it (we live about 30 minutes from the Atlanta Zoo) and they weren’t too mobile and putting too many things in their mouths. But with the crazy winter weather we have been having a warm winter day, we decided, was the perfect opportunity.

The girls loved it. The zoo is a really great one as far as zoos go.

The first thing you see as you enter the gate are the flamingos.

20130129-224935.jpg I found myself repeating to words to Bill Martin and Eric Carle’s “Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear” “I hear a flamingo fluting in my ear” such a great book.

The girls would have been happy to stand and stare at the flamingos all day but the busy bee in me knew there was a zoo full of animals to see.

When you take your little one to the zoo for the first time and they want to stare at an animal for an hour, I recommend you let them, enjoy your coffee and realize it will probably be the last time they stand still at the zoo.

We didn’t try to see every animal that lives in the zoo, we chose a few to check out for this first trip.

20130129-225012.jpgWe saw the elephants and the panda bear. The girls were completely silent at first, I imagine they were in shock, trying to figure out how the animals from the books were moving around in front of them. Once the shock wore off they would squeal and shout in excitement every time they saw a new animal. I wish I could understand what they were saying.

We visited the petting zoo where the girls used the brushes provided to brush the animals. They were brushing like pros in no time. I was a little worried that the girls would get trampled by a startled goat but I quickly realized they are as docile as animals get.



Again the girls wanted to move in with the goats. When it was time to move on Talia caused quite a scene, toddlers.

Next we went to visit Po the toddler panda, he is about two years old. Did you know that it is Chinese tradition to only name a panda after its 100th day of life. He is really cute.

Lastly we went to the playground. There is a little school bus jungle gym just for toddlers. The girls had such a good time climbing up and down the steps and driving the bus. They hardly noticed the three story slide right next to them for the bigger kids.







20130129-225427.jpgEven though its a trek to get there we will be visiting the zoo as much as possible in the spring. We had so much fun!

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