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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Charlea and Jude take the zoo

Over spring break, my friend and I took our littles to the zoo.  Jude and Charlea are both in the 2/3 year range, which is awesome.  We got there fashionably late (or late like moms of little kids do...) which aparently translates into waiting 30+ minutes in line to get in.  Luckily, the kids were fine.  They played around in line.  We chatted.  It was perfect.

We were probably in the zoo 1.5 hours.  Maybe 2.  It was the perfect sized zoo for toddlers.  It had enough animals that they recognized and were into seeing.  It had enough wide spaces for strollers and allowing them plenty of movement.  It had plenty of just low enough for toddlers to get up and see themselves.  Just high enough to be able to see everything.  Great for littles wanting to be independent.  There weren't too many people since its just a little zoo in Gainesville, so you never felt like you were losing them.  Which also gave them the freedom to wander about a little.  And then right about the time they started wearing out, we were at the end.  So it was cheap, we saw everything, and we got our money's worth.  I have always been a big Ft Worth Zoo person- and it is awesome.  But if you have toddlers- it's Frank Buck all the way as far as I'm concerned.  Highly recommend.

The rest is just super cute pics.  I think my personal favorite of the whole afternoon was at the end when Jude and Charlea were losing interested.  We were treated to some toddler crab walking, some toddler giraffe walking (with songs), and then they proceeded to walk down the ramp on their feet and hands like gorillas.  Seriously, I should have videod.  And then they walked the rest of the way singing together.  Most of the songs were made up.  Luckily, Jude and Charlea both have a certain affinity for song writing so they just picked up where the other left off.  So cute :)


katebradley said...

How fun! We will have to take a family day there soon!

Aanie @ The Active Mum said...

Looks like they had an absolute ball!! I'm still yet to take our munchkins to the zoo - they loved the reptile park so I will definitely have to do it soon!


The Nanny Jenny said...

Adorable! I take the little boy I nanny to the Zoo so often that the parents got us an annual pass. His favorite thing there are the lions and the food (typical boy).

heidi said...

What a great trip! I love going to the zoo. And the pictures are so cute!

Heidi’s Wanderings

Cropped Stories said...

I just love taking my little one to the zoo; can't wait for this year! You got some great captures here!

Christina Morley said...

I love the photos! It's always nice to find a zoo or other establishment that caters for kids. My youngest is 5 and my oldest is 16. I'm visiting from the Monday Meet Up.

Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa

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Khloé Belle Gadson said...

Stopping by from Covered in Grace's Monday Meet up!

That is a really nice zoo. I have to find one here in Florida since we just moved down here. I lived in NYC and frequented the Children's Zoo in Central Park. It was a petting zoo and they had different activities and reading circles.I loved it. I'm sure I'll find something here just haven't done my homework yet.


Susannah said...

What a wonderful day! It looks like the kiddos had tons of fun and I'm sure you enjoyed the time with your friend. :-)

Laura Darling said...

Looks like so much fun! I love the zoo!:)