Monday, August 26, 2013

My Birthday at Blackpool Zoo

Do you know one of the awesome things about having young kids? You have a perfectly valid reason to go to the zoo ON YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY without getting funny looks from folk. Seriously, it's a great excuse!

Earlier in the holidays I'd asked the kid which zoo they wanted to go to, Blackpool, or Dalton. It's always a tough choice.... Dalton has the lemurs running round free, but Blackpool has elephants, and the spider monkey enclosure where they can - and usually do - come right up close and try to pinch things off you! The boys pondered it for a good while, but in the end they chose Blackpool. They love both zoos equally, but Jack had been to Dalton with school during the summer term. And since we've been over this way anyway it was a perfect fit!

As we piled in we chose which animals we each wanted to see the most. For Hubby is always the elephants, Jack wanted to see the penguins, Tom wanted the flamingos, Georgie loves any kid of birds, and tigers, I wanted to see the tiger, giraffes and spider monkeys. We've always seemed to have timed it wrong with the tiger in the past (it's usually fast asleep somewhere out of sight when we go) but this time we got lucky and it was having a good wonder about. Jack & Tom loved it, and Georgie kept pointing and saying "meow" in his best cat voice.

Wizard Lizard In His Layer
We tend not to do the shows with the kids being so young still, but I'm looking forward to doing that with them when they are a bit bigger. They are perfectly happy looking round at the animals. They started to remember things they had learned on previous trips, and struggling more and more to chose "favourite" animals with zebras ranking high again after watching them.

A trip to see the reptiles and insects set them off again, finding the worlds longest snake left Jack mesmerised, and Tom was left with some questions unanswered when he wanted to know why one tortoise was trying to piggy-back on another... Best of all though, we found the Wizard Lizard In His Layer! Straight out of Julia Donaldson's Superworm book! A skink....!

We finished off the day with an explore around the Dinosaur Safari which they always love. Jack is trying so hard to read all the names of the dinosaurs, and doing a pretty good job too!
"Mummy! Save Me!"
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