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Night Time Zoo

Last week I took the kids to the night time zoo.  We didn’t make it until around 7, which was kind of a bummer, but we had a great time anyway.  They have kind of been driving me crazy through all of our galavanting around, but this night was one night of greatness.  I couldn’t believe how well they got along and what a great time we had.  We stayed until closing time (9:00) and really enjoyed our time together.  We watched a few shows and then saw a few animals.  Some of the paths were closed off and some animals we couldn’t see.  It was a little bit frustrating at times to walk to an area and find that it was roped off.  And a lot of the animals we wanted to see were sleeping.  Even so, we got to catch a glimpse of the tiger, and we were able to see the baby jaguar asleep in it’s den.  Nearby was the mother, snuggling with the other baby.  So sweet!

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Escondido

Last Saturday when I was trying to figure out what to do with the kids, I learned about an event at Nordstrom in the mall in Escondido that I knew The Girl would want to see.  Hello Kitty was making an appearance in the kids shoe department.  Since I’m always on the look-out for kids shoes for The Boy (since nothing fits the kid’s fat feet) I thought I would take them to see Hello Kitty and then make my way to Safari Park.

Although even Nordstrom didn’t have shoes to fit, we did have a successful day.

Things I love about Safari Park:

There is so much open space.

In many places, I feel like I’m really a part of the environment with dirt paths, hills and all.

There are catfish in the pond with the ducks and it’s worth the 50 cents to feed them so that you can watch the ducks peck the catfish.

Big horn sheep come right up to the fence to check you out.

There are still cool things to play with and in.

The elephants.  There are so many!  But The Boy just wants to visit the elephants so that he can play with this sculpture.  He would stay there all day if I let him.

And I love this bird.

We spent the majority of our day walking.  Luckily I was smart enough to take the double stroller, even though most of the time I was only pushing one kid.  It was totally worth it for the times I needed it for both.  We walked the WHOLE ENTIRE park.  I kid you not.  Every trail that could be walked (except the garden trail) was walked.  By me.  That’s a lot of walking.  And I didn’t have a stroller to sit in!  We had a great time, but I sure was tired by the end of the day!

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Our Go-To Activity

It seems like we spend a lot of time at the zoo.  It’s so easy to just pick up and go for a couple of hours and we love it!  If the kids get cranky, we just leave!  This time we ran into a couple of friends, which always makes things more fun so we stayed a little longer than planned.  We have been lucky enough the last couple of visits to catch a glimpse at the baby hippo.

I love seeing all of the baby animals.  The Boy loves the pandas.

We don’t always stop because sometimes the line is quite long.  Recently, though, I discovered that there is another panda viewing area that is much less crowded.  You can stand in line to see the two male pandas, or you can go off to the side of the exhibit (right past where the line begins) and the female panda is back there.

To the left is the main panda line, but if you go just past there between the trees in the middle of the picture, that's where you can see the other panda.

I don’t think people realize she’s there so it’s not nearly as busy.  Soon, though, their habitat will be expanded and the viewing area will be different.

Everybody thought I was taking a picture of the panda, but I was really taking a picture of that girl carrying her dog.

On another note, I wouldn’t suggest bringing your dog to the zoo.

Really? I don't get it.

I think it’s just weird.  But maybe that’s just me.

Anywhooo . . .

the peacocks were in full bloom.  Maybe they’ll add to the baby collection soon, as every other animal seems to be doing so.

Lately on our zoo trips, we’ve been taking the Sun Bear Trail.  It didn’t used to be a regular route for us, but I really like it.  It seems like it’s kind of off the beaten path and the bears are kind of interesting.

I was a little nervous when the grizzly stood up on his hind legs, looking directly at The Boy.  I’m sure it was totally safe, but I hurried off.  We also got a funny little show from the sloth bear one day.  He wanted to show off for the kids and when we pulled up, he walked out of his den and did a little dance.  Really, it was the funniest thing and the kids thought it was hilarious.  I hope we get the show again someday!

 

Check out that big tongue!

This jaguar kept pacing back and forth right in front of the glass. The Boy didn't want to get too close.

That’s the zoo lately.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about it in the near future, as we’re planning trips every Friday.  Please join us!

 

On another note, The Girl went to orthopedics today where she had more x-rays and a new cast.  She’s recovering well and it looks like our summer will officially begin in 3 weeks from today with our first post-cast beach trip!  I’m excited that she’s healing so quickly and that we won’t have such a bummer summer!

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Zoo Again

I asked my kids where they wanted to go on Wednesday.  They decided on The New Children’s Museum downtown.  We love it there.  We dropped The Hubby off at work and got there before opening time so we played for a bit in the park across the street.  When it was finally 10:00, we walked to the front door and noticed that they are CLOSED every Wednesday!  It was a bummer, but since we were already downtown, we turned it into a zoo day.  Luckily the friends we were going with also have zoo passes.  This time I got some better pictures of the baby giraffe, but the baby hippo was nowhere to be found.

My kids LOVE this helicopter, especially The Boy (found by the polar bears).

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Spring Into the Zoo

It’s springtime at the zoo, as is evidenced by the many baby animals.  Today was The Boy’s 2nd birthday so I spent the morning at the zoo with him (and a friend).  He loves it there and we go often.  I love that we have passes so we can spend the morning there and not worry about seeing everything because we’ll be back in a week or two.  We were there a couple of weeks ago, hoping to see a baby giraffe, but the mother was still pregnant (2 weeks overdue).  We were lucky enough to see that baby today.

We also saw the baby hippo (which was born in January) and a number of baby monkeys and ducklings.  The hippos were the highlight of my day.  It looked like the mother was teaching the baby how to walk around in the water.  She kept pushing him around in circles.

We also stopped at some exhibits that we haven’t noticed before, like the turtles.  The Boy was really excited about them.  I think they were his favorite animal today.

When we left, we took a quick detour and rode the Balboa Park Train.  That was a new experience for the both of us and was quite exciting for a two-year-old.  It’s a small train and the price is $2 per person.  The ride takes about 5 minutes and is quite cute.  I can’t say we’ll do it all the time, but it might be worth a ride again sometime in the future.

Hopefully we’ll be back with a bunch of different adventures next week, as it’s spring break and there are plenty of things my kids want to do.

 

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