So we went to the zoo on Friday. It is about an hour away in the quad cities in Illinois. My visiting teacher invited us with her and even let us use the free passes that came with her season pass. Hooray for cool new friends. She has two kids that are almost the exact same ages as mine. Seriously, Ben and Charlotte are 3 days apart and Penny and Eleanor are a couple weeks apart.
The weather was great and the Zoo was awesome. It was just the right size. Not so big you could never see all of it, but just big enough to have all of the best animals. Ben kept wanting to see the dinosaurs. I tried to tell him there are no dinosaurs at zoos. Luckily, they did have some dinosaur sculptures and skeletons. He and his new friend Charlotte took advantage.
This picture is cute, but the lighting is all funny.
We also saw a pond that had ducks and geese and fish. Both kids got a kick out of this. Although Penny was still in the backpack carrier when we were near the water. She loves water and is just a bit too fearless.
We moved onto the petting zoo, and I set Penny loose. She got a major kick out of the chickens.
In this picture, she was a little bit bugged that I kept trying to pull her attention away from the chickens. Both kids loved the goats and each tried to feed them. Ben was funny because he would drop the food and shriek and laugh as soon as the goat touched his hand.
They had this cool little enclosure where you could walk in with all the birds. Ben was excited, but also a bit freaked. I got him to stand by the birds but he kept thinking they were going to land on him. You can tell in the picture.
I love that picture. We saw lions and giraffes and ate some lunch and played on the playground. It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but both kids liked climbing on the killer whale statue.
The little boy with Penny was following her around and helping her climb stuff. He even caught her when she went down the slide. It was pretty cute, but I have no idea who the kid was.
And last, we went on a train ride. Both kids loved this and waved and said hi to all the animals as we passed them. Penny says “choo choo” now, and it was pretty adorable.
And last, one quick family photo before we left for the day.