A bunch of us decided to get together and go to the zoo this morning. We are very thankful that a friend of ours was able to get us a coupon to go in with free admission for one person with one paid admission. Much more reasonable than paying for two adults, the prices at the zoo are a little ridiculous. We paid less to go to the Honolulu Zoo and it is much bigger with way more animals, however that being said, the Great Vancouver zoo is more of a conservatory which is something you do have to remind yourself about when you go. Probably won’t be going again until we either have an Aquarium membership and can get a discount, or we get another coupon.
I was looking forward to going, as I had not been to the zoo since I was in elementary school. I believe it was Jason’s first time there, and it definitely was Everly’s first time going. We all met up bright and early inside the front entrance. There were 4 sets of families, all toting strollers and diaper bags. We were a sight to be seen. For some reason the scene of all the dad’s in a row with their kids, and strollers from the movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” kept coming to mind. It was a smart choice to go for right when the zoo opened as it was not overly busy, and there was lots of parking still. At one point Jason and I found ourselves asking “where is everyone else?” as it never seemed busy, but by the time we left after 12:30pm, the parking lot was getting full and there was a line up to get in.
Everly usually goes down for a nap at the time we decided to meet up. She fought her nap for most of the morning, too much going on around her. I don’t blame her either for wanting to see what is going on. I have a feeling I have a little one who will end up dropping to one nap earlier than most. We tried everything to get her to sleep, and then we repeated the process again. Finally she surrendered to her need for sleep, and zonked out in the stroller just after 11am. She did get to see a good chunk of the animals and reptiles at the zoo.
It was great seeing the reactions of our friend’s kids. Kids always seem to have such a love for animals. Their excitement always makes outings like this worth while! I love having such a close group of friends with little ones, who will grow up together and make many memories like this together.
Jason’s highlight of the day was getting to see a bit of the falcon show at the end, we were about to leave when we saw it was going on. It was amazing to see how fast a falcon can fly, and how quick they are to try and catch their prey.
We headed home after a little over 3 hours of being there. Happy with our little visit.
Now to master transferring a sleeping baby back into her car seat.