Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Brookfield Zoo: Success!

We went to the Brookfield Zoo with Dallas and the boys when they were here. It was hot, crowded, and reminded me of the fact that I don't really like zoos. Today was the coolest day in a couple weeks, and it's getting hot again starting tomorrow so I thought H and I should give it another try. We spent all of our time in the two special children's zoos. The first is a play zoo. He played in the Fisher-Price corner, which is full of toys and is pretty much like going to play group at someone's house who has a lot of Fisher-Price animal themed toys. He loved it.
Eventually I tore him away from that and we went through their greenhouse, but he only wanted to throw gravel so that didn't last long. We went to the "Zoo at Home" section where he pet a guinea pig. Once the guinea pig was bag in its cage, Henry loved looking at it up close. He wouldn't stop talking about how great those little white furry animals were (although I didn't understand a word of what he said.) He was very excited to point to the animals in the cages and he loved their goldfish.
He was a interested in the lemurs, but he was more interested in climbing on everything.
I finally removed him from the play zoo, kicking and screaming, and we stopped by the petting zoo on our way to the car. We caught the very end of a horse grooming lesson, and he pet the miniature horse. Once he pet one of the goats, he was very excited and had to pet each of the goats. He loved it. We even got to feed the goats out of our hands, but Henry was more confused than excited by that process.

Even though it was nap time, we would have stayed a little longer if my pants hadn't been falling down. I wore a pair of Capri pants I haven't worn for a couple of years. They fit just fine as I put them on this morning, but as our zoo experience progressed they were getting looser and looser. I couldn't go three steps without pulling them up. By the time I got to the car, I couldn't get Henry in the carseat with both hands, because one hand had to be holding up my pants. I remember thinking this morning, "I don't need a belt with these pants. They fit great!" I now remember why I don't wear these pants. They stretch out and fall down as your day goes on.

From our first experience at the zoo, I wasn't excited to go back.  But now that we know how much he loves these children's areas, we will return soon.
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3 comments:

Jo Ellen/Toots said...

I'm laughing out loud at your experience with your Capri pants. And I'm glad that Henry had a wonderful time at the zoo. Love, Toots

Sally Morrison said...

Kara, It's Chicago in late July. You can plan your Capri pants problem on the heat and humdidity. That is cause of everything that is bugging one right now.

Sara said...

I am laughing with you Toots.

Kara, you're such a good mom, always taking H on such fun outings. Wish we lived closer.