All Saturdays in February were free visits to the Brookfield Zoo. We took advantage of this for Zara's birthday. Since Aaron was out of town preaching, we took Caedmon for the day as well. I think he enjoyed being with us despite all the girls! One highlight of this Zoo trip was touching a real life snake. The Zoo has a family play zoo which was also free that day (there is normally a charge). We spent quite a bit of time at the family zoo, it's all indoors (the weather was cold, that's probably why the Zoo was free!). Quite a few of the summer attractions were not available but when it's free we are not picky. We still saw plenty in all the indoor exhibits. Some of the animals were outside, seeing the polar bear was pretty cool! The dolphin show was not running but we still watched the dolphins in the underwater viewing window. I continue to be amazed at the variety of animals that God created. We saw so many animals that were not familiar to us or we had never seen before. A cold but great day!
|A new animal to us|
|I took about 10 photo's before I got one of the lion standing still.|
He was pacing up and down the window!
|See how close that is, pretty cool!|
|A very playful bear|
|I'm glad NZ doesn't have any snakes!|
|Playing with the puppets at the Family Play Zoo|
(Albert scared Zara! I didn't manage to catch that on film!)
|Kate and Zara|
|There they are hiding behind their puppets!|
|A REAL snake!|
|The volunteer was so helpful explaining a bit about the snake|
The girls were very keen for me to take photo's of them touching the snake. Grace took one of me also but you can't see my face in the photo, I did touch it, all of us did! The snake felt very smooth.
|I did touch it! Caedmon next to me|
They also had an indoor garden which the children could mist. Even my teenager enjoyed this task :).
As part of the Family Zoo they also had an animal hospital. I was very impressed it was kitted out just like a real animal hospital even the stuffed animals (phew!) had 'real' organs. There were x-rays, examination tables, doctor coats, animal crates etc.
|Kate examining an animal|
|Zara and Caedmon 'treating' an animal|
(notice the insides of the animal that came out!)
|I recognize the fish in this aquarium, oh hang on, |
it's a snail and Michaela
|For you Mama!|
|Some hot chips with lunch just what we needed on a cold day!|
|It took a while for all of them to get up onto the ice and pose.|
(OK I gave up on the pose and took the photo anyway)
|Please Mum take a photo of me|
|Selfie with Grace (left) and Kate|
|Very cute baby|