Thursday, June 11, 2009

Broofield Zoo

May 18
We're so blessed to live so close to the Broofield Zoo. People come from all over the world to this zoo, and sometimes I think we take it for granted that it is so close that we forget to come as often as we could.
I was glad when a friend from church asked me to go with her, her daughter, another woman from church and her daughter. After a little mix up about where we would meet, we made our way to the Hamil Family Play Zoo. We especially like going in this building during the month of December when it's more difficult for the kids to walk around in the cold (ok, who am I kidding. It's mostly me who's a baby about the cold). They have small animals like snakes, rabbits, spiders, and ferrets. This time Jared was able to pet a guinea pig after we watched it crawl through a little paper towel maze. Although we didn't go there this time, they also have a greenhouse room. The kids can walk around with spray bottles and spray the plants.
This day the kids loved watching the lemurs, playing zookeeper and cleaning up after the animals, climbing in a pretend log and petting a rabbit and guinea pig.

After reading a few books, we headed towards the children's zoo. I really love this section of the zoo because it's really hands-on and because it's contained enough that they can run on ahead a bit and it doesn't make me nervous. It's always more difficult with twins because they always want to run in opposite directions! We didn't stay here long but the highlight of the trip was brushing the goats in the petting zoo section.

I don't have pictures of most of the rest of the afternoon, but we had a picnic next to the park. The kids had a lot of fun running around. True to his picking things apart obsession, Jared stood next to a tree and picked off pieces of bark for a good 15 minutes. He even found a partner for a while in one of the little girls. We said goodbye to our friends, looked at some polar bears, brown bears and tigers on the way out, and snapped one picture of Jared sitting on the lion statue before making it to the car.

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