Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Educational, if not fun.

We went to the Fort Worth Zoo on Sunday afternoon. It was hot, but we managed. The kids love the zoo. Luckily it is basically across the street from us. We could walk there if we wanted to. But we don't. Ever. Never.

It's great to have yearly passes to one of the best zoos in the nation. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have a zoo right there, but I fear that my children will grow up thinking that everyone has a zoo across the street. They see zebras, giraffes, hippos, tigers, bears, apes, flamingos, penguins, and numerous other animals on a regular basis.

The beauty of living here and going whenever we want is that we don't have to cram the entire zoo into one visit. We ask the kids, "what animals do you want to see today?" and then we see those animals and go back another day to visit different animals. It's quite nice, particularly in this insane heat.

So, here are some pictures (on my iPhone again) from our most recent visit.

The Zoo's newest exhibit: MOLA (Museum of Living Art).

George posing on a statue of Bluebonnet ("Bonnie") - a baby elephant born at the zoo.

Evie posing on Bonnie.

Feeding the fish - our favorite part I think.

Standing under the misters. Felt good!

Posing on the Komodo Dragon statue.

Posing on the kangaroo statue.
Do you see a trend?

It was a great day. Especially since the day before we took them to Fort Worth's Oakwood Cemetery - one of the older cemeteries in town, filled with historical founders of Fort Worth. There are even tours on Halloween called "Ghosts, Gamblers, and Gunfighters." So cool, but not to the kids apparently, even though they ran through there and tried to open every single mausoleum we came across. It looked like they were having an okay time and not at all traumatized by the activity. That evening, however, they complained that they had had a bad day because - and I quote - "All we got to do was see dead people." Perhaps my title as Mom of the Year is yet again in jeopardy.

1 comment:

Mom said...

I love your weekend. I am surprised that the kids weren't grossed out by the cemetary. Great pictures.