Unfortunately, we are currently having an argument with the camera so pictures from the beginning of the day (and the really cool thing I am going to tell you about) didn't happen. But my mom generously allowed us to borrow hers for awhile and we were able to get some photos to share. I'll keep you posted on the status of our camera in case it messes with things here :-p
Anyway, we started our trip with the seal lions and polar bears. I can say that until this morning I've never seen one of the sea lions out of the water, but this morning there was one taking quite the nap up on the ledge. Then we went inside and spent at least 20 minutes watching the twin polar bears have quite the time. It was so neat. They were in the water, they were wrestling with each other, they were coming up to the glass. At one point there was a kiddo being held by a dad watching them play and one of the polar bears got up on a rock and then actually leapt into the pool straight at the dad and the kiddo. It was like he was going to go straight through the glass and grab them. All of us were mesmerized by them.
Then it was off to the Spring Alive event, the highlight of which was that 10 local nurseries had picked 10 fairy tales that they then brought to life through floral displays which were on exhibit. From Little Red Riding Hood to Peter Pan and even the Three Little Pigs! I really can't do it justice by trying to explain it, so hopefully we nabbed a few good pictures. They also had activities for the kids were they made growing necklaces, painted with vegetables and decorated their own wooden watering can pieces. So neat.
It was a quick trip across the road to see the penguins, who apparently thought it was too cold so they weren't out, but in their place were tons of ducks which made Noah happy. As we're standing there the tiger across the way suddenly started talking to us. I know that sounds nuts but that is the best way I can think to explain it. With the noises he was making it was pretty obvious he was trying to get our attention. What a neat zoo day!
We then headed for lunch and chit chat at Panera before heading home. I think we beat the snow, but I guess we're expecting 1-3 inches overnight tonight oh joy. But I refuse to allow that to mess with me as I am so looking forward to my night out with Tess at Assassins! So I'm signing off for the day with just a brief 'programming' note - due to the chaos of the next week, we are going to be putting up the Florida wall tomorrow night (I have a PTA dinner on Monday and I am actually headed out for a 3 day GIRLS ONLY weekend with my mom and sis' on Friday so I wanted to give us plenty of time to cover Florida). So check back then for all the latest. Until then...
Part of the Peter Pan display
The kiddos in The Three Little Pigs
Jack and the Beanstalk (sorry about the sideways, best I can do under the circumstances :-p)
City Mouse, Country Mouse (this one by far was the most elaborate)
Hansel and Gretel
Little Red Riding Hood