We almost didn't go because the forecast called for rain showers. The sun was shining, so we decided to take a chance and drive out. Well, not only did it not rain, it was freakishly hot for an April afternoon in upstate NY. Like, Amazon hot. Really added to the zoo ambiance!
The first thing we saw were the monkeys. The kids absolutely loved them. The spider monkeys, however, were getting a little...ahem...frisky...so we didn't spend too long hanging around their cage!
Here are Seamus and Ethan taking a little PB sandwich break.
Next on the list were the tigers and wolves. What we didn't realize was that the tiger pen was at the top of a very large hill. So Jen with the double stroller containing Gigi and Collin, and me with the wagon and the older boys, started the loooong journey to the top. Sheesh! Talk about a workout! We seriously had to stop halfway up and take a breather! (Oh, and in case you were wondering...our hubbies were out playing GOLF. Are we superstar wives of the year or what?)
The tigers were very cool, but we realized too late that the wolves were even further up this ginormous hill...so we did what any decent parent would do and flat-out lied to our kids. The wolves were "sleeping," it was their naptime and we didn't want to wake them up. I figured it was very responsible of us - it would have been terrible to leave four small kids unattended by the wolf cage while their mommies were passed out on the grass from heat exhaustion!
Sea lions were up next - I think these were probably the favorite of the day!
I would have found this donkey to be incredibly cute and charming...if it weren't for the giant "I BITE" signs hanging behind his pen. I snapped this pic quickly and then we made sure everyone kept their fingers attached to their bodies!
The kids spotted this playground and of course couldn't wait for us to turn them loose and let them play. They had a great time running around and exploring the giant tires.
We took some cute pics and I tried not to hyperventilate as Grace was literally rolling around in the dirt in her new outfit. (Yes, I have been told I need therapy for this! I have stock in Shout.)
My handsome little man.
Not a drop of rain fell, although right about this time we would have gladly welcomed it! Jen and I had to hold each other back from jumping into the sea lions' pool to cool off.
Super fun day at the zoo with our friends!
P.S. We are also looking forward to meeting our adorable blog friends, JD and Anne, at the Boston Aquarium this weekend!