I am going to be skipping around a bit for a while, since there are so many back posts to be made...so "bear" with me! ;)
This one's about the Zoo... We have a season pass this year, and we have gone a few times already...but this time we went with Papa. A day so hot, you might forget it was September! Hurricane Ike was pushing some super hot weather our usually cool way and it was hot and humid. I think it topped out around 90, and for Buffalo, in September..that's hot.
So, we decided to be outside all day with three toddlers, skip nap time and regular routine, forget hats and sunglasses and head out, carefree, to the zoo with Mike's dad. It was very cool of him to come with us, since we had been previously unable to enjoy a few attractions due to the sheer size of our stroller. One adult to one baby is always a good ratio for us!
Upon entering the exhibit, there was an educational science section you could walk through to get to the actual rainforest. If we would have stopped, we would have "learned" what we were getting into.
There was a lady posted at the door to specifically prohibit strollers from entering. Like we all didn't get the hint from the stroller "parking lot" right outside. Hmmm. Boy, was she was crabby! She was yelling at everyone who even thought about bringing a stroller inside. Well, with the heat, it must have been the emotion of the day. No wonder us Buffalonians are normally so nice - it's not often (and not for long) hot and sticky here - so no reason to have a short temper. The cold makes you want to cuddle and be cozy, stay together for body warmth. One point for Buffalo!
Passing by the crabby lady with the mean face, we were surprised at how stuffy it was in that front room. No air conditioning? Hmmm. We walked through the glass doors to enter the new "Rainforest Falls", with all its grandeur and hype. It sounds so refreshing, doesn't it?
Cole about to jump into the river... there was a little alligator right below him - I'm not kidding.
Papa and B-Man
Cole was so hot, but he was adorable!
Next, we headed for the Bird Aviary. Another exhibit prohibiting strollers...so something else we have been wanting to see! Very cool - It's called "Lorikeet Landing", and features uber-colorful birds vying for the coveted cup of paid food (I think it was nectar) people were holding up for them to sample. This allowed for a very close up look at some pretty amazing birdies. Though, we didn't stay long...the kids were like lead weights and we needed a drink!
The kids are just starting to get into it and we are looking forward to next year when they ask us to go! Right now, it's just another way to get out of the house, and they seem to enjoy the animals a bit. I think they liked the Rainforest exhibit the most, since they were out of the stroller and could actually see the animals! I got down to their level walking by a few areas and realized that they could not see a thing. Bad design, I guess! I thought the zoo was made for kids? I'll put that in their comment box and see what happens... Do they even have one? :P