Thursday, May 23, 2013

Zoo Day

On May 10th, the kids had the day off from school.  My friend, Amber, and I decided to take our kids to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for the day.

The day didn't look too promising.  Early that morning, we almost canceled due to the weather forecast, but we decided to go anyway.  By 8 AM, as I was loading my kids and my great-niece, Aubrey, into the car, the rain was pouring down.  It was still raining as we picked up Amber, Audrey, and Jack, and it rained the entire way into Pittsburgh. 

It turned out to be a GREAT day to visit the zoo.  When we first got there, it was raining, but nobody else was there!

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The rain quickly slowed to a drizzle, and the animals were all very active. 

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The baby sea lion was the hit of the day.  It was literally playing with the kids.  It would swim  in front of them, stop, and touch its nose to theirs.  When we walked away, it curled up into a ball and stared longingly at us, so of course we returned!  The kids were mesmerized.  Especially Lily!!!

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We decided to go inside the reptile house for a bit to see if the rain would stop.  The kids ran through the bat cave, checked out the reptiles and animals, and went down the indoor treehouse slide a few times.

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By the time we walked outside, the rain had stopped and the sun was peeking out behind the clouds.  We decided it was the perfect time for a snack break, followed by a bit of time on both playgrounds. 

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After the kids had finished playing, we moved on.  By that point, it was sunny and warm, and we started to run into crowds of people.  There was still plenty to see, though, including the aquarium and primate house!

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The kids ended up having a great time!

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I'm so glad we decided to ignore the weather, and go to the zoo that day.  We had so much fun together!

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9 comments:

  1. You got some great shots! I don't mind the rain at all (not that we get much of it) but I'd take rain over crowds any day.

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  2. Beautiful pictures!!! I can't wait to take H and Z to the zoo!

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  3. I love zoo days! But I miss living near a good zoo :( Glad you guys had fun!

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  4. Sounds like such the perfect day! And how fun with what the baby sea lion was doing!
    I saw a baby gorilla do something similar once-- it would run over and bang on the glass and then it's big sister I am pretty sure would come and get it, throw it over it's shoulder and walk away with it. She would put it down and he would come right back it was hilarious.

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  5. glad it cleared up for you guys! hopefully we can all get together and go this summer!!!

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  6. It sure looks like you all had a wonderful time at the zoo!! I love the picture of the sea turtle and the star fish; and of course, the best pictures are the ones with your kids having a blast! Sometimes kids have more fun in the rain!

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  7. These pictures are great! What fun! We love living near a zoo, aquariums and wonderful educational places. Have a great day!

    Mama Hen

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  8. I absolutely can't wait to go on Saturday - my first time with my zoom lens! Glad the weather cleared out for you - not sure I would have braved all that!

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