We got lots of nice presents for Christmas but I think that one of the most creative ones was Aunt Becky’s gift: tickets to go to the zoo with her and a special backstage pass to see the gorillas, chimps and orangutans.
We woke up and packed the boys up one brisk morning on our last Friday of Christmas vacation. They were so excited to go! We got there a little early (oops) but it gave us a great parking spot and we were first in line to get tickets! Woo hoo! We got in at 10am and went to the California Condor Discovery Zone; we could have stayed there a long time! There were condor wings to put on, giant eggs and carcasses to climb in, and the boys favorite part, a lab. There they could read and learn about them, perform surgery with all of the tools, feed babies and look at x-rays. You wouldn’t have been able to tell by their faces that they were pretending—it was real to them!
Then we visited the LAIR which they loved which were all of the reptiles, amphibians, insects and lizards! They love all of those types of animals! Ben’s favorites were the fish. Sam loves the snakes and the other boys agreed! We also saw a giraffes, flamingos, alligators and meerkats before heading to our special behind-the-scenes time with Aunt Becky and Leann! We got to see (but not get too close, they are strong with long arms) the chimps, the orangutans and gorillas. They were fun to see up close!
Later we got to see koalas, condors (real ones this time), wallabies, black bears, elephants and much much more. We were exhausted by the time we left and so were the animals…it was almost 5 pm and the sun was going down and they were all heading in as it got cooler and cooler outside.
It was a fun day! Thanks Aunt Becky! And thanks Uncle Eric and Aunt Addie for going the same day! We all loved it! :)