Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring 2012 Zoo field trip

Today, Rylan's preschool class had a spring field trip at our wonderful Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo. We actually hadn't been to the zoo in about a year, so I was hoping it would be extra special for the kids. We were not disappointed. The weather warmed up beautifully, there were no crowds, and Rylan and Caroline were so excited. Rylan had a special class that siblings were unable to attend. So Charlton went to the class with Rylan where they fed watermelons to the hippos, and Caroline and I fed giraffes and looked at the gorillas and orangutans.

While we waited outside the zoo entrance, the restless and excited kids climbed all over this tree. I guess it was appropriate for a zoo, but it sure was funny to see about 10 preschoolers all trying to find a spot in the tree at once!

Ahh, the carousel.
Caroline was very excited at first, but towards the end she had a weird grimace on her face while she held on for dear life. She would lift the fingers of one hand to wave to me being careful not to let go of that pole! Maybe she was getting a bit of motion sickness?

There was a peacock or "peapock" as Caroline sometimes calls them in the gorilla enclosure. Caroline was fascinated by the handsome guy.
Good giraffe feeding pictures are hard to get. I wanted to get at least one of both my kids by the fence so we could compare to years past and see how they have grown. Caroline squealed and laughed with excitement the whole time she was feeding the giraffes.
We packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed the sunshine at the playground. Three of Rylan's buddies were in the playground also and having the best time. I didn't even ask Rylan to eat lunch because he was enjoying running, hiding, exploring and fighting bad guys so much. I know he is really going to miss his friends when preschool is over, so we just let him play to his heart's content.
What a great day! We definitely need to make it back to the zoo before another year goes by.

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