Last weekend, was a chilly one but with Daddy gone to America for nine days we wanted to fill our time up so B asked if we could go to the zoo. We haven’t been since MM was a newborn and I thought it was an excellent idea. For us, it’s only an hour drive to the zoo. Now that they are both old enough to really get excited about various animals and do more activities, I think we will be visiting more often. We grabbed Granny on the way, to join us on our family fun adventures at Chester Zoo.
It was a completely different experience this time with older children. MM of course was only a newborn and now she was pointing and shouting for each animal to come say hello to her. B took over as tour guide and was reading the map perfectly, telling us where to go next and what we were about to see. I was so impressed with his guiding skills. I think that might have been his favorite part of the day, bossing us all around the zoo.
We got there when they opened as the animals always seem to be out having their breakfast. It was great getting to watch the staff feed some of the animals. The baby animals were all roaming around their parents’ legs like my own to toddlers were doing to me. There is something so amazing watching animal families interact. We especially loved the elephants and their babies spitting water at each other. It was adorable. I have always had a soft spot for elephants and it was cute to see that they were MM’s favorite animal too. They are fascinating creatures.
B somehow seems so old to me at Chester Zoo that day. I don’t know if it’s just him being away during the week at school or being with older kids at school but he has changed so much this past month, I am trying to keep up. He speaks more clear and asked more detailed questions than ever before. I am loving this new school stage where he just wants to know and learn everything. He really does soak it up like a sponge. I hope he is always this eager to know more and learn more from everything around him. I best get the encyclopaedias out though as some questions are beyond my knowledge. The animal questions haven’t stopped since we got home. He wanted to know why we cage animals, why there are not more animals, what they eat, why they eat that, where they sleep and do they get to come out and play at the park? Some questions are answerable, some questions had me even wanting to know the answer. I have always thought B is an old soul and he was great to stop and explain things to his sister. He was patient with her and holding her hand when she was scared of the bats. Let’s be honest, I needed my own hand held in the bat room where a bat got in my hair and then inside the hood of MM’s stroller and between the two of us shrieking for the door and Granny shouting behind us. What an experience. B was man of the day and took care of us all.
B was ever so curious about he camels and wanting to know why they had humps on their backs and not called horses and are the horses, donkeys and camels all a family related? MM just wanted to called them horsey and feed them hay. Camels have always had a target for me and spitting so I stayed far back as I could.
MM woke up from her nap in her stroller and wasn’t feeling well. I could tell she had a bit of a temperature and probably had caught what B had the week before. It’s typical on a day out isn’t it? Bless her so she stayed in her stroller most of the afternoon but B was running, happy and wild, through the zoo. I haven’t seen him this excited since I bought him his first Lighting McQueen car. He was already asking when we can come again and see more animals and tell them stories about his school. He really had the best day ever and has been talking about the zoo all week this week. I am so glad we went despite the cold weather.
I love that we have Granny (my MIL) with us on family days out. With most of my family back in the states and Mr P’s family in Ireland, she is the kids’ sole extended family here. They love that she gets to come on holidays and day trips with us. I do too. It’s great to sit back and see her bond with the kids. While we were looking at the giraffe’s I sat back to watch them together. She has done so much for them I am forever grateful for. The kids just adore her. I saw the baby giraffe’s playing with each other and rubbing on possibly their mother’s legs and there were two more adult giraffes together and in my own little happy bubble, at that moment, I thought I hope that’s their grandparents. All together as one big happy family. Grandparents are such a huge part of my kids’ lives and I feel so lucky for them to have them around to help guide them, love them, support them and grow up with them.
MM has always been the strong one of the family. Even when she is feverish and a little cranky, I still can always get a smile out of her. She loved riding the little train from one side of the zoo to the other. She even got out of the stroller to race water boats with B. They have a lovely positive competitiveness in their relationship. I love that as I feel like I seem a glimpse of me and my brother in them when they compete at something.
There is so much to do at Chester Zoo, I was impressed. The first time around we didn’t take the little train, or see the boats and haven’t even been to the new islands that have been added too. We can’t wait to go back and see the rest of the animals and catch things we have missed this time.
On the way to the zoo B had asked if there were any antelope there. I had no idea if there would be or not but I was more impressed that he even knew what an antelope was. He was so excited when we rounded the corner from the bears and spots the antelope. “Mommy, you did it, you found the antelope”. I would love to take the credit son but it was just a coincidence. He kept giving me thumbs up and I was roaring with laughter. We must have sat watching those antelope just lay there for an hour. He was hooked and didn’t want to leave. He even made sissy get out of her stroller and look at them which was so sweet. He had his arm around her telling her all about them. I am assuming they must have been learning about them at school because I have no idea where he was getting his information from. It was hilarious.
It was a cold english winter’s day but we braved the wind to have some family fun and see all the amazing animals. There is so much more to see at Chester Zoo the next time we go back. I think I can say I love the zoo as much as the kids do. Please check out our video of our full day of adventures below, let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.