Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Atlanta Zoo

My sister Laura and her husband Chris were in town last week.  We had such a wonderful time with them.  Last Friday, me and the kids went with them to the Atlanta Zoo.  It is a great zoo with wonderful exhibits.  The weather was a little warm, but there was plenty of natural shade around the entire zoo.    We had a great afternoon together.


They have a new exhibit where you enter an area that has hundreds of parakeets.  You can get very close to them.  We purchased a little seed stick and Mikayla was able to feed one of them.IMG_2832

Mikayla LOVES getting in these photo stand things and posing for a pic.  Isn’t she a ferocious lion?IMG_2838

Gavin did great at the zoo.  He had the seat of leisure and was pushed around from exhibit to exhibit.  I would have liked to have gotten him out more, but Jeremy wasn’t with me and I wasn’t up for carrying him through the entire zoo.  Gavin is good when you first get him in the stroller, but if you get him out after that there is no going back in (without a major meltdown at least).  In any case, he seemed to enjoy himself and liked looking at the animals.IMG_2849

This was my favorite part.  Our zoo has a relatively new baby panda, Xi Lan.  He was born last August and has been out in the exhibit since February.  Mikayla (and everyone else) thought he was very cute.  We even came home with our very own stuffed version of the baby panda.IMG_2860

At the end of the zoo, there is a petting zoo for the kids.  Mikayla had a lot of fun going around and brushing all of the animals.  I was amazed at how easy going these animals were. IMG_2853



Gavin enjoyed petting the animals, too.   The petting zoo was a little nerve-wracking for me.  Gavin kept running up the animals and giving them rather heavy pats.  I was so worried he was going to hurt one of them, or vice-versa.  Thankfully, I think these animals are used to wild and crazy children.