We went to the zoo.
Yesterday the kids and I packed up with my mom and my nephew and went to the Brookfield Zoo!
It was a beautiful day for it, in the mid 70’s or so, and we arrived just 20 minutes after they opened. Apparantly everyone else in the Chicago area had the same idea to enjoy the cool weather because it was PACKED. So the crowds, combined with a toddler who didn’t get her nap at her usual time, we were only there for 3 hours or so before we headed home. For me and the kids it was a full day because we left at 8:20 am and didn’t make it home until around 4:30 or so, but overall it was a great day.
Abby seems to have a great interest in animals. From a bird on our deck, to a neighbors dog in the window, she notices them and watches them until they are gone. The Zoo was no exception. She pointed and stared at every exhibit we saw.
A couple of our favorites:
That, is Abby the Ostrich. Their eyeballs are bigger than their brains. Which explains why she was just pacing back and forth along the fence. Over. And over. And over.
In the viewing area under their habitat, the sea lions (there were 3 of them) were swimming right up to the glass and then turning abruptly. They did it again and again for at least the 20 minutes we stood there. The kids loved it because they were RIGHT THERE close enough to touch (if only the glass was not there). Afterwards we went up to the outside area of their habitat and watched the zookeepers examine the sea lions, feed them treats and show us their tricks. It was a lot of fun. And guess what, one of the Sea Lions was named Abby too!