Monday, September 7, 2009

Zoo Fun

We decided to take advantage of the wonderful weather over the long weekend, and took a trip to the zoo Sunday morning. We like going to the zoo in the morning for several reasons: 1) it is usually not hot yet; 2) it is usually not busy yet (the line when we left was backed up the road, yet we drove right in!!); 3) Max is less tired (aka crabby) and naps like a CHAMP when we get home; and 4) the animals are MUCH more active in the morning -- we got to get up close and personal with cheetahs, tigers, giraffes, and lots of birds!!

It was also the last weekend of the Birds Down Under special exhibit -- so we made sure to visit the birds again...Max really LOVES it!!

Max ran from display to display and assumed the position of nose pressed to glass at each station. He'd turn to me with this look of glee on his face that was just precious. I'd ask him if he'd like to go see what was next and he would answer "YEAH!" and run to the next window...


This was BY FAR one of the coolest hands-on special exhibits we've seen! Max was in AWE of all the birds flying overhead, and just ticked pink that he got to feed them!!



The train whistle got THIS reaction out of him EACH time!!
Here's a video of Max and the tiger. We first saw the tiger inside, and Max didn't realize where the big cat was in the display. All of a sudden, the cat rounded the corner and walked RIGHT IN FRONT OF the window. Max jumped back about five feet -- I think he was surprised at how BIG the cat was. Then, he kept proceeding to entertain everyone in the big cat building by yelling "Tiger....hi Tiger....bye Tiger.... TIGER!!!"

And here is a video of us enjoying the train:

We increased our vocabulary by leaps and bounds at the zoo - learning new words like: ostrich, alligator, and zebra. Max was especially interested in the fish, the big cats, the birds, and of course, the train... We have such a great zoo in Milwaukee -- we need to remember to take advantage of it more often!

Oh yeah...I did sign lil Max up for his very first zoo class -- once he turns two, he'll be old enough -- so I signed him up for...wait for it.....a TURTLE class! :) I'm looking forward to it already!! :)


Anna said...

What a fun day! And yeah, he totally didn't see the tiger. I love what little liars they are. Always saying yes and then being totally shocked when they do see something.

Melanie said...

My favorite part has to be the backwards hat. Love it! Looks like you're bringing up a little animal lover just like you. :)

*jess* said...

omg, he is ADORABLE. looks like a super fun day!

Emily S. said...

I agree with you--- time to get to that zoo more often. he is LOVING IT! And YAY for turtle classes! :) :)