On this day, we spent a lot of time in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Little curious faces stand up against glass walls and just watch in wonder. On this day, my middle girl was hanging with me and reading all the facts about penguins. She loves to read while watching them swim through the water.
My kiddos also thought the 2 penguins hanging together are either siblings or besties. The conversation between the 3 of them of "Well...it's PROBABLY" assumptions was adorable. I ask a few leading questions to get their mind thinking a bit differently, trying to encourage them to make more observations and ask more questions.
When we stop to eat some lunch, we sit somewhere with an open space for running. Running around is a must. On this day, they each found a stick and became king or queen of that little hill behind them. Things like this is why I always say "I'm taking my zoo to the zoo today". (ha!)
And always, before we go home, no matter how hot it is...we MUST stop in at the reptile house. My kiddos are so intrigued by reptiles of all shapes, sizes, and species. Some of them make my kiddos nervous but some of them captivate them in a way that makes them want to stay and watch a bit longer. This is the hardest "yes" for me to give. Sometimes it gets SO hot in there and it's a pretty popular spot for people to visit. Also, the habitats are very close together which makes us feel pressured to keep moving for the sake of others behind us. This is why my kiddos like to visit often, though. They don't like feeling rushed. They want to see it all so they keep going back to look closely at something different each time.
What is your local zoo like? Do you visit often? I'd love to hear about it. Talk to me in the comments! Maybe we'll travel out to visit your spot sometime.