We spent Labor Day weekend in Huntertown canning all the tomatoes, sauces, and relishes I mentioned in a previous post. It took us about 12 hours on Saturday (with a break for supper) to can everything. The boys were great during this time so we rewarded them with a trip to the Ft Wayne Zoo on Sunday.
The Ft Wayne Zoo is about 4 times larger than the Pottawatomi Zoo in South Bend. We haven't been there since Ben was around 1 yr old.
The zoo has a lot of hands on exhibits and fun places for kids to play, such as this jeep in the Africa exhibit.
Looking at the pelican. We also saw some native ducks, geese, and frogs in the ponds.
The lion says "roar".
We loved being so close to the giraffes!
Being hatched from an egg.
Playing bongos in Africa.
Sam loves to poke eyes.
The Indonesia exhibit also had a lot of fun things to explore and make noise with like the bells above and the gong below.
Scientist Ben looking at bugs and bones up close.
Ben sporting his favorite Star Wars shirt.
Ben took this picture of Mommy. He loves to take pictures and does a pretty good job.
Trying out the hammocks in Indonesia.
The boys were so excited about coming to the zoo. All day Saturday Sam would go around the house saying, "Zoo? Zoo!" with both hands in the air.
Ben was excited to see all the animals and because we were literally the first ones in the gate at the zoo. Of course, we made it through the zoo fairly quickly since once we found the animals at each exhibit Ben would ask, "can we go see the next one?".
The sea lions were very playful. There were 5 of them in a very large tank and two of them would come swimming toward us on their backs like the one above.
In front of the tropical penguin display. Sam says, "waddle, waddle".
There were several different rides the zoo had to offer including a carousel, sky ride (gondola), and pony rides. Of course there were train rides but we decided against that since we can do a train ride at our local zoo. The boys loved Little Poof to climb on instead of taking a ride on the actual choo-choo.
Both boys enjoyed the Nemo aquarium.
We decided to take the boys for a log boat ride since it wasn't something we could do somewhere else. This was one of the last things we did before leaving so the boys were pretty tired (it took us 3 hours to go through it all). Both boys perked up once we started going on the ride.
Had to take a picture by the bees for Pop Pop Stephens.
A dog house in the farm exhibit.
The boys loved to pet the goats especially since our goat exhibit is closed for the year.