Monday, June 17, 2013

Junior Zookeepers

   My boys couldn't wait for 9 o'clock to come around this morning.  We were heading to Southwick's Zoo today for a special program that I had signed them up for called Junior Zookeeping.  Today's class was all about endangered animals.  They ended up being the only three kids signed up for today's class (most likely since most of the area schools are still in session) but they had a ball.  I felt silly wandering the zoo for a few hours by myself but I certainly wasn't going to drive all the way back home while they were in class.  They wandered around the zoo looking at and talking about the different endangered animals.  From what the boys have told me, the zookeeper was unable to stump them on any questions.  They ended the session with a cute little coloring activity where they each got to color in an animal and create the habitat that the animal would live in.  They had a ball and couldn't wait to tell me everything they did. 

     We discovered that the zoo had another new addition- Cheetahs!  We were thrilled to see these new animals and the boys had discovered this morning that the cheetahs had been placed in their habitat yesterday so they really were brand new!  We watched a few shows, had some lunch, played on the playground, and went on a few rides.  They all suckered me into buying them a souvenir (Alec got a stuffed peacock and it was great watching him put on shows like the Peacock Party show we saw) but I warned them that I am not buying any more stuffed animals or souvenirs until we go on vacation.  Now let's hope I can keep that promise! 

          Once home the boys all changed into bathing suits and jumped right in the lake.  It's still pretty cold with all the rain we've been getting but they don't care.  Evan spent the whole afternoon jumping off the end of the dock and practicing to swim to shore.  I wasn't sure if he'd be able to do it or not since the lake is a bit higher than normal too but I didn't want to discourage him from trying so I just kept an extra close eye on him.  He did great and was so proud of himself.

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