This past weekend, we solidified our friendship with the neighbors by tagging along with them to the Philadelphia Zoo. It's been about 6 or 7 years since I had been there last and like most everything else, these things are better with a kid. Sure, not having to lug a ton of crap and deal with toddler tantrums has its perks but watching the eyes of a two year old widen upon his first polar bear sighting? Well that's some good stuff.
The polar bears were settling in for a nap when we got there. Of course. I don't think I've ever seen them awake and swimming. Lazy s.o.b's.
Unfortch for us, we visited the zoo on the absolute wrong day. Even though it was almost 70 degrees in November and not a cloud in the sky, a lot of the animals had been moved because of the hurricane and not returned. A lot of the normal attractions that the kids were so excited to take Gabe on, like the camel and horse rides, weren't open. The gigantic zoo balloon? Not flying today. Womp womp. Sorry kids.
These guys are cool though. And they were there...so there's that.
Gabe's first carousel ride! He talked a big game about getting on the crocodile but turns out, he hated it. We scampered over to the snake basket and took a ride.
There's a pretty awesome indoor playground exhibit thing for members of the zoo, which has a big treehouse, dinosaurs and their eggs, big tree trunks to slide through and honeycombs to climb on. The boys were in heeeeeaven.
Best good buddies.
On the way out, we hit up the primate house, which is probably my favorite part. I could hang out in there all day watching these guys. I'm fascinated by them but man, it makes me so sad. They look so sad being in there.
This guy sat in a window alcove looking forlorn. AND LIKE A FREAKING HUMAN. Can't deny that shizz.
So weird. But anyway, it was a fantastic day with some new(ish) buddies and it wore us all out. And on the walk to the exit, the giant turtles were humping each other. Can't get much better than that.
Move it along kids, move it along...