Let’s Do the Zoo

P1020472“OK, let’s see the next thing!”

That’s what we heard from our two year old grandchildren as we moved our way through the Virginia Zoological Park Thanksgiving weekend. We’ve been there many times, but not with grandchildren and not during the cooler months.  We have three grandchildren with one more on the way.  Two are two years old (nice timing, parents!) and one is six months old. We decided to revisit the zoo because it had something for all ages and was stroller friendly.

The zoo is divided into different continents, and our first stop was Asia-Trail of the Tiger. The trail leads to two tigers that were well camouflaged during our visit.  But a couple of orangutans made for a nice substitute.

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Tristan wasn’t so sure about this one.

We discovered early on that once a two year old spied an animal, it was “onto the next thing” pretty quickly.

Moving through Asia, we saw several very interesting birds and a couple of small, active pandas in the trees.  It was not cold enough to be uncomfortable, but was chilly enough for the animals to be out and quite active.

The obligatory granddaughter in the orangutan pose

The obligatory granddaughter Cortlyn in the orangutan pose

Not sure if these Asian black bears were playing, fighting, or performing for spectators

Not sure if these Asian black bears were playing, fighting, or performing for spectators

Next up was Africa.  Our grandson Tristan was looking forward to seeing giraffes, and after checking out the zebras, was rewarded with two giraffes happily walking all around their habitat.

Tristan sees his giraffe

Tristan sees his giraffe

The park has an elevated walkway, so you get expansive views of the giraffes, ostriches, zebras and lions. We found this made viewing with little ones very easy and enjoyable.

Then, a quick lunch of hot dogs and chicken nuggets.  Santa was even paying a visit.  Our granddaughter Cortlyn was the bravest, waving to Santa from a safe distance.

Cortlyn and Tristan having a little rest

Cortlyn and Tristan having a little rest

By this time, some crankiness was setting in, so we skipped Australia and North America for a quick trip to the gift shop.  The kids and adults all enjoyed the zoo immensely and we’ll be sure to go back the next time the cousins are all together.

Heading back to the parking lot

Heading back to the parking lot

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