We spend a lot of times in zoos because our kids just LOVE animals. They are 9 and 11 and chose a trip to Yellowstone over a trip to Disneyland! What does that tell you...other than I raised them right!!
Little do they know that since they were little, I've been whispering in their ears while they slept... "Disneyland stinks" Disneyland is gross" Disneyland is boring". The subliminal training must have worked! I've got to start a new approach...."helping mom clean the house is cool", "folding laundry is fun", "picking up dog poop in the yard is a blast"....
Anyway, they've been to three zoos this year: Hogle in Salt Lake City, the Oakland Zoo and Woodland Zoo in Seattle. The last one, in Seattle, was our absolute favorite. I think it probably ranks at the top of the list of all zoos we've visited so far.
Animals are cool. When I taught first grade, I always used animal pictures to get the kids to write with descriptions. They have texture, color, temperature, voice...just see what I mean:
Well the pictures didn't all come out with the clarity I had hoped....but I didn't have time to mess with them too much. But you get the gist!