You'll hear lots of animals, making different sounds.
Roaring, singing, trumpeting, giggling all around.
Animals, animals, animals, from places near and far.
They make their home right in the zoo, where each one is a star!
To those of you who know this song, because your baby has the same zoo toy (F*isher P*rice) that Evie does: I'm sorry that this song will now be stuck in your head for hours. Actually, I'm not really that sorry. The toy I'm referring to is right next to Evie in this picture:
This toy is one of Evie's absolute favorites because she has figured out how to press the buttons and make it "sing," and she can take the elephant, giraffe, penguin and monkey figures off and play with them separately. (The elephant is in the foreground of the above photo). She plays with this toy A LOT. It plays 5 songs. I know them all by heart, in order.
The first song (lyrics above!) has been torturing Evie and me for three months now with promises of the wonders that await her at THE ZOO. She finally got to visit our zoo for the first time today! Did it live up to her expectations? She did get to see monkeys, elephants and a sleeping tiger, but no lions or zebras because getting to the Africa area of the zoo requires a heckuva long walk. Another day.
Evie's reaction to the monkeys, elephants and tiger? Blank stare. She did enjoy the macaws, lorikeets and cranes, however, because they made awesome bird noises that captivated her attention. I guess J and I should think about getting a canary for her birthday? Or not.
She also seemed interested in the sea lions because we happened to walk up to them when they were being trained for their zoo show, so they were moving around a lot and doing interesting things.
Other than the birds and the sea lions, her favorite attraction at the zoo was the herd of kindergartners on a field trip that my friend (who met me there for the morning with her 4-year-old son and twin daughters who are Evie's age) and I had to navigate with our strollers for the first half an hour, until we took a fortuitous turn and lost them for the rest of the visit. Evie seems to love watching older kids walk, play, talk, etc. I wish I knew what she were thinking as she stares at them with an expression of puzzlement, admiration and envy.
All in all, it was a successful first trip. It only took 25 minutes in light traffic to drive each way, parking was free and close, the admission process was straightforward with no line, the weather was pleasant and Evie was angelic. She even took a nice morning nap in her stroller:
She melts my heart. Hopefully we'll have some more nice weather and I'll be able to convince more of my friends to venture to THE ZOO with us. I owe Evie some penguins, lions, zebras and alligators.