Last week, we took the kids to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. This was probably our biggest family adventure yet. Previously, we would not have taken Parker because we would have been too afraid of the crowds of people and the possibility of picking up unwanted germs. This was still on our minds, but we were hoping that by going on a weekday and staying away from people we'd be safe. We also didn't want to miss out on the beautiful weather that we had and to take advantage of it before it gets too hot for Parker too handle.
Both kids had a wonderful time! This was one of the first zoo trips we have taken that Alexa was actually interested in looking at the animals and Parker was so excited to see new and different things. I don't think he could really see any of the animals but being in a new environment with various lights and colors made him so happy. He kept clapping and smiling from ear to ear. One of his favorites was looking at/listening to the waterfalls in the Rainforest.
The next favorite spot was the aquarium. We did go through it a bit quicker because it was more crowded but Parker really enjoyed all the bright colors. I think the aquarium is my favorite as well!
Alexa enjoyed looking at the sea creatures, especially when they would get close or swim over her in the tunnel. We were all amazed at how big this turtle was.
Alexa did a fabulous job. I was very proud of her. I enjoyed seeing her and her Daddy look at the animals together and have some bonding time.
We decided to give the IMAX a try. Going to a movie isn't normally an option because it is a public place with lots of people. However, the IMAX at the zoo had hardly any traffic and we were able to sit in the very top row with easy access out in case we needed to suction. I was thinking Parker would either love it or hate it. He did let me put the 3-D glasses on and I was so curious to see what he was going to do once the movie started. Well, as soon as the lights went out and the movie started, Parker feel fast asleep. He was exhausted from our long day and he slept through the whole thing. Silly little guy. Oh well, I guess this way he didn't require any suctioning and the rest of us got to enjoy the whole show.
It does take quite a bit of preparation and requires us to bring a lot of "stuff" when we do things like this but it was all worth it. The entire day went fairly smooth and was a lot of fun for everyone.
And to prove that our day was a success, both kids were so wiped out that they both feel asleep on our way home. It was a bit unusual to have such a quiet car ride but it was a nice ending to a wonderful day.