We made the trek to Columbus Zoo to see the zoo lights on Thursday night. It was hit or miss weather wise. I think we picked a decent (a little cold) night. At least it wasn’t blowing wind 100 mph or raining or in the teens. We left after preschool.
(On a side note: Jeremy was chosen by Madison to be helper at preschool this time. I think he was a little intimidated by being surrounded by 19 preschoolers. Apparently, he had a good time. His station/main job was to help at the ice cube and tong table. I do believe it was quite an honor that Madison chose him – he is the first dad this year from her class to come, and the second guy – a grandpa came on Tuesday. I think that is awesome!)
The girls got a little antsy on the way down. I don’t think they realized it was a longer trip. When we got there, we ate at Culver’s. I really like the hamburger’s there. I figured we needed a break from Wendy’s, so this was the most similar, but most unique choice; I say “unique” because there aren’t any up by us. The girls enjoyed it. They have a coupon for a free scoop of frozen custard that we didn’t have time to redeem. Eating with the girls at restaurants can be a test of patience. They are not bad, just distracted more easily, so it takes sooo long to eat.
We moved on to the zoo around 6:30. Upon arriving, we stuffed them into extra sweatshirts, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves, and winter boots. They hardly fit into the stroller! (Don’t worry, they were more excited than Madison’s expression indicates!)
The lights were pretty cool. I would have liked to stay here by the lake to watch the lights in coordination with the music, but the girls were more interested in going to see animals.
We headed to the polar bears – didn’t see them. Instead, we played “Which bear are you close to in height?” We did see the brown bears in their “cave” and the artic foxes with their white coats.
We headed into see the reptiles next. Ellie was very excited to see all the snakes. I think she has a heightened interest since her cousin, Sam, just got one for his birthday. Ellie and Madison both touched the snake the zoo helpers had.
Then, it was on to the aquarium. The fish are always pretty amazing – and that night it was nice to be in the warmth of the building. Next, we headed to the carousel. For $1 a person (adults ride free with a child), it is the best deal in the zoo. The girls loved this part.
We finished with penguins, elephants, rhinos, and flying foxes. It was a good night.
The girls slept on the way home. We made it just past Ashland when it started snowing light fluffy snow. The roads were covered to the point where you couldn’t see the lane lines. And semi trucks would pass and produce white-out conditions for those behind them. It was slow going the last 40 miles or so. I fell into bed around 11:30.
We ended up buying a zoo membership, so we will be going down again some time. I am excited because I love the zoo.