Going To The Zoo

Little Z loves animals and will make most of the noises (or makes them up!) so last week, when we spotted a bit of sun, we made a dash for it to Blackpool Zoo.


We’re lucky it’s only a half hour trip for us but I wasn’t quite sure whether to strap him into the buggy or let him loose with just his little dinosaur life pack as assistance. Knowing how much Little Z loves to walk and run I opted for the latter.


I expected him to absolutely love it all and he did mostly but I found that he was really confused at some points. These animals looked nothing like the cute cuddly ones he has at home so he looked at me with a lot of suspicion and once even said with a frown “no Mummy!” when I pointed out some very dirty elephants. He later corrected me when he found a cute cut out version with a “Look! Elephant!”


He also refused to believe that the ant eater was an ant eater and instead labelled it a “babbit”.

Surprisingly he loved the “Dinosaur Safari” which is a display of huge mechanical display of different dinosaurs complete with noises. It didn’t seem to bother him at all and even waved to each as we left.


Although knackering, he loved the running around and even behaved on the cafe sat in a proper chair as we shared our lunch. I noticed him watching another younger toddler sat in a high chair (and then standing up in the high chair in an attempt to make an escape). After careful observation he turned to me, with a concerned look on his face and declared loudly “Mummy, he being naughty!!”.

I avoided walking past their table on our way out thinking he might actually shout it out to them!


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  1. Charlotte March 25, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    The elephants at Blackpool zoo are very dirty! We could see the smelly steam rising of them when we were there. Giant cuddly elephants might be the way forward! :0) x

  2. farfromhomemama March 25, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    We also have a little bit of a strange time at the zoo. CK loves anything to do with animals at home – books, painting, tv, etc. The moment he arrives at the zoo, he couldn’t care less. Two metres away from a real-life elephant and he was more interested in abox of raisins. Bizarre.

  3. WallyMummy March 26, 2013 / 8:23 am

    A toddler that tells off other toddlers? Is that some kind of magic or voodoo perhaps? lol… Thanks for linking up to Wot So #Funee!

  4. Sarah MumofThree World March 26, 2013 / 9:29 am

    Very cute! I love the way toddlers do that and have no inhibitions. And brilliant pictures 🙂

  5. Mum2BabyInsomniac March 26, 2013 / 10:23 am

    We took Iyla to Bristol Zoo the other day and it was so rubbish! There were no lions and the gorilla bit was shut. We saw one butterfly, one monkey and some fish! Luckily we didn’t pay to get in or I would have complained! x

    • Notmyyearoff
      March 26, 2013 / 11:06 am

      Blimey that is rubbish!! I didn’t even know Bristol had a zoo. Blackpool is very good zoo wise but had a bit of a rubbish beach but z was happy 🙂

  6. Jenny @ The Brick Castle March 26, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    We’ve been meaning to take ours to Blackpool Zoo – but we always get sidetracked by the teenagers wanting to go to the Pleasure Beach instead.

    I love the picture of him reading the feeding times, planning his day 😀

  7. Mammasaurus March 26, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    Ah! Zoo time is always fun – and Scamp does that whole ‘look at that naughty child’ thing too! I find the shaking of the head, shrug and flippant ‘what are kids like?’ expression works a treat!!!

  8. Emily March 26, 2013 / 10:50 pm

    I remember the first time I took Ethan to the zoo he was a little disappointingly unimpressed xx

  9. emma at llm calling March 28, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    looks like a lot of fun, I can’t believe that I lived in spitting distance of blackpool for years and never knew it had a zoo. I guess it was too close to the ever celebrated chester.

  10. The Loving Parent March 29, 2013 / 9:26 am

    That’s so funny that he was expecting the animals to look more cutesy. Perfectly reasonable too! I’m loving the look of those dinosaurs. What fun!! xx

  11. instinctivemum March 29, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Looks like a lovely day out! I don’t go to the zoo often enough, you have inspired me to definitely take my lot this weekend! 🙂

  12. Verily Victoria Vocalises March 29, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Awww, it looks like you guys had a great time :). Also, I love how kids shout such inappropriate things at the most inconvenient times – Grace still does it now! Thanks for linking up for some PoCoLo – and from a fellow funee linker too 🙂 x

  13. shahnaz March 29, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    I love the zoo…looks like you had a great time …fab picture x

  14. Louise March 29, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    I have an urge to go to Blackpool but its a long way for us! Love the dinosaur reins! #PoCoLo

  15. Jaime Oliver March 29, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    I have only been to Blackpool twice and never been here but it looks fab

  16. Susan Mann March 29, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    Love Blackpool zoo, it really is good. So pleased you all had a great time. x

  17. Nichola Fabfortymum March 29, 2013 / 11:13 pm

    We love the zoo and were supposed to be going on Monday, but there has been so much snow the zoo is closed, so we’ll have to wait a little longer.

  18. Actually Mummy... March 31, 2013 / 3:09 am

    Can you send him round here to tell my two off? They never listen to me!
    I’m very jealous of your proximity to Blackpool – used to go to the illuminations there every year 🙂

  19. chantelle hazelden October 4, 2013 / 9:31 am

    Looks like you had a great time and what brilliant pictures,love the giraffes #oldiesbutgoodies x

  20. Jaime Oliver October 4, 2013 / 10:41 am

    wow this looks like a fantastic trip, you gots some amazing pictures x

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