Little Z is now at the stage of pre-school where I know he’s loving it. There are days when he will look really really sad that I’m sending him and days when he will keep asking to go every 30 seconds. It’s hard to predict his mood but then he’s 3 years old and switching moods instantly is probably his prerogative. It’s still really hard to glean from him what he actually does there, instead, always getting the stock answer of “I played with children” and maybe some bonus news on who cried and who didn’t.
A few days ago, the sun was shining, the birds were tweeting and the weather looked absolutely lovely. So we decided to take advantage of the weather, not go to pre-school and have a little day out and drive to the zoo. Little Z was excited about seeing all the animals and had his heart set on seeing crocodiles and Oleg from the Meerkats advert and I wanted to have a play with my camera.
Its been about a year since we visited a zoo or safari park and it was amusing to watch Little Z react to all the animals and get both excited and a bit blasse about the different things there.
Some of our highlights (as experienced by a Little Z)…
Elephants are really really impressive, to the point where you should repeatedly call them. Then look a bit annoyed when they don’t respond. Then try again.
The ride on elephant toy is probably more impressive than all the real life elephants put together.
Meerkats are very confusing when they are in the wild, look nothing like Oleg from the Compare the Market adverts and don’t have any clothes on. Commenting “Why is it so small?” Looking unimpressed that Oleg is nowhere to be seen.
Staring at the giraffe licking his face for a while and as it approaches look a bit worried and eventually shouting “Its going to eat me!”
Looking elated when asked if we should visit the “Dinosaur Safari”. Knowing how much Little Z likes dinosaurs I knew he’d like it. Its a little old area of the zoo filled with massive dinosaurs of all varieties that don’t move but do make the dinosaur roars from hidden speakers in the bushes. One of my biggest pet peeves is that every time you ask Little Z what he wants to eat he will, in the words of little brother George (from Peppa Pig) exclaim “Dinosaur!” and then do the “GRRRR!” for completion. It drives me completely round the bend but its something he loves saying. We wandered around the Dinosaur Safari world and Little Z looked a bit nervous each time one of the big dinosaurs roared, holding my hand at all times which is completely unheard of.
As we left I naughtily asked him: “So….do you want to eat a dinosaur?”
Little Z: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”
And he’s not asked to eat one since.