A Little Day Out To The Zoo

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?”

And he’s not asked to eat one since.









Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Sarah MumofThree World March 31, 2014 / 5:58 am

    Such lovely photos. It sounds like you had a great time.
    Don’t expect him to tell you much more about pre-school/ school in the near future. When my kids get out of school and I ask them what they’ve done, they tell me ‘stuff’. On busy days they do ‘stuff and things’.
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  2. Merlinda (@pixiedusk) March 31, 2014 / 6:41 am

    I always love giraffes! Nice post and I wish we can also go to the zoo cuz my son would appreciate it now now that he is older.

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  3. Not a frumpy mum March 31, 2014 / 6:42 am

    What a lovely day out, so nice to be able to do that on the spur of the moment. Great photos x
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  4. Iona@Redpeffer March 31, 2014 / 6:53 am

    My daughter told me nothing about nursery and not much about school until recently and even now it’s sporadic and sometimes like pulling teeth to drag anything much out of her at all and she’s now neatly 8!
    It looks like you had a great day out and I’d love to go on a dinosaur safari πŸ™‚
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  5. brummymummyof2 March 31, 2014 / 7:44 am

    I love the zoo! It’s fab taking the little ones out now they are growing up. Especially as during the week things are pretty dead aren’t they? Beaut piccys. Lovely times #whatsthestory #magicmoments xxx
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  6. suzanne3childrenandit March 31, 2014 / 8:47 am

    What brilliant pictures! My kids have always gone for the ride-on toy over anything else too! So glad he seems to be enjoying nursery more now. Must be such a relief for you.x
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  7. Coombemill March 31, 2014 / 9:11 am

    Lovely to take him to the zoo and see all the animals he has been reading about. Looks like a lovely day and I’m glad dinosaur eating is off the menu! A real Country Kids day out.
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  8. Charly Dove March 31, 2014 / 10:36 am

    What a lovely thing to do Tas. Sounds like it was the most beautiful day and Little Z had the best time. I love the photos, just wonderful. I hope you had a great weekend, thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory
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  9. Dean March 31, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    My little girl also loves dinosaurs! This looks like an excellent place to take the little ones! πŸ™‚ Lovely photographs too btw #WhatsTheStory
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  10. Sara (@mumturnedmom) March 31, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Lovely post Tas, and gorgeous photos. Sounds like you had a great day, love that he was disappointed with the meerkats because Oleg wasn’t there, that made me chuckle πŸ™‚
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  11. fashion-mommy March 31, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Loved this post – especially the bit about the meerkats – very funny and you can see where kids are coming from Oleg and Sergei seem so much more interesting and impressive than real meerkats!

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  12. The Reading Residence March 31, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    I do love taking the kids to zoos and farms, as their delight at the animals is wonderful to see. Looks like you had a great day and you’ve some lovely photos x
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  13. Debs March 31, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Days at the zoo are amazing aren’t they. We do it every Easter, so we are excited to be going to ours in the next few weeks. Great photos and how fab was your wee mans, lightning McQueen backpack! #magicmoments
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  14. LauraCYMFT March 31, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Awww he is just adorable. Three is a fun age when the kids are happy and having fun. It’s bad when they are grumpy.

  15. LauraCYMFT March 31, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    Posted too soon! LOL! Meant to add, lots of lovely photos. I love a trip to the zoo or animal park. We haven’t been for awhile though so I must make a point of going in the holidays.
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  16. Mummy of Two April 1, 2014 / 7:25 am

    We still get that kind of response now when our son comes out of school! The zoo photos are great, it sounds like a fab day! #Whatsthestory
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  17. Neesie April 1, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Fantastic photos and wonderful memories of a happy day trip by the look of it ;D
    I hope your week is going well…have fun
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  18. Lewis April 1, 2014 / 10:41 am

    Even when really small BB loved the zoo. Might have to make another trip now he is older.

    Which Zoo was this, looks great?

  19. Charlotte April 1, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    Lovely photos! Shame he thought the giraffe was going to eat him! Giraffes are my favourite but bob found them a bit over powering at first. x
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  20. older mum in a muddle April 1, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Fab day out, and great to hear he’s getting on better at nursery… I’m sure one day he’ll get over his dinosaur-instead-of-what’s-for-lunch?-answer-phase! X

  21. Abigail April 2, 2014 / 9:05 am

    Every time I ask my son what happened in school I get “we did school stuff”. Such a wonderful day out, with summer approaching in Dubai we have to think of ways to entertain kids indoors.
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  22. Kris Tucker April 4, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful way for you to spend time with your family. I love all the pictures that you took and thank you for sharing them.
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  23. Jenny April 5, 2014 / 7:30 am

    Awww all these photos are fantastic. I love the ZOO. I am dying to take my two, just waiting until Missy Moo is a tiny bit older to enjoy it too. What a lovely day together. Glad you got to make wonderful family memories. #countrykids
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  24. Scattymumofboys April 6, 2014 / 9:07 am

    The zoo is always a favourite day out for us too. We live five minutes from Chester Zoo so it’s brilliant we can visit often and the boys learn so much without realising it. There aren’t any dinosaurs there at the moment though πŸ™
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  25. Sophie Lovett April 6, 2014 / 11:51 am

    We love going to the zoo! We have a brilliant one near us in Paignton. Arthur’s just starting to be really aware of the different creatures there – I can’t wait till he’s old enough to tell me what he thinks of them… #whatsthestory #countrykids
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  26. Adventure Togs April 7, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Great photos! Looks like you all had a lovely day out

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