We went to the Baltimore Zoo today (Labor Day), and we had a great time! We got there about 1/2 an hour after it opened and basically spent the entire day there. We saw penguins, polar bears, chimps, birds, crocodiles, lions....all kinds of animals! There was an entire loop that was called the children's zoo. It was very kid-friendly and even included a petting zoo. Caleb got to brush the goats and went down a big tree slide (over and over and over again!) There were a bunch of moving bridges that he liked a lot too. Of course, his favorite part of the entire day...riding a toy tractor in the children's zoo area! Yes, as a matter of fact, he does have a toy tractor at home!
You were allowed to feed the giraffes for a fee, but it was just one little branch with a couple of leaves. We decided against doing that, but we were still able to stand right there and watch them. Giraffes have huge tongues!!
My favorite part of the day was riding the camel!! Today was the last day for camel rides (the guy was loading up the trucks and taking them back to the farm in Missouri tomorrow) so it must have been fate!! Matt had no desire to ride it, but this definitely fulfilled a life-long dream for me. My only complaint was that it was too short of a ride! I'm not sure that Caleb enjoyed it too much. He wrapped his arm around mine and gripped the metal safety bar in absolute SILENCE! He never really showed any interest at all, which leads us to believe that he wasn't too excited about it! Caleb is pretty vocal about what he likes, so for him not to say anything generally means he didn't like it.
We brought lunch with us and ate at the picnic tables they have there. It was actually really nice to bring lunch and a whole lot cheaper! Matt thought that the cooler was a pain to bring along, but I didn't mind. (That's probably because I wasn't the one pushing the stroller with the cooler in it!) :)
We discovered that Caleb can identify (without help) and say the names of a lot more animals than we realized: camel, penguin, giraffe, zebra, elephant, lion, monkey, tiger, turtle, fish, bird, owl...I think those were the ones we saw today that he knows. Of course, he also knows the basic farm and domestic animals as well! His vocabulary is literally expanding by the minute!
It was a really fun day and a nice way to say an official farewell to summer--even though mine ended several weeks ago! Caleb is definitely at the age where he can really enjoy things like this now. We are looking forward to more interesting excursions soon. I would really like to check out Port Discovery because I think that would be right up Caleb's alley. Fun times!