On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we went to the Indianapolis Zoo. I wasn't sure what to expect going to the zoo when it was only 7 degrees out but we went anyway. It was amazing. Even though not many animals were out we had an amazing experience.
As I mentioned in this previous blog, to get in we only had to pay with canned goods to help the local food bank. How amazing is that?
The first thing we went to see was the indoor aquarium.
There is something so magical about taking the time to just let the world go by behind you while you gaze at the fish swimming contentedly around. And then there is something to ethereal about watching your children be able to do the same thing. It is such a joy to watch them enjoy God's creation and to discover all of the attributes about it.
I think our favorite part was getting to watch the Dolphins. They have this walk through thing where the tunnel is under the water and the dolphins swim by. Because it was the winter and there was hardly anyone else there we had the whole place to ourselves and the kids and I laid down and watched the dolphins swim over us. At first Emma thought I was crazy but after we left she said that was her favorite part. See? Sometimes it pays to be the weirdo mom :)
Other things the kids loved were the penguins waddling around,
the walrus under the water eating his fish and then spitting it out at us (I refrained from posting those pictures on here. You're welcome! :) ).
The orangutan exhibit was so neat and we spent lots of time there watching the apes (not monkeys as we learned!).
We also saw a polar bear,
a tiger that looked like he just wanted to be pet (or eat our face off but you know, whatever), and more!
All in all it was a super fun day. I think our most memorable thing though were the dolphins. After lunch we returned to the zoo for the dolphin show. The kids had no idea that dolphins were capable of performing and doing all of the neat tricks. They were squealing with delight, it was so precious.
So there ya have it, our fun, freezing trip to the zoo. If you go in the winter I do highly recommend it because we were able to have so much more interaction with the cold weather animals and with such low attendance it practically felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Have you ever been to the zoo in the winter? Did you like it more than other times? Comment below, sweet friends!