On the 26th day of the A - Z Challenge, Z is for Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is located in Providence, about 10 minutes or so from where we live. In the early years, this place was my salvation. Both David and Michael were great in a stroller and we would come here at least 4 days a week. Sometimes my daughter would come too and we would all have a blast.
|My daughter and sons|
I enrolled David in an educational program Roger Williams Zoo offered to toddlers and we would go once a week for a morning session learning about one of the animals. We spent time in a classroom type setting and then would visit the animal we learned about. David loved it!
In the fall there is a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular featuring over 5000 lighted pumpkins with different themes every year. The display is fabulous and we usually go twice during the month of October.
The early school years included many field trips to Roger Williams Park Zoo which I chaperoned and it was always a great time.
The zoo also features a popular butterfly exhibit during summertime. This year during April vacation there was a preview of the exhibit. A butterfly landed on Michael, then went to me, then to David. I hear it's good luck when a butterfly lands on you.
Santa comes to the zoo by helicopter every year.
The Rockettes were in town for a Christmas show when the boys were younger. Two of them came to the zoo to greet those of us who donated coats for a coat drive. David and Michael loved saying hello to them and the girls graciously posed for a photo! Michael was enthralled.
|Mikey looked like the cat who swallowed the canary! David was pretty happy too!|
There was a dinosaur exhibit one year at the zoo. I took the boys and Michael took off running. I was panicked, but as I was going through the trail looking for him, that little shit was peeking around the corner laughing. As I went after him, he ran. Then he stopped, peeked around another corner and laughed. Finally I got him and strapped him in the stroller.
The zoo was one of the few places I felt comfortable taking the boys when they were little. It was only a few minutes from home and most of the time they were fine in the stroller. We never tired of going there and we even visited last week during April vacation. They are now introducing some programs where you can pay to feed some of the animals. I think we'll have to try it!
Thanks for visiting my blog during the A-Z Challenge. I have enjoyed meeting and 'chatting' with some of you and appreciate the comments and follows!