The girls and I decided to go on an adventure yesterday. We packed everything up and headed out to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium right after lunch. Having never been there, we had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be an incredibly fun day.
When we got there we went straight in to the South Pacific Aquarium. We were in luck because just as we arrived the biologist was preparing to feed the marine life. The aquarium is 24,000 gallons and you can view it from the top or go downstairs and look in to the sides of it. We saw eels, shark, starfish, all kinds of stuff! After exploring the rest of the aquariums (there is a North Pacific one, as well) we headed out to see the Asian Forest Sanctuary. There we came up close with a Siamang.
Eloise was not impressed.
After the Siamang we walked over to find the zookeeper was going to feed the Sumatran tiger. Her name was Jaia (the tiger, not the zookeeper). The zookeeper was throwing balls of raw beef out for Jaia to eat. It was really cool to watch.
After the tiger we saw the elephant.
Then we got hungry for a snack so we found a shady place to sit down. Unfortunately there was already something else occupying the space.
The people sitting on the other side of us were throwing food at the peacock and tons of people started coming over to take pictures of it, so we moved over to the bench where we could enjoy a more peaceful lunch.
After our snack we went to play in the Zids' Zone. There were long otter slides, a jungle gym, a splash pad and a few other things for the kids to explore.
Of course, I couldn't say no to Iris getting soaking wet on the splash pad.
Guess who else wanted to get in on the action?
After Eloise was done I changed her in to dry clothes and helped her fall asleep amidst the commotion. She must have been pretty pooped because I was able to load her back in to the back pack while she slept!
After everyone was dry and settled in, we headed down to see a few more animals, like the red wolf and reindeer. Then we saw the puffins, otters and the most exciting part of the trip, the baby beluga whale named Beethoven. As we stood out on the deck the trainer came out and started working with Beethoven to do all sorts of cool tricks, including swimming over and spitting water at us! I didn't get many good photos, but I did get some neat video that I will have to upload later.
After that, it was time to head out. We had been there for four hours and the zoo was closing. It is built on a huge hill so I had to push the stroller with Eloise on my back all the way back up the hill. Talk about a workout!
The girls settled back in to their car seats.
It was already past our dinner time so I surrendered to the call of "Old McDonald's".
We didn't end up getting home until waaaaay past the girl's bedtime, but it was worth it. We can't wait to go back again!