When we lived in St. Louis, it was so easy to jump in the car and go to a museum or a zoo or some event that was geared towards young families. Here, I find that it's not so easy. Ripon is a good family town, but it's still small. And when something's small it doesn't have quite as many opportunities. That's just the way things go.
It's hardest to find things to do during the winter, because we can't just go to the park down the street or play for a long time in the backyard (plus I hate-- nay, I detest being cold). So when we reached this weekend and I was feeling a particularly large amount of Cabin Fever I was determined to find something to do other than sit around. So yesterday we went to the Zoo in Madison. It's about an hour and a half away, but it worked out well because I was able to visit a church member in rehab as well.
The zoo was practically empty because nobody goes to the zoo in the winter, but there are plenty of places to go indoors at the zoo, so that's what we did! And it was a blast.
|There were little jumpy quails in there.|
|She loves alligators. They say, "HHHAAAA-UMP" with a chomping gesture.|
|Curious little guy.|
|This guy didn't mind being outdoors.|
|Neither did Evelyn mind being outdoors if it meant seeing a bear walk around!|
Then this morning, we did stay inside but we got a great pots and pans band going with Julian. They loved making lots of noise! Good kids!