It turned out to be a great alternative to actually trick or treating. My Brother and his wife came as well as Steve's sister and her little guy. It rocked, you get all dressed up and you go trick or treating at the zoo. They have five or six stops where you can pick up candy, as well as a couple of free food carts, face painting, hair styling, lots of information stops and arts and crafts. Plus you get to see all the animals.
I almost forgot, they also had an indoor carnival that Ethan (My nephew) and I hit up while waiting for everyone else to grab food. Ethan rocked it, he has a natural gift for games, and was super polite and helped clean up after every game he tried. He's so cute.
|Uncle feeding her "Bloody Fingers" Aka french toast in strawberry sauce.|
|Uncle and Daddy "helping" George pick out some chips.|
She really loved these birds and was all about getting up close for a look. George was clapping and waving as well as yelling at them. It's super fun when she gets excited about something. Particularly since she's at that age where it's new every time, and the bigger she gets the more she'll learn and understand, and the more excited she'll get.
This was however the first zoo trip where George really took note of the other animals. The Red River Hogs and the fish were very exciting, and she went berserk when we visited the elephants. As soon as she figured out what she was looking at, that little arm shot into the air and she burst forth with some epic mouth trumpets. And then she did it again, and again, and again, interspersed with some yelling and pointing. She had only learned about elephants a couple of days before, and even then, just her little plastic toys, so the fact that she was putting together the fact that these giant pachyderms were the same thing as her little pink squeeze toy was pretty mind blowing. I'm constantly amazed by how quickly her brain works, and the light in her eyes when she's figured something out.
After the elephants we went over to the events tent, where they were doing free hair styles on the kids as well as face painting and palm reading. We ended up getting the kids hair done but not much else, George was hitting the end of her rope and Ethan really just wanted to go find more candy. Plus nobody felt like standing in line for face painting, and palm reading is a bit over the heads of the littles we had with us.
|Getting some color.|
|I can't believe you guys!|
|Some blurry blue|
|Ethan's hair turned out great!|