We went with our church's play group to Green Meadows Petting Zoo. What a lot of fun! It was a really large group so we got our own tour guide to lead us around the zoo. I wish my back hadn't been out because I would have enjoyed staying and letting Drew play more on all the cool tractors they had.
The kids got to milk a cow. The older kids in the group (4-5 year olds) thought it was a lot of fun. The tour guide offered to let Drew try it, but he was a little unsure of it and decided that climbing the bleachers around the cow was more fun. We did learn that a milk cow like this can produce 10 gallons of milk a day, and fill a bath tub in a week. That is a lot of milk.
There was a train that we rode around the zoo. Drew loved this! He does so well sitting on things that are not his rear-facing car seat. I think he would have spent all day riding the train. He was a little grumpy when we got off, but was happy enough to wave "bye-bye" to it.
After the train we went to the chicken coop. I felt bad for the chickens with almost 20 something small kids chasing them. Luckily, they took it all in stride. Drew didn't really know what to do with them. He just watched them. When the tour guide held a chicken for him, he sort of petted it, but didn't know what to do with it. He spent most of his time crouched down watching them.
|Watching the chickens.|
|Petting a duck.|
He did a little better with the goats and sheep. I think they looked more like the dogs and cats he is used to. He still took some encouragement to try to pet them. He was way more interested in their barns than the actual animals. We did get him to at least pet the goat. Then he ran off to unlock the barn doors for them.
|The sheep were expecting Drew to feed them.|
Even though he didn't understand feeding the sheep food, he understood putting the hay into the bowl. Unfortunately, it was the water bowl and not the hay bowl. I think had we given him a bit more time he might have tried to pet this little goat. He stood there and watched him for a while.
At the end of our tour we got to go to the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin. Drew was getting really tired by this point of the day. I couldn't get him to really cooperate for pictures, but I still got some I loved. He enjoyed picking them up and trying to chuck the pumpkins. They were all about the right size to make throwing balls for him. He even made a friend who helped him up a couple of times when he fell over. She loved rubbing his fuzzy head and telling him it was alright when he fell. It was really cute.
We had a great time at the zoo. We will probably go back, but he needs to be a bit older and understand what is going on better. Maybe when Nana and Poppa come down we can go with them and Poppa can tell him all about the animals. All in all it was a fun day and we got to spend time together and getting to know the people from our church a little better.