We decided to take a trip to the Toronto Zoo this past weekend. It wasn’t planned until we woke up that morning but it’s normally only a two-hour drive so it wasn’t a big deal. Well, little did I know that apparently the Molson Indy was also being held in Toronto the same day which added an hour to our trip… each way! I cringed as we hit the big city and saw the 6 or 7 lanes of traffic at an almost complete… dead… stop! I couldn’t do anything… alright, maybe I mumbled a few choice words under my breath, but they weren’t loud enough for the little ears in the van to hear!!
We arrived at the Zoo only to find that the first, and closest parking lot was full. Oh, if that didn’t start the day in Toronto on a good note for someone in the van, I don’t know what would. We managed to find another parking lot, but it meant that now we had a bit of a walk to the Zoo. Utilizing my Mom-Fu skills, I managed to get sunscreen on my son though not without many complaints and having to duck a few times from flying limbs! So off we headed. After about two minutes of walking you would have thought the world was going to end. I heard ‘but I waited sooooo long in the car to get here! why do I have to walk?‘ and ‘why was the other parking lot full?‘ and ‘if I have to walk one more step my legs are going to fall off’‘ and ‘mom… it’s hot out here!‘… you get the idea! If I hadn’t just spent the last three hours dealing with the traffic on the highway and the two times that we almost got run off the road or into the middle median by transport trucks… I might have just packed him back up and headed home! But we came to see the Zoo, and we weren’t leaving til we went to the Zoo! Mom had put her foot down!!
FINALLY we made it to the entrance gate, of course to find huge line ups to get in. I wasn’t surprised, but when I heard the heavy sigh from the little man I felt like I just wanted to go hide my head in the sand like an ostrich. We stood in line, but since he was tired he decided to sit down on the sidewalk. Every time the line moved I had to calmly remind him that he needed to move up as well… preferably without the stage production each time! The looks we were getting just made me want to shout… Go ahead, make my day! I dare you to say something… anything… about my son’s behaviour! Well, I have to be truthful here… I think I did shout that, but in my head!! It would have been one of those times that I would not be held responsible for what I would have said!!! And one of those times where Hubby just looks the other way pretending not to know me!
So we made it up to the gate with Mr. Grumpy in tow. Well, if his mood didn’t do a complete turn around when he looked at the map to see that the giraffes were not very far away from where he was standing. Anyone that knows my son is well aware of the fact that he like giraffes. Alright, it’s more than a like – as he would say – he LOOOOOOVES giraffes!!
We had a great time overall, saw lots of animals including White Lions. Oh, and we got to see a new species of giraffes. I had never seen one before… and apparently they only live in Canada! Check it out… it’s the Canadian Singing Giraffe:
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We wanted to see their new Giant Panda exhibit, but by the time we got there, the wait time to get in was over two hours. We had problems for the 15 minutes that it took to get in the front entrance! Soooo, the Giant Pandas will have to be for another day.
We love the Zoo and wish we were closer, but we try to make it at least once or twice a year. If ‘someone’ could, he’d have them all move in to our backyard! But that’s another story!!