Erin’s mini zoo adventure…..
Chester Zoo is one of those perfect days out, come rain or shine! So much to see both inside and out and has over 11,000 animals (and no we didn’t get chance to see them all even though I am sure Erin would have wanted to!). Erin is now 2 and is very insistent on walking everywhere and doing most things on her own with little or no help from us so the buggy was left in the car and we have now embraced the world of a toddler rucksack with reins! She took a while to get used to it but I could not recommend it more, she even carried her own snacks and drink. The reins helped me control her walking speed, especially up the big hill near the elephants.
So we are all wrapped up, coffees in hand and ready to take all 3 toddlers around as much as the zoo as we can. We started with the elephants and then onto the monkey inclosure which is Erins favourite place to visit. The Giraffes also known as “long legs” were next, followed by the orangutans. Chester Zoo is not only a great place, it’s also great to walk around and stretch the legs of both you and your little ones. It is also a fantastic place for the children to learn about the animals in a fun and creative way. The information about the animals on the boards is very visual and easy for a child as young as Erin to understand and take in.
Erin then quickly followed her little friends towards the bat cave….Erin squeeled with excitement as I followed her anxiously with my scarf over my head!
Due to it being a little cold we opted for lunch indoors at Junes food court which serves everything from pizza to fish and chips and even lighter bites if that’s what you are looking for. The changing facilities are great and there are various places to heat baby food or milk if you need to. Chester Zoo caters for all of the family, there are many different locations for picnic lunches on the grassland areas and numerous coffee shops dotted around. The outdoor play areas – Madagascar play and Ape around are both great outdoor spaces. On this occasion we didn’t, but you can take the monorail which takes you for a ride all over the zoo. There is an extra charge for this but well worth it even if you just do it the once.
After lunch we made our way to the islands, stopping to see the lions and bats first– sadly the lions were inside so trying to tell a 2 year old Mr lion has gone for a nap was a challenge. Erin then quickly followed her little friends towards the bat cave. I was very unsure of how this would go as they are free flying! The gust of wind that passes your face is not a sudden surge of air con but actually the wings of a bat! Erin squeeled with excitement as I followed her anxiously with my scarf over my head! Its true, 2 years old really are fearless! It was a relief to finally be back outside and there was a definite no to “gen (again) mummy”….not a chance!!
Now at the Islands, the lazy boat trip is well worth a visit. There’s no extra charge, it’s great fun and gives the children the opportunity to see the zoo from the water front. The tigers and sunbears are my favourite. The Islands are truly wonderful. You honestly feel like you are in a tropical climate, even the heat you feel when you walk into the Monsoon forest is so realistic. Like I have said previously, so many animals and so much to do! The zoo also have scheduled animal talks from elephant talks to a sloth chat! They do not need to be booked and you can just turn up however it is always best to review the map timetable when you arrive so you don’t miss your favourite animals. We made one last stop to see the cheetahs before heading home. It was safe to say Erin had the best afternoon nap and didn’t even wake after being taken from the car seat to the house.
Chester Zoo is a childhood memory that every child should experience even if it is just for the gift shop alone. Erin bought another monkey to add to her collection, think we may be on number 10 now. We are now officially members of the zoo and will be for life I am sure!