It’s not often we go out as a foursome. In fact I can’t remember when we last had a family day out just us, nipping into town and a trip to the supermarket doesn’t count. We always leave our days out as an open invitation to friends and family and usually we’re taken up on the offer. But this morning we had no plans and we quite liked the idea of getting out with the kiddies, the sun was shining bright, so why not.
The problem Mr F and I have is that we’re terrible at making decisions. When posed with the question “where would you like to go today”, the other always replies “I don’t mind, you decide”. We can have that same conversation on repeat for an entire morning, which is equally not productive and a complete waste of time. So this morning we put the question to our little ones. Their firm and final decision was to go to the zoo.
As easy as that, our day out was sorted. We scurried around the house packing lunches and getting ready then headed to the zoo. On the way we stopped to let a family of ducks cross the road, which was the sweetest thing I’d seen.
We arrive at Port Lympne zoo and decided we weren’t going to use the stroller today. This is a decision that could have really ruined our day because our smallest one needs a rest every so often. But we chanced it.
It may seem like we visit the zoo every week, I suppose sometimes we do. I come to here regularly with the kids, so it’s the same old thing for us three, but having Mr F there makes it a little different and more fun. Yet it was all fairly novel for him.
We first saw the wolves being fed, which was obviously really boring because our son couldn’t get away quick enough. He knows where the Tiger enclosure is and he was desperate to get there. As we headed off both of the kids started racing and I saw in Mr f’s face how pleased he was to be here with us. It was looking to be a good day out, providing there weren’t any tantrums like last time.
We squeezed in as much as we could, including a family photo shoot, before heading to the safari. For the mini photo shoot we set up in a gorgeous part of the garden, I was so pleased with our pictures and it was all done by propping my camera up on the bag and using the timer! We couldn’t get the perfect picture in every shot but I’m so chuffed to have a few snaps of our little foursome.
Once we arrived at the safari there was a queue. Considering we waited half an hour the kids were really well behaved. We were even stood right next to a park which must have been so tempting for them! Instead of getting grizzly, which was a concern to us, they danced, sang and chatted to the other kids. I was quite pleased we didn’t make it on the first safari because it was filled with school kids. Nothing against them as I was one once and mine will be one some day, but I wasn’t keen on sharing a safari with them. I’m sure you can imagine why.
Finally our safari arrived and we strapped ourselves in. The kids played musical laps throughout the journey and weren’t too fussed by what we saw. They were more concerned with the quick stop we’d be making half-way through the safari for lunch. Unfortunately once we had stopped, our sandwiches were squished and soggy, apples were bruised and drinks had leaked. I’m not blaming anyone, but it wasn’t me that packed the lunch…
It only meant we got a hotdog instead!
After lunch they had a little play in the park, practiced their climbing skills, much to my horror. Then we jumped on another safari. The kids were a lot less fidgety this time, my littlest one even had a cat-nap on my lap for a few minutes. The safari didn’t hold much interest to the kids because most of the animals were far away. It was lovely for us though purely for the views, we could see right across the long stretch of green country and down to the sea, it was beautiful.
Toddlers aren’t fussed with scenery, they fiddled about with their belt buckles until we bumped into a giraffe. One of my favourite animals. It started walking towards us and we all stared wondering what he’d do, then he took a sharp right and started eating right in front of the truck. So we were stuck there for a while. It was lovely to see one so close, they’re gorgeous animals and all the kids on board were fascinated.
I used my new selfie-stick towards the end of the ride but the silly thing deleted all the videos and pictures which was a shame! I will try again next time. Then once the ride stopped we hobbled off the wobbly steps and headed to the exit. We could have stayed longer but little miss was getting tired so we thought we’d drive to the beach for her to nap.
Before leaving we had to treat them to a treat each. It was a thank you and a well done for behaving so well. I almost forgot they were our children. Usually when anyone accompanies me and the kids on a day out, their father included, they’ll play up and be a little difficult. But we had none of that today at all, it was a truly lovely day.
Choosing the toy took a mind-numbingly long time but eventually they settled on these squishy animal things. Which are right now sat on our dash-board in a very compromising position. Mr F had a little laugh arranging this.
We headed to the beach next and we weren’t there long. We had a stroll for about half an hour then all agreed it was too windy and headed home. Both kids were being a little to risky near the sea so it was probably best we cut it short.
I tried my hand at videoing our day. It gives me goosebumps each time I watch it. So if you want to see our first family video, then please take a peek here:
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