A Visit To The African Safari with Our Own Little Animals
So, we got this great deal on tickets to the African Safari. First things first – if you haven’t already done so, you really, really should check out Groupon. It’s a great place to get discount tickets to places all around the city. It’s free to join Groupon and you won’t regret it. Moving on. Back to the African Safari.
The kids all had a Friday off from school so we decided to use our great tickets on that day and go on a family trip. It’s been quite a while since we’ve taken the family to the African Safari and we haven’t been since the twins were born at all. We got up early, packed up the car, and loaded up the kids with books, toys, and a few movies for the DVD player. The trip wasn’t that bad, all things considered (um, that would be 6 children).
Instead of jumping right into the drive-through safari, we decided to go to the zoo-like area first. The older boys especially loved all of the exotic animals. We watch a lot of shows on Animal Planet so they were familiar with many of them – but watching something on television isn’t the same as seeing it in real life. The little kids were extremely impressed with all of the animals – not one went unnoticed. The babies showed just how unafraid they were by feeding the animals – from a distance and through a gate.
To finish out our little trip, we piled back into the car minus the car seats for the drive through the safari. Now, we’ve been through the safari before so I knew what to expect but somehow, this trip was different. Maybe I’m just older now or just didn’t quite remember what to expect but I think I was the one not prepared for the trip. We bought mountains of carrots and bags of feed and the kids let the animals get tons of slob all over the outside of the car. They really enjoyed holding carrots for those gigantic animals! Me? Well, I was quite another story.
I don’t know what happened, people. I really don’t. A giraffe stuck it’s long, long tongue through the window and I just lost it. That tongue was long, slimy, and just generally disgusting. After 6 kids, you can probably imagine just how much I can put up with. Noise? Yep. Poop? Of course. Various other items coming out of various body orifices. You know it. But that tongue? Nope – couldn’t do it! It seemed to be coming at me from no where – a long slimy thing that wouldn’t get out of my window. It was absolutely awful.
I’m sure you can understand.
But the kids had a blast.
Mom to 6, wife to 1, sister to 3, daughter to 2, friend to many (hopefully!)