Sunday, 10 April 2016

A visit to Five Sisters Zoo

A few weeks ago, my friend got some free tickets to the Five Sisters Zoo, and invited us to come along with her and her 2 boys during the Spring Holidays. We finally set a date, and went last Wednesday. 

It was a very rainy day, so wellies and raincoats were a must. We had 2 very excited 4 year olds and a not very fussed nearly 2 year old crammed into the back of my car. Who knew I could fit 3 car seats into my Fiesta?

Off we set, all the way to West Calder. It's not somewhere I've ever visited before, so thank goodness for the Maps app on my phone! We got there just in time for opening, so we could spend the majority of the day there. 

I didn't know much about Five Sisters Zoo, especially that there had been a fire there in 2013 in which a lot of animals died. There's a lovely memorial at the entrance when you go in. 

There was a lot to see outdoors, birds, bears, meerkats, Arctic wolves, wallabies, big monkeys, little monkeys, and all sorts of animals. But it was FREEZING! Somehow the kids don't seem to feel the cold, but my friend and I most certainly did! 

We had packed a picnic lunch, but since it was very wet, the picnic tables were not an option. Thankfully there was a big bubble-like sort of tent where we could eat! 

The kids don't look too impressed at having to stop for lunch! 

After a bit more exploring, we were very thankful to find there was an indoor area, which housed snakes, spiders, cockroaches (ew), crocodiles and alligators! Which meant it was lovely and warm. 

Our warmth didn't last long however, because despite all the interesting animals there were to see, the kids were only interested in one thing: the play area. Yep, despite it pouring with rain and every bit of equipment being soaking wet, the kids just wanted to play there. 

Doing their best Big Cat impressions! 

After a coffee to heat is adults up, it was time to go home. It was a lovely day out, despite the weather and I think we'd like to go back and visit on a better weather day. 

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