While we waited for our large table, the kids sat in the Kennedy's booth. (Kinda cool, huh?)
We left there and headed to the Memphis Zoo. It started off brisk and breezy so we went straight to the sea lion show which was enclosed on the sides so it blocked the wind a bit. "Callie" had many fun tricks that the kids enjoyed watching from balancing bottles on her nose to throwing frisbees to her trainer--she would dive and splashing on demand (or should I say, on click). The trainer emphasized how they use positive reinforcement with their animals by making clicking noises...I jokingly asked my friend, "wouldn't it be awesome if we could click our tongues at our children and with positive reinforcement, always get them to perform on demand?!" Can I get an AMEN!
A lot of the animals at the zoo were alert and active which made the day really fun for everyone. When we got to the panda bears, they were munching on bamboo, walking around and looking oh so cute and cuddly.
The grizzlies were by far the most fun to watch. We went at feeding time and seeing them grab up the carrots or sweet potatoes and watching them scarf them down was pretty awesome. We were standing right behind the glass and one of our kiddos was literally nose to nose with the bear! Watching them rough house and "fight" was quite entertaining, both the parents and the kiddos enjoyed this exhibit!
The Memphis zoo is much larger then the Little Rock Zoo and was really such a treat to experience the animals active and alert because sometimes it seems like the animals in LR always seem to be sleeping or inside their exhibit where we can't see them!
We took a little break near the penguin exhibit, aren't they all such cuties!?
The kids thoroughly enjoyed the Sting Ray's where we could feed and touch the fish, it was a first for a lot of us. Ava Jane and Emerson were leaning over trying to feel their slimy, jelly-like bodies as they swam by and all of a sudden one of them flipped their little fin and splashed the fool out of them. Emerson was in tears "cause I didn't want to get wet" and Ava Jane just rolled with the wetness. Their reactions were totally different, she smiled a smirky wet grin while he decided to go pout near the sand for a bit. I tried to warn him that wet clothes and sand wouldn't be a good combo but he didn't want to listen. He fairly quickly changed his attitude, and smiled his sweet smile and went right back to petting the sting rays.