Hello friends! Hope everyone is doing well and the sun is shining where you are! With some of the last days of summer and good weather on the horizon we decided it would be a good day to pack up and hit the London Zoo for the morning!
We did a lot of research online to find the best time to visit. Knowing Jackson typically naps around noon, the early morning or late afternoon we our choices. But when we saw that the peak times were late afternoon, the morning was looking like the perfect option!
With snacks packed, clothes layered, and all of Bub’s gear loaded we hopped in the car and made our way across London. Traffic was fairly light on our way there and Jackson caught a much needed cat nap. Thankfully he woke up refreshed and not crabby when we reached the zoo.
It was a short walk from the car park to the entrance. Knowing that the zoo will probably be a frequent outing for us, we bought a family membership. In the long run it basically pays for itself. With discounts on almost everything including parking, food, and souvenirs plus a fast pass for getting into the park, it was a good deal!
Once inside we grabbed coffee and muffins before setting off to explore! Our first stop we’re the monkeys. They greeted us with screeching and a lot of energy and Jackson was happy to see some animals first thing.
My favorite thing about this zoo was how they incorporated open enclosures. There are several spots where you can walk in and be up close with birds, butterflies, monkeys, and farm animals.
Jackson loves penguins! And their exhibit doesn’t disappoint! These guys were having a blast swimming in the giant pool and many were rubbing up against the glass which you could just about reach over and touch them! From the other end of the pool you could see them from above. Jackson was pointing and had the biggest smile on his face. Although it didn’t last long as a certain pigeon nearby caught his attention and he was much happier to chase it then watch the penguins. The pigeon wasn’t amused by this at all, but all of the people around us were laughing and we were too!
Another big hit was the playground. It had two sections, one for over 5’s and a perfectly sized under 5’s area for our little guy. And he was smitten!! He must have crawled through the tunnel 50 times and was pushing himself down the slide when he had to wait his turn to return to the tunnel. He wasn’t very happy to leave the playground but the Dinosaur area quickly distracted him.
Jackson is on a bit of a Peppa Pig obsession at the moment. And George loves his dinosaur. So now Jackson loves dinosaurs as well! It’s quite adorable and I’m hoping that he continues to like the show. It’s a nice change from Mickey Mouse, and the simplicity of the show is great!
Before leaving we grabbed a quick lunch at the cafeteria/restaurant and then strolled through the gift shop. Ryan showed Jackson a couple of stuffed animals and when he saw the little tiger he clutched onto to, gave it a squeeze and a kiss and we knew that we were either living with a screaming crying toddler or the tiger. Yes the tiger came home with us! Bub actually crashed in the car with his new tiger buddy and slept our whole drive back. Traffic was very heavy and it took a while to get back. Although we didn’t mind as he got a much needed rest.
We capped off our day with a quick shopping trip in Canary Wharf and swimming at the pool. The long day really wore out Bub and he was asleep by 7 pm. I’m really starting to love this city the more that we explore it. And even though it’s big and new, getting around isn’t as hard as I originally thought! Hopefully we will get back to the zoo again soon for more fun, smiles and adventure!
Until next time!