Friday, 5 July 2013

Splash Island & the Zoo

Toronto Zoo, summer, kidsThe zoo is our all-time favourite family field trip. We've been getting season's passes for the last six years and couldn't imagine our summers without those long sunny afternoons wandering through the trails and paths and seeing our favourite animals.

It's one of those places we never tire of, no matter how many times we visit - there's always something new to see, there's always an area to explore we haven't been through in a while, there are always different animals more active than others and putting on a show for us, there's always a habitat or pavilion we didn't get to on the last visit.

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The biggest new thing this year is the panda bear exhibit. Very cool. 

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Last year it was the white lions. 

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The year before, the African penguins. 

And the year before that were the sharks and stingrays. There's always something new and exciting to see.

We couldn't let the first week of summer vacation pass without a visit to the zoo.

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This time, our focus was on finding the Canadian Lynx - Middle child did a massive research project, diorama and presentation for his first grade class before school ended last month and was excited beyond words to see one up close and in person now that he knows all about them.

And there's no better way to spend a hot, sunny afternoon in July than at a splash pad - and one of the best ones around is Splash Island at the Toronto Zoo. We can spend hours running through the spray, chasing one another all over the climbing structures, playing and splashing on the waterslides, and climbing all over the molded whales and fish and turtles and shooting water at each other across the park from the mouths of the molded seal waterguns.

What a wonderful way to spend a summer's day!

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