Icicle Mommy+Daddy = Happy Kids

Oh the things we will do for our kids….

Ever since we moved here my son has been obsessed with seeing two things; the Dinosaur Valley in Drumheller and the animals at the Calgary Zoo. We haven’t been able to do those things yet and decided to leave them until Spring when the weather is better. That is until we found out that on Saturday, the Zoo is dropping ticket prices from $21 to $1.47 in their bid to break the record of 1.4 million visitors in a year.

So if it meant I would pay $4.50 instead of the regular $54, who am I to wait until Spring? And off we went. Which was a huge mistake. Because the weather hit a low of -20 on Saturday. And we froze our asses off (and that happened literally after sitting down on a frozen park bench). Heck, even the animals were freezing. Most of them were indoors in heated buildings. Which that is where we spent most of our visit. The only animals that were happy and comfortable outside were the penguins.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad day. If you ignore my frost-bitten hands and feet. But at least the kids had fun. And I found out that Jo, who screams his head off in fear from the baby elephant on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will stand and yell at an actual 4m tall, real, live (smelly) elephant.

Welcome to the zoo

Welcome to the zoo

Adam and the bear

Adam and the bear

Followed by Adam and the penguin. Adam wanted to take his picture with so many fake animals, we wondered why we even went to the Zoo

Followed by Adam and the penguin. Adam wanted to take his picture with so many fake animals, we wondered why we even went to the Zoo

Jo any the weird, fat, dancing elephant. The only fake animal he would take his picture with it. I wonder what that means.

Jo and the weird, fat, dancing elephant. The only fake animal he would take his picture with it. I wonder what that means.

I'm cooold.

I’m cooold.

Calgary Zoo Bench