Yesterday, Morgan and I took an impromptu vacation day, just to hang out with Jasper. I've been trying to figure out how old Jasper would need to be to enjoy the zoo since before he was born. A friend told me recently that she took her daughter at 3.5 months, so I figured we'd try it since Jasper just hit 8 months(!). If nothing else, Morgan and I would enjoy it.
The Oakland Zoo is all of ten minutes from our house and is really just a gem. Its pretty small, but so well maintained, with huge enclosures for the most part.
Jasper was a little dubious about the lions (and I'm a dork):
The elephants were pretty cool though:
This giant rabbit head was a little too Donnie Darko for us (but the actual rabbits were fun):
But these climbing frogs were a hit:
No surprise there.
After 2.5 hours of walking around, we'd seen the entire zoo and had one sleepy kid on our hands:
All around a successful day, although we're pretty sure Jasper enjoyed watching the other kids more than any of the animals. But we enjoyed imaging Jasper growing up with the same sort of love and respect for critters that we have so much that we went ahead and bought a family membership. Lots more lazy days at the zoo for us.