Animals

A fun field trip to the zoo!

A few weeks ago, the kindergarten classes went on a field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. I tagged along too as a chaperone.

Noah was so excited to ride the school bus with his buddies!

As always, Noah’s favorite animals at the zoo were the giant pandas. We saw two of them. And yep, it was lunchtime at the Giant Panda House!

Noah also really liked the gorilla in the Great Ape House. The gorilla was huge!

The kids saw lots of other animals too, including bison, elephants, flamingos, an ostrich, and a tiger. Check it out!

Did you spot the tiger? He’s in the lower left-hand corner of the picture above. He was taking a nap…

Tracking down all those animals was tiring! Here’s a photo of Noah and his friend taking a quick break and having a snack.

Yep, Noah and his classmates definitely had a great time at the National Zoo. This was Noah’s fourth trip to the zoo. We still haven’t seen all the animals yet, so we’ll have to go back again soon!

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A fun trip to the National Aquarium

Two weekends ago, we drove to Baltimore to take Noah and his friend to the National Aquarium. We visited this aquarium over Thanksgiving and Noah loved it…and so he wanted to visit again as part of his birthday fun.

Our first stop at the aquarium was the “Blacktip Reef” exhibit. We saw blacktip reef sharks, whiptail rays, angelfish, puffer fish and more.

We learned about shark teeth and what sharks eat too…

But our favorite part of this exhibit was the giant green sea turtle named Calypso. In 2000 this sea turtle was rescued when she was stranded in Long Island Sound. She weighed six pounds at the time and had a bad infection in one of her front flippers. They had to amputate her flipper because of the infection. She could not be returned to the wild, and so she was donated to the National Aquarium. It’s estimated that Calypso is about 20 years old and weighs 500 pounds. Yeah, that’s a big turtle!

We didn’t see Calypso on our last trip to the aquarium, so she must not have been out and about – she’d be hard to miss! Ha.

Next we headed to the “Living Seashore” hands-on exhibit. The boys got to see clearnose skates up close – so cool!

They learned about beaches through this fun interactive digital touch table…

And they got to see moon jellies up close too!

Then we walked through the maze of massive aquariums. We saw anemones, cardinalfish, clownfish (Nemo!), tangs (Dory!), sea stars, eels, sea cucumbers, groupers, creole fish, cowfish, seahorses, and porcupine fish, just to name a few. Whew, so many fish!

In the “Amazon River Forest” exhibit, we saw yellow dart frogs. Can you spot them? Yeah, ewwwww…

One of the coolest things we saw was scuba divers feeding some of the bigger fish in the “Atlantic Coral Reef” exhibit. Check it out!

But as cool as that was, their favorite exhibit was definitely still “Shark Alley.” Of course!

As we walked out, we passed through the underwater viewing area of the “Blacktip Reef” exhibit, and we got an even better view of Calypso and the blacktip reef sharks…

Here is a photo of the boys posing outside of the aquarium…

And here is a photo of them on the car ride home. Yep, they were tuckered out. It was a busy afternoon!

Noah had a great time at the aquarium – we all did! Stay tuned to read more about Noah’s birthday fun!

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Another fun field trip to the zoo!

Last week the Fishies and Froggies preschool classes went on a field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. I tagged along too as a chaperone.

The kids were so excited to ride the school bus!

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Noah’s favorite animals at the zoo were definitely the giant pandas. We saw two of them! Yep, it was lunchtime at the panda house…

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The kids saw lots of other animals too, including bison, wild horses, lemurs, foxes, snakes and other reptiles. Check it out!

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It was hot, hot, hot that day, so many of the big animals stayed hidden in the shade of the bushes and trees. That’s OK though; that just means we’ll have to go back!

Tracking down all those animals was tiring! Here’s a photo of Noah and some of his classmates relaxing and having a popcorn snack.

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This was Noah’s third trip to the National Zoo. We come across new animals each time we visit. I wonder what animals we’ll see next time. Stay tuned!

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Last week’s preschool lesson: Reptiles!

Last week the Fishies and Froggies preschool classes had some special visitors – reptiles! Their biggest guest was a Burmese python named Moonlight. Yeah, holy moly!!!

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Here are a few pics of Noah touching the python…

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And here are some pics of the other kids with the python too. They’re all fearless!

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The kids also got to see a king snake, a baby alligator named Lil’G, a blue tongue skink lizard, and a turtle. Check it out!

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If you’d like to learn more about the kids’ new friends, visit the Reptiles Alive website. Come on, you know you want to!

The Fishies and Froggies are off to the zoo next week, so stay tuned for more fun critter pictures – and yes, of cuter animals like pandas and giraffes! Ha.

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