Recently, my mom mentioned she wanted to take Isla and her cousins to the Detroit Zoo for her first visit! We met up with my mom, my brother Paul, and my niece and nephews on a sunny Sunday morning.
The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of habitats for more than 2,000 animals. I was really excited to see the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center – which I just recently learned is the largest facility for penguins in the world!
We started with a train ride to the back of the zoo, which she LOVED! She was clapping and pointing at everything :). I have so many memories coming here with my mom and brothers as a kid, and doing the same thing.
She’s only 11 months old so obviously she has a short attention span, but she had a GREAT time at the sea lion/polar bear exhibit, and watching the penguins swim by! They were so fast and interactive, that she was really able to focus.
Isla also had a ton of fun watching her older cousins enjoy the exhibits – it’s amazing to see babies so observant of older kids, trying to mimic their behavior and join in on the fun.
I think the cutest part of the entire trip was the tunnel in the Arctic Circle exhibit. She caught the attention of a lounging seal, who came over to check her out. I know buddy, I think she’s cute, too.
She had a great time exploring the zoo with her cousins, we can’t wait to bring her back again when she’s a little older.
I’m quickly learning how much fun it is to experience these things all over again, through the eyes of your child. Now I’m really looking forward to Christmas and all of the fun the Holidays bring!