So last weekend my oldest turned six years old. And let me tell ya, I heard about his birthday and what he wanted since Christmas. He wouldn’t let me forget it! Knowing that if he had a birthday party, he would get tons of more toys, just three months after Christmas, so we wanted to do something different for his birthday this year. I mean his playroom is so full of toys, we would probably have to get rid of new toys just to accommodate birthday toys and frankly I’m done with the toy clutter.
So I decided instead of doing a birthday party, we would give young JJ an experience. We decided to take a family trip down to Out of Africa. It’s about an hour drive from where we live and thought it would make a nice day trip.
We had never been to Out of Africa before, but were pleasantly surprised with the bus tours, being able to feed giraffes and even tigers. It was a nice family experience and of course I had to take a ton of pictures!
One of the first things we got to do was take a trolley through the park and visit some of the animals we could feed, like giraffes and zebras. Giraffes love celery.
ostrich. Ostriches love shiny things. If you had keys, this one would snatch them and run off.
Tiger laying in the shade.
Perched on a sky walk, eyeing me as I walked under his perch.
Pacing….totally ready to eat!
JJ feeding a tiger! How many six-year olds can say they’ve fed a tiger?
This is a giant yellow python that looks to be about as big as a bean bag chair. Can you imagine being alone with this creature?!
I believe this is the “Ball” python, but I could be wrong. Look at the size of its head?!
This was a lioness who was pacing back and forth waiting for one of her friends to return from the water show.
You could even feed prairie dogs. These guys were not shy at all…patiently waiting for me to drop food.
A black bear…seemed very sweet and playful.
And I saw these blossoms growing along the side of one of the paths and just had to get the Nikon out.
Have you ever nixed the traditional birthday party for your child and done something different?
We probably won’t do this every year as I know JJ will be very excited to invite friends to parties in the coming years, but this seemed like a very nice family day together and he got to back to school on monday and tell all his friends he fed a tiger.
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