Monday, September 7, 2015

Shedd Aquarium

Gavin loves the Shedd Aquarium, and when we went in August, the dolphin show got cancelled after just 5 minutes. The staff never said why, they just said something about keeping their animals safe. 

So this time, we were delighted to get to sit through a whole show! (I know, the dolphin show at Brookfield Zoo is considered "better" by many, but Gavin loves this one, too.)

The shark exhibit is always a favorite:

 Below - this is a weird picture, I know. It's the mouth of the "green sawfish" which was a big shark that usually sleeps in the back of the tank. It made a rare appearance and I just clicked as many pictures as I could before it hid again. It has a long snout full of teeth that stick out sideways!

Beluga whales:

Pacific white-sided dolphins:

A model submarine. Gavin could play here for an hour:


This is Gavin in the background going down the "ice" slide in the penguin play area. He could play here for an hour, too:

 We saw some neat low clouds on our trip home!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Double zoo day!

Yesterday was the last day of summer break, and we went to Cosley Zoo in the morning with Claire, Ethan, and Adam! We hadn't been there in years and the kids had a great time.

They all got to feed the ducks:

Pointing out the horses. 

This one was Gavin's favorite:

In the afternoon, just Gavin and I went to Philip's Park Zoo in Aurora. Also one we hadn't been to in years. The cougars and wolves were pretty sleepy, but we spent a lot of time watching the alligators and birds!

The blue macaw is behind Gavin:

This Burmese python was HUGE.

It was really neat getting so close to the gators, and being able to see them from all sides. He thought they looked cute...I thought they looked hungry!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Morton Arboretum

Another summer go-to activity place for me and Gavin is Morton Arboretum. I love that they have stuff for toddlers as well as big kids. This way, Gavin will have fun there for years!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Brookfield Zoo

Gavin and I went back to the zoo today - a little rain never stopped us!  We went in and out of rain clouds the whole way there and while we were walking around, then again on the way home.
But we had our umbrellas and the rain made the zoo clear out, so we had a great time!

The peacocks, which sometimes hide, but were all over today:

For some reason, Gavin always wants me to take his picture by every single one of these iron wolf (or deer) statues:

 Umbrella in hand. Sitting on the gator never gets old!

We spent a lot of time with the fish and penguins in the Seven Seas:

The leopard sharks are always intriguing:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Brookfield Zoo

 One of the best things about summer is taking spontaneous trips to wherever we want to go. Yesterday, we went to Brookfield Zoo and stayed in Hamill Family Play Zoo the whole time.

Gavin took care of "his animals" in the vet clinic:

He got to pet a game hen...

...and a corn snake

We checked out the ravens. The male raven came over and stood here like he was guarding the entrance to his home. He looked very grumpy!

 When Gavin leaned in close, the raven jabbed his beak at the glass like he was telling us to stay away! Geez. Finally, he ignored us in favor of a meal. 

We listened to part of the Zoo Chat about lemurs, and he (and several other kids) wore a "lemur vest."

Of course, Gavin never gets enough time there! So we will be back a lot this summer!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rising River

We got more rain, and the river is even higher! Here are the stairs Gavin and I sat on two days ago...well, part of them. No sitting there today!

Today (on the left) and Sunday (two days ago) on the right:

There is a curved sidewalk under that water:


Sunday (two days ago)

Almost up to the bridge!

This family of ducks was having a ball.