After waking up late, and eating some breakfast, we headed south for a day filled with adventure. I love that Emma is big enough now, that all I have to grab is a coat and a few snacks and we are on our way!
We had never been down to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, but had heard wonderful things about it, especially how it was great for little kids because there isn't as much walking as the Woodland Park Zoo, and how all the animals are up close and easier to see. Let me just say, it was amazing. We loved it! If you haven't taken your kids, go. Super fun. :)
We first found the elephants, and they were so close! They were just hanging out in front of us for a while, and then one of the handlers brought over a snack for them, and they began eating right in front of Emma. It really was amazing to see how HUGE they were right up close.
We then saw, lots of swinging monkeys, penguins and even one of Santa's reindeer!
We tried to get in a few more family photos ( I always realize at the end of the year, that I don't have enough pictures of the whole family, since I'm the one always taking the pictures).
They had a fun "kidz-zone", where Emma could climb on toys, pretend to be a hermit crab and a spider, and also feed the goats! (She was a little wary at first, but loved it by the end). They even had a couple of peacocks roaming around the grounds. We saw one two different times!
And finally, they have a free carousel for the kids to ride. That's right, FREE! I've gotta say, if I'm comparing Woodland Park zoo to Point Defiance zoo, Tacoma wins on this one. (Not like anybody but me cares, but oh well...) It was a wonderful time.