Birthday at the Zoo
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My sister, Shari's birthday is June 22nd, so we took our families to the OKC Zoo on the 21st. It was a gorgeous morning, but let me tell you... the first day of summer is a ridiculous day to go to the zoo. It was so flaming hot that I threatened to go home. A lot. The OKC Zoo may be missing a few things... a decent train, elephants, but the one place it has the Tulsa Zoo beat, is the misters. God Bless 'em. I love misters.
They had more than one train. The red antique looking train, that did a small loop in the front part of the zoo, the tram that goes around most of the zoo, but only runs every 30 minutes (We missed this twice and waited over an hour to get on it.), and the kiddie train that does a little circle and made me so nauseous I almost threw up after the kid let us ride around for the twelfth time.
Pathetically, we never got to the monkeys or the cats. All I wanted to see were the gorillas and lions, but with three families in tow, I was lucky I made it to the sea lion show. (That was kind of forced on them. I was so hot in the aquarium, that when I got to the top floor and saw it was about to start, I just sat down and waited for the fam to come find me.)
There were no elephants, and won't be until 2010. Leave it to me to go to the zoo that doesn't have them, but find out they're in the Tulsa Zoo for mating purposes.
We had taken coolers full of food and left them in the designated area. We headed for the spot that had covered park benches to eat. It was horrific under there! There was no breeze and it must have been 10-15 degrees hotter than it was standing out in the sun.
There was a radio station next to the eating area, and they weren't playing "kid friendly" music. Instead, they were blaring Snoop Dogg and other such inappropriate music.
The kids loved the play area. There were slides and swings and bridges. We rode the carousel and the kiddie train.
The misters were a life saver. Seriously... I don't sweat, so I get overheated easily. If they hadn't had the misters, I surely would have had a heat stroke.
The sea lion show was cheesy, but it's geared towards kids, so it's kind of understandable. And it did have a positive message about recycling.