Okay, not an actual jungle, but I did manage to get my two little ones to one of my favorite local places, Lion Country Safari. And by local, I mean far, far from anywhere you live in South Florida, and for us, far was exactly 64 minutes. I was dreading every single one of those minutes in the car, but once we arrived it was so worth it.
We met my mom, sister, and neice at the entrance and started our adventure with the 30 minute drive through the “safari”.
Although probably the best part of the trip for adults, if your kids are anything like ours, they don’t want to sit in a car any longer than they have to. They want to run around. And they don’t want to just look at the animals, they want to touch them. So, as soon as our CD-guided tour ended, we got the girls out of the car and went into the park to have some real fun.
We kicked things off with a highly embarrassing train ride (if you make it to the end of this post you may even get to see a picture of that nonsense), then took the girls straight to the petting zoo. Juliet loves animals and had the best time waving to each of the goats. She was not a huge fan of feeding them, perhaps because she would rather someone be feeding her, but she still managed to win over one giraffe even without lettuce in her hand.
After we had all had our fill of animals for the day, we let Juliet run wild and cool off in the splash pad. Yes, the safari has a splash pad, and boy am I glad that they do. Juliet entertained herself for almost an hour while my mom chased after her, and Anniston and I got to relax and cool off in the shade.
Juliet could have stayed there all day, but after 4 hours of safari fun, I still had to make the 64 minute drive home and get both kids fed and get Juliet ready for her afternoon swim lesson and put the baby down for a nap and… well, I survived. We survived. And it turned out to be one of the best days we have had since Anniston was born.
And, now for that embarrassing train ride I promised if you made it to the end…
You win some, you lose some, and even if I had to squeeze myself into this itty bitty baby train, we won this one.