Today we had the pleasure of attending the 3rd birthday of Liam and Simon's friend, J. It was held at Little Ray's Reptile Zoo in South Ottawa, a place I'd heard of many times but that we hadn't managed to get to. It was quite a drive from our place in Gatineau, but definitely worth it.
Liam holding a scorpion. A SCORPION.
The birthday boy, somewhat unsure of the six month old baby Cayman.
Even Andrew got in on the action, touching the baby Cayman and
this something-or-other gecko (all I remember is that it has magnetic feet).
And just for Tia, this giant creepy some-sort-of tarantula. When threatened, it'll shoot
all those fuzzy hairs off its body AND INTO YOUR LUNGS. Super.
For the record, I held/touched each of those thing along with my boys. Simon wasn't too sure of it all, so I had to put on a brave face for him. Liam, however, needed NO encouragement. He was all, "LET'S FEED MORE DEAD MICE TO THE SNAKES!" (pictures to come). He was TOTALLY excited and FULL of questions and just reallyreallyREALLY enjoyed it.
It was a fun place for a kids' party, however I have no idea what the cost was. We were there early enough that, when the three year olds reverted to playing run-in-circles-and-scream (ah, a good ol' standby), there was plenty of room and we didn't have to worry about bothering other visitors. The fellow who was our guide/host/crocodile feeder was great with the animals and super with the kids. The birthday child is treated extra special (as it should be) and is able to assist the guide with feeding and holding many of the creatures. My only issues were with the smell (*gag* but unavoidable in a place like that) and the questionable cleanliness of some of the surfaces. This last bit may only have been as evident to me, with my still-sometimes-crawling toddler.
Over all it was a great morning and one that I'm sure to hear about for
days weeks to come.