Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Conservation Carousel

Since we are members of Utah's Hogle Zoo, we got a special invitation to attend the open house for the grand opening of the Conservation Carousel. The kidlets were very excited.
We went and picked up Piper from Theatre School then we went and got Daddy from work. We went to The Training Table for a quick bite, which by the way, is FAR TOO EXPENSIVE now, which is very unfortunate, because I love that place. We paid $32.00 for the four of us to eat, we got two combo meals and a kids meal for the kidlets to share. We use to get two combo meals and two kids meals for about $25.00.
Hogle zoo has really gotten a bad rap the past few years but, I have to give them credit, they have really stepped it up. They now have Elephant Encounter, Asian Highlands, the Conservation Carousel and they are now working on a new polar bear exhibit.
We had been waiting for this day to come for about a year. The open house was from 6:00 - 8:30 and we got there at about 6:30 and it was PACKED, I was lucky to notice somebody leaving so we got a great parking place right up front. I was concerned that we would be waiting in line four hours to ride the carousel, so I talked to the kidlets and told them that all we were going to do was ride it and then go home. We ended up being in line for only about 20 minutes. The kidlets were watching the carousel and they chose which animals they wanted to ride, so then I had to have the talk about how "we get what we get, and we don't throw a fit," I assumed that we would get in a group where we would be last...

....NOPE, we were about the fourth people in our group and the kidlets got to ride what they wanted to. Of course, Piper rode the Tiger (her favorite animal) And, keep your eyes open...she may appear on the website or in the newsletter, a zoo employee ask me if she could take pictures of my "cute daughter." She said it was for the website and newsletter.

and Teague rode the Elephant, which surprised me because his favorite animal is a Giraffe.

They had so much fun. After we rode the carousel, we did end up going straight home so Daddy could study.
Anyway it was a fun night except for the expensive Training Table Experience.


Tiffany said...

Totally agree with you on the Training Table thing. Way overpriced!
We haven't gone to the zoo for a few years as a family (a few field trips here and there for individual kids though). They keep asking if we can go this summer, so maybe we will.

Corinne said...

I was always a huge fan of the Training Table - but I've never gone there with kids :)

And my mom always had a year round pass to the zoo so we went there at least twice or three times in the summer. Some of my best memories :)

Jen said...

We were gonna go to the Hogal Zoo thing too, but Cullen ended up having baseball playoffs those few days and we couldn't go. So we'll just have to go on our own. So fun to see your "kidlets".