It seems like we are trying to make the best out of the remaining days of the holidays before they’re over!
We decided to bring the kids to the zoo on Boxing Day as hubby just redeemed a voucher for free admission to the zoo for 2 adults and 2 kids.. He had to top up $60 for us to enjoy a Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife.. The usual admission to the zoo with unlimited tram rides is $25 for adults and $16 for a child between 3-12..
We woke the kids up around 7 plus as we wanted to reach the zoo early.. It’s open at 8.30am and the buffet breakfast at Ah Meng Restaurant is from 9-10.30am.. The usual price for the buffet is $29 for adults and children below three do not have to pay.. By the time we reached the zoo, it was already around 9am..
While hubby was queueing to exchange the voucher for tickets, I went to the Ladies with Jocelle.. That was when she spotted a ‘crocodile’ and asked to take a photo with it.. Look at her sleepy face!
After we got the tickets, we walked very briskly to the Ah Meng Restaurant for our breakfast.. We didn’t want to miss the stars of the show! When we got there, the kids kept asking to see the orang utans, who were not there yet.. We quickly got some food for them but the kids were not interested.. The food there was not fantastic and I guess most people go there for the animals, not the food.. We had to cajole them to eat something so that they would have energy for the day without asking to be carried.. Hee.. Luckily, we all managed to eat something before the orang utans and a small ball python appeared.. We then went to queue up to take some photos with the stars..
The python felt so smooth and soft! Really liked the feel.. My 2 kids were also super brave although the trainer didn’t dare to put the entire snake on their hands.. hee..
Next, we joined the queue to take photos with the orang utans who were also having their breakfast..
After breakfast, we moved on to the Giant Panda Forest to catch a glimpse of the 2 giant pandas – Kai Kai and Jia Jia.. We had to pay an extra $13 ($5 for each adult and $3 for Jovan) in order to enter the enclosure and they limited the number of visitors for each slot.. Hubby chose the 11.20am slot and we had to be there 10min earlier.. We were only allowed to spend about 15min inside.. On the way to meet the 2 giant pandas, we saw a Red Panda which looked rather cute too!
We saw Kai Kai 1st before we went to see Jia Jia.. I didn’t expect them to be separated from each other.. Kai Kai was rather active and was moving around while Jia Jia was sleeping the whole time!
We bought 2 identical water bottles for the kiddos in the souvenir shop at $12.90 each..
After snacking on the pau, we quickly made our way to watch the animal show “Rainforest Fights Back” at 12.30pm.. We managed to find some seats.. Although Jocelle fell asleep on our way there, she woke up to catch the show.. Not a fantastic show but the kids were quite entertained by the monkeys, apes and otters in the show.. Snakes appeared again! There was a ball python, which I suspect to be the same as the one we saw in the morning, as well as a boa constrictor.. At the end of the show, we queued up to take photos with my favourite animal again!
After the show, we brought the kids for a ride on an elephant.. it cost $8 each for both adults and kids, no kids’ price although it’s free for kids below 3.. While waiting for our turn, the kids witnessed the elephants doing their big and small businesses.. It was a great experience for them before the actual ride which we all enjoyed very much although it was rather short..
It was 2 plus after the elephant ride and this was when Jocelle asked for milk.. I got some hot water and we made her some milk.. Then hubby suggested that we bring the kiddos to Kidzworld for a water play session.. While hubby queued for the tram, I went to get some snacks – 3 pieces of fried chicken, 3 fishballs and 3 curry puffs – at $2.50/stick.. By the time I met up with hubby, Jocelle was already sleeping.. We boarded the tram soon after and made our way to Kidzworld with Jocelle still sound asleep in my arms.. Jovan was very excited to be able to go to the water play area and couldn’t wait to change into his swimwear when we reached there at about 3pm..
Jocelle, on the other hand, was sleeping so soundly that I couldn’t bear to wake her up..
It was about 4.20pm when Jovan went to shower due to a drizzle.. That was when Jocelle woke up and asked to swim.. We had to pacify her and convince her that she couldn’t get in due to the rain.. Poor thing..
We then made our way on a tram to the Shaw Amphitheatre again to catch another animal show – Splash Safari.. We were late for the show which started at 5pm but I guess we didn’t miss much.. We couldn’t find seats though so we had to stand and watch the show.. The kids didn’t seem to mind though..
After the show, we brought the kids to see the African Penguins before we moved on to the White Tiger enclosure at the request of Jocelle.. After that, my princess asked me to take a picture of her with a tiger statue..
After that, we made our way out to have dinner.. Jovan fell asleep in the car and actually slept through dinner! We had no choice but to buy some Raisin Cheese buns from Barcook in case he woke up.. He did eventually, when we reached the foot of our block and he gobbled down 2 of the buns while Jocelle ate one..
We were all tired after the long day and we were thankful for the tram rides… We were actually afraid of the weather during this period of the year but we were lucky that there was only a short drizzle around 4 plus and it was not very hot.. The kids sure had many first experiences on this trip! It was an expensive trip though as we also purchased 2 photos – one taken during breakfast and the other taken on one of the tram rides we took.. The damage for the day came quite close to $200!