February is officially over, which means that most places in Cornwall are starting to re-open.
Cornwall in Winter is pretty bleak, and with not many places to visit and the outdoors being bitterly cold, we are more than grateful to be spoilt for choice again.
We’re slowly starting to make our way around Cornwall’s greatest attractions, with a mission to do them all by the end of Summer.
Last week we started with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and this week we kept the animal theme going by taking Evie to Newquay Zoo.
We try and be frugal as best we can, but lately we’ve noticed that our paid days out with Evie are starting to be worth the money.
She’s more interested in what is going on, and now she is almost two, she wants to stay in places and explore them for most of the day, rather than just an hour.
She was a complete sponge at the zoo. Every single animal that we pointed out and named she would repeat back to us, taking a good long hard look at them before independently running up to the next enclosure, keen to see more.
She is speaking in full sentences now and speaking her thoughts more, which is incredibly adorable to listen to.
When we reached the penguin enclosure she announced that they were about to take a bath, and when we reached the meerkats she made sure to tell us several times that they were eating their lunch.
She took a particular liking to the meerkats. Not wanting to leave the area by their enclosure. Although we weren’t so sure if she wanted to be there so much for the meerkats or the slides in the park adjacent to them.
I have always been a helicopter mum.
I’m so bad at taking Evie to the park and letting her go and explore solo. I’ve always hovered around worried that she’s going to hurt herself.
We haven’t been to the park in a while because of this, but every week we take her to nursery for half a day, so she can socialise and so I can get some work done.
There is a park attached to nursery and we know that the carers take the children there a lot.
It’s certainly paid dividends letting Evie go to the park with someone who won’t hover as much as me. She’s definitely learnt her boundaries of safety, and I was so impressed and proud to see her navigate the big slides confidently and by herself.
The last time I let her go on a slide alone she ended up toppling down head first and seriously hurting herself. I’ve been way too frightened to take her back, which I know is awful because the best thing you can do is let them try again, but I am glad she has had the opportunity at nursery to explore independently.
Out of all the exotic animals at the zoo, including the meerkats, otters, zebras, lions, monkeys, tapirs, pigs, penguins, lemurs, the list goes on…Evie’s ultimate favourite animals of the day were the chickens.
She is obsessed with chickens at the moment and this in turn (we think!) has turned her into a self-confessed vegetarian, well chicken-etarian.
Every time we even attempt to give her chicken she spits it out or point blank refuses to eat it. Whether or not she has related it to the animal or whether she just doesn’t like the taste and texture, we’re not quite sure yet.
But she loved chasing the chickens around this yard, giggling at their sounds and counting them all as they ran about, announcing to us every few minutes, ‘look, chickens mummy and daddy!’
I’m seriously contemplating getting some for the garden.
It was such a beautiful family day out. We had a lot of giggles and were both so overwhelmed by how quickly Evie is growing up.
As you may have learnt from my post yesterday, Jamie and I have gone our separate ways. But we still remain a close knit family unit, therefore these days out together are now more important than ever.
It’s so nice to see that Evie’s bond with both of us is still so strong. She is turning into such a Daddy’s girl and it’s so beautiful to see.
I’m excited to share more family days out with Jamie and Evie throughout the year as we cross of our bucket list of Cornish attractions. I wonder where we’ll be heading to next! Watch this space!
Have you got a zoo near you? What’s your little ones favourite animal?