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Birthday at the Zoo

Mr A intrique by the Gorillas having their lunchtime

In a way we are still recovering from the past two weeks, with two birthdays - mine and the little man's, plus a trip to London to the MADS Blog awards and John having the past week of work, it has meant a lot of time spent outside, we even managed a warm day at the beach! So some posts are a few days behind simple because, well we have been enjoying ourselves so much, except for the past two days which really caught up with us and we were slightly under the weather. Anyway back to the post at hand. The day after the MADS blog awards we decided to treat the little man to a trip to London Zoo for his birthday, in my mind a perfect way to celebrate turing three. Luckily we had 2 for 1 on entry otherwise it would of been a very expensive day, even for London, but well worth it.


I have to say without a doubt our favourite animals were the Giraffes, they remind me of home and are simply so foreign and exotic for children, it's magical for them to have a chance to see them, just wish the enclosure was a bit bigger, but they seems very happy and healthy which is what's important. Mr A also loved the Gorillas who were having their lunchtime when we arrived at there island home. Some of the animals were sleeping in the midday sun but we got to see quite a bit but would need to go back in the future as it's such a large zoo.


The little aquarium is perfect for kids and Mr A loves to look at all the colourful fish as well as the seahorses and starfish. The zoo also had a lovely little outdoor play area, which was perfect for us to sit down, have a little picnic and get his mini cake ready.

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Enjoying some outdoor play at the zoo

No matter where we go, wether it be on a city break such as London or to West Wales and the countryside we always try and make sure Mr A has some outdoor time, it's really important for all of us to be outside in the fresh air.

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Cake Time

Another section Mr A loved was Penguin beach, they are such quirky happy little chappies and perfect for kids, there was a little fish eye bubble perfect for kids to have an underwater view of the Penguins zipping and zapping through the water.

Looking through the window

One of my favourite parts was the Butterfly house, with hundreds of beautiful butterflies flying around you, some with amazing colours and others I would have never had the chance to see before, big and small and Mr A loved that he could get up close and personal with them.


After we left the zoo we had to make our way back to Paddington Station to catch our train and recently Mr A has started to take an interest in Paddington Bear and was delighted to meet him (well his statue) at the station, along with his little play snake we picked up from the Zoo.

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Mr A with Paddington Bear

All in all it was a great short break to the big smoke with the little man in tow, who loves the city, which makes things easier for us. We have lots more outdoor posts coming very soon and this week we have joined in with Country Kids Linky

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. What a fun trip to the zoo! And I love Paddington Bear...I still have a handmade one from my childhood.

    1. Hi Beth

      Wow that's great you still have one from you childhood - thats amazing :)

      Laura x

  2. Laura this looks like and utterly amazing birthday!! it looks like a really beautiful place to visit.

    thank you for sharing and linking up with #MagicMoments

    1. Hi Jamie

      Thanks so much for the lovely comments and as always love the #magicMoments linky :)

  3. Mr A is such a little cutie. I remember you saying you were off to the zoo the following day and feeling very jealous as we were dashing home for our busy day here at Coombemill. Looks like it all worked out perfectly and you would never know you were in the middle of London! Glad you had a good birthday week off and look forward to more posts about your week.

    1. Hi Fi

      Thanks so much, was lovely to meet you by the way, yes all worked out well :)

      Laura x

  4. Aww your little one is just so cute! Looks like a good day out!

    Daisy Dayz

  5. Awww, glad he had such a wonderful time, looks really good fun!

    Nipping over from Country Kids.


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