Monday, 14 January 2013

2013: The Year of Doing

I never make New Year resolutions.  As far as I’m concerned they can only go one of two ways for me. Either fail miserably or completely obsess over reaching the end goal. Instead, I have simply declared 2013 to be “The Year of Doing”. There’s no set goals other than just doing things rather than thinking or talking about doing them.
To start of our year with our first “do”, last weekend we headed off to The Royal Melbourne Zoo. I love going to the zoo and we hadn’t been since Jacob was in a pram, but we had talked about going quite a few times last year. The day wasn’t planned. I simply woke up and decided that it was a lovely day to visit the zoo, so off we went.
We all had a wonderful time and Jacob enjoyed being the leader during the day, getting to make the decisions about what to visit. For future reference, not the brightest idea I have ever had as this meant we did many laps of the zoo. Next time simply option A or B :)
This blog post would not be compete without some cute animal pics.
Spot the difference :)
One of our favourite things at the Zoo was the Keeper Kids area. here the kids can dress up as zookeepers, researchers, veterinarians and horticulturalists complete with activity area for each job.  Jacob had an absolute blast playing vet.  He bandaged tigers and kangaroos, took temps, gave medicine and checked out x-rays.  Glad we headed here last as he didn’t want to leave.

              



I think one of the reason’s we kept putting off the zoo was money, but it really wasn’t that expensive.  During school holidays, weekends and public holidays kids are FREE! It cost $26.50 each for Jeff and I (the big boys politely declined the invitation) and car parking was only $2.00 for 5 hours.  There are beautiful grassy picnic areas where you can sit to eat either food you have brought with you or bought from one of the many kiosks.
So, what have you been talking or thinking about doing but just haven’t got around to? Let me know in the comments and then try to make it happen for you and your family.


12 comments:

  1. How gorgeous! I love that the zoo has an interactive area for kids - and free on holidays - that's awesome! Next time I am in Melbourne, definitely worth a visit :-)

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  2. I've never actually been to Melbourne (I live in Sydney), but would love to go. The Zoo sounds great and very affordable for families, too. Unlike Australia Zoo which we went to last January. It cost a FORTUNE!

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  3. We have a zoo in our local Botanical Gardens are so blessed that is currently free. Mr 4 loves watching the chimps and checking out the koalas sleeping in their trees.

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  4. What a great day out for your family...the interactive part of the zoo is a wonderful idea x

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  5. Fantastic that they have discount days like that. I would love to take my preschooler to the zoo more often here in Canberra (or Sydney) but it costs an arm and a leg! Seriously pricey! Even a half price day would make such a difference.

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  6. I think that the thought of going somewhere like the zoo, or Dreamworld in my case (we have season tickets) is often worse than actually pulling finger and doing it! Here's to me pulling finger soon! :)

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  7. I hope the year of doing is still a goer Nat. I must say I absolutely loved going on a school excursion to the zoo with Gilbert and his class earlier in the year. Going to the zoo is tops!

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  8. The zoo is such a great experience for kids. It's been so long that I should actually go again!!

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  9. I love Melbourne Zoo - so much fun for little & big kids (like me!). Looks like a great day was had. Awesome pics too Nat! :)

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  10. We haven't actually been to the Zoo here in Perth. While I think my girls might be a tad old, 12, 13 and 15 I'm going to try and talk them into going next school holidays.

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  11. We didn't have enough time when we went to Melbourne. Next time! This looks great.

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  12. I love Melbourne Zoo, actually I love all Zoos, they are just the most wonderful places. I love the idea of the year of the doing, I hope it is still going that way for you

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