Thursday, July 31, 2014

Play: Exploring Western Australia in Winter (Day 4)

Today daddy is working , so its the time for 3 of us to explore Perth on our own. Decided to go to the zoo so that the kids can have fun watching the animals. Perth zoo is really close to Perth CBD, about 10-15 mins drive by taxi, cost about $15. 

For those with kids, Australia is quite strict about car seat so for any child who are less than 12 months old, you will need to book a cab with car seat. They do not allow the kids to be carried on the lap during the journey. For those above 12 months old, there is no need for car seat but the kids also not allowed to sit on the lap, they will need a seat on their own with seat belt fastened. 


We reached the zoo at about 11.30am, bought an adult ticket for myself ($27 for adult, kids below 4 years old free) and our adventure begans :)

Posing before our animal adventure time

jie jie helping to push stroller
First stop is penguin.... look at Justin so fascinated.... and the weather is getting warm at noon, so we even took off our jacket.. imagine not wearing a jacket in winter... the weather is really good!

Justin fascinated with penguin
Penguin at the back.. can't really see clearly

And we saw some flamingos along the way.. qin quickly show me her favourite flamingo pose.. so cute... didn't take photo though...

Flamingo
Next stop is the Australia Outback section for kangaroo sighting... kangaroo are allowed to walk freely in here but they are all more comfortable behind the fence.. didn't come out and greet us :p , so kiddos can just watch from across the fence... but they do observe the kangaroo for quite sometime :)
Australia outback section.. yay.. kangaroo awaits!
Watching kangaroo
Kangaroo lying comfortably ... enjoying the sun!
Cockatoo....
Animal overloads.. now its time to stretch their muscles :))) and its their favourite playground time :)

It's almost 1pm and our stomach starts to grumble... so we went to the kiosk to buy some food but.... its closed!!!
oh no... not open?
Luckily i bought some food (cereal bar, raisins, biscuit etc) so we found a bench at the picnic area and had some snacks.. after the zoo, then will bring the kids for a proper meal on our way back.

Chasing the seagull..
Picnic area
Enjoying their raisins....
Cheeky one... keep throwing raisins on the grass for the birds... after  i told him he can't feed the bird, he throws even more.. *sweat*
After snacking, qin wanted to go and see the giraffe... so we went to the African Animals sections.. saw giraffe and zebra.. and a huge turtle.. bigger than the fake turtle on display...Since the real turtle is not available for riding, we ride the fake one instead....


Riding plus "picnic"?
Miss poser.. with her new pose
Selfie with mummy
Selfie again :)

Nearby the turtle, there is this truck on display and one kid sat on it... so qin and xin queue up and wait patiently for their turn.. the kid before us played for quite sometime, and i am surprise the two of them can still wait very patiently for the car.. didn't even make a fuss.. really is mummy's and daddy's good girl and good boy, well trained :)


Finally, it is their turn to play :) yay!! First up, it is qin qin's turn to play... she was so excited and keep turning the steering... Justin also wanted to play, but didn't fight with jie jie.. waiting patiently for his turn, i am so proud of him!


When jie jie finish, di di quickly go over to the driver seat and can see his excited and happy face.... eagerly playing with the steering wheel, saying "vroom, vroom"... when they are happy, i am happy too!


Afterwards, someone else was queueing, and we played for a while and then let the next kid play... both of them was very co-operative, didn't make a fuss and understand that they need to let other people play as well, proud of them!
Meerkat

We walked a while more and the kids got attracted to meerkat, observing them for quite sometime...and then it was already 3pm plus and we were really hungry so make our way back to the entrance. A nice staff at the ticket counter helped us called a taxi to bring us back to our hotel.
We had a quick bite at Coffee Club which is just across the hotel... luckily we reached there just slightly before it is closed so still manage to order.. we were famished and the food tasted sooo good!
Egg Benedict with mushroom and spinach on toasted bread
Back to the hotel, we showered and rest for a while before going down for dinner. Wanted to eat dinner early so that the kids can rest early at night... they didn't really nap today... so definitely super tired already especially Justin.

Dinner at lobby restaurant
Fish dish, great presentation but taste normal.. nothing to shout about
After dinner, the kids watch tv for a while, then it is sleeping time...and some "me" time for mummy!

Watching tv
Tired already...
Drinking water happily
Doze off to dreamland..
Next up: Free and Easy Day 5 and 6 in Perth