With so much going on this year it felt like our last visit to Colchester Zoo was years ago. So when we discovered that Ethan would have a non-pupil day at the start of his half term holiday, and Little E’s one year check had been cancelled. We decided to spend the morning at Colchester Zoo thinking it would be nice and quiet.
When we arrived we couldn’t believe how busy it was, I think every school must have decided to have a non-pupil day and everyone with annual passes had the same idea.
Ethan is starting to have anxiety about big crowds and you can feel him tense up when he is unsure. This also means he clings to us which can be quite hard when trying to maneuver him and a buggy.
We took Ethan to visit his favorite animals, the sea-lions, penguins and orangutans but they were very busy and he wouldn’t leave my side.
We decided to go deeper into the zoo and the crowds thinned out and Ethan relaxed, I even got him to pose for a photo.
We ended up visiting the Koi and we had the area to ourselves. It was close to their feeding time which meant the koi would follow our every move. I don’t think Ethan was unaware of this but Little E was fascinated.
It was getting close to lunch time so we stopped for something to eat before calling it a day at the zoo as Ethan had a dentist appointment to attend.