Calgary in the winter is not for the faint of heart. I heard on the radio that this is the coldest snap we have had since 1998. However, we’ve got Peppa Pig coming to town and according to the simple monthly budget template I use, there is a little bit left for entertainment (or maybe “frivolous” is the better word, but I digress). So today with a -17C but feels like -28C with windchill forecast we headed out to the Calgary Zoo.
When we arrived it’s clear that it’s going to be an easy day. The parking lots were virtually empty amidst the billowing snow. There were no lines at the front gates so we basically walked right in. However as we crossed the bridge towards the pavilion, more and more little people gathered, chanting “Peppa Peppa Peppa”.
When we got there we were met with a timed ticket for our slot for photos. Any parent who has done this for Santa photos knows what a blessing it is. It cuts the actual wait time down to 10 minutes or less.
While we wait for a chance to meet with Peppa and George we watch Peppa Pig’s “Chinese new year” episode on a continuous loop on a giant TV, with the kids doing crafts at the same time.
My oldest made a Chinese paper lantern while the younger ones cut and coloured Peppa pictures.
There was a Games Station with giant connect 4’s, tic-tac-toe and Jenga set up on the other side in the beautiful garden.
At last it was the long awaited moment. It was our turn to meet Peppa. My boys declined being in the photo as they felt like they have done their brotherly duty escorting their sister to the front of the line. My daughter confidently walked up after declaring she was “doing this by myself”. She gave Peppa a big hug then turned around and smiled for pictures with Peppa and George. This is as good as it gets for a three year old.
After pictures we headed out to see the pandas is well. We then made the trek back to the car. By then the wind had died down so it wasn’t quite so treacherous. A wonderful morning and a well attended event despite the cold. It’s no wonder that kids are starting to speak in a British accent. https://www.buzzfeed.