Summer Bucket List {Watch the elephant paint at the zoo}

The blog took another little pause this month, but for good reason…. VACATION! Before I can get to the vacation pictures though, I need to catch up on stuff that happened before that, like the time we watched an elephant paint!

We’ve known for a while that the elephants at the Kansas City Zoo paint, but they only paint at 2pm on the weekends. For years now, 2pm has meant nap-time in this house, and not only that, it’s stinkin’ hot in Kansas City at 2pm in the summer!

Lily is old enough now to skip naps occasionally and not have a complete and utter meltdown (hallelujah!), so at the end of June, when it was unseasonably cool on a Saturday, we packed a picnic lunch and headed to the zoo on a day and time we’d never been before.

The boys found it fascinating to watch the elephant paint! I think Lily was wondering why were all standing around for so long… 😉 And bonus – one of their very favorite shows (of all four kids) is Curious George, and in one of the episodes he visits an elephant that paints!

If you live in the KC area and are thinking this looks pretty cool, a few tips for you…

  • The show starts at 2pm, but you should get there at least 10 minutes early so that your kids can see! There isn’t a place to sit, and you just line up along the fence where the banner hangs, advertising the painting.
  • Bring some cash with you – you can actually buy a canvas right then and there! They even let you pick the colors and painting style! We wish we’d known that part ahead of time, because we might have purchased an 8×10 canvas.

And of course, what trip to the zoo would be complete without a ride on the carousel?!

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  • Sara

    That is so fun! I would love to see that! I work for a company that makes souvenirs for zoos and other places, one of my customers sent me a painting the Penguins did at the Milwaukee Zoo because I was so fascinated, but I would love to see an animal actually do it sometime!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, penguin art sounds cool, Sara! Our zoo is getting penguins later this year, so maybe they’ll have them paint too!ReplyCancel

  • Oh how neat! That sounds like fun 🙂ReplyCancel