Last weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited by Lionsgate to see a screening of a brand new movie called The Wild Life. Not only did we get to go to the screening of the movie but we also got to camp overnight at the San Diego Zoo. Even though I am NOT a camping person at all, I knew that my kids and my girlfriend would have a great time so off we went!
Having just moved from San Diego, it was great to be back & explore a few areas before we got to see the movie. Once we were done doing some window shopping and eating, we headed over to the movie theater, grabbed our popcorn & soda and settled in to watch The Wild Life. We’ve all heard the name Robinson Crusoe before and he is one of the main characters in this story. When he is marooned on an island, he realizes that he is not alone and there is actually an interesting group of animals there as well. We get to meet Mak the parrot, Rosie the tapir, Epi the echidna, Pango the pangolin, Scrubby the goat, Kiki the kingfisher and Carmello the chameleon. Obviously, they’re all very different but they’ll need to all come together and work together against savage cats Mal & May, who want control of the island.
After watching the movie, we drove over to the San Diego Zoo, where we were greeted by a gear truck and were taken to a small room with a stage, where we got to meet some of the types of animals that were in the movie. The trainers told us all about a macaw (Mak), pangolin (Pango), echidna (Epi), kingfisher (Kiki), plus we got to see a couple other special animals like a sloth (which my 13-year-old daughter calls her spirit animal so she LOVED that!)
After seeing all of the great animals up close, we got to board the double-decker bus that they have at the zoo and go on a tour, where we saw so many other cool animals. I’ve been to the zoo a few times but never on the bus tour so that was a treat! We arrived at our campsite and went off to find our tent. I won’t lie and say I was particularly excited about the camping part. I’ve been camping once in my life and I was MUCH younger then, so the thought of sleeping on the ground didn’t exactly thrill me but I will admit it was a good sleep and it was a lot of fun!
After finding our tent, we were able to do fun things, like go on a scavenger hunt in the zoo, roast marshmallows for s’mores, do some crafts and then we got to meet a real kingfisher, just like Kiki in the movie. It was a great experience and you can watch the video below to hear her amazing call (the trainer had a recording of her brother and that’s who she was calling to!)
In the morning, we woke up, packed up all of our belongings and took them out to the gear truck. We walked along a pathway and we were able to see some animals waking up, were served a great breakfast and the kids got to meet an echidna, who was just like Epi from the movie! They loved it!
The kids are still talking about their time at the zoo, meeting the animals and having a real life adventure! Make sure to check out The Wild Life movie when it hits theaters on Friday, September 9th!
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