Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Holiday Mold-A-Ramas at the Brookfield Zoo
I have to say, the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois takes its Mold-A-Ramas seriously.
When we started our collection last year the only Mold-A-Rama machines we had any experience with were at the Milwaukee County Zoo. A few of those machines are inside buildings, but several just suffer the extremes of Wisconsin weather year round. (Even the indoor machines look a bit worse for wear.) Everywhere else we've been the machines are in much better shape.
On a recent visit to the Brookfield Zoo again we got a clue as to why. When we went the first time in the fall when the weather was pleasant, most of the machines were outside (but covered). When we returned recently to collect six new figures, all the outdoor machines had been moved to indoor locations. What a concept!
following a going away brunch for a friend to drive on down to the Chicago area.
We still didn't get to see the cassowary, but it was amusing to observe kangaroos enjoying the snow, and I think we could sit and watch the dolphins all day. We plan to head back when the zoo switches out the holiday Mold-A-Ramas for whatever other regular figures they do that we haven't collected yet. Which means we will have put in more visits to the zoo down in Chicago than to our own zoo in recent months. Effective use of Mold-A-Rama machines, Brookfield Zoo!
This brings our collection (including a Mold-A-Rama killer whale my niece brought us from Florida for Christmas) to 55. We may have to clear off the entire mantel soon and make it an all Mold-A-Rama space. (I'm just starting to feel glad that we didn't decide to collect, say, bowling balls or something. Or the actual machines. That would take up an impressive amount of room!)