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June 28th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Visiting the Zoo

Little kids love animals…they love singing about them, reading about them, looking at pictures of them, watching them, and especially touching them! A great summer trip is to visit a local zoo. There is a great list of local zoo’s here. The zoo is a trip that is great for everyone in the family, from the infant to adult. Every age can learn about animals while visiting the zoo and spend time watching all the fun things the animals might do.

Here are some tips to make a trip for the zoo successful:

-Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and comfy shoes. Zoo’s require a lot of walking so keep that in mind when dressing everyone. Also, many zoos have indoor and outdoor areas so the temperature can change rapidly. Dress in layers so you can adjust to these changes.

- Pack a lunch or at least some water and snacks. Most zoos allow you to carry in a cooler or bag of food, so take advantage of this. Hungry bellies lead to crabby kids, so you need to be sure to keep them hydrated and full.

- Have a stroller or wagon with you. Make sure you bring one of these along or rent one while at the zoo. There can be a lot of walking for little legs, plus a stroller is great for little ones taking naps if they get tired.

- Make it fun for older kids with a zoo activity like a picture or written scavenger hunt. Talk about what different sounds the animals make, and what they eat or sleep. At the end talk about what everyones favorite animal is!

Most of all make it a great family day with lots of pictures and memories!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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