When was the last time you took your kids to the zoo?
For some it might be a year or two, while for others it could be never, and yet it is one of the great educational tools families can use to have that special time together. Rather than pop them in front of the TV, or have them spend excessive time on a smartphone or tablet, why not make a commitment this weekend to take them to a local zoo or wildlife park.
Some of the key benefits include:
- It is fun. It really is a great day out where you can easily pack a picnic lunch, throw on a backpack with the requisite sunscreen, drink, and camera, and away you go. The kids will have a ball, while as parents you get to bond with your kids while all enjoying time checking out the exhibits and snapping some cute photos.
- It is a genuine educational experience where the children are exposed to a new range of words, concepts and experiences that you can talk about and help them better understand the important role that zoos play in our world today. You may get to listen to a few animal lectures, hold a scary snake or even pat a native animal.
- It helps young children better understand about animal care and welfare. And be prepared for that, ‘ but why do they keep wild animals in cages’ question. It is the perfect opportunity to talk about conservation, extinction, disappearing habitats, and the role zoos often play in caring for sick and injured animals.
- It is a great time to encourage young and not so young children to develop an interest in photography. A fun day at the zoo could be the moment one of your kids becomes passionate about saving wild tigers, and goes on to spend the rest of her life photographing them to raise worldwide awareness of their plight. That passion might see them go on to become professional photographers or just develop a hobby they will love all their days.
- It is a great way to exercise and wear the kids out in a way you would not believe. Some of the quietest moments in our kids lives was on the car ride home from a day out at the zoo. They were asleep within five minutes of the car starting and often slept all the way home.
So, why not load up the car this weekend and give your family the experience of a lifetime. And please drop us a comment below to let us know how it went.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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