We are very excited here in Chicago over the new Francois langur that was born at Lincoln Park Zoo on March 18th. It got us thinking about how fun and educational trips to the zoo can be. This time of year is a special time to visit your local zoo because many zoos have new “members” as baby animals have just been born. We love Zoo Borns as a resource to find out the newest & cutest baby zoo animals.
A trip to the zoo can be a time to learn about animals, an opportunity to get outside and create memories and to see mommy animals taking care of their babies which is a great informal way for children to see mom/baby connections even in the animal world!
Some ways that you can enrich your trip to the zoo:
1. Ask your child what animal they REALLY want to see. Go to your library and check out a few books or fun DVD’s to learn more about that animal. This will not only enhance your child’s experience when she/he sees the animal at the zoo, it teaches them that your local library is a great resource.
2. Have your child make a photo journal of that zoo trip (see March 19th post on “Seeing the World Through Your Child’s Eyes”). If they do this several times, you will have a keepsake of your child’s favorite zoo animals.
3. Adopt an animal at the zoo and let your child name it. Every time you return to the zoo, you can “check in” on your animal. Adopting an animal not only helps defray costs of caring for the animal, but teaches your child that he/she can make a difference for that animal.
And don’t forget to pack your favorite Kolcraft stroller in case someone’s little feet get tired.
Do you have tips on how making a zoo trip memorable?
Please share them with us!