Discovery and fun await you
The zoo has always been a really fantastic place to bring children for both a fun day of entertainment and also a really educational adventure both wrapped into one great package. Kids love the zoo because they get to see all kinds of new creatures and animals they never saw with their own eyes before and parents love it because the kids are entertained and they can learn things about other animals and even themselves. Rarely does anyone go to the zoo and not have a blast, so here are some great things you can enjoy about taking your kids to the zoo.
Loaded with fun
The zoo is a great place for fun and entertainment. Depending on what kind of zoo you have nearby, there can be a load of exhibits with various creatures and animals, daily events with trainers talking about the animals they spend their days with, and shows to entertain anyone. The zoo is packed full of entertainment to enjoy the entire day, and the vast majority of big zoos around your area are likely big enough so you would have to take the entire day to see everything it had to offer. This means that if your kids enjoy their time there and you can't see everything in one day, you could consider investing in a season pass so you can go back unlimited times and enjoy the adventure whenever the kids wanted. It's really fun knowing that if you had a pass you don't have to rush to see everything, after all you know how kids can get distracted and absorbed in something they are looking at and the last thing you want to do is to pull them away from something they are fascinated by because you are hurrying to see all the exhibits.
Education built into fun
The other great thing about the zoo is they have managed to implement a boat load of education into the adventure of a daily patron. It's truly amazing how kids will generally shy away from pure educational things, but take them to a zoo which has cool animals and exhibits to look at and they can absorb a ton of neat information while still being captivated by the creatures and animals they are looking at. Again this all plays back to the fact that humans are much more visual, as we learn better with pictures than with text. My article here explains that idea of pictures further, so I don't want to saturate my article with that concept again. Because kids are getting knowledge placed into them while seeing something great they can take that information and place it in their memory banks easier than if they just had a textbook.
Getting an education at a place of fun is also powerful for children to be successful in their future. Being able to know things they never knew and seeing it firsthand beats any classroom any day. Kids will tell you years down the road about something they experienced at the zoo, and the only reason they know about that is because you went there! This experience puts kids on the fast track to building practical knowledge of animals, entertainment, social skills, visual and cognitive development, and how to enjoy their day.
Experiences that last a lifetime
There are a lot of things we can experience in our lifetimes, but something that I have never forgotten was my experiences at the zoo. When I was a kid and when I was an adult, the things I encountered at the zoo have stuck with me my entire life and it's no different with the next generation. With our next generations coming into a technologically advanced age with iPads and smartphones rampant, it helps to take the kids away from the computer or tablet and get them in the wild by seeing nature for what it's worth. It's ashame that many kids experience animals through an electronic screen instead of with their own eyes. These experiences will be brought down through the generations, so make sure your kids have a chance to make their own stories and remember their own personal experiences. It's also fun to see your children have a blast and see things for the first time; it's like living the experience again through them!
Go for it!
So what are you waiting for?! Take a dive into a world of learning and fun by taking your kids to the zoo. They will love it and experience new and exciting things, and you will love how the kids have a great day of fun and talk about it for years to come. Get yourself a zoo pass if you think going back will be more frequently than once or twice a year and take them back a lot so they can see things they loved before. Find a local zoo and look into what they have to offer, and plan out a preliminary agenda before going in. With kids getting excited with what they are seeing that plan will quickly change, but having some kind of plan would be recommended.