Planning A Trip To The Zoo

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The zoo is a great place to bring children for a day out as it’s something that children and adults alike can enjoy. The exotic animals on display are sure to enchant children and have them wanting to know more about tigers and gorillas and all the other animals, making a trip to the zoo educational for children. Alternatively, an outing to the zoo could be a great thing to do on a child’s birthday if you invite along a few of his or her friends. So what do you need to do to plan a successful trip to the zoo?

What to Bring

First and foremost, consult the weather forecast. If the weather is going to be miserable on the day you had in mind for your trip, perhaps it would be better to pick another day as much of your time at the zoo will be spent outdoors.

The weather and the season will determine what clothes you should wear to the zoo. If it’s going to be cold, make sure the kids are well wrapped up. It’s a good idea to bring a backpack in which you can store jackets and other clothing if the children shed layers over the course of the day. Of course, you should always bring an umbrella or two if there’s even the slightest chance it will rain. During the summer months, make sure that everyone wears sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt.

Getting There

You have a number of different options when it comes to transportation. If you live nearby, you could walk or catch a bus to the zoo. Driving to the zoo in your own car means finding and paying for parking, as well as your fuel costs, so if there’s a group of you going (for your child’s birthday, for example) and you would end up needing two or more cars to get everyone there, why not hire a mini bus to get you there and back again?

At the Zoo

Before you set off on your zoo adventures, agree on a meeting place in case anyone gets separated from the group or lost. When you’re buying your tickets, you should ask if there are any shows on during the day. Some zoos will put on animal shows during the day which can be a good chance for you to sit down and relax while the children are entertained by the show.

Encourage the children to ask questions over the course of the day so the experience can be as fulfilling and educational as possible. If you don’t know the answers, read the signs and information about the animal in question (or check on Wikipedia on your smartphone!)

A day at the zoo can be a fun and enjoyable experience for all the family and it can provide a good opportunity for parents and children to bond. Plus, by bringing your children to the zoo and encouraging them to ask questions, you’re nurturing their natural curiosity, which is so important for their education and their development as individuals.

This is a guest post.  This article was written by mother and homemaker Sally Walsh who has used mini bus hire Dublin in the past to bring her two kids and a group of their friends on a trip to the zoo.

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