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Monday, 1 June 2020

Simply strolling through the Melbourne Zoo is an adventure all its own.  Lions, tigers & bears as well as plenty other amazing creatures strut their stuff for visitors.  While adults may love strolling through, simply taking in the scenery and animals, children often need a little something extra to make the trek truly special.  To help children learn more about animals and conservation, create a game while visiting the zoo.

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SCAVENGER HUNT

EASY - A scavenger hunt is a perfect game because it can be designed for specific or a wide variety of ages.  For younger children, consider a photocopied list of animals.  Include pictures for non-readers.  Toss in something that requires a little more looking about like a t-shirt with a kangaroo on the front. 

MIDDLE RANGE - Kids ranging from 8-12 years old are sophisticated enough to find a simple list of animals faster than you can give them out.  A better way to offer challenging fun is having them form teams and finding something for each letter in the name of a specific animal.  Team ELEPHANT would have to find something for each letter in the word elephant.  E for Eel, L for Lemur and so on.  The more difficult part is making sure each team has the same number of letters so one team may be LION BEAR and the other KANGAROO. 

TOP LEVEL - Teenagers are notoriously savvy and won't be challenged in the least by the easier scavenger hunts.  For them, you may have to come at it a different way.  For instance, use the scientific or latin name for animals you want them to find or have them instead list origin of continent for various animals and specific oceans for sea creatures.  This requires paying attention and reading the information signs along the way, something kids tend to skip. 

PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE SCAVENGER HUNT

If everyone in your group has a camera, either phone or digital, challenge them to a photography contest.  You can have several categories such as large or small animal, furry creatures, reptiles, insects, sea creatures, funny, sweet, best collage, etc.  Everyone loves taking pictures and looking through them later.  Part of the challenge could be a limit of 2 entries per category at the end of the day.  Limiting the number of photographs forces players to be very discriminating in their choices.  But the limit could depend on the size of the group.  If you have a small group, the limit could be 5-10 versus 2-3. 

FUN FACT

Summer is a fun time, especially for kids who love to be outdoors.  Children 15 and under can visit Melbourne Zoo for free during summer and school holidays.  If you need a place to stay nearby, Victoria Hotel is close to public transportation to and from the zoo making the outing easy and pleasant.

BEHAVIOR

The zoo isn't exactly a private party in the wild.  Make sure your group understands they can have fun without ruining the visit for others.  They won't need to run wild or trample others in an effort to find the next animal.  You want everyone to enjoy the great outdoors and amazing animals.  This is best done with everyone being considerate of others, including the animals, while having fun.  Enjoy! 

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Special thanks to Michelle on her blog post for www.littlemelbourne.com.au

Bio:

Michelle Rise is a homemaker and Mother of 5 and travel enthusiast. With many years of experience trekking through Disney parks with her Family, Michelle has become an expert on navigating families through Disney. She also enjoys travel to most other destinations worldwide and when not writing about her experiences or teaching her children to drive, Michelle can be found chasing the family dog up rainbow mountain with her husband of over 25 years, Ben. You can follow Michelle on Twitter, @Rise7Up, for all of her latest writings.

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