Spring At The Zoo

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Today is the last day of our Spring Theme here on Mustard Seed Family.  If you missed it, go check out the previous Spring Posts by clicking the links below:

Rainbow Felt

Stained Glass Flower Art

Spring Play-Dough Kits: Part 1

Spring Play-Dough Kits: Part 2

Outside Explorations in the Spring

Today I will be sharing a fun trip to the zoo and how to make it a successful trip with two small children.


The Zoo With Two

The rules of making a zoo trip successful:

  1. Bring Snacks.  Food is a great tantrum deterrent, and has come in handy more times than I can count.  Make sure that the snacks are readily available and that they are things the child can eat without assistance. Our favorite things to bring to the zoo are turkey sticks (from Aldi of course), string cheese, crackers, applesauce pouches, and sugar snap peas.
  2. Appropriate footwear.  The zoo is a lot of cardio, so plan accordingly.  Flip flops are not a great choice, so we tend to leave those for the beach.  And this includes you mom.  Leave the heels behind and bring your comfy shoes.
  3. Stroller.  We love our sit and stand stroller because it fits our family’s needs so well.  Our three-year old can sit or stand in the back (and get down easily to walk), and our one-year old does great sitting in the front.  At the zoo it’s nice to have a stroller around to haul your things and the kids when you want them to stay in one place!
  4. Bring extra outfits.  Accidents happen, and it’s better to be prepared.  Bring a change of clothes just in case, and you probably won’t need it.  But if you don’t bring anything, that’s just asking for something to happen!  Speaking from experience here.  And you can always leave the extra clothes in the car.  That way, you won’t be carrying it around with you, but it will be available to you in case the situation presents itself.
  5. Be Prepared.  Decide beforehand which things you are going to look at.  Our zoo has five different areas, and we go back and forth between them.  Today for example, we visited the outside animals, farm, penguins, and monkeys.  I told my three-year old beforehand what the plan was, that way we were on the same page.
  6. Follow Through.  I have never had to leave the zoo early because of behavior issues, but it’s always in the back of my mind.  Don’t threaten your child with leaving unless you intend to follow through.  When we are driving to the zoo I remind my daughter that she needs to be a good listener if she wants to stay at the zoo and see all the animals. If you child is misbehaving, I’ve found a great way to refocus their  behavior is to take them aside and talk.  It’s not always fun to interrupt your trip, but nipping those problems before they spiral out of control will make your zoo experience much more enjoyable for everyone.
  7. Wash, Wash, Wash!  Make sure that you and your kids practice washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer throughout your trip.  There are so many things to touch that many a kid with a virus has already touched.  Before giving snacks be sure to wash off their little hands, and you’ll thank yourself later!

I love that our zoo has a farm.  In the spring we get to see all the babies, and the kids love it.  There are goats, pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, horses, and sheep.

In addition to the farm, we saw the monkeys and the penguins.  Calvin really enjoyed walking around and viewing the animals up close.

Such a fun trip!

Do you have a zoo near you?  What tips do you have for making it successful?

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