We went to the zoo again!Friday, August 05, 2016
Family outings are something that we look forward to every week, and once a month or so, we try to plan something different from the usual indoor playground and shopping center runs. In the case of June, we brought the kids back to the zoo again!
Going out as a family is very important to us because I feel that experiences like these foster a lot on interaction, which is a really great way to stimulate our children. By having good quality interaction and bringing them to environment where they feel safe in playing means that we also positively stimulate our children in terms of improving our relationship bonding and also creativity.
I tell you, zoo visits are always MASSIVE for me because it would be an all-in-one activity! Apart from visiting the animals, we will also have a small picnic and have some fun at the water playground located at the Kids Zone.
Outdoor trips are also perfect for learning opportunities, for example, when we walk past a banana tree, we will stand around for a couple of minutes for them to observe the leaves, check out the banana flowers and looking at the tiny bananas, just before they grow into full size and turn yellow. Very fruitful indeed (lol pun completely intended).
Of course when it comes to the animals, we will also take the chance to explain to them simple things that they can understand. Like why penguins can swim so well in the water, where are penguins generally found... and then we go home and complete the experience with an art session where I would get the kids to sit down and draw animals that we saw.
I think this is Alexis' first trip to the zoo? She has been to the Bird Park previously, when she was younger, but I personally think that children between 18 months onwards are brilliant learners and they can absorb so much things at one go!
|That's us catching the Splash Safari show, featuring Pedro the sea lion!|
Apart from having an "educational" field trip, a visit to the zoo is also very fun because of the animal shows. I try to let the kids watch all four shows that the zoo offers because they are really entertaining, plus you get to take photos with the animals after that if you like.
|And then we moved on to Animal Friends Show after a 10 minute walk, missing just the front part of it|
The only cons about catching all the shows is that you really need to be really fast, at least for the first three shows as they start almost consecutively after one another.. and a little walking is needed to get to these three different venues.
If you miss it, you would have to wait for another 6 to 8 hours for the second show, which for our case, we don't usually stay until so late. Even if we do, we would most likely be finishing up with the animals because the weather will be more cooling and make walking more bearable as compared to the afternoon.
|Dylan in 2014 and 2016|
Also, kids learn from experiences, whether big or small, good or bad. One sure way to get them to learn and experience the world is to bring them out for outdoor play. That's why Friso supports us as parents by providing the right nutrition for our kids to be strong inside to take on the challenges outside.
|Dylan's touching a ferret!|
One way to improve immunity is of course, having the right diet consisting of the correct nutrition.. so that they can chase after monitor lizards, of course.
I mean.. will you look at that?
I don't think we've ever seen monitor lizards this size strolling leisurely around the zoo compound ever. And for this trip, we actually saw three! It was actually pretty exciting to see them so up close, even though for a moment I was honestly afraid that it might attack the kids, lol.
And that is us, trying to calm our nerves and take a proper shot after Mr. Monitor Lizard disappeared behind us.
Have you been the zoo anytime lately?
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