19 Mar 2018
March 19, 2018

Best Zoos For Kids and Family

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Best Zoos For Kids

Best Zoos for Kids and Families

Best Zoos For Kids and Families – Top 50 From Parents Magazine

When Parents set out to find the top zoos in the country, we identified 50 where kids can pet and often feed the wildlife. Then we narrowed it down to these leaders of the pack that your little tyke will love.

1. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Best Zoos in The U.S.

It’s unbelievable how close kids can get to the animals here. In Wallaroo Station, the zoo’s four-and-a-half-acre Australian-themed children’s area, kids can brush a goat’s fur, feed birdseed lollipops to parakeets, and walk down a path as kangaroos and wallabies hop in front of them. They can ride on a llama or, in another part of the zoo, a camel — which makes the pony treks seem almost trite. In Lowry’s expanded Safari Africa exhibit, your family can climb up on a platform to offer one of the giraffes a snack. “Kids squeal in delight when the giraffe sticks out its 18-inch-long tongue to snatch a cracker,” says Craig Pugh, acting director. Other cool animals that your children can feed: a white rhino, stingrays, and lorikeets.
Since Lowry Park is the only zoo in the country with an accredited preschool and kindergarten on-site, the staff is especially comfortable fielding questions from families. When your little kids need a break from the animal action, head to the playground or one of five rides including a kiddie coaster. And if you need to relax or nurse, there’s even a “mommy stop,” a shaded area with benches and child-size picnic tables.

2. Brookfield Zoo, Illinois

The Hamill Family Play Zoo is the most awesome exhibit for kids. Inside a hollowed-out tree, kids can dress up in animal and zookeeper costumes, make an art project, get their face painted, and pet a hedgehog, an armadillo, and other wildlife. On weekends in the summer at the Chicago-area park, they can release ladybugs in the nearby children’s garden or help harvest some of the crops.
By Karen Cicero From Parents Magazine

Read More On The Top 50 Best Zoos For Kids and Families: http://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/ideas/kid-friendly-zoos/#page=2

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