Our kids have access to a range of fun activities during school holidays, but my family’s favourite things to do is head to the zoo.
Over the years, my kids have spent a fair amount of time at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. We’ve hung with the hippos, celebrated birthdays with the baboons and enjoyed weekends with the wombats.
For me, it’s allowed me to relive my own wide-eyed childhood visits to the zoo. But every time I take my kids now, there is something new to see, a new area to explore or a new bit of interesting info to digest. Instead of tugging at my leg and asking when we’re going home (as they often do when we go on outings), my kids never want to leave. Case in point below.
These school holidays, I'm taking my kids to try out the new 'zoo passport' offered by Zoos Victoria. Sure, the word ‘passport’ makes a lot of parents think of harrowing long haul flights with grumpy kids. But not in this case.
The Zoos Victoria passport is all about adventure and fun - and it will bust the holiday boredom while ensuring your kids get outside instead of watching Moana for the 200th time.
Aptly titled Wild About Play, you and your kids can head online and use the digital passport to find different play zones at the zoo. It's like the stamp map you used to get at the zoo, but better.
You then hop in the car and head to either Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo. Once there, you use your zoo passport to find the play zone and take some happy snaps of you and the kids enjoying a play. Extra activities will be on at each indoor or outdoor play zone too.