When I was growing up, we only had one zoo and it was an African wildlife safari kind of deal. You probably remember this too if you were a child in the 70s or early 80s. They usually involved a day trip that saw you and your siblings sardined into an un-air-conditioned car and driven slowly through an array of hungry lions, fearing for your lives.
I am very happy to tell you, however, that A LOT has changed since then and since moving to Melbourne, I’ve been oh so lucky to find that not only is the zoo here beautiful, it is, for a parent, a total lifesaver.
Many a weekend, we’ve wondered what to do – something that will be fun, interesting but that also won’t cost the earth. It’s more than that though – because as a parent, YOU need to be happy too. YOU need to be entertained and to be able to deal with the day. So here are six reasons why Zoos Victoria’s Melbourne Zoo is my happy place.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this is an advertorial for Zoos Victoria.
1. Zoo Twilight Sessions.
This is undoubtedly THE single best reason to visit the zoo over the summer. At dusk, over 12 glorious nights, artists like Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, James Reyne and wait for it, the VILLAGE PEOPLE, play for those lucky enough to get in and secure tickets, on the lawns of the zoo. Beforehand though, you can explore the zoo with special lion and elephant presentations. It truly is magical and something that will stay with you forever. The best thing is that these concerts are wholly dedicated to fighting animal extinction, something the zoo is intricately involved in.
2. It’s an easy gift solution.
If you are anything like me, and struggle to find the perfect Christmas and birthday gift solutions, then a Zoo Victoria gift membership is the perfect solution. Not only does a membership help contribute directly to fighting wildlife extinction, it can be used 365 days a year at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary AND kids under 16 join free on adult memberships. Gift shopping solved.