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Family Reunion at the Zoo
Going to the zoo for a family reunion is a great idea,
especially for families with lots of younger children.
The younger ones will be entertained by the animals and
the adults will have plenty of time to talk and catch up
on family news.
Many zoos have group packages and tours. So call the zoo
and find out what you can arrange. Often zoos have a
package that requires very little planning and that are a
lot cheaper than you would think.
Planning the Trip
You will probably want to plan for going in the morning
before it gets too warm. Also be sure to remember the
less mobile family members and find out if there are tram
tours they can take and other activities that don't
involve too much walking. You may want to put together
itineraries for family members to let them know what is
available at the zoo.
Before the reunion you could put together a "survival
pack" for each of the families. Give them a sack with
water bottles, animal crackers and information about the
Most zoos have parks nearby that you could go to for
lunch. You could even pack your own picnic baskets and
transform the lunch affair into a picnic on the park
grounds. Or if your family is willing to splurge a little
many larger parks have banquet rooms and catering
Decorations & Activities
Decorate the tables with jungle prints and play animal
sounds in the background. During lunch you can provide
some water games like water balloon toss. You can also
give the kids paper plates and construction paper to make
animal masks. Another idea is to set up a questionnaire
for the kids based on the animals they see in the zoo.