If you find yourself longing for fun days out with the kids, or escaping your four walls, we’ve got just the tonic.
In response to the latest coronavirus news, a number of zoos, aquariums and farms have opened their virtual doors online. Helping you to maximise quality family time with some farmside fun, here’s some of the best global destinations to enjoy, without ever having to leave your home.
Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland
Get up close and personal with all your favourite furry friends in real time. From Yang Guang Scotland’s most famous panda, to Rockstar rockhopper penguins, there’s lots of cute animals to coo at. Why not go the whole hog, so to speak, and print out pretend homemade tickets and make an occasion of it.
For more visit: edinburghzoo.org.uk
San Diego Zoo, USA
Made famous by the film Anchorman, San Diego Zoo bills itself as ‘the number 1 zoo in the world’ and doesn’t disappoint, even online. With 11 different live web cams to view, choose from burrowing owls to cute koalas and boisterous baboons in private enclosures. There’s plenty for all ages to enjoy. Afterwards you can head to the education, pages for more ways to learn more about your favourite animal. It’s also worth following their Instagram page for sweet snippets from the animal kingdom.
For more visit: zoo.sandiegozoo.org
Sea Life, Sydney - Australia
Fans of Finding Nemo will not want to miss the opportunity to visit Sea Life in Sydney. There’s plenty of entertaining activities for children, including the live stream from ‘Tank TV’ and a host of brilliant videos, including penguin playtime and shark feeding. There’s also colouring in pages, along with animal information packs to download. From toddlers through to pre-teens, there’s something for children of all ages to discover.
For more, visit: www.sydneyaquarium.com.au
Old MacDonalds Farm, Essex
For youngsters, Old MacDonalds Farm is a great online site to check out, if you can’t be there in person. Head to their YouTube page where you’ll find a ton of videos offering virtual tours of the grounds, including their maze, tractors and animal encounters. Back on their website, there’s a comprehensive list of well-written education tools to download and print, suitable for toddlers up to Key Stage 2.
For more, visit: www.omdfarm.co.uk
Sea World, Orlando – USA
Most of us can only dream of a family holiday to Orlando… until now! Opening its online doors to the world, SeaWorld Orlando offers an incredible tour of its outdoor office. By that, we mean stomach-churning rides, hidden coves and of course a world-class sea world facility beckoning you in. Use the interactive map to decide where you’ll go next. Great for older tech-savvy kids.
For more, visit: visitorlando.com
One of the most famous attractions in the capital, London Zoo is a top family day out. Even from the confines of your couch it entertains with a host of insightful animal videos and behind-the-scenes videos from its zookeepers. There’s also a ton of helpful resources to take offline, from colouring pages to story ideas for all primary school children.
For more, visit: zsl.org
Go on a safari with Andy
And finally, if all else fails, turn to CBeebies favourite Andy on a safari adventure. The well-stocked website includes quizzes, songs and videos that young children will watch time and time again…
For more visit: bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
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