- We're Going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo!
- Plan your journey
Will you be "visiting" Edinburgh Zoo or the Highland Wildlife Park?
Begin your day by planning your journey together. How will you get to the zoo? You could walk, drive or cycle, or maybe something more creative?! Why not try using maps to plan your route and find out how long each transport method would take you?
Sing a song!
Music always makes a journey go quicker! We have 3 lovely animal songs for you to try, or you could write your own about your favourite animal!Sing-along-a-tiger! 5 Little Koalas A Chimp Tune
- Make a ticket
Design your own ticket to the zoo!
You've arrived at the Zoo or Highland Wildlife Park - now it's time to get creative and make your own entry ticket! Let your imagination run wild - you could draw, paint or even model your ticket! Why not see if you have any interesting papers or old magazines you can reuse around the house?
- Explore the map
- See some animals!
- Make a packed lunchGet more sustainable ideas from the One Planet Picnic
Time to eat!
Try packing a picnic avoiding single-use plastic (e.g. drink cartons, packets and wrappers), highly processed foods containing palm oil, and where possible choose organically grown or locally sourced foods. It's a great excuse to spend a bit of time discovering new foods or rediscovering old favourites!
- Learn Something new
Learning about the animals
Every visit to the Zoo includes learning something new!
Why not write out a list of questions you'd like to know about animals and research the answers together online - or you can ask us on Twitter! You could use our worksheet to record your research, and then why not write your own story about the animals you've been studying?Animal Study and Story Worksheet
- Take a selfie
Grab your phone and go wild at home!
Google's 'Augmented Reality' lets you explore some amazing animals in 3D, and even take your photo with them! Simply Google search your favourite animal (for example "tiger", "lion" or "penguin") and see if you get the "view in 3D" option! (This only works on mobile devices such as phones and tablets). Let us know what animals you discover and share your best selfies with us on twitter!
- Visit the gift shop
Design your own toys...Time to get creative again for the end of your day trip! Design or make your own ideal gifts from the gift shop!
Some ideas of things you could make to get you started:
- Print and colour a puffin mask
- Make your own paper Ruby doll
- Make a Story Zed!
- Create your own panda lantern
- Colour a pop-up penguin
- Print a T-rex colouring sheet
Let your imagination run wild - and let us know what your ideal animal gift would be!
...or shop online with us!
If you've enjoyed your online "day out", why not visit our online shop? All purchases help to support Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park as well as RZSS conservation and education work, both here in Scotland and around the world. Online Gift Shop