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Zoo Holiday Camps
By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
Halloween is over and now the hectic holiday season begins. It is time to make lists and make sure that every detail from menus to gift lists is complete. One of the items on your lists should be activities for your children during holiday breaks. The Audubon Zoo offers day camps for children K-5thgrade during school throughout the holiday season. These are great opportunities for you to get a break and get things done while the kids are out of school, but this is also a unique opportunity for your child to experience the outdoors.
Our holiday camps are loosely structured to give the children an opportunity to enjoy nature and the outdoors on their own terms. Being outdoors and experiencing nature is important for your child’s brain development. Living in urban environments and being overloaded with today’s technology is stressful on the brain. Nature, outdoor play and relaxation help reboot the brain. According to several studies, children with attention-deficit disorder have fewer symptoms in natural settings and children surrounded by trees and animals are less likely to have behavioral problems. We have plenty of trees and we have plenty of animals!
A holiday camp experience will consist of animal encounters, walks through the zoo, a behind the scenes tours, crafts and plenty of outdoor recreation. At Thanksgiving Camp we are also going to participate in Get To Know Your Wild Neighbors competition. This will give all campers an opportunity to learn more about the animals and plants here at the zoo and explore their creative side. There are also awesome prizes.
So make sure you make your lists and check them twice to make sure Audubon Zoo Holiday Camp is on there.