It can be hard to come up with children's activities when you live in a hot climate and it's summer. But in many cases, a trip to your local zoo can solve this issue because the employees there tend to be prepared to entertain kids of all ages. Get an idea of some of the things your youngsters might enjoy at zoos near you, even when it is hot outside.
Just because the temperature is sky high does not mean you cannot enjoy looking at the zoo animals with your kids. In most areas, it is only unbearably hot in the afternoon, which means you can plan a morning trip to enjoy the somewhat cool air before the sun starts shining too much. This option can start your day right, and it may even tire out children of any age so they take a great nap when they get home. Of course, if the morning does not suit your schedule, you can go in the evening instead, since many zoos have evening or even night hours.
If you cannot avoid going to the zoo in the mid-afternoon, it may be best to stick to indoor children's activities when possible. For example, there might be shows involving animals, and they are often indoors or at least in shaded amphitheaters. Find out what the schedule is so you can catch the shows that star your kids' favorite animals. You can also find out if there are classes or workshops that take place indoors. Plus, some exhibits are inside anyway since their residents prefer darker, cooler area. An insectarium or aquarium may be indoors, for instance, so you can check these out even when it is hot outside.
There are often children's activities that count on the outdoors being hot. For example, many zoos offer a splash park where kids can feel refreshed while playing in the water, and of course get out their energy. Find out if there is one at your local zoo, and make sure it will be open when you go since there are often special hours. Youngsters of all ages usually enjoy splash parks, especially when it is summer.
These are just a few of the children's activities zoos may offer during summertime. They are usually educational and fun, and you may even be able to get a season pass to make it affordable to enjoy all the options. All you have to do is contact your local zoo to find out what is offered and what the price is, and then you can be set for summer.