If you are ready to have some fun with your kids and learn a few things on wildlife conservation, then take a drive north to Escondido and visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. October is Kids' Month, and children 11 years old and under will enjoy free admission. Not only that, there are several kid friendly things to do in the park.
Animal Encounters: Animal ambassadors are located in several locations throughout the safari park, where children can learn more about the animal, how it lives and survives, and what steps are being taken to preserve the animal's habitat. Animal topics include birds, elephants, lions, tigers, cheetahs, bats, zebras, and more. And the park would not be complete without the Petting Kraal.
Activity Booths: Kids get to explore both nature and their creative side with activity booths, which include coloring, crafts, and animal enrichment education. There is both a coloring contest and Instagram contest for kids to get into the creative spirit.
African Tram Safari: The tram is free for entrance ticket holders, and is $34 for kids 11 and under (3 and under are free) and $44 for adults 12 and older. This 25 minute tram is well worth the price of the ticket, where you see animals roaming in 60 acres of unobstructed habitat while the safari guide educates on the animals, their native habitat and how the Safari Park is working to protect both animal and habitat.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous, then check out the Caravan Safari, where you have several hours in the exhibit with feeding opportunities with giraffes and rhinos. Because of the very 'hand on' nature of the safari, children must be 8 and over to participate.
With so many fun ways to learn about wildlife and nature, make sure to take your family to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.