Holiday breaks are a great time to unwind and enjoy some home time, but keeping kids entertained during the downtime can be a real challenge. If you’re like many parents, you’re always on the lookout for some fun, educational and engaging ways for your kids to pass the time. The following animal-themed activities can help kids stay busy, learn a bit about nature, and maybe give you some quiet time as well!
Take a virtual safari
A lot of zoos around the world have live animal cameras. These give you a great opportunity to get up close to some amazing animals, from lions and aquatic life to bald eagles and pandas. Just remember, there is never a guarantee that you’ll see anything exciting on a live cam, so have a few loaded up and check them regularly to find something fun to watch.
Here are a few links to get you started on your virtual safari:
Channel Islands National Park Bald Eagle Cam
Make an animal book
For kids that enjoy coloring, you can have a lot of fun that only requires a printer and some crayons. But you don’t have to just print out boring coloring pages, your kids can turn their art into animal-themed books. Use the following sites for animal color pages and turn them into funny stories and themed books. For example, you could create a farm animal, geography-based, or exotic animal-themed book. If your child enjoys storytelling, they can also turn their pictures into a creative story.
Crayola animal themed coloring pages
Coloring.com animal coloring pages
Coloring Home animal coloring pages
Top Coloring animal themed pages
Kids of all ages love crafts, but it’s also a great way to keep kids busy without computers and screens. You can use the following links to find age-appropriate craft ideas for your kids. Many of them are simple and require things you already have on hand, or can easily get at any department store.
Mom Junction easy animal crafts
Arty Crafty kids
There are many fun, family-friendly animal movies that the whole family will love. Pop some popcorn, make some cocoa and enjoy an afternoon or evening full of animal antics. Just be sure to select movies that match your kid’s attention and maturity level. Here are a few ideas to help narrow down your search, and many of these can be found on streaming services.
Over the Hedge (2006)
Animal Crackers (2017)
Peter Rabbit (2018)
And last but not least, you can also pack up the family and bring them over for a fun trip to Wild Animal Safari. You can drive or walk through our park and see amazing animals from all around the world. You can get tickets online and receive an advance purchase discount.