The Philadelphia Zoo
Ok, I know this isn't in Chester County but it's close enough and worth the journey into the big city.
It's the zoo so it's going to be fun, engaging and educational all on it's own. But the Philadelphia Zoo has something exciting going on right now and they've just extended it until November 25th.
Trail of the Lorax is a 3D exhibit that your kids can have fun interacting with all over the zoo. When you get to the zoo they'll give you some 3D glasses that you'll use at different places throughout the zoo to learn about the orangutan and the importance of protecting our wildlife.
My kids haven't even seen The Lorax yet and they still loved going to each of the action stations by following all the clues the Lorax left behind.
If you lose your glasses it's no big deal, they're handing them out everywhere.
The rest of the zoo is just as fun as it was on that elementary school field trip all those years ago.
Inside the avian center there's a cute little video about the migration of birds. It's animated and moves across a number of different screens. The kids loved it in the summertime because it gave them a little break from the heat and it was funny and interesting.
I'm pretty sure that it was that little movie that got my six year old interested in migration, what it is and why some animals do it. The bonus of the movie is that it's included with your admission.
While most of what you see at the zoo is included with your admission there are a few extras that your little ones might want to take part in. If you're not willing to plunk down the extra money you might want to look to avoid the train, swan boats, carousel and most definitely the Zooballon.
|Note the 3D glasses|
You can use the Philadelphia Zoo app for iPhone and Android ($1.99) to help you avoid the things you don't want to see and find the things that interest you the most. The app is also helpful in planning your trip to the zoo.
A trip to the Philadelphia Zoo can set you back a few bucks when all is said and done and if you think you might make it there two or three times in the next year a membership is probably the way to go. We brought our own lunch to try and save a little and I always avoid gift shops (they end either in tears or with an empty wallet).
The Philadelphia Zoo has a lot to offer and kids of all ages will have a great time while learning about animals and conservation. This is definitely worth the trip out of Chester County to see.