Why not take your own little cub out for a day at the zoo? Those with children up to age 2 have opportunities twice every month to enjoy Stroller Cubs, a guided experience tailored for parents and their young ones still in their stroller years. The one-hour Stroller Cubs program is offered at prime time for those who still need naps: at 10 a.m.
Along with my son Elliot, 9 months, I participated in a recent Stroller Cubs outing at Zoo Atlanta. Each month offers a different theme, and ours was “Amazing Australia.” (“Cool Carnivores” is the theme for April dates.) I strapped Elliot into his stroller and, along with several other parents pushing their youngsters, we headed off to meet kangaroos, koalas, birds and more.
Zoo Atlanta guides lead the way for Stroller Cubs, and these friendly staffers answer your questions and reveal many neat facts about zoo creatures, their habits and habitats. I also found the program a good opportunity to meet and socialize with other parents. After our animal encounters, we all entered a private air-conditioned room where babies and toddlers get to play with lots of fun Fisher-Price toys. This is also where the kids get to meet a zoo animal. On our outing, Elliot met and petted a snake (great photo opportunity). The event ended with a fun goodbye song, with the little ones trying out toy instruments.
When the program is over, you’re welcome to spend as much time at the zoo as you wish. As it heats up outside, remember to bring water, snacks, hats and sunscreen.
– Laura Powell
Zoo Atlanta Stroller Cubs
800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta;
When: 10-11 a.m. twice a month. Next dates: April 21 and April 25 for “Cool Carnivores,” about the meat eaters of the animal world.
Cost: $24 for one adult with one child.
Information: Infant to age 2. Advance registration is required. Visit ZooAtlanta.org, where specific dates for later Stroller Cubs outings will be announced.