Took my four year old son to Healesville on Sunday and did a lot of walking! It was our first time at the zoo and with the beauty of hindsight I would probably do things a little differently next time.
As most of the animals are in bushy, "natural settings" it can be hard work walking around with a younger child trying to spot stuff. Next time we will make a beeline for the more hands on stuff like the "Land of Parrots" enclosure which has the hand feeding of seed eating and nectar eating birds. Keepers were great and very good with smaller kids.
The animal hospital was interesting and there are some touch screen computers that kept my son entertained. He could not read the information but it was just fun to follow the story about a kookaburra being release back into the wild..
The Luna's Secret Forrest discovery centre was a fun thing to do for the kids. It is about the leadbeaters possums and the kids use a special torch and join in the multi-media show.... they even get to sit on bean bags. After the show kids can also "pledge" to join the fight to stop wildlife extinction by writing their name on a cardboard leaf to hang on the trees. There were lots of leave so I am guessing this one is a hit with the kids.
We missed the live baby animal's show as it was on at a totally different time to the program and there was only one show instead of two. Mixed messages about show time from the gate staff and grounds staff - bit of a communication issue there!
Reptiles were also good and we got to pat a bearded dragon and a stumpy tailed lizard.
Overall we had a good time but I thought I would have seen more animals for the time we were there. But with smaller kids I would say that you will not cover everything.
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