Play Zoos

TREND Zoos are creating spaces where kids can cavort with animals, build habitats, plant gardens and otherwise mix with nature

HOW IT STARTED Like many parents, zoo curators are looking for ways to give kids unstructured playtime and a connection to nature

JUDGMENT CALL Perfect antidote for the overscheduled child Dinner in Bed

Going to the zoo used to mean gawking at giraffes and, if you were really lucky, peeking at a panda. But the newest concept in zoos aims to connect kids to nature by encouraging them to get down and dirty with it: in between their animal encounters, the...

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