Fun Things to Do At Home

Learning about nature shouldn't stop at the Zoo! Here are some fun activities that you can do with your kids to keep nature exploration a part of every day.

Nature Explorers Cards

The "Use Anywhere" cards from the Nature Explorers Cards were designed really to be used anywhere! Download the set or download some to make your own cards. All you need is some time outside and a sense of exploration. Have fun!

Just the Facts Jack and Jill - Online Game

This interactive game can be fun for the entire family. Learn more about 21 different animals at the Zoo, test your knowledge, and download a fun scavenger hunt to use during your next visit.

Simple Game and Activity Suggestions

Take a notepad and pencil with you while the family enjoys a walk through your neighborhood or local park. During the walk have everyone keep track of everything you see. When you get home play Pictionary™ or Charades using the items you recorded during your walk.

Take digital photographs of your favorite outdoor places, help your kids to draw their favorite places, color in images from an animal coloring book, or cut out pictures from wall calendars or posters. Then follow the to make your own puzzle. You'll need the image you chose, some poster board, thin cardboard, or foam board, glue or adhesive spray, and scissors or a utility knife.

This simple card game teaches children the basic needs of animals. Download the printable cards and instructions .

These fun bird related activities will help the whole family explore nature. Learn about and .

This easy to learn card game is so much fun, your children will not even realize they are learning. Download your own card set .

Draw a picture for the Wild Child section of our member magazine, Wild Times. Send your picture to:
Wild Child Pages
Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Even More Ideas

Visit our . section for simple activities to do outside.

Take a look at . for books for family reading and more ideas for great family activities.

Learn about animals together by exploring the About Animals section of the EdVentures website.

Make nature a part of family movie night. Here are some suggestions from zoo staff:

  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Madagascar (2005)
  • Spirit (2002)
  • A Bug's Life (1998)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Once Upon a Forest (1993)
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Fly Away Home (1996)
  • Free Willy (1993)
  • Earth (2009)
  • The Cove (2009)
  • Belly Up: Salmon in Peril (2009)
  • Planet Earth (2006)
  • March of the Penguins (2005)
  • Great Bear Rainforest (2001)