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Although children love exploring the world we live in and getting close to nature, in the city there are only limited opportunities to do so.
What do you think are Melbourne's best nature-based activities? Are they close to the city or do they involve a short (or long) drive? How much do they cost, and which ones did your children enjoy most?
Yes, I agree that Melbourne Zoo is great...especially since it's so central and easily accessible. There is also SO much to see and do...even apart from all the animals. There's also the Keeper Kids Indoor Play Space where children can dress up and pretend to be particular workers at the zoo such as a vet, zoo designer, zoo keeper, researcher, plumber or horticulturist. There are even props such as fluffy toys (pretend animals) binoculars or stethoscopes to enhance their play!
Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Plan Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary also have special programs called Keeper for a Day and Vet for a Day in which children can go behind the scenes and learn about how things work. There is also another special school holiday program at Melbourne Zoo called Kids Go Wild.
Children with an interest in nature might also enjoy the Junior Ranger programs organised by both the City of Melbourne and Parks Victoria. To learn more check out these websites: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParksandActivities/Parks/Pages/JuniorRangers.aspx and http://juniorrangers.com.au/