We have been members of the Philadelphia Zoo for years. Well, I don’t generally renew it right away, but I know this is our third annual membership and Kevin is not yet 7 years old. We usually go two to four times during a year, take a break for a few months, then join again. I love it. I’ve posted before about how memberships are a great way to explore local culture and it makes it easier to travel with a child with special needs.
Now I have another reason to love the Philadelphia Zoo–they have added a new section for kids and went out of their way to make it accessible for our kids. The new feature is called KidZooU, and it looks amazing! We are going in less than two weeks, I can’t wait to give you a full report on our trip.
Among the new features of this highly interactive exhibit KidZooU:
- family restrooms
- quiet spaces for kids to escape to if they need a break
- visual maps and schedules
- accessibility for all exhibits within KidZooU
- online social stories for parents to work with kids ahead of time
The goals of the exhibit are not just to have fun, but also to teach kids about conservation and making the world a better place. The Philadelphia Zoo partnered with leaders in special needs such at the CHOP Center for Autism Research to make this a complete multi-sensory exhibit that welcomes and includes everyone. I’m so excited, I wish it was open today! Stay tuned, we’re going next week and I’ll write it up afterwards.