After more than a year of being closed for renovations, we were eager to check out The Children’s Zoo at The Bronx Zoo. I’ve been visiting The Bronx Zoo since I was a kid and The Children’s Zoo was always a favorite attraction. I love that I’m able to recreate some of my childhood memories with my son.
So while I hoped for some cool new exhibits, I secretly wished for our old favorites to remain untouched. And I am happy to say that I was not at all disappointed.
At first glance it doesn’t seem like much was done other than change the pathway through The Children’s Zoo. Our favorites like the prairie dog burrows, birds nest, tree slide and rabbit ears were all still there. But there were subtle updates that are certain to make memorable moments.
Like the little rope bridge along the main pathway. It’s perfect for kids of all ages to practice their balance. The Bamboo Forrest was also pretty cool. The petting zoo area has been renovated and it’s a great tactile experience. There are chickens just roaming around and you can feed the farm animals.
Norrin had a blast! And we will be sure to return throughout the year. I don’t have to worry about him wandering too far because there’s one way in and one way out. We talk about the animals and how to be gentle with them. We work on our reading skills – the signs are simple enough for him to read independently. I ask questions, he answers. Norrin can jump, climb, crawl and touch. The Children’s Zoo appeals to all of his sensory needs. And he has fun! That’s the most important thing.
Autism Mom Tip: Arrive at The Bronx Zoo a few minutes before opening and upon entering, head straight to The Children’s Zoo first thing so that your child can explore at their own pace before the Zoo gets too crowded.
Here are a few pictures from our morning at The Children’s Zoo.
For more information visit The Bronx Zoo.