Educational Activities at Walt Disney World and Animal Kingdom Lodge – Guest Post
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One of the best resorts to stay in is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Not only does this deluxe resort offer breathtaking views of animals in a 43 acre wildlife preserve, there are numerous activities for children to enjoy.
In addition to Arusha Rock, there are the Sunset and Uzima savannas. Outside each savanna, there are Safari Guides. These cast members will help answer any of your child’s questions about the animals.
Another fun and unique activity for your child is an animal viewing with night vision goggles! It might be a little past your child’s bedtime, but it will be an experience they never forget! Between the hours of 9pm and 11pm, head to the Uzima Savanna Overlook. There, a cast member will show you how to properly put on the night vision goggles and help your child identify the different animals. The animals are very active at night, so this is a great time to see them!
Ever wanted to get up close with flamingos? Now is your chance! Listen to experts tell you all about the habits and feedings of flamingos at the Uzima Flamingo Pool.
If your child likes art activities, there are many to choose from at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Near the Uzima Springs Pool Deck, there are fun arts and crafts activities several times a week.
Over at the Jambo House, the floors are covered with medal medallions etched with African artwork. A fun activity for your children would be to participate in the daily activity of medallion rubbing. What a fun keepsake to bring back to school!
For children ages 13 and older, they can make their own beaded jewelry at Simba’s Clubhouse. A small fee does apply.
In the Sunset Lounge, you can learn to play an African instrument. After that, your children can test all of the animal knowledge they have soaked up by playing wildlife games with the Animal Kingdom Lodge animal experts.
At the Arusha Rock Fire Pit, you can gather around and listen to African Folktales before you head over to dance, shake and beat African instruments in the Primal Parade through the lobby of the resort.
Water and Games
After your child has become an animal expert, let them blow off some steam by splashing in the Uzima Springs Pool, which includes a slide, playground and child’s wading pool.
You also may want to challenge your child to a game at Pumba’s Fun and Games Arcade. Hey, it’s all about hand/eye coordination, right?
Hopefully, at the end of a fantastic trip at Walt Disney World and Animal Kingdom Lodge, your child will come home with a trip journal full of facts and stories of the African culture and animals he learned about! I think any teacher would be impressed!
Have you ever visited Walt Disney World during the school year? How do you make sure your child still learns while on vacation?