Upon arriving, kids will get an activity book that guides them all around the zoo on a fun scavenger hunt to interact with animals. Some of the Kindness Safari tasks include writing a note to your favorite animal's zookeeper and giving someone you love a "bear" hug. Kids will also be given flowers as they leave the zoos to pass on to someone else as a random act of kindness.
"This is our way of inspiring parents and kids to do kind things," Sonja Hagen-Cole, who is a mom and also director of partnerships for KIND Snacks, says. "We see that the world can become a better place, one small act at a time."
Hagen-Cole says they are anticipating a huge turnout for the event — more than 40,000 people across the U.S. Here are the 18 participating zoos.
Austin, Texas: Austin Zoo
Boston, Massachusetts: Franklin Park Zoo
Chicago, Illinois: Lincoln Park Zoo
Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati Zoo
Dallas, Texas: Dallas Zoo
DC/Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Denver, Colorado: Denver Zoo
Detroit, Michigan: Detroit Zoological Society
Houston, Texas: Houston Zoo
Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Miami, Florida: Zoo Miami
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Como Zoo
New York City, New York: Bronx Zoo
San Francisco, California: San Francisco Zoo
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Zoo
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Elmwood Park Zoo
Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix Park Zoo
Seattle, Washington: Woodland Park Zoo
Tampa/Orlando, Florida: Lowry Park Zoo
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