On May 16, 18 zoos across the country will partner with KIND Snacks and online retailer Zulily to put on a gigantic Kindness Safari that takes kids around America’s best zoos to perform sweet little acts of kindness for their animal friends.
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