Kids & Family

We Dare You Not To Smile! This Might Be The Cutest Quarantine Event Yet

Joe Exotic has nothing on these pint-sized neighborhood zoo-keepers.

Now that signs of spring are popping up all over the country (including inside my medicine cabinet - thanks, Claritin!), families are eager to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. But with social distancing guidelines still very much in place, options of places to go and things to do are limited.

When Kelsey Jordan's young daughters kept asking her if they could go to the zoo, she eventually gave up trying to explain the quarantine to a four and two-year-old, and instead thought of another idea.

"I'm a school counselor, so in the summer, we do daily outings, with one day being the zoo," the Oregon, OH resident explained to Majically. "They are 4 and 2 and aren't understanding the quarantine, they think it's just vacation with mama lol! So I decided to recruit my neighbors to bring the zoo to them."

Jordan and a few other parents in their community decided to build a zoo on their front lawns with their kids' stuffed animals. Then, families took turns walking around and looking at the animals from a safe distance.

Jordan later shared photos of the zoo to Facebook with the following note: "What do you do when the weather is nice and want to get outside but the zoo is closed? Create your own neighborhood zoo!!!"

The photos showed the many different "exhibits" the children set up, including chalk drawings of 'aquariums' for the water-friendly animals to swim in and upside-down stacking crates used as cages to house some of the zoo's smaller creatures.

Some kids drew 'aquariums' to house fish and other water-friendly animals. Jaime Taylor/Facebook

Some of the families made signs and scribbled scientific facts about the animals on the sidewalk next to each 'exhibit' to educate visitors as they walked by. (For example, did you know that giraffes only sleep for five minutes per day? Apparently, it's true!)

Jordan said families were very careful to stay at least six feet apart from each other as they checked out the zoo. She even used the hashtags #EveryoneWasVERYSpacedOut #FartherApartThanTheGroceryStore in her social media posts to assure people they were being very cautious.

What a fun project for the community to do together while practicing social distancing. Perhaps we'll see more stuffed animal zoos popping up around the country soon!

Community Sets Up Social Distancing 'Zoo' For The Kids To Enjoy

Jaime Taylor thought of the idea after her kids kept asking her to go to the zoo.

How can you start something good?

This is a tough time for kids who can't quite understand why they can't be outside and playing with friends. Why not get together with your neighbors for some kind of yard-to-yard activity like these folks did. Preparing for the event will spark the childrens' imaginations and creativity, and give everyone a lighthearted moment to enjoy.

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