Here is everything you need to know about our excursion to National Zoo and Aquarium.
Where and what
The National Zoo and Aquarium! We will spend the morning at the zoo, checking out all the amazing animals and deciding which one is our favourite! We get to eat our morning tea while watching the monkeys on Monkey Island, and then see all the fish and sharks in the aquarium. On the bus back to GAP, we often find ourselves singing many animal songs after a such great outing!
Date as per our email to families.
Timings and Transport
Families arrange their own transport to drop off children at the Zoo. Here is a map to find the Zoo.
Please bring your child to the ticket booth at 9:15am, where one of the teachers will welcome you. If you are running late, please ring the GAP mobile on 0422 525 646.
The staff and children will return to the GAP by ACTION bus. We will leave the Zoo on ACTION Bus #81 at 12:15 pm. The bus drops us off on McCaughey Street in Turner. From there we walk 400m back to GAP, arriving at GAP by around 1:30pm. We resume our normal program there.
As usual with public buses, there are no seatbelts and children are required to remain seated while the bus is moving.
Pick up is at 3:30 at the GAP, as usual.
Excursion fees cover any tour guide or entry fees, and are added to your statement on the day of the excursion. This excursion is approximately $20 per child.
What to Bring
Please pack all your child’s belongings in one backpack or bag (clearly labeled with their name) that he/she can carry home on the bus by himself/herself. Please pack a morning tea (separate from lunch) which can easily be eaten at the Zoo (eg rice crackers or fruit; not yoghurt). Please keep in mind that we won’t have access to a refrigerator while on the excursion.
Accompanying staff and volunteers
There will be three or more GAP teachers/director supervising this excursion.
Parent volunteers are needed. No siblings are allowed on this excursion – volunteers will have their hands full with the GAP children.
We will maintain a 4:1 ratio of children:adults for this excursion. (A class of 22 children requires 6 adults.)
Please sign the Excursion Authorisation Signature Sheet when you drop off your child on the day of the excursion.
If we are running late returning to GAP, we will ring the Playschool management to let them know. In the highly unlikely event the bus has a break-down which would cause us to arrive at GAP after pick up time, the Playschool will notify parents directly.
We are looking forward to an exciting excursion!