As for what children should wear, the key to any zoo outfit is a pair of comfortable sneakers. A trip to the zoo is a lot of walking, and ill-fitting shoes will only make small kids fussier as time goes on. A sturdy pair of shoes will help keep everyone in a better mood. No matter the time of year, a rain poncho is also a good time. The zoo doesn’t shut down in the rain, and the animals will still be out and about in their enclosures. A poncho will allow kids to see animals in a new way, but stay dry all the same.
Seasonally speaking, a hat and sunglasses are essential during warm, sunny weather. Kids’ skin is especially sensitive to the sun, so it’s important to give them a little extra protection while they’re outside all day at the zoo. In cooler temperatures, it’s always a good idea to pack an extra jacket or sweatshirt, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. Remember, if you’re too hot, you can always take off a jacket or sweatshirt, but you’ll just be cold and miserable if you don’t bring one and end up cold. In fact, for especially young children, it’s not a bad idea to bring a whole extra outfit. Kids can unintentionally get pretty messy, so a spare shirt and pants could come in handy.