We are always looking for fun overnight opportunities for the girls. While I LOVE camping, it is a ton of work and we can usually only manage 2-3 camping trips a year. This year we thought we'd try out a sleepover at a local reptile house. The girls were able to cover off some of their "Key to the Living World" programming as well as complete their "Saving Plants and Animals" interest badge. We also used this sleepover as a bridging opportunity matching up with a spark/brownie unit as well as a guide unit.
First up was some crafts and and arrival activities. We had a lot of kids and a lot of gear so it took awhile to get everyone arrived and settled. Luckily Reptilia has a ton of party rooms which were were able to quickly dump our stuff into and get right down to the fun. After everyone had arrived we went to the Reptilia theatre to watch the animal show. The girls got to see a wide range of animals - focusing mostly on Canadian turtles and reptiles. They loved getting to see the creatures up close and touch all of them.
After the show we went back to the party rooms for a quick snack and to get ready for the flashlight tour. Since many of the zoo's animals are most active at night our tour guide led us through the exhibits in the dark with just a flashlight. She pointed out all of the creatures and the girls got to see everything! Turtles, crocodiles, birds, snakes. It was so much fun!
After the night tour it was time for bed. The next morning went pretty quick as we had to be out of the zoo by the time it opened to the public. We had a ton of fun and will definitely be back!