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August 2014 — Head to the Zoo with Daniel Tiger!

By Krysanne Bryan, Educational Programs and Services Intern
We have reached the last full month of summer, and just like last August, it is necessary that children and their families find ways to spend as much time together enjoying themselves before they have to get back to the structure and routine that accompanies the fall months. That is why this year, I am once again encouraging you all to celebrate August's "Family Fun Month", a theme that looks at the bonds not only between parents and their children, but between siblings as well.


Family is especially important for Daniel Tiger in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe! His friends and family assist him on his many adventures and help him learn valuable life lessons in the process. The lessons taught to Daniel Tiger and his friends are about things many children can relate to such as sadness or being thankful. This coming August, children will be able to learn some new lessons with Daniel Tiger as he welcomes a new addition to his family – his little sister Margaret! Kids can watch Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood every weekday at 11am and 11:30am and on weekends at 9am on WHYY.


One of the best family fun adventures is a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. After an episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, kids may like the opportunity to spend time with another member of the "big-cat" family by taking a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo's new exhibit – the First Niagara Big Cat Falls. This exhibit gives different cats the ability to roam through their habitats as well as the habitats of other members of the family – smelling the different smells and experiencing the different conditions. In fact, children may even get the chance to see the newest editions to the exhibit, four newborn lion cubs born to Tajiri – the Zoo's four year old African lion. Not only is this a fun way for families to spend time with each other, but it's a great way to experience different animal families as well.


  • Big Cats: In Search of Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, and Tigers by Steve Bloom
    Author Steve Bloom chronicles his adventures traveling across different continents observing big cats in their natural habitats.

  • The New Baby by Mercer Mayer
    Little Critter is back with a new little sister. Children can read along as Little Critter navigates through his new little sister's emotions and finds his footing as a new big brother.

  • All Families Are Special by Norma Simon and Teresa Flavin
    Students share everything about their families and what makes them special when they learn that their new teacher is about to become a grandmother.

  • The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom and Guy Francis
    This fun and colorful book gives kids an insight to what shenanigans can happen at the zoo.

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