Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Hope Zoo summer night camp a hit

No internet, no problem: Ludo was the game of choice for this trio at the Mid-Summer Night Camp at the Hope Zoo Kingston on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

No internet, no problem: Ludo was the game of choice for this trio at the Mid-Summer Night Camp at the Hope Zoo Kingston on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The Mid-Summer’s Night Camp received rave reviews from families who converged on the lawns of Hope Zoo Kingston on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

“The kids really enjoyed being outdoors, being among their friends in the open, plus there were no electronics. I think it was very memorable for them and left a good impression on them,” noted Chava O’Sullivan.

Activities at the event included interactive dusk train tours through the zoo; lively karaoke competitions; traditional board games; tree-house movie showing for the kids; and storytelling around a campfire with s’mores.

Another parent, Jhanelle Simpson, said her children’s expectations for the event were met and surpassed with the engaging activities that also included sleeping overnight at the Zoo.

Seven-year-old Leigha Anderson and five-year-oldJaden Emery shared art supplies at the Mid-Summer Night Camp.

“Ever since I told them about night camp, they asked every single night when are we going. They were really excited and the children enjoyed all of the activities, especially the art and craft and bonfire, it was the first they ever roasted marshmallows and made s’mores,” she explained.

Simpson encouraged others to participate in the next night-camping experience held at the Hope Zoo Kingston.

“We don’t have a lot of outdoor experiences in Jamaica, so I would definitely recommend it as it is a good family event for parents and even couples,” she added.

Marketing and event manager at Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation, Patrice Levy said the organisation was excited to be providing a different source of entertainment for families. 

She said the Zoo hosted over 70 night campers.

“We are pleased to have been able to put together a programme where children were so engaged for hours and able to enjoy the outdoors in a way that they typically would not. We are looking forward to continuing to offer fresh ideas for family entertainment,” Levy added.

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