Bundaberg Regional Libraries, the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre and Alexandra Park Zoo are teaming up to produce an online morning for kids in the community on Wednesday.
Due to restrictions around COVID-19, the team have had to think creatively about reaching out to families in the region.
As part of these plans, children will be invited to virtually visit Alexandra Park Zoo through a Facebook live chat on Wednesday, 20 May.
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the session would also encourage children to explore National Geographic Kids online.
“This is where you’ll discover more fun (and furry) animal facts about our planet’s incredible wildlife,” he said.
“From majestic mammals and soaring birds to super sea creatures and curious creepy crawlies – it’s an animal lover’s dream!”
This is all thanks to the Arts Bundaberg Family Outreach campaign #artsbundyathome helping families to stay connected to online and local services available during this pandemic.
Council’s Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said not only would the morning be a great learning opportunity for children, it would also show off the many wonderful things about Alexandra Park Zoo.
“The morning event will begin at 9.30am where staff are planning to set up in front of the dingo enclosure to broadcast live to families on the Libraries Facebook page,” he said.
“The broadcast will include a meet with our very popular dingo pair and chat with some of the zoo staff about what has been happening during the closure and when they will be reopening.
“You could even be virtually meeting some other interesting animals at the zoo, including a bearded dragon or a python.”
Cr Learmonth added later in the day an online reading of the One Book 1 Bundy story Wombat Stew would be accessible to view via the Libraries Facebook page.
He said other activities will be available online for families to be involved in throughout the day.
“There will be a dingo colouring in sheet that can be accessed on the Arts Bundaberg website and staff will also be encouraging children to draw one of the many exciting animals on the National Geographic Kids page,” Cr Learmonth said.
“The theme for this event is all about animals with the focus of getting children used to using the Libraries online resources.
“Our Moncrieff, Libraries and Zoo staff have done an amazing job at putting together such a fantastic event for the community and I implore everyone to tune in on Wednesday to find out more.”
Join the Bundaberg Regional Libraries Facebook page on Wednesday, 20 May from 9.30am to take part in the event.