What better place than the zoo to teach your kids about zoology?

It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean that learning has to take a hiatus until September rolls back around. If you’re headed to the zoo with your kids this year, take along an animal scavenger hunt to make the visit the most memorable yet.

One thing to love about this activity is that it’s so affordable! For starters, many major zoos offer completely free admission or family rates (Check out this list from Trekaroo of US zoos that are ALWAYS free).

Plus, we’ve found some great printable scavenger hunts for you to download, so you can get saving and get going. It’s as simple as packing up one of these easy-to-use scavenger hunts along with your sunscreen and sandwiches. Your kids will feel like real-life safari adventurers equipped with their pencils and official checklists!

Make sure to tailor the scavenger hunt to the age group of kids you will be taking along. Even toddlers and preschoolers can participate in this fun activity—so don’t rule them out! They can identify animals based on pictures or colors; let them match the animal on the page with the real-life one behind the cage, like in this hunt from blogger mommy Jenae.

Kids who are just starting school can learn basics about animals while sharpening their reading skills (try this one from Kindergarten teacher Jenny), while older kids will stay engaged for hours competing with each other to find the most “clues” (check out this one from blogger mommy Cheryl). Your kids will walk away with more than a bit of sun and dose of wonder—they’ll also engrain awesome biology information into those brains of theirs from real-life interaction with everything the zoo has to offer.

Undercover science lesson? You didn’t hear it from us.

Want to stock up on more scavenger hunt templates? Check out this Pinterest page for more free printables you and your kids will love.