April 17, 2015

Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom Is A Must See + Local Monkey Ideas

A few weeks ago I got the amazing chance to head out to San Francisco on behalf of Disney/Pixar. One reason we were there was to screen Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom! I shared some fun pics and facts on social media during the trip, but other than that, I've had to zip my lips about Monkey Kingdom. Man is that hard when the film is SO good!!

I don't want to spoil anything for you, but Monkey Kingdom really is a movie that will grab your interest right from the beginning and leave you wanting to know more about Maya, Kip, and the other macaque monkeys living in the ancient ruins of South Asia.

There is a lot to learn from Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom. From how the "sophisticated cast system" of the macaque monkeys operates, to the daily challenges monkeys, and other animals in the wild face, to what it's like to be a monkey mom raising a monkey son in a wild Monkey Kingdom.

If you have kiddos like me, chances are they are going to be talking monkeys for days. Feed their curiosity and new love for monkeys with these local monkey ideas!

  • Take a trip to Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and really spend time learning about all the monkeys. Stop in the Lead Jungle where you will find species from South Asia where Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom was filmed. Swing through Hubbard Orangutan Forest and Hubbard Gorilla Valley to see them all in action both indoors and outdoors! (PS: I just got off the phone with the zoo and if you stop in the Old Gorilla Building look for the sulawesi-macaque monkeys from the same family as the ones in the film!!)
  • Head to the local library and explore monkey books, and find more monkey documentaries and films.
  • Plan a trip to the local grocery store and pick up a monkey feast of fruits and vegetables  for a snack. 
  • Stop by a local park and get your play on swinging from the monkey bars!
  • Spend a fun monkey day at home with this Monkey Kingdom Family Activity Pack filled with games, crafts, and more! There is also a Monkey Kingdom Educators Guide for the kids that want to learn even more, as well as teachers that want tools for their classroom.
  • Head to Pets Earth on Friday, April 17th from 5-7 PM for the chance to WIN tickets to see Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom and more!
I hope you are taking the family to see Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom and can't wait to hear what you think! Oh, and if you purchase tickets during opening week a donation will be made to Conservation International to help save monkey lives!

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