Looking for a way to show your children just how amazing the world is—without straying too far from home? Plan a neighborhood safari with your family.

Neighborhood safaris are an easy way to inspire kids to explore the planet through its animals. Not only do they encourage kids to get creative, but they also teach kids about everything from habitats to the special role animals play in balancing our ecosystems.

Here’s how it works: Create a scene starring your children's favorite animals. Let their imaginations go wild (sorry—we had to say it) with sidewalk chalk sketches, original drawings or artwork, or these animal coloring pages. You can inspire younger children with these fun critter facts, or show older kids Nat Geo's encyclopedia of animals.