Can’t afford to take your kids on an African safari? Or maybe you're just looking for a fun way for them to learn about different parts of the world so they have a greater appreciation when you do book that trip. Well, last week I was introduced to a new website that solves either problem: Wonder Rotunda.
The website is an interactive educational tool for kids. After signing up—a year’s pass to the site is $45—kids create a personalized character and are given a brief tutorial by Mr. Wonder, who remains their tour guide throughout the rest of their animated “travels.”
So where can kids go? Not everywhere, but they can venture to the rainforest; Australia’s Kangaroo Island; Washington, D.C.; the Great Barrier Reef; the North Pole; and can even go on a safari in the Serengeti or take a rocket into space.
As you travel, you’re given lessons—learning, say, about the formation of the moon or what makes an animal a marsupial. There are a ton of other features on the site—take a tour! Who knows? Maybe it will inspire your child to become a globetrotter, or even a future A-List travel agent?
Joshua Pramis is an online associate editor at Travel + Leisure.