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Children’s birthday parties have evolved into elaborate events. Parents have plenty of play spaces and party locations from which to choose. But parents looking to have an enjoyable and unique time at home in the backyard may want to consider throwing a petting zoo party for their youngsters.
A petting zoo party brings the magic of animals to your home. Kids tend to be in awe of animals of all different shapes and sizes, and a birthday party that showcases different creatures can be both fun and educational.
Many petting zoos feature common farm animals that have been socialized and have grown accustomed to being around young, boisterous children. These may be animals that were raised on a farm or spent most of their time living at nearby petting zoos. Petting zoo party packages may include ducks, chickens, goats, rabbits, and pigs. Depending on the package, some petting zoo companies will bring larger animals, such as llamas and ponies.
Many petting zoo parties will have the animals present for around an hour. This is usually enough time for kids to have fun and a short enough time to ensure animals do not become aggravated. Petting zoo parties are good for children of all ages, and they may even make an entertaining addition to parties catering primarily to adults. When throwing a petting zoo party for a youngster, it is important that the child and his or her friends truly love animals. This can make the party that much more fun.
Many different companies provide traveling petting zoos. Reputable organizations will have a license indicating that the animals have passed inspection and are properly cared for. The company should also carry full liability insurance in the event of an accident. Adults should be present to supervise and instruct children about the animals. Adults also must ensure that the kids wash up after petting all of the zoo animals.
Come time for dessert, serve a zoo-themed cake to add a little pizzazz to the party. When hiring a petting zoo, check with the company to find out if they bring along any extra items, such as bandanas, hay bales, horseshoes, and other costume or party favors. If not, look for such favors in local party stores.
Petting zoo animals are used to the sounds and activity of children and are a special addition to any party.