Tuesday, 10 March 2015

#zoolab Birthday Party

For my son’s sixth birthday I wanted something a bit different for the entertainment.  My son has a real interest in creatures so I thought a ZooLab party would really capture his attention.  You get a unique animal handling experience that is very educational and informative.  The one-hour session gave the children a chance to get close to a snake, cockroach, hermit crab, gerbils and a giant African land snail.  We also viewed a tarantula from inside its home rather than on the loose, phew!

Our presenter was entertaining; we definitely learnt some new things, like how cockroaches enjoy a diet of bat poo (yack!).  I felt very happy with the safety aspect; we had a large group of mainly lively five and six years olds but proper handling techniques were discussed (apparently fingers can look like mice to a snake!) and the washing of hands actively encouraged.  I made a point of handling the cockroach so the children could see there was nothing to be frightened about.

The children had plenty of time to meet each creature, if they felt brave they could handle them independently if not they could give them a gentle pat whilst the ZooLab ranger worked his way around the room.  It was lovely seeing the children asking lots of questions, children have such inquisitive minds and were keen to learn about the creepy crawlies they were being introduced too.  The ranger made an extra effort with the birthday boy himself, making sure he handled creatures first if he wanted too which I thought was nice. 

Children’s parties can be very stressful but with the right entertainment you can relax a little and ZooLab certainly gives you a helping hand!  ZooLab have rangers across the UK and you can either have them come to your house or a venue of your choice.  Don’t worry they do leave with all their creepy crawlies when the party ends!

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