Reptile expo party show
Recently we went to a massive reptile expo in centre of Melbourne, in Australia and the children’s activities included being able to hold the animals at the stand of a demonstrator. So we decided to try our hand with a kids reptile party show.
Kids birthday parties are a make and break affair. If the child and his friends have a good time, the event will be remembered for a lifetime. Failure can mean one of those many events consigned to the dustbin of forgettable events or expos that fade into distant memories.
To make sure that the birthday party is good one and trouble free one can do all sorts of things to make the day a success. Party food and decorations can be bought anywhere in Victoria and while do it on your own was the standard procedure for parents until recent times, this is no longer the case.
With the mega rich, famous and celebrities pioneered the use of entertainers for kids party shows, it didn’t take long for ordinary working class mums and dads to get in on the action.
Hired professionals sprung up all over the place to do hired party entertainment for all kinds of kids.
Many are professional entertainers in other fields, such as corporate team building, circuses, indoor play centres, mini golf, farm hands and the like, with weekend party entertainment being a mere extension of their overall way to earn a living.
Parents planning their kids parties in Melbourne, Victoria and all other parts of Australia can now hire all form and manner of entertainer to help make the day a more fun occasion. Even people in remote places have a range of alternative entertainers on offer, the only impediment being the cost of travel to get them to your venue. However a lot of entertainers subsidize travel as they view it as a kind of paid holiday.
For most parents the costs of hiring an entertainer is affordable and in the range of a few hundred dollars. The cost factor isn’t so daunting when one considers that if one does it oneself, there will be money spent on propos or whatever else a similar theme may be.
Of course, the big advantage of the hired people is that they do this kind of activity every day and so know exactly what works and what doesn’t. There is less chance that the kids will end up in tears!
Well that’s what is meant to be the case and what the professionals will tell you.
Another advantage of outsourcing the children’s activities and any planning that goes with it, is that the parents can concentrate more on making sure they enjoy the day as well.
Hired party entertainers are so common these days that they cover all kinds of entertainment offerings and activities. A kids party may have jumping castles, reptile party show entertainment, paintball, clowns, magicians, fairies, makeup artists and face painters, animals of all kinds, home bowling, sumo suit wrestling, jelly wrestling, dinosaur suit parties, rock and roll parties, limousine hire and more.
Of course it is often the case that parents get into these kinds of activities as well, so the entertainers often do adult parties as well, or even market their services directly at them via online business web directories and the like.
It’s important to read the fine print on websites and advertising material and ask relevant questions when booking your entertainer, as they are definitely not all the same.
In one recent example, we became aware of, a mum decided to hire reptiles with a wildlife handler for her kids party in Melbourne. She phone a few places that she found on the web and went with what she thought was the cheapest outfit. After all, every snake show must be much the same, or so she thought.
However she was very disappointed. The snake handler turned up at the correct time and place and all seemed OK, until he demanded an extra $200 before he started. The problem was that he now said he had a limit of 10 kids at a party and there were 20 there. Of course you can’t send 10 kids home and so the mum paid out the extra $20 per child.
The disappointment didn’t stop there. It got worse when the kids weren’t allowed to hold any of the animals. The excuses and justifications were many and included the following. For frogs it was claimed that acids in humans hands kill them. For lizards and turtles it was alleged they all had salmonella and were therefore unsafe for the kids to touch. And for the snakes, there was this claim that allowing them to hold the snakes may send the wrong message to the kids and that they’d go out into the bush and handle dangerous species and perhaps get bit.
For the kids it was like being shown a birthday cake and not being allowed to eat any.
In Melbourne the original kids reptile party show does let kids hold the animals. They also don’t limit the number of kids who attend or charge extra over and above a given number. However the relevant questions are often not asked and so many parents get a second-rate experience for their kids at a time when it is too late to reverse the decision.
There is another reason why the kids should always be allowed to handle the animals at their wildlife and reptile show parties. This is for the photo opportunities. For young children’s parties and especially for kids under the age of 5 years old, most kids will not have an independent recall of the event after a few short years. Therefore the photos taken on the day, do in effect become the memory of the event.
The mother who booked the dud reptile show later saw a reptile party at her friends place where all the kids got to handle the critters. When she related her experience to the snake man, he replied it was the sort of complaint he got regularly. However he also confirmed that the lies and justifications given to not allow the kids to hold the animals also lacked merit. After all, his frigs had been handled by kids with dry hands every day for more than 10 years and all remained alive and well!
Nothing makes for a better memory of a kids reptile party than when there are lots of photos of the children at the show holding the animals. Kids parties may be a brief and fleeting affair for the adults, especially for the parents of kids who attend, as opposed to the party child.
However for the birthday child and their family, it may literally be a once in a lifetime chance to give the special child a day to remember.
Did I mention that there is also an unmatched educational experience in letting kids handle the animals. No amount of time spent with a teacher and a whiteboard will ever match the level of education gained from a hands on educational experience.