ZOOVENTURES EXOTIC ANIMAL PARTY AT YOUR HOME OR VENUE for 8yrs +
(scroll down for info about our 'Zoom Parties')
Have your party from the comfort of home and we'll bring the animals to you! Hands-on fun and learning with our pets and exotic animals, and an experienced party host / animal wrangler.
Choose from 1 – 1.5 hours packed full of amazing animals and awesome activities at your home or venue. (30 minutes either side of booking for set-up and pack-up)
Please enquire for pricing with your address details. We will also need your preferred date, number in group, any specific animal interests, and age of birthday person. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good vehicle access required for unloading animals. If you have a steep or difficult driveway and no offstreet parking near your home, booking a community centre may be the best option.
Guest Numbers (including birthday child and siblings):
Where the birthday child is 8yrs or over: 12 children maximum (where there are younger children attending 10 guest maximum)
Small groups are fine too and mean more individual time with the animals.
Please respect our maximum guest numbers. Larger numbers compromise animal welfare which means the party will not proceed.
8 years is our recommended minimum age, and although we may sometimes be a little negotiable, please be aware that our animals are small, fragile, and expensive, and we require children to be quiet, calm, and gentle for an hour or more.
Organising your party
We find the best way to organise your 'at home' party is to have guests arrive at least 15 minutes before our start time – so everyone benefits from our introduction and animal rules. We provide the entertainment and then afterwards have your party food, cake and presents. We just need enough space to have guests sit in a circle on our mat with activities in the middle and small cages around the outside. A garage that we can drive up to is perfect, though lounges, playrooms, patios, under trees and even carports work! Keep in mind we have a lot to unload so leaving us a car park and avoiding lots of flights of stairs is always appreciated!
Parties are presented in an 'age appropriate' way with parties for older children and teenagers including more animal information but still lots of fun. We also do parties and events for grown-ups - everyone loves our animals!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS / ANIMAL WELFARE
For the welfare of our animals, we require party guests to follow basic instructions around the animals and remain reasonably CALM. This type of party is great fun for most children but will not suit those who have trouble sitting quietly for any length of time. Our parties are a unique and special experience for children because of their hands-on nature, and this requires adherence to maximum guest numbers, minimum ages, and appropriate behavior. We take the care and safety of our animals very seriously and will not allow rough handling.
ZOOVENTURES EXOTIC ANIMAL PARTY VIA ZOOM
Join Sally, our zoologist and zookeeper for a fun and engaging Zoom party. Lots of interaction and the opportunity for questions throughout. This is a great opportunity for family and friends from around the country and overseas to get together for a fun activity.
We've had grandparents vs. grandkids in mouse wheel races, greediest guinea pig competitions, and bearded dragon vs. mealworm! We've met all your family pets, and of course, there's been loads of 'show and tell' with awesome lizards, tortoises, chinchillas, bunnies, frogs, and so many more of our pets and exotic creatures. All live and interactive with Zoom - and the great thing about Zoom is it's easy to use, just click on a website link and enter a password - that's it!
Cost is $125 + gst ($143.75) for around an hour. Make it the main event or a special family catch up for extended whanau.
If you're new to Zoom, we'll do a quick test drive with you beforehand. It's super easy and we're finding even the 'elders' are picking it up very quickly. All that's needed is an internet connection. A camera on your computer means we can see you, but if you don't have one, you can still see all the animals and talk to us!
Are Animal Parties suitable for the under fives?
Pet Parties are most suitable for older children, teenagers and even adults.
Preschoolers do love animals, however we have very small and delicate creatures which combined with the unpredictable nature of very young children presents an animal welfare issue.
Keep in mind that this type of party involves being calm and quiet and will not suit all children.
Is it a petting zoo? Do you have farm animals?
ZooVentures is a super fun and engaging 'experience' for animal enthusiasts rather than bulk entertainment for very large party groups. ZooVentures is hands-on, with a big committment to animal welfare and education. Where we attend large events we have animals on display with interaction but no animals being held.
We have an awesome variety of small pets and exotic creatures like chinchilllas, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, rabbits, tortoises, guinea pigs, frogs, stick insects, small dogs, newts and more! No pigs and chickens though!
Is my child too old for a pet party?
As long as your child or teenager has an interest in animals, a ZooVenture Party is going to be great fun. We adjust how we present party activities according to age so that no-one feels 'babied'. Information about the different animals is age appropriate and we encourage lots of questions. The birthday person is encouraged to choose their own activities and have as much input as they like into their day. We can also go with a theme such as a 'Reptile Party' where we focus on the many lizards and turtles and other weird and wonderful creatures. We can also run animal care workshops for you.
Will the children learn about the animals or is it just 'fun'?
We love to share our knowledge and passion for animals with our party guests. We have an endless amount of fun facts about all our animal stars and can answer all your questions throughout the party. Your party can also be run 'workshop style' with an emphasis on pet care, reptile keeping, the animal kingdom, or whatever you choose.
Will it cost less for fewer children?
As we allocate the same time and resources to all parties, pricing remains the same. The big advantage is that smaller groups get more time with the animals and we can sometimes fit extra activities in.
Can I invite more than 12 guests?
Sorry, no. An Animal Party involves a variety of very special small pets and exotic creatures being available for a unique hands-on experience. The animals are small, delicate, some are rather expensive and all are very special. We have a responsibility to the animals to keep them safe and need to supervise all interactions as well as keeping noise levels under control. Large groups become very noisy and are too difficult for the party host to manage safely.
What do I need to do before my party?
If we are coming to you, please ensure there is a car park available near the entrance to your home or venue. We have a lot of cages and equipment to unload.
Please ensure payment is made in full prior to your event.
Will the children get bitten or scratched?
Our animals are all very tame and friendly and well behaved. Most are also fairly small and can be handled easily. We emphasise the importance of children listening to instructions and remaining calm as it is only if an animal is handled roughly that it may bite. Rabbits and lizards may be a little scratchy from time to time, so children have a cushion on their lap during their animal encounters. We maintain a high level of supervision throughout.
50% deposit to be paid upon booking and remainder payable at least 5 days prior to your event. Zoom events to be paid for in full within 3 days of booking and will not proceed without prior payment.
Cancellation: Cancellations received 4 weeks or more prior to the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations on the day due to illness will be rescheduled as soon as possible when a medical certificate is presented. All other cancellations will result in forfeiture of deposit. All attempts will be made to reschedule should circumstances be out of your control.