My nephew just turned five and for his birthday party my sister booked the Lizard Wizard. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, this company comes out to your house or party location with a collection of reptiles for the guests to experience and learn about. As I mentioned, this was a party for a five year old boy…of course he loves spiders, snakes and bugs! I was a bit hesitant, though, but was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I actually had seeing and learning about these creatures. My little girl, on the other hand, was little miss adventurous! She couldn’t wait to hold a bug, touch a snake or grab a frog! I was quite proud of her! 🙂
To start things off, the kids got to hold some frogs. Some were small and sticky and some, like this guy, were large and slimy!
My daughter couldn’t wait to let the giant cockroach climb on her…(insert mother shudder here). Actually, this was a pretty popular, many of the kids wanted their chance to wear a cockroach brooch!
There were also several volunteers, including my sister and mother, who wanted to have a tarantula placed on their head. My 2 year old was eager to get close to this one because it was an “itsy bitsy spider.” Hmm, there’s not much itsy, or bitsy about him, methinks.
The kids got to see a few kinds of lizards and even a skink that would stick out his tongue and give a kiss. He was a lot of fun and I captured the best expressions on their faces in pictures!
Then came an array of snakes for everyone to hold. The boys loved this! I have lots of pictures with snakes wrapped around arms and fists and triumphant smiles. The girls are quite the opposite. All of those photos show frightened and repulsed expressions…yet they jumped right in there! This is one of the things I marveled at with this party. Everyone was involved and excited to learn and experience these creatures!
The Lizard Wizard team also set up a little petting zoo for the kids to interact with some frogs and turtles and even a baby alligator. They showcased a huge 45 lb turtle, Tonka, who quietly sat in his bucket while all the kids helped wash his shell. This was a brilliant idea! I can’t tell you how exciting it was for all of them to help clean the turtle.
Then came the pièce de résistance, Popcorn the python. Everyone was fascinated by this beautiful creature. Even I let them drape Popcorn around my shoulders, because, really, when do you ever get the chance to do that?
This was easily one of the best parties we’ve had. Every kid there was interested and having fun with the animals…even if they were a little scared! We had quite a range of ages, as well, and all enjoyed it. We got lots of positive feedback from the guests. The Lizard Wizards themselves were very professional and knowledgeable about every creature they exhibited. They were two young adults, but they did a fantastic job interacting with all of the children. You definitely get the sense that they love and respect all of their creatures. I can’t say enough good things about this party and I’m sure my sister will be hiring them again. If you have a chance to have a Lizard Wizard party or a similar company near you, please give it a try. You’ll probably be just as surprised as me and all the other squeamish mothers at our party, at how much fun you have!