Our ENCOUNTERS programs are themed to connect with the interests of your group and are a perfect fit for birthday parties, libraries, preschools, senior centers, clubs and scout troops. These are presented "show-and-tell" style: animals are brought out one at a time, we present age-appropriate interesting facts about the animal, and kids get a chance to touch and (usually) hold each animal. Choose from one of our standard programs or create your own from our "a la carte" list where you select your favorites from our many animal friends.
PROGRAM RATES (includes 1hr show, setup, breakdown and cleanup):
Additional Half Hour (each)$70
Additional Animals$15-$40 (will be discussed during booking)
Travel distance is calculated using Google Maps and is based on a round trip from Redmond (Zip 98053).
Note: program pricing reflects small group size (15 children or less). Ideal party size for young children is 12 or less for an hour's program. Larger groups are welcome, however an additional charge may be required to cover the cost of extra labor. We recommend you consider adding time if your group is large.
CHOOSE FROM ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS-
AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS- awesome creatures from down under:
Bennett's Wallaby, Sugar Gliders, Blue Tongued Skink, Bearded Dragons, Frilled Lizard, Woma Pythons. Learn about habitat, diet and conservation while handling and holding amazing animals. Children can visit our wallaby in her pen for a hands-on experience!
CUTE AND CUDDLY- soft and gentle animals kids love to handle:
Chinchillas, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and a choice between Ferrets (our ferrets love to be walked on leashes!) or a wallaby. We bring our unique Bunny Bags- soft fleece cuddle bags to cradle each animal for petting fun. At least one animal per child. Our most popular program for young children, we provide plenty of animal-handling guidance and age-appropriate information.
JUST THE BUNNIES, PLEASE- everyone LOVES baby bunnies:
10 or more delightful baby bunnies from several varieties such as Mini Rex, Netherland Dwarf, Belgian Hare, Jersey Wooly, Lionhead and more. At least one per child! We bring our unique Bunny Bags. Another great program for all ages
CUTE AND SCALY- by popular demand and now are most popular program for kids 6 and up! We start with a half-hour of cuddly creatures, then clean hands and switch to easy to handle, docile reptiles for the second half-hour:
Bunnies, Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs, Ball Python, Kenyan Sand Boa, Bearded Dragons, Blue Tongue Skinks and more! A great program for ages 5 and up, featuring many of the animals from our Cute and Cuddly and reptile programs.
REPTILES AND MORE REPTILES- scaly creatures from around the world:
Ball Python, Savannah Monitors, Bearded Dragons, Corn Snake, Blue Tongued Skink, Kenyan Sand Boa, Frilled Lizard, Woma Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Calabar Burrowing Python and more. Most can be held- all can be touched. Savannah monitors can be walked on leashes (weather permitting). All animals are carefully presented in a gentle, non-threatening manner.
BUGS!- fascinating creepers and crawlers:
Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula, Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula, Starburst Baboon Tarantula, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Vinegaroon, Emperor Scorpion, African Giant Tropical Millipedes, Blue Death-feigning Beetles, Tanzanian Tailless Whipscorpions, Texas Redhead Centipede. Learn about adaptations, exoskeletons, defense mechanisms, and more! Many creatures can be held. See scorpions glow under a blacklight. An exciting and informative program!
REPTILES AND BUGS!:
Ball Python, Kenyan Sand Boa, Bearded Dragons, Blue Tongued Skink, Emperor Scorpion, African Tropical Giant Millipedes, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Texas Redhead Centipede, Rose-haired Tarantula. Lots of interesting animals from around the world- many can be held. A fun and educational experience! DON'T SEE EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR? CONTACT US TO CREATE A CUSTOM PROGRAM!
IMPORTANT STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW:
All programs can be provided indoors or outside- we've set up in barns, garages, driveways, classrooms, churches and backyards. When you book with us, we'll discuss the particulars of your location and let you know what, if any, accommodations we may need. For example, in colder weather we'll request you provide access to electrical outlets so we can keep our animals warm. We typically arrive with folding soccer benches to seat the number of children expected, animal pens as needed, hand sanitizer, and of course, animals. If rain is expected, or temperatures are in the 50's or below, some animals (reptiles in particular) will need to be shown inside. A tent is available to shelter the animals and presenter as needed.
From time to time we have baby animals which can make for memorable
bottle-feeding (or dropper-feeding) experiences- we try to bring them
along whenever we're able and the babies are up for it.
We request all participants sanitize hands before and after handling animals for the health and safety of our animals and your humans.
Any person who intentionally taunts or abuses an animal and continues to do so after being corrected will need to be removed from the presentation- this is extremely rare but important for the welfare of our animals and the enjoyment of all participants.
We reserve the right to make "day of event" decisions regarding the animals we bring- once in a while we determine that an animal is not up for handling on a particular day. In such events, we will make every effort to provide you with a replacement animal of your choice. At times, we will have multiple events booked in a single day. In such cases, additional time availability may be reduced.
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