“There's something really special about animals and our relationships with them. And for children, who
are tactile anyway, being able to touch, hold and interact with
animals most of us only see from a distance is so meaningful and
FUN, for the kids and adults!
We've hired Animal Encounters for two birthday parties at our
house, and the kids are still talking about the experience. The
Connollys are knowledgeable and
so respectful and loving, not only
of their animals, but also of the children who get the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with
the exotic as well as domestic sweeties.
The Connollys keep both the
children and animals safe with
close supervision and careful
kid-friendly handling instructions, while at the same time allowing the children to find out what the skin of
a blue-tongued skink feels like or to feel the texture of a tarantula web,
or how soft a chinchilla is, or feed a sugar glider some mealyworms, or
all of the above!
It's a unique, wonderful and lasting
experience for your family and friends. We have a new birthday
tradition in our house, and it
involves Animal Encounters!”
“I recently had an animal encounter for my son's 3rd birthday. It could
not have been more perfect! The
kids absolutely loved the animals. Kim and John were wonderful!
They were very patient with all of the kids (and the adults too). They are so friendly and easy to work
with. This is such a fun and unique party idea, and a GREAT value! I
will absolutely book more parties,
and I HIGHLY recommend Animal Encounters!!!”
“They bring animals to your house! Awesome!
We had a birthday party for 10
kids, 5 - 6 years old. The kids were
thrilled to get to touch so many
cool animals from baby chinchillas
to a snake. Kim and John did an
excellent job - they are
knowledgeable, kind and fun.
The presentation was very hands-on, educational and exciting.
Everyone, including the parents,
had a blast. They really made our
kids' birthday party memorable.
They are very professional -
arrived early to set up, returned
calls and emails promptly,
answered questions and discussed the setup and location (our dining
They even brought out an alternate animal for us since they felt
one of our pick might not work well
in the space (they were right). The
rate is very reasonable and totally worth it. We were very happy with the experience and would recommend them to our friends.”
“I wanted to do something special
for my daughters 6th birthday but I also wanted it to be easy and fun
for me as well.
We invited families as well as
children her age. We had children from ages 3-11 and everyone had
an amazing time! The opportunity
to learn about, see and touch
animals from around the world is
an experience the kids are not going
to forget. My son, who is turning 12, asked if we could have them back
for his birthday as well. Thank you Kim and John for such a great experience!”
“Thanks for coming to our house today. You folks are great and we absolutely recommend you to others!"
Joe and Julie, Sammamish
PROGRAM RATES: (includes 1 hour show, setup, & clean-up)
ALL ENCOUNTER PACKAGES- $265 for one hour
15 children or less
Travel* .75/mile round trip
Set-up and clean-up is provided at no additional charge and does not cut into the duration of your event. Presenters arrive 15 minutes early for set up. Take down takes 15 minutes as well.
*Travel distance is calculated using Google Maps and will be based on a round trip from our new farm on Tiger Mountain (South of Issaquah) Zip 98027
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is due upon completion of the program.
For a PDF of our Encounters Terms and Conditions, click HERE
CHOOSE FROM ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS:
AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS - awesome creatures from down under:
Bennett's Wallaby, Sugar Glider, Blue Tongued Skink, Bearded Dragons, Frilled Lizard, Woma Python and others. 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! Best suited to ages 4 and up.
CUTE AND CUDDLY - soft and gentle animals kids love to handle:
Chinchillas, Rabbits, and Guinea Pigs! 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. Suitable for all ages, and especially recommended for younger groups. Age 2.5 and up.
CUTE AND SCALY - by popular demand and now are most popular program for kids 3 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, and an assortment of reptiles which may include: Ball Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Bearded Dragons, Blue Tongue Skink and more! A great program for ages 3 and up.
REPTILES AND MORE REPTILES - scaly creatures from around the world:
Animals may include: Ball Python, Savannah Monitor, Bearded Dragons, Corn Snake, Blue Tongued Skink, Kenyan Sand Boa, Frilled Lizard, Woma Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa and more. Most can be held- all can be touched. All animals are carefully presented in a gentle, non-threatening manner. Must be held indoors if temperature is below 55 degrees or temperature above 85 degrees.
BUGS! - fascinating creepers and crawlers:
Animals typically included are: Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Vinegaroon, Flat Rock Scorpions, Millipedes, Blue Death-feigning Beetles, Tanzanian Tailless Whipscorpions and others. Learn about adaptations, exoskeletons, defense mechanisms, and more! Many creatures can be held. See scorpions glow under a blacklight. An exciting and informative program-best suited to ages 3 and up. Must be held indoors if temperature is below 55 degrees or above 85 degrees.
REPTILES AND BUGS! - a great mix for both bug and reptile enthusiasts:
A great mix of interesting reptiles and invertebrates from around the world- most can be held. A fun and educational experience for ages 3 and up. Must be held indoors if temperature is below 55 degrees or above 85 degrees.
IMPORTANT STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW:
All programs can be provided indoors or outside (with some temperature restrictions and shade requirements- please see below) - 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.
NEW FOR 2018- BECAUSE OF WEATHER VARIABILITY- ALL ENCOUNTERS MUST HAVE AN INDOOR BACKUP IF THE PARTY IS PLANNED FOR OUTDOORS
We do not perform encounters in public parks unless an indoor space has been rented (No picnic shelters please). Parking must also be reserved for us on site.
Outdoor events must have shade (not provided) for 100% of the duration of the program. There must be enough shade for all the participants, the presenter, and all the animals.
NOTE: a typical 10x10 canopy will not be enough shade. A 10x20 will usually be enough.
All encounters booked must have an indoor backup location in case of extreme weather.
We typically arrive with folding soccer benches to seat 12, animal pens as needed, hand sanitizer, and of course, animals.
We request all participants wash or sanitize hands before and after handling animals.
For everyone's health and safety, guests displaying obvious signs of illness (runny nose, cough, sneezing, etc.) may need to “sit out” our portion of your event- entirely at the discretion of our presenter(s). We believe sick children (and adults) belong at home recuperating and not at public events where others (friends, classmates, etc.) would be needlessly exposed and hope you agree.
Any Encounter which includes reptiles, arthropods (bugs), or guinea pigs must be held indoors if the temperature is below 55 degrees.
All programs cannot be held outdoors if temperatures are above 85 degrees.
From time to time we have baby animals which can make for memorable experiences, we try to bring them along whenever we're able and the babies are up for it.
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.
Payment of deposit indicates acceptance of all terms listed above.
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