Animal Parties, FAQ, Packages and Prices

We provide the best animal parties around with a range of packages to choose from. We  bring a selection of weird and wonderful exotic animals  to your party whether it be at home or in a venue. You even get to choose the Animals which include meerkats, skunks, snakes, lizards, bugs and tarantulas. Set up takes only 10-20 minutes depending on your package.  We get the children to sit around our fake grass mat with the birthday child sitting the closest to the presenter so they can meet all of the animals FIRST! After a short introduction and health and safety talk the journey into the wild begins!! Each animal is introduced to the children in a fun, educational way and then the children will be able to get up close and touch, stroke, hold and feed animals. At the end we ask each child what their favourite animal was providing lots of shocks and surprises for parents. Then its the very important hand washing time with lovely warm soapy water ready for party food snacks or home time. Please see our packages and prices and FAQ at the bottom of the page.

  • FUN, ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL PARTY! A revelation in children’s party entertainment!
  • Please read our 15-tips-to-a-fantastic-party this should answer most of your queries and help to ensure you have a nice calm animal encounter experience for your childs very special and unique party.
  • Party extras to add on to our party packages. These include a range of party bags, pass the parcel and animal themed crafts. Please see our event extras page
  • DSB checked,
  • Defra Animal Transport Licence
  • Risk Assessment with £10m Public Liability Insurance
  • Qualified Zoologist with 10 years working in the animal field & experienced support worker for children, adults and elderly.

 

  • Discovery Packages
  • Standard 1 hour

    8 animals 3 mammals, 3 reptiles & 2 inverts

    Includes 10 children £3 per extra child (max 18)

     £145 Weekends £130 Weekdays 

     

    Deluxe 1 hour 15 minutes

    10 animals 4 mammals, 3 reptiles & 3 inverts

    Includes 10 children £3 per extra child (max 18)

    £170 Weekends £155 Weekdays

    Note; We send you and email 1 week prior to the party to request your animal choices. Please see the FAQ below for information on choosing animals

  • PACKAGE INCLUDES

    Downloadable Kimmys Party Invitations

  • Everyone is able to stroke, touch or hold the animals (dependent on animals chosen)
  • Animal Planet 1 hour 30 mins
  • £215 Weekends

    £195 Weekdays

  • Includes 10 Children £5 per extra child (Max 18)
  • 8 Animals 3 mammals, 3 reptiles & 2 Invertebrates

    Note; We send you and email 1 week prior to the party to request your animal choices

  • PACKAGE INCLUDES

    Downloadable Kimmys Party Invitations

    Animal Handler Certificates

    Animal themed party bag with 5 items 

    Birthday card from us

     

    Plus one of the following options:

    Animal themed party games

    Bush tucker Trials

    (See our FAQ below for games details)

  • Everyone is able to stroke, touch or hold the animals

  • Music Player/ PA System
  • Deadly 60 2 Hours
  •  £265 Weekends

    £245 Weekdays

  • Includes 10 Children £7 per extra child (Max 18)
  • 10 Animals 4 mammals, 4 reptiles & 2 Invertebrates

    Note; We send you and email 1 week prior to the party to request your animal choices

  • PACKAGE INCLUDES

    Downloadable Kimmys Party Invitations

    Animal Handler Certificates

    Animal themed party bag with 10 items or 1 single animal gift

    Birthday Card and Present from us

    Animal Crafts Table. One animal mask per child. Prize for the winning mask

    Guaranteed hand feeding of one of our mammals 

    Plus one of the following options:

    Animal themed party games

    Bushtucker Trials

    (See our FAQ below for games details)

  • Everyone is able to stroke, touch or hold the animals

    (Parties with over 18 children will be touch only except for the birthday child due to time restraints)

  • Hand gel provided
  • Music Player/ PA System

*Fuel is charged at 45p per mile from Ipswich IP2

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas do you cover?

We are based in Ipswich, Suffolk and will travel up to approximately 60 minutes from our base depending on the package you have chosen.

Please email us with your enquiry via our bookings page to see if we cover your area.

How does an animal party work?
We bring a variety of exotic animals to your home or venue. The children sit around a fake grass floor mat which we bring. After a quick health and safety talk the animal encounter begins! We do not require chairs unless adults wish to sit down. If adults wish to join in they must sit down with the children.

Each animal is introduced with some fun facts then the children get to touch, stroke hold or feed the animal with the birthday child going first of course!

After the encounter we give the children hand gel and ask each child what their favourite animal was (completing certificates if they are in your package). Children are then sent to wash hands.

The actual amount of handling and the presentation of the animals will vary by the age, number and behaviour of the children but generally we provide an educational fun encounter with facts about each animal and provide an opportunity for everyone to touch or hold each animal. Where time allows parents are welcomed and encouraged to join in with us.

Can I choose the animals?

Yes, your animal choices will be requested when we send your last email 1 week prior to your event date as follows:

  • For 8 animal packages choose 3 mammals, 3 reptiles and 2 invertebrates.
  • For 10 animal packages choose up to 4 mammals, 3 reptiles and 3 invertebrates.

Please remember although children like the fluffy ones the reptiles and bugs are just as fascinating. A variety enables the children to grow up without phobias of these animals and respect them instead of fear them. Once one child has held something 90% of the group will also hold it after seeing it will not bring any harm, just a great new experience.

In most cases we are able to bring your chosen animals however we will make changes if we feel any animals are not suitable for the age group, they are unable to attend due to circumstances beyond our control or due to weather conditions. If we are doing 2 bookings on that day we may have to pick a selection between both your choices as we only have so many animal carriers and space in the van. Generally people pick similar animals anyhow. You will be required to pick 4 reserve animals.

Do I need to book a venue/ can I have it outside?
No we can provide animal handling sessions in the comfort of your own home. We are able to set up in a living room or conservatory with children sitting around our mat which is around 1m x 2m.

Venues are recommended to allow enough space for the animal enclosures and for the presentation in general. We will require a confined room indoors such as a living room or hall you have booked. The children will sit around a mat (approx. 2 x 3m). We will also need space to put the animals, if there is not enough space in the room we are doing the encounter we will need a separate room with no access to anyone but the encounter team to put the animals to allow for their enclosures.

Please ensure the room/hall is heated (18-25 degrees) and is cleaned prior to the visit so there are no small objects, food or toxic plants on the floor.

 

We are not able to do animals outside due to the risk of escape, exposure to poisonous plants and as many of the mammals are nocturnal the sunlight can damage their eyes. Activities including games and crafts can be done outside weather permitting.

PLEASE EMAIL US A PICTURE OF THE PROPOSED ENCOUNTER AREA/ SEPARATE ROOM (IF YOU HAVE NOT BOOKED A HALL) 

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What games do you play and what are 'Bush Tucker Trials'?
Our games will vary by age group but all of the games are animal themed and chosen by the birthday child on the day. Our most popular games include ‘Musical Lily Pads’ (like musical chairs), ‘Beastly Bumps’ (like musical bumps), ‘Animal Charades’ (children are split into two teams, 1 team wins), ‘Hot Critters’ (like hot potatoe), ‘Safari Hunt’ (outdoors only: Person to find the most hidden animals wins) and more. The package includes around two games which may vary depending on the games chosen and the number of children playing.

You are able to add on the crafts table (animal planet only) or pass the animal (parcel) from our event extras page at an extra charge to do during the games part of your package if preferred.

Bush tucker trials are a series of four games lasting approximately 30 minutes which include putting their hands into a box of bugs to retrieve stars, eating edible bugs, holding a creepy crawly and playing pass the snake race (not a real one of course). The children will work in two teams. The winning team all win a prize.

What is the difference between a gift and party bags?

A single animal gift is one animal themed item instead of a party bag which may include; such as pom pom animals, animal felts, painting by numbers, foil art, activity book or a toy such as a soft toy, sand animals or something similar. Gift is chosen based on the age of the children and what is available at the time of the party.

The gift is perfect for parents who like to create their own party bags or prefer the children to have a present to take home.

An animal party bag contains various animal themed items based on the age group please see the event extras page for photos of an idea of the party bag contents. You are not able choose the contents as they change frequently but we only use high quality products and base them on the children ages. Children under the age of 3 are only able to have the single gift option for health and safety reasons.

What is the itinerary for each package?

Arrival Time

We will arrive 10-20 minutes prior to set up and bring the animals in. Try and get children to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time so everyone has arrived to start promptly.

Eating Time

We recommend feeding the children before the party especially for after school parties. If this is not possible and the children are likely to be hungry please get them to arrive 15-30 minutes early to have a snack and drink before we start.

Party Itinerary 

Below are approximate schedules for our party packages. They may be amended to suit parents individual requirements.

Discovery (1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes)  – Children to arrive at 15 minutes prior to start time

5 minutes – Safety Introduction

Standard 50 minutes, Deluxe 65 minutes-  Animal Encounter

5 minutes – Hand washing and debrief

 

Animal Planet (1 hour 30 minutes) – Children to arrive at 15 minutes prior to start time

50 minutes – Safety introduction and animal encounter then hand washing

20 minutes – Fill out certificates, play party games or bush tucker trials

10 minutes –  Debrief and hand out certificates & party bags (Party bags and certificates are given to the parent to hand out at the end of the party if they are having food after the animals)

 

Deadly 60 (2 hours)

20 minutes – Animal masks crafts table competition (this allows time for children who may be late to arrive and for glue to dry before the end of the party)

60 minutes – Safety introduction and animal encounter then hand washing

30 minutes – Party games or bush tucker trials (A 15 minute break for food and cake can be included in this time slot as we fill out certificates whilst the children are eating then play a game)

10 minutes –  Debrief and hand out certificates, party bags, prize for the winner of the mask competition and hand out birthday present and card (Party bags and certificates are given to the parent to hand out at the end of the party if they are having food after the animals)

How many children can I invite and do you have an age limit?

We have a 15 child maximum limit per show to ensure the safety and welfare of our animals and everyone involved in the encounter.

What if i want to invite more children? If you have more than 15 children you have two options; 1) Invite the rest of the children/class to arrive after the encounter has finished with your child’s closest friends/family where they can join in with food, games and other activities you have planned. 2)  You can split the larger group into two sessions so whilst one group eats the other half can do the animals and then swap over. You will need a separate room for us for this option so the animals are not surrounded by children and lots of noise. Example based on 20 children;

  1. 2 groups of 10 children in 2 x 30 minute sessions with 4 animals per group. The birthday child can sit in on both sessions so they can see all of the animals
  2. 2 groups of 10 children in 2 x 60 minute sessions with 8 animals per group. Birthday child can eat with the other children.

Parties are for age 4 and up we understand some children may be coming up to their 4th birthday which is fine. Any children/siblings under 4 will not be allowed to hold any animals but may be able to touch some under the supervision and with permission of a parent or guardian. Under 4’s must have constant supervision at all times and are not allowed to walk around during the show everyone must be seated!

Immuno-compromised children and adults are not aloud to touch any animals. Pregnant women must not touch reptiles.

 

Please read our 15 tips to a fantastic party at the top of the page for more information

How do I book and do you require a deposit?

Please send us an email via the contact page with your enquiry with the details we have specified. We  recommend you book 2 months in advance for weekend bookings and 1 month in advance for weekday bookings.

If you have passed the time limit please still contact us and we will try our best to find you a suitable time slot for your desired date.

We require a 50% deposit up to the value of £100 to secure your booking date and time within 7 days of receiving your confirmation email

Please pay via Bacs (online direct bank transfer) to our account. If this is unavailable to you we will take a cheque or cash as a deposit payment. All details for payment via Bacs and cheque are provided on the bottom of your invoice.

Your outstanding balance is due when you receive your last email from us 1 week prior to your event. Payment can be taken in the same form as above however a cheque will not be accepted unless you are an organisation. If Bacs is unavailable you must pay in cash when we arrive at the event.