We recently attended a birthday party for a four-year-old boy at Outragehisss…Pets in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., which is close to the New Jersey border. Outragehisss…Pets offers birthday parties, live animal shows, and educational programs. What’s great about this birthday is that the kids actually learned something and got to have a close encounter with all sorts of interesting animals, all in the name of celebrating. Before you enter the room for the show, you can visit with the animals who are behind glass cages. The arctic foxes were curled up and sleeping, and Baby Boy enjoyed yelling to get the attention of the armadillos.
During the show, which lasts about an hour, my son got so excited to see some of the animals that I had to take him out of the room. At 18 months old, he does not really know about his inside voice. But the older kids behaved beautifully, and they pretty much got to pet each animal that the presenter put on display. Baby Boy, with the help of mamma guiding his hand, was able to pet a couple of the animals, too. The finale featured all the kids in the room holding up an enormous snake. Baby Boy was roaming the halls at that point, but I hear it was an amazing photo op for the guests, and the birthday boy was grinning from ear to ear.
After the show, guests were escorted to another room for refreshments and birthday cake. The birthday boy’s mom put out adorable signs around the food stations that said, “Don’t feed the animals.” She also dressed up the sandwiches (see below) to look like snakes. I offer kudos to the parents for providing cake and cookies but also lots of healthy options, such as fruit. With animals as your theme, there are lots of ways to get creative with the food. You can serve fruit in a watermelon carved to look like a shark or put eyes and tails on oranges, for example. I love the look of all these dessert and candy tables I’ve been seeing at kids’ parties lately, but if my son or niece eat anymore icing, they might turn into sugar. Once it’s in front of them, it’s hard to get it away from them. So, if you have healthy options that match your theme, all the better.
The kids played a couple of games, picked up their party favors, which included a wooden snake that has become one of Baby Boy’s favorite toys, and animal crackers, and we headed home. At two hours, it was the perfect amount of time for a kid’s party. It ended just before they all started to lose their minds. Baby Boy napped on the way there and on the way home, which was a gift for mamma and papa’. In conclusion, when the food is good and the party is educational and fun, then it’s a happy birthday for everyone.