I wanted to include everyone for Sebastian’s birthday celebration so I decided to see if I could bring his party to school. Both his teachers and the school director were very supportive of my idea to bring in Whimz Live Animals Program to help celebrate Sebastian’s birthday. I hired them for a little less than an hour to bring in about a half dozen or so different little animals for the kids to learn about and explore in a small setting. After spending some time cropping the other kiddos out for the photos to post online (privacy issues), I’ve chosen some of my favorites. Sebastian loved the movements, sounds and textures of the different animals. I chose these photos not to highlight the animals, but Sebastian’s awesome interaction with them.
The Scottish rabbit looked more like a dog. Some of the kids were a bit afraid of this fellow, but Sebastian enjoyed petting his soft fur and holding him on his lap.
According to the Whimz lady, Tracey, guinea pigs are the perfect pet for little kids. They make lots of fun noises and love to eat greens all the time, so perfect for the kiddos to interact with, feed, and take care of. I think we will hold off on adding a furry family member to our home for the time being though.
The Chinchilla was the softest of the bunch and quite entertaining. He had his turn sitting on the shoulders and heads of many of us, jumping off into Tracey’s hands. The facial expressions on Sebastian’s face are priceless. I got to be a little dramatic too. After everyone touched this fluffy guy, he rolled over in his sand box to get nice and clean. Chinchilla’s can’t get wet or they will mold so they take their baths in the sand.
Monty the python was a big hit. Most of the kids were pretty interested in touching his soft, scaly skin. I remember holding a boa constrictor around my shoulders with a couple friends at 5th grade camp, so I thought I’d be prepared. Although he was fascinating and Sebastian’s loved checking him out, every time his mouth got closer to my son, the protective mama in me came out and I didn’t want his tongue sticking out anywhere near my boy.
The sugar gliders were quite a surprise. I thought they looked cute online but I had no idea the entertainment they would provide. Sebastian loved their squeals as they were woken up and anticipated what was inside the red sleeping pouch. The kids sat in awe as they gobbled up LIVE beetle larve, which Tracey called worms. To me they resembled the maggot family, so I was less than enthusiastic about this portion of the morning. Especially when she likened them to eating shrimp. Ewww.
For the rest of the fun photos, starring Sebastian and his new fuzzy, furry, scaly, shelled friends, please visit Whimz Kids Birthday Party on flickr.