Planning the reptile party

Of all the party shows that kids can see it is safe to say that none beats a reptile party display. Kids parties are not always easy to plan, but when you get the mobile zoo or reptile display to come along, most of the work is done for you.
The displayer usually comes at the start of the event and takes little if any time to get ready to start. The animals come out of the boxes and are usually talked about before beging passed around. As a rule at a good reptile party, the kids will be able to handle the animals and without any serious risk. While bites are a theoretical hazard, these are rare and if they do occur the usual outcome is little more than a scream and a bit of blood. That in itself is not a rare event at a noisy kids party. As snakes are deaf, no amount of noise will spook them out and for what it's worth lizards don;t seem to be alarmed by excessive amounts of noise either. Crocs, birds and possums are another story however and they generally like it quiet. With this in mind, what animals you get in should be determined by the level of noise you expect. There is a variety of options available, ranging from boring static displays, hands off reptile shows, best described as the show and tell style of performance and then the full-blown hands on reptile incursions. In Melbourne, only one company does the latter kind of show, so it pays to look around before spending up on the reptile display. As a word of warning, they are a bit dearer than jumping castles and the like and so you may wish to check pricing as well. Some outfits charge per head and can be very expensive if you have a large goup of kids at the party, whereas a few others are casual on numbers and charge a flat rate per party. Then there is the issue of location. Melbourne-based outfits charge much the same rate anywhere in the city, whereas others charge trabel rates and this makes prices widely divergent and depending on where you live. For example if you live in Geelong, you may find a local company can do a reptile show for a lot less than someone from Melbourne's east. Across Victoria you will find someone ready willing and able to come to your place to do a reptile party show, including anywhere in Melbourne. Kids will always enjoy the occasion. However if you are in a rural place, it may be prohibitively expensive. As for venues, these kinds of parties can be done indoors or out, but the general preference is inside or at least out of the weather. There is nothing worse than a reptile party outdoors and in the rain. However it's worth remembering that if the weather is nice and it's not too hot, under a shadty tree in the garden is a perfectly reasonable place to do a reptile show for a kids birthday event. Also it's worth noting that some foods and disinfectants may be toxic to animals and so it is usually best to do the reptile show before the feeding of the kids. This is not a mandatory situation, but rather one that common sense suggests. If in doubt, as questions before the educator comes to your place and as a rule, all will run smoothly.