Tips For a Fun Winter Kids Party with Reptiles Alive

6 Tips for a Fun & Easy Winter Kids Party with Reptiles Alive

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African savanna monitor lizard HannaSavanna all ready to head to a winter birthday party.

Although Spring is just around the corner, winter is not quite finished yet.  If your child has a birthday in the winter months, a Reptiles Alive party is a super-fun choice.  Here are tips to help make your party a wild success!

1. Book your show as early as possible.  Sometimes we are able to fit birthday shows in at the last minute, so contact us even if you party is the next day! However, the earlier you book with us, the more likely it is that your first choice of a date and time will be available in our schedule. You can easily book your Reptiles Alive show on our online booking page.

2. Plan your guest list.  Smaller groups are usually more fun for the birthday person, guests, and parents, especially with young children. A general suggestion is to invite the child’s age + 2. For example, at a 4 year old’s party, 6 guests would be invited. And a winter party usually means an indoor party, another reason to keep the guest list short. Of course a small guest list is not always possible, so we offer reptile party shows for small groups and big groups too!  See both options on our party page.

3. Anticipate the weather.  In the Washington DC area, even a tiny amount of snow can cause complete gridlock which can stop both guests and our animals from getting to the party.  At Reptiles Alive, we offer to refund or reschedule any show cancelled due to snow/ice.  It is a good idea to keep up with the weather forecast for the day of your show. If snow/ice is predicted, consider rescheduling for another date.

4. Plan the menu. Is this a cake and ice cream only party, or will you also be serving lunch, dinner, or even breakfast?  A great idea for a fun indoor activity is for guests to decorate their own cupcakes.  Pre-bake or buy plain iced cupcakes and then set out a cupcake fixins bar.  Since this is a reptile-themed party, edible reptile themed sprinkles and gummy worms (as snakes) can be offered along with other colorful fun toppings.

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These amazing cakes were at Reptiles Alive parties.

5. Plan fun indoor activities. Set up a big table as a coloring station with fresh crayons, plain white paper and reptile coloring pages printed from our kids page. Play indoor games that children already know and give the game a reptile twist.  Examples include “pin the tongue on the snake” or “a snake egg hunt.”  A whole list of fun activity ideas, craft projects, games, and more listed on our party ideas page.

6. Keep it simple.  Most parties need only last 2 hours.  Expect guests to arrive a bit late.  An example of a typical cake & ice cream (no main meal being served) party would be:

1-1:30 pm   Guest arrivals/Coloring table time/Easy game time

1:30-2:15 pm Reptiles Alive show

2:15-2:20 pm Wash Hands

2:20-2:45 pm Decorate cup cakes/Sing Happy Birthday/Eat cupcakes (or cake) and ice cream

2:45-3 pm Easy game/activity

3 pm  Guests depart

Have a few easy backup games at the ready in case guests finish activities more quickly than expected. And if you are lucky enough to have a nice day and a fenced in backyard, send the kids outside to play.

You are always welcome to contact Reptiles Alive for more kids party ideas and information – we are happy to help in any way to make your party a sssssuper ssssucess!

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Rockin’ReptileRachel delights two birthday girls with Elvis the king snake.

RA Welcomes 2017 With New Website

The new year promises to be another great one at Reptiles Alive LLC.

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Rockin’ReptileRachel rings in the new year at the First Night Winchester Festival

With the new year we are excited to introduce our new website!  Features include a great mobile layout, easier navigation, and a more streamlined online booking form.  When you are ready to book a show, just click anywhere it says “book a show” and you can bring Reptiles Alive to your next birthday party, school assembly, or any special event.

Our public events calendar page has also been upgraded and is filling up with tons of fun events.  More public events are being scheduled nearly every day for the upcoming spring, summer and fall, so be sure to check the public events page often.

Teachers and educators can use all of the great resource materials on our Teacher’s Page.

Moms and Dads hosting birthday parties can find party invitations, party games, and all kind of other kids party ideas on our Birthday Party Ideas page.

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Reptiles Alive birthday shows are great way to have wild party!

Kids can find coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles, mazes and more fun activities on our Kids Page.

And watch some pretty cool and sometimes funny RA videos on our Videos Page.

There are lots more pages with tons more material. We would love to hear any feedback you have concerning the new site.  Let us know about any glitches you find. Suggestions for content or future blog post topics are also very much appreciated.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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2016 Annual Wildlife Exhibitor Report

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Whoo HOO!  We celebrate our 20th anniversary of reptile education and herpetological fun this year!  And what a great year 2016 has been for us.

We presented a total of 760 educational shows to reach approximately 56,500 people between September 30, 2015 through October 1, 2016.  That is a heck of a lot of reptile education goin’ on!  Shows were presented at schools, summer camp programs,  libraries and all kinds of special events throughout the DC, MD, VA region.  More than half our shows were for repeat clients, some of whom have had Reptiles Alive visit every year for 20 years!

 

Delighted students meet CobraCaroline and some awesome RA animal friends at one of 760 shows we presented this year.

Delighted students meet CobraCaroline and some awesome RA animal friends at one of 760 shows we presented this year.

 

We added a new RA staff member this year.  Sarah Ritter (SafariSarah) joined our team in April and hit the ground running!  Her first shows for us included public events for the National Park Service at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the DC Department of Parks & Recreation.  She proved herself to be flexible, professional, and totally fun  – just the qualities RA wildlife educators need to have!

SafariSarah joined the RA staff as a wildlife educator in April.

SafariSarah joined the RA staff as a wildlife educator in April.

New animals added to our team include an adorable false map turtle and an even more adorable baby spiny softshell turtle.

The false map turtle was found in a Fairfax County, VA park pond – and false map turtles are not native to Fairfax VA.  So the senior park naturalist (who happens to be our weekend wildlife educator Tony Bulmer “TuataraTony”) removed the turtle and asked if RA could take him in.

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Our adorable new addition Atlas the false map turtle.

The spiny softshell turtle was found in an abandoned aquarium inside of a car.  He was taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia who determined he is healthy.  When they contacted us, we had room as we lost our spiny softshell last year, so we adopted him.  He is currently in quarantine, but look for him to star in shows starting in November.

Even MORE ADORABLE baby softshell turtle. Our newest RA team member!

Even MORE ADORABLE baby softshell turtle. Our newest RA team member!

Looking ahead to 2017 we see a sssuper future of even more herpetological fun!
See you later alligators!

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Tips to Protect You and Your Dog in Snake Season

snake-on-a-trailCobraCaroline recently spoke with Laura Cross at Vetstreet.com about how folks can help keep themselves and their dogs safe during a snake encounter.  Read the fantastic article here:

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/practical-tips-to-help-protect-you-and-your-dog-during-snake-season

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TESTIMONIALS

"It was fantastic and the whole party was into it. Tony was truly a wonderful educational presenter."

Rachel Karnes, Mom, Potomac Falls VA

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Rachel Karnes, Mom, Potomac Falls VA

"It was fantastic and the whole party was into it. Tony was truly a wonderful educational presenter."

"Thank you! The information provided to the kids was so educational and fun. I am a homeschool mom and the way the material was presented...

Patty Coote, Mom, Herndon VA

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Patty Coote, Mom, Herndon VA

"Thank you! The information provided to the kids was so educational and fun. I am a homeschool mom and the way the material was presented felt like we were at a fun event! The parents even remarked that they learned something. My son has a lifetime memory because of your program."

"Thank you for an incredible birthday party! All of the children had a wonderful experience. Caroline was so easy to work with and Tony did...

Marcie Blackstone, Mom, Clarksburg MD

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Marcie Blackstone, Mom, Clarksburg MD

"Thank you for an incredible birthday party! All of the children had a wonderful experience. Caroline was so easy to work with and Tony did a great job presenting to the kids!"

"Liz was great. She was prompt, organized, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Having her do the show in our home was effortless, entertaining, and overall a...

Tammy Berkon, Mom, Alexandria VA

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Tammy Berkon, Mom, Alexandria VA

"Liz was great. She was prompt, organized, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Having her do the show in our home was effortless, entertaining, and overall a wonderful experience for everyone!"

"I loved it so much. They teach you about the animals and you get to touch them! Rachel did a really wonderful job" 

Birthday girl and Mom, Chantilly VA

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Birthday girl and Mom, Chantilly VA

"I loved it so much. They teach you about the animals and you get to touch them! Rachel did a really wonderful job" 

"I am so glad we hired Reptiles Alive for my son's birthday. CobraCaroline and all her reptiles were a huge hit! All the kids loved...

Elizabeth Poppi, Mom, Reston VA

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Elizabeth Poppi, Mom, Reston VA

"I am so glad we hired Reptiles Alive for my son's birthday. CobraCaroline and all her reptiles were a huge hit! All the kids loved it! Even those who seemed a little reluctant were reaching out to pe the animals at the end. Caroline's energy and enthusiasm was contagious and we couldn't have asked for more!"

"The program was outstanding. Caroline was so knowledgeable and was able to teach the children at their level. She handled the animals very professionally and...

Joan L. Mancuso, Director Potomac Nursery School

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Joan L. Mancuso, Director Potomac Nursery School

"The program was outstanding. Caroline was so knowledgeable and was able to teach the children at their level. She handled the animals very professionally and the hands on experience for the children was well received. I would highly recommend this program--both for our age group (3-4 yr olds) and for elementary school children."
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