Every kiddo there was smiling and laughing and being entertained and interested for pretty much the whole 120 minutes--some of them longer, since they stayed as long as they could. What did they say when I asked them how they liked it? Well...
"My favorite part was learning about the animals and petting them. It was the best animal place I ever went to!"
"It was the best place on earth! Better than the zoo!"
"I liked it! It reminded me of Night at the Museum!"
|That gator was fierce!|
|REALLY fierce! ;)|
As far as the birthday packages go, you can check out everything that entails here. There are a couple of options that range from $150 (totally a deal considering I just spent $160 on a bowling party last week which wasn't nearly as fun, another museum in town starts at $175, and the zoo is about $300--yikes!). As I was saying, it's a great deal considering what you get--admission for 25 guests, all paper goods and decorations, a scavenger hunt, the pleasure of everything being prepared and put away for you, and 2 hours in the dining area. You can also add goody bags for all the kiddos and (the coolest part!) a live animal presentation. We learned about and got a chance to pet a box turtle, a baby desert tortoise (so cute!), a bearded dragon, a python, and a bunny. The live animal presentation was really cool. Loved it!
"I liked it a lot. It was such a fun birthday party!"
The photos tell the tale--all of these kids had a wonderful day. And that's what it's all about: the kids having fun, right? But the thing is, I'm pretty sure--no, I'm absolutely certain--that I had just as much or more fun than they had. Last night during an adult bible study, the teacher asked what kinds of things make us happy. I didn't say anything at that moment because a million things ran through my mind. So many things make me happy. Everything going better than planned--that makes me happy. Learning. Seeing my kids smile. Watching them laugh with their friends. Standing on a bridge overlooking the water. Discovering dragon flies with my littles while the wind blows a gentle breeze. Surrounding myself with God's amazing creation. Being able to spend time with people I love. Realizing that I'm living such an abundant life. And I had the opportunity to do all of those things and reflect on them and more last weekend. Pardon me if I get a little sappy, but you've got to really like a place that can inspire such joy. So do I recommend that my Tucsonan readers venture over to the Wildlife Museum for a birthday party or just to spend the day? I totally do!
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Special thanks to the wonderful people at the International Wildlife Museum for providing my bestie with a party discount to facilitate this post!