Snake Birthday Party for our Seven Year Old

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Well, it’s birthday time again. Son #2 just turned 7! The first thing I did was order some animal themed plates, napkins, table cloths, candles and stickers. These particular items had a snake on them which really fit in well with the party theme… Snakes! Helpful hint: when planning for a 7 year old be careful not to buy anything too cutesy which can be tricky when it comes to animal favors.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of having a birthday party somewhere other than our house (like at the zoo or a bowling alley). This time we decided to have the party at a local nature center.

We rented a room for a couple of hours which included a nature center intern giving us a 45 minute demonstration including live animals, a nature walk, and time to look at the exhibits. Our son could choose from several themes: Snakes, Wildlife, Turtles and Frogs, and Dinosaurs. Since our family has a burgeoning interest in reptiles, I wasn’t surprised when he chose the Snake Demo.

It’s always a good idea to bring an activity or two to keep the guests busy while waiting for everybody to arrive. Our wonderful nature center has a room full of craft tools, including scissors, crayons and glue. Of course, we could have easily brought our own, if necessary. I chose four different snake activities from a fantastic website for kids’ activities and crafts. We chose a heart snake, spiral snake, snake maze and snake anagram. I rolled the four pages up like a scroll and tied it shut with some gift ribbon. Most of the boys came in and actually sat quietly to do the crafts. Amazing!

After everybody arrived, The intern brought out some amazing snake artifacts and live reptiles. We saw a Corn snake, King snake and a Blue-tongued skink, to name a few. Everybody was permitted to pet the animals. As the birthday boy, our son even helped with the demo by holding the King snake. He was thrilled and it made him feel very special. Then we went on a short nature walk. We didn’t see much wildlife, as could be predicted when 15 little boys are traipsing through the woods. Anything living had sufficient warning and hid way before we could have seen them. After the nature walk, it was off to the exhibit hall to view the venomous snakes that hadn’t been a part of the hands on demonstration (for obvious reasons). The center houses most of the venomous snakes indigenous to the area, but my personal favorite was the baby sea turtle they had recently rescued. So cute!

Finally, it was back to the room for cupcakes and ice cream cups. I want to reiterate how much easier it is to bring cupcakes and ice cream cups to a party like this. Just plop the cupcake and ice cream cup on a plate and serve to the hungry guests. Piece of cake! No! Easier than a piece of cake!!!

After cake it was time to open gifts. To finish out the party we played a simple game akin to hot potato and musical chairs combined. We played music while the kids passed around a rubber snake. Each time the music stopped the kid holding the snake would get their treat bag. The kids loved it! It also helped to pass the little time left at the end of the party when kids go totally wild. You know what I mean!

In the end, a good time was had by all. Son #2 made a lot of good memories for the beginning of his 7th year.

Published on March 27th, 2007 - 4 Comments
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  1. That sounds like a lot of fun! I hope that my wife and I can come up with good ideas like these when we have children.

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Mar 27th 2007 @ 11:46 am
  2. I reminisce about my birthday parties when I was younger. My parents didn’t have much money, but they made it work. We always had cake and some games, but nothing overboard. They didn’t try to put on a show of wealth, ever, and I think I’d like to have the same type of parties for our kids, when the time comes.

    Comment by Clever Dude — Mar 28th 2007 @ 10:44 am
  3. What a great idea, to have it at a nature park. I’d never have thought to check there for a party.

    Here via CoFL

    Comment by Kerri — Apr 1st 2007 @ 11:30 pm
  4. What are ice cream cups?!?

    Comment by Amy — Jul 27th 2008 @ 11:06 pm

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