Jungle Party

Elin, like a lot of childen, loves animals so at the last minute I decided to take her to a jungle-themed party at our local Gymboree class. She was in rare form and was extremely excited to be at Gymboree for a special event. My iPhone pictures are less than stellar, but I want to document this experience because of how much fun she had.

When we got to the party, the kids had time to run around and play for a little bit before it was time to sit in a circle to see the animals. Elin normally would have been running around like crazy but she immediately knew something was up when she saw the Rubbermaid containers with holes poked in them and she danced around the containers asking me to open them. After some coaxing, I got her to sit a second in the circle but she popped up and remained standing for the rest of the circle time. She was so excited that she ran up next to the animal presenter and basically was his shadow for the evening. It was hard to get her to leave his side. He was obviously the coolest person in the room with all this boxes of animals.

The animal viewing started off tame with a turtle.


Then a really cute bunny. He was by far the cutest animal there and I wouldn’t have minded taking him home.


Next there was a Hedgehog.  His spikes were pretty cool and were not as prickly as expected. He hid his face because we were told he didn’t like getting held or petted, which is a shame since that is what the poor guy gets to do with this life.


Then there was an iguana. For some reason, this one made Elin giggle every time she petted him. I think she wasn’t expecting the texture of his skin and for some reason that made her laugh.


Then we meet a alligator named jaws. Elin liked checking out his eyes.


Then the big boa constrictor was brought out. I have to say I was not expecting to see an animal like this at a children’s event. A few people left the area because they were freaked out and some people were so amazed they took pictures of themselves holding him up around their necks. Think Britney Spears VMA performance circa 2001. Elin was not scared at all and petted him but she wasn’t as enthralled with him as the other animals.  She was also getting antsy though. I would have liked to hold him and check him out more, however I think holding him around my face and neck was a little out of my comfort zone.



She was dancing and hissing in this picture.


Then we petted a arctic fox but sadly I didn’t get any good photos. He was soft and seemed just like a dog.

Then we completed the evening with a painting craft.


Elin had such a great time and I’m so glad she is an animal lover like me.



  1. She looks like she had the greatest time! What a fun event We never went to any of the Gymboree parties when we were members but now I’m thinking we should have!

  2. How fun is this?! Sadie would have absolutely loved it! Looks like you guys had the best time 🙂

  3. oh man, how awesome! I want that for my next birthday party! The bunny IS so cute, I love his eyeshadow eyes. SO fun that there was a gator too. So cute that she was way too excited to sit. I bet Aria would be like that. Love animals. She’d want to give them all hugs though.

  4. Look at that brave girl touching everything! I think Cash would have loved something like this, too!

  5. Oh my goodness, how fun is that!! I wish we had a local Gymboree. Such a brave girl!!

  6. What a cool idea!! Although, I must admit that I’d be saying noa to the boa. I can’t handle snakes!!

  7. Oh my gosh!! What a fun little event! This has me curious how Mia would react… I’m pretty sure she would be afraid of the animals and wouldn’t want to touch them, but I could be wrong!

  8. Cool party! Mac would have LOVED something like that. What a neat idea!

  9. That looks like such a fun party! Callie would have loved that snake too and would have been right there hissing with Elin! I’m glad my kid isn’t the only one that would rather stand for an activity than sit in circle time! haha! 🙂