Animal Entertainment for a Kids Party in New Jersey

by Kent Page McGroarty

Kids love interacting with animals. New Jersey parents can choose from a wide range of animal entertainment options within the state, ranging from the educational to the artistic. Engage animal entertainment providers who have up-to-date licenses for best results.

Petting Zoos

Petting zoos are popular options for children's parties. Happy Tales Pets ( bring the animals to you and offer hands-on time with goats, sheep, rabbits, ducks and chickens; more farm animals are available for an additional cost. Kafka Farms ( in Watchung offers petting zoo parties at the farm or your party venue. Cupcakes, ice cream, pizza, balloons, decorations and tableware can also be provided. In addition to sheep, goats and ponies, the farm's camel is available upon request. Hunter Brook Horse Farm ( in Howell is another petting zoo option that provides custom packages that can include DJs, karaoke or craft activities.

Pony Rides

Pony rides are available from Winding Brook Farm ( in Flemington. The pony handlers come to your venue dressed in western clothing and play traditional cowboy music. They also provide carrots and apples for children to feed to the ponies after the rides. Echo Lake Stables ( in Newfoundland is another pony party option that can include hayrides. Hunter Brook Horse Farm and Kafka Farm also offer pony rides in addition to their petting zoo packages.

Educational Entertainment

The Lizard Guys ( in Raritan provide live presentations of snakes, lizards, turtles, insects and frogs. The presenter explains where the animal comes from, what it eats, its life expectancy and other anecdotes. Rizzo's Reptile Discovery ( based at Budd Lake offers humorous live reptile presentations that include information on wildlife conservation and ways to help the environment. Animal Experiences ( is another educational entertainment option that serves all of New Jersey but is based in Rockland County, New York. Exotic animal presentations can include chinchillas, foxes, hedgehogs, wallabies and Flemish giant rabbits.

Puppets, Balloon Sculpting and Face Painting

Animal entertainment options that do not involve live animals include traveling animal puppet shows. For instance, Marcia the Musical Moose ( is a children's entertainer who dresses up as a singing moose that plays the guitar and conducts sing-a-longs and interacts with animal puppets. New Jersey Party Entertainment ( and Party Maniacs ( offer balloon sculpting and face painting options, and serve northern and central New Jersey.

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