Whether your little monkey is hog-wild for horses, bananas about bugs or crazy for cats, an animal-themed party is sure to please. We've got enough exciting games and activities to content the wildest bunch!
7 Great Ways to Decorate
Hang green streamers from the ceiling to create a rainforest.
Place stuffed animals in potted plants and suspend from chandeliers, ceiling and banisters.
Suspend craft cobwebs from lights and fixtures and affix plastic frogs, spiders and bugs. safety note: keep out of reach of babies and very young children.
Dress up safari-style with cargo pants and a broad-brimmed hat or in hiking gear - don't forget the binoculars!
Use construction paper to cut out animal footprints leading the way from the front door to the party room.
Buy animal-themed paper plates and cups at a party store.
Drape the sofa and chairs with faux-leopard fabric.
Fun For All
Enlist a teen to paint whiskers and little black noses on guests as they arrive.
Get the party hopping with a rousing game of leapfrog.
Send the kids "on safari" by hiding stuffed animals in the backyard or basement.
Paint a lion (or animal of your choice) on a large box and cut a wide hole for the mouth. Have kids "feed" the animal by tossing beanbags (socks filled with dried beans work, too) into the hole.
Present each party guest with an animal journal; have them record fun animal facts hidden around the house. Reward the player who unearths the most facts with a special party favor. tip: this game's great for kids aged 7 and up.
Play freeze-dance to a roaring tune like "We're the Monkeys" by The Monkeys or "Jane Jane (the chimpanzees are calling)" by Raffi.