Live animals are a great source of entertainment at all parties, for young and old! Younger children often are kept more interested in live animals longer than almost any other kind of party, and even adults enjoy it! Planning a party with live animals, or a petting zoo, is easier than you'd think: there are many venues and business' dedicated to helping you set it up and they will also supply the animals, rain or shine! The first thing to keep in mind when trying to set up a party with live animals is to make sure the business is certified, and has a license. As for safety, it's surprisingly easy to make sure everyone had a safe and fun time! Before and after the children handle the live animals, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly and keep any pacifiers, toys, food etc. away from the animal area during the party. Parties with live animals are typically about an hour long, especially for small children who could tire easily, but at the end of the day a fun time is had by all. Few party activities are more fascinating to very young children than live animals and petting zoos, so keep that in mind for your next party!