A fun and educational live animal zoology presentation available for parties, schools, camps, scouts and special events in the Los Angeles, California area. We specialize in reptiles, amphibians, arthropods and other misunderstood but friendly critters.

Welcome to Kathy’s Critters!

Kathy’s Critters is a fun and educational live animal zoology presentation available for parties, schools, camps, scouts and special events in the Los Angeles, CA area.

We specialize in reptiles, amphibians, arthropods and other misunderstood but friendly critters. Our critters include snakes, lizards, salamanders, newts, frogs, toads, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, scorpions and tarantulas.

Kathy Burkholder has been performing with her Critters since 1993 and has thrilled, awed (and taught) hundreds of thousands of children and adults throughout Southern California. Kathy, or one of her staff, introduces each of the animals in a gentle and nurturing educational program. While edu-taining (educating and entertaining) the audience with wonderful bits of information on each animal, the presenter dispels myths about these animals and shows children of all ages how to respect and appreciate our “misunderstood” friends.

Birthday Parties: Invite some fun, excitement (and education) to your child’s special day!

Your child will be the center of attention as he or she shakes hands with a tarantula, caresses a cockroach, “trains” a stink beetle to “play dead” and “roll over”, becomes a habitat for a tree frog, gets kissed by a lizard, wears a snake necklace (or necktie) and much more.  He or she will be the “Zookeeper and Animal Handler for a day”.

The birthday child will carry the animals and show them off to his or her friends.  Everyone will get to touch, hold or pet most of the animals (if they so desire). Free toy souvenirs are included for the kids and the birthday child will receive a nice gift.

School Assemblies and Classroom visits: Enrich your natural sciences classes with a hands-on experience your students will remember! School assemblies are any group larger than one classroom.  Classroom presentations are usually around 30 +/- students.  Prices vary and depend on number of students, time desired (classrooms are generally about an hour and assemblies are 1 1/2 hours to take into account the time afterwards to come up and touch a few of the animals).

All presentations are structured according to grade level and can be adapted to a specific subject area such as “Amphibians and Reptiles” or “Insects, Arachnids and Other Arthropods”.

Teacher’s Workshops:  We can provide a workshop according to your special request.  Some workshops include:

  • How to care for your classroom critters
  • How to start an insect collection
  • Build a Butterfly and Wildlife Garden

Scouts and Camps: Earn your Scout Nature Badge with a hands-on reptiles or insects visit at your scout meeting or jamboree.  We also visit camps and other

Special Events, School Fairs, Family Reunion and Corporate Festivals, County Fairs: “Petting zoo” type set-up (booth and at least 4 tables with the animals on display) are recommended for larger festivities which include other events, entertainers and diversions going on at the same time.  The kids (and grown-ups) can come to the tables at their leisure and get to touch and hold most of the animals and ask questions.  There is a 2 hour minimum for the petting zoo set-up

Check out the other links to meet our critters and learn about the arthropods, amphibians, and reptiles who are the Stars of Kathy’s Shows! There are also fun activities you can do at home in the Bug Adventures and Cool Links sections.

Contact Kathy today for any questions or to inquire about an event.

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