A popular edutainment company on the library and school program circuit, this teaching zoo will bring six “animal ambassadors” to your home for a 45-minute wildlife show. The birthday kid becomes the zookeeper’s assistant, holding each exotic creature—such as a cute African pygmy hedgehog, gentle albino lavender kingsnake, or creepy Vietnamese walking stick insect—as the show goes on. Programs are designed for children 6 years and older (minimum age of 3). Smaller groups of 10 to 15 children are recommended. Fees start at $250.