Last time a shared the amazing unicorn and rainbow inspired dessert table from our Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party, and today I can’t wait to share the activities with you.
My daughter Maddie turned 10 last month and to celebrate we had a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party. If you’ve never read the books before you’ll love the story of how a little girl named Clover discovers the Magical Animal Adoption Agency in the woods one day and spends the summer volunteering there. The Agency is filled with magical animals like unicorns, magical kittens,invisiable puppies, and fairy horses.
For the party we thought it would be fun to recreate the Magical Animal Adoption Agency so that Maddie and her friends could adopt their own magical animals.
We made sure to invite the girls in plenty of time and let them know that if they had a chance to read the book before coming it would make the party even more fun.
As guests arrived we had a few little details from the book, like a garden gnome by the door who guards the agency at night.
Inside guest made their way past the amazing Unicorn and Rainbow Dessert Table in the dinning room and into the living room where we had our agency all set up.
We added some details from the book to the living room for the party, like Mr. Jam’s desk, and the wishing book.
In book one, Mr. Jams who runs the agency is called away on business and leaves Clover a note asking her to look after the agency while he’s gone, so we made a version of the note from the book and left it on his desk, along with some tea and cinnamon toast, which he’s always eating.
We also made a version of The Wishing Book, where people can come and leave their name and a request for a certain animal if it’s not at the agency. The next time the agency gets that particular magical animal, they’ll call anyone who’s requested it first.
And over the fireplace, more rainbows and unicorn sayings.
We turned a shelf in the living room into our pets cages where our friends could see them all and read about their magical qualities. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency website is amazing and has some great descriptions of the animals that we printed out and added to their cages.
For the party, everyone got to choose their own magical animal stuffie and then do different activities with them at different stations. The stuffies doubled as the party activity and take home favour.
Based on the books, here’s what we came up with for our magical animals.
We had some fire salamanders -in the book these little guys are fire-hot, heat loving salamanders. We found some at the dollar store and decorated their cage with some faux greens and rocks.
We also had Esmeralda the toad.
Next was one of my favourites, the fairy horses -these are fairy sized horses. We used play mobile horses for ours.
Next was the jeweled tortoise.
On the next row we had the magical kittens. Each had a different magical power -the first one could shoot lightning.
The second magical kitten could throw frost and freeze things.
The third magical kitten could do acrobatics.
We also had the unknown egg, the subject of the second book in the series. No one knows exactly what it contains, but it’s to be bedded with soft feathers.
Next came the dragons. There cages were quite stark because of the obvious dangers of fire. A bucket of water was near by.
Lastly there was an invisible unknown creature.
I picked up all the stuffies at different toy stores.
The party guests and the birthday girl all choose an animal to adopt. Everyone got a chance to fill out their adoption certificate for their new pet -you can find one here.
I set up various stations for the girls to visit with their pets around the kitchen and living room.
In the book, there is mention of all the special and different foods that the various animals eat, so I had fun making a centre piece of them in the kitchen.
The oats and the sugar beet biscuits are for the unicorns -we didn’t see any of those at our party, since they’re kept out in the stables.
The fairy horses like the oats and apples too, they’re served in thimbles for them.
The sugar cubes are for the fairy horses too, and the full moon beams are for polishing the unicorn horns.
The squashed flies (rolled up pieces of black tissue paper) are for the toad of course.
And the chilis are for the fire salamanders. The star dust and moon dust are also for polishing unicorn horns.
After the girls had their adoption certificates filled out it was time to take their pets to each station. The first one was to design a pet box.
We had some cardboard carry boxes that everyone could decorate with stickers and washi tape, and their new pets name.
This was a great first activity because the girls could use them as they visited all the other stations and put their goodies inside.
After the boxes were made the girls took their new pets to the make a collar station.
We had some pretty beads and cord and little cardboard tags where the girls could write their new pets names for their collars.
The next station was the washing room and grooming station. We picked up little nail brushes for them to brush their pets. And just like in the book, there were toothbrushes to groom the little fairy horses.
Everyone also got a rubber duckie and wash cloth and a little toy for their new pet to play with.
Next was the Vet Station, where the girls could give their pets a check up before taking them home.
Everyone also got a container of Magical Animal Vitamins (gourmet jellybeans) just like some of the animals in the book needed each day. For anything more serious there was the phone number for Dr. Nettie Nurtch, the magical veterinarian.
The final station was a spot to make your animals food. We set this one up outside near the sandbox, and put out some fun “ingredients”.
Everyone used a flower pot to make their own concoction.
I think there were more magic potions made than anything else.he end.
The glitter was a huge hit -of course.
The girls played outside and had a few fun adventures with their magical pets until it was dinner time. We had easy takeout pizza and veggies and dip. The real hit of dinner was the dessert table -you can read all about here if you missed it.
And then after dinner, the best activity ever -we got to Skype with Kallie George the Magical Animal Adoption Agency Books author!
Talking with Kallie was certainly the highlight of the party and such a special, special treat for Maddie. Kallie is the sweetest and we all loved hearing all about how she’d been writing since she was a little girl and what inspired the series. It was especially exciting and inspirational since she’s a fellow Canadian.
It truly was a magical party!
With a Magical Animal Adoption Agency in your living room, life really is a party!