Baby Bunny Garden (TM) : Alice in Bunnyland theme

Baby Bunny Garden (TM) : Alice in Bunnyland theme
Event on 2017-06-17 19:00:00
************************************************************************************************************************INTRODUCING OUR NEXT THEME:  "Alice in Bunnyland"Come see endangered rabbits and their baby bunnies & some super sweet rescue rabbits of different breeds.  Costumes/Dress up would be fun, but is not required. Follow the white rabbit into our Baby Bunny Garden, an almost magical place for "kids of all ages to come experience the joy of rabbits and learning hosted by the STEM Bunnies  nonprofit educational organization.  Come explore learning stations with the Alice in Bunnyland theme which is perfect for ALL AGES…who knew that rabbits were so cool??  Adults are guaranteed to find their inner kid here.  Keep a look out of the silly striped Cheshire bunny name Harley and play croquet in the queen's garden where you can paint the pretend roses red.  To help understand the theme, before you come watch the 1951 Disney movie  or read the book together as a family… Keep an eye out for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum! The intent of this activity is to advance the agricultural sciences through intracting with our staff and our rabbits…and the natural byproduct is a fun, bunny playdate and some quality time with your family or friends. **********************************************************VIP Tea Party Tickets: In addition to your entry ticket, puchase one of these to stay an extra 30 minutes and enjoy a tea party with dessert at the MAD HATTER's Tea Party.  **********************************************************  COME CREATE MEMORIES, TAKE PHOTOS & LEARN A TON!                    "Science in a cute fuzzy package"  www.stembunnies.com We provide "hands-on, minds on" learning talking as our guests learn all sorts of fun rabbit facts and get to visit with a  variety of bunny breeds and ages. Because our nonprofit works to preserves endangered heritage breeds, you'll see an amazing variety of colors and varieties plus some of our purebred rescues like Little John (a tiny floppy eared buddy), Oreo who has  velvet crushed fur, our mega fluffy Angora rabbits, to our gentle giants.   BABY BUNNIES!   We will be bringing out some American breed baby bunnies for you to SEE.  Sorry — they are too fragile for playing with you but they are super sweet so come use your science observation skills.  Please help manage your child's expectations about not touching them so they know in advance that they are not for petting or playing.  (FAQ: We breed only endangered heritage breed rabbits that are almost extinct, so we all need to work together to keep the babies safe). What will we do at the Bunny Garden?   The Bunny Garden is designed as a  fun, interctive learning experience.  You will be engaged with our volunteers and our bunnies while you learn about different breeds and about what makes a rabbit special.  You'll have some free time to go explore, spending some time touching and playing with rabbits, getting into pens with blankets on your laps and allowing the bunnies to interact with you.  Do not expect to have a bunny sit for very long on your lap — they are very active and won't likely be snuggling with anyone.  For safety,  guests will not be feeding the bunnies.  We intentionally keep the sessions small which helps ensure plenty of interaction while giving our bunnies just-enough stimulation and then giving them time to rest.   Stay and play some of our bunny-related  games and learning activities. Arrive at the beginning of the session for orientation and then you are invited to stay up to 1  1/2 hours in the Bunny Garden area.   We have created this opportunity for bunnies and our guests to come share this special time together, but not at the expense of the rabbits.  Thank you for recognizing that our bunnies are not here to be props for photos.  You'll no doubt get some AMAZINGLY cute photos without staging and setting them on your child's lap but only as the bunnies enjoy the interaction.No We Won't Try to Sell You a Rabbit!  STEM Bunnies was started because two years ago our founder Caleb Smith, who was nine at the time, found 362 rabbits available for sale online in the weeks after Easter.  Most of those people posting said they brought home a rabbit with good intentions, but then decided for a variety of reasons that they were simply done with their rabbit.  So our organization hosts these events to help educate the public about rabbits, to share our sweet bunnies with you, and to hopefully prevent impulse rabbit purchases.  We aim to allow you the fun without a ten year commitment and at the same time allow our bunnies the fun of interacting with you.  We are NOT a petting zoo.  And no, we don't have any other animals in our program besides rabbits.  We are an educational nonprofit that helps the public learn about agriculture and science while playing with our bunnies. Yes, we encourage fostering, getting rabbits from rescues and not buying a rabbit on impulseWe do educational activities year round, so ask about our Bunny Boot Camp.  Check Eventbrite for dates/times of this class. As a fun option, this class is the first step in becoming eligible to foster one of our adult rabbits in your home or in your classroom for up to 8 weeks.  We provide the training, cage, food, supplies and discovery worksheets to make  your rabbit experience successful and rewarding.  Then if you fall in love, we can talk about how to create a forever home for one or our rabbits or we can help connect you to a reputable breeder and introduce you to some super sweet rescue bunnies that we will keep in our program until they are adopted.  Bottom line: Please don't buy a rabbit on impulse.  Get trained, spend time with rabbits and then make an informed decision later.   Consider getting a rabbit from one of the amazing rabbit rescues in our area.Games:  We have several options available this spring at the Bunny Garden.There are lots fun activities planned at the garden including bunny hop sack races, the Queen of Hearts croquet  and other theme games.  Come ready for fun!  Every session is different based on the ages and interests of our guests. FAQs   Who can come? "Kids" of all ages are welcome!  If you are young at heart this event is for you.  Our target audience is PreK and older, but of course families are welcome to bring their babies.  We start each session wih a brief safety orientation that everyone attends together.  Children must be accompanied by responsible adults at all times to help us keep the bunnies and all the kids safe by following our rules.   Toddlers through 2nd grade must have a 1:1 adult ratio.  Please contact us to speak with us about special accommodations.  We will do our best to help make this event welcoming to all.  Thanks for making this event fun and relaxing for everyone.  GROUPS, CLASSES, SCOUTS, contact us to ask about special opportunties for you.   What can/can't I bring to the event?Do not bring any pets, bikes, or other items prohibited by Woodlake.To comply with public health best practices, please leave your food in the car.  If you have natural carrots (not baby carrots) or other treats you'd like to donate to the bunnies, please leave them at the check in area.  We will be pleased to share these with the bunnies during meal times in the right amounts.  If everyone gave the bunnies a carrot or fed them, their tummies would get upset.  Rabbits also can't see very well in front of their noses, so little fingers can easily be mistaken for a treat.  Help us keep everyone and our bunnies safe!May I take photos or video?  Yes of course — There will be plenty of awesome photo options.  Some rabbit stations are for observing, which help us learn how bunnies act.  Some  stations are for petting– the bunny is on a table and you are invited to touch their fur, say hello, take a photo.  Some stations are for playing!  That's where the real candid fun photos take place.   And there are some bunny related games that are fun for photos too.  Thank you for sharing your pictures on social media along with our STEM Bunnies name so that others can find us too.   To protect all guests, take only pictures of rabbits and only of your group.   No video of the educational program.Exception: We have designed a special bunny trail to be a fun memory-making time for guests to just enjoy time together, so we ask for no cameras in  this area.  PRESS:  Members of the press, please contact us in advance so that we may meet you and give you our press packet.  No commercial photography without expresed written consent. Professional Portait PhotograhyWe currently do not have a professional photographer/studio on site.  Email us if you're looking for a studio where our bunnies are visiting.   If you are booking  a photo session, ask if the STEM Bunnies are coming with their handlers.  Bunnies should not be used just as props.  Make sure your portrait photographer has an animal exhibit permit or exemption before booking to ensure they are compliant with Animal Welfare Laws. Endangered Rabbits? As members of the Livestock Conservancy, our program helps to preserve endangered heritage breeds, so we intentionally do not spay or neuter these rabbits when we have an arrangement for any babies that are born.   Several of the breeds in our program have less than 2000 left in the world are set for extinction without intentional plans to re-populate. These are not the rabbits in your backyard….it's an exotic display of many breeds, many of which are nearly extinct. We also have several rescue rabbits which allow you to see a wide variety of non-endangered breeds too.  Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?DO NOT CALL WOODLAKE NATURE CENTER.We are only renting their space, so contact us: STEMbunnies@gmail.com   952-888-9544   Is my registration/ticket transferrable?  What about bad weather?Sure!  We only have limited numbers each session so your slot may be filled by someone else. They need to sign the waiver at the check in area.  Sorry tickets are not refundable, nor may they be purchased on site.  If the weather is absolutely horrible like a downpour or thunderstorms, we will not host the Bunny Garden in the mud.   It's Minnesota, so dress for being OUTSIDE for 1.5  hours  Call 952-888-9544 1 hour prior to your scheduled time if you are concerned about the weather to find out if the session is cancelled; Your ticket will be honored at another session as arranged to keep numbers appropriate. Do I need to bring my printed e-ticket to the event?No. But you will need a ticket either printed or on your phone as proof of your registration and signing the waiver to get checked in.  Sorry but we are unable to  accept walk-ins.  Yes, We are Recruiting Volunteers for future events.  Contact us for more information.All volunteers must be screened and attend Bunny Boot Camp to be a volunteer.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?STEMbunnies@gmail.com   952-888-9544

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