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Silly Safaris Brings Summer Reading Program to Life

Silly Safaris - Tortoise and HareJungle John visited the Westfield Public Library this week, with his animal friends. Each summer, animal entertainers visit the library to share their amazing animals with the children of Westfield. Silly Safaris has several different types of shows, and this was my favorite so far.

The show was focused on reading and the Fizz, Boom, Pop theme of the summer program. There was an albino rabbit named Bunnicula from one of my favorite children’s books. But, she didn’t come alone! Her tortoise friend came along, to add another story line for the kids.

Each animal he featured shared something with books the kids can get excited to read this summer. Maybe now I can get my kids to read Bunnicula, after Jungle John has peaked their interest in vampire bunnies. I’m also going to try getting my youngest into Harriet the Spy.

Silly Safaris OwlShe absolutely adored Harriet, the baby owl — she was so soft. After the performance, kids were invited to touch the animals if they wanted. My kids avoided the giant bug but couldn’t get enough of the owl, rabbit, and snake. We even had the chance to feed the owl.

Yeah, my little girl stepped right up and placed a mouse in her beak. That was a definite learning experience! We’ll take our family fun with a side of education, please.

Animals will be back in the library again in July, with Indiana Jim and Snakehead Ed. And check the Cool Creek Park schedule for more Silly Safaris in Westfield!