The Children’s Museum of Richmond was holding its annual fundraiser — the Carniball. This year’s theme was African Safari.
I might never be able to take my children on an African Safari, but I think they had a great experience at the Carniball. In fact, we had such a good time I wanted to share the fun with you. And what better way to share than with pictures.
Carniball goers were greeted with this living statue of the witch doctor.
Local vendors donated a large spread of food, including a buffet of Ethiopian fare. This cake by Cakes by Graham was a hit with my kids.
The children were amazed by the stilt walking safari adventurer.
The museum was filled with wild animals like this lion, tiger and zebra . . . oh my
The tiki hut was an oasis of beverages for weary parents.
The arts room offered several safari crafts including beads, binoculars and masks.
There was also plenty of authentic entertainment.
These drummers kept a steady beat throughout the night.
A local African dance troupe provided entertainment.
The children were so enthralled with the dancers that many were up on their feet imitating them.
My children sat still for two minutes before they were up dancing themselves.
To help raise money there was also a silent auction and a raffle. I didn’t win anything. 😦
All of the museum’s regular exhibits were open for the children to play at. At the end of the night, the kids each got a box with fliers from the sponsors, a souvenir cup and a animal hat.
It was definitely money well spent.