By Shannon Hartley

Special to the Herald Review

Reed City — GT Norman Elementary School was the place to be last week for another great Family Fun Night. With a record breaking attendance of over 600 people, lines were out the gym and through the hallways. An exhibit from the Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo was the main attraction for the evening.

Kirk Elya and Claudia Hermann brought about a dozen of their exotic animals for the community to see. They were busy the whole evening interacting with the crowd, answering questions and bringing animals out of their cages for a closer look.

Kiki, a cockatoo, chatted the evening away while everyone made their way along the display of tanks with Madagascar cockroaches, an iguana, and snakes. Seymour, a very energetic Capuchin monkey, got a bunch of giggles as he stayed busy bouncing from cage to cage. Kirk escorted Oscar, an American alligator, out of his tank for a visit with those waiting in line.

Children also enjoyed a gym full of activities. Legos, wooden blocks, Lincoln logs and other toys put their imagination to work. It was fun for all ages, as many parents were right alongside their children building structures or assembling puzzles. It was definitely a busy night full of animals and fun for everyone, and right here close to home. Check out the Reed City Public School website for information on the next Family Fun Night.