Squawk & Play™
The Bird World provides an endless opportunity to become informed and educated. As hosts for so many varieties of parrots, we constantly work to broaden our knowledge, and in turn, want to share that information with our patrons. Since 2015 the San Francisco Bird Hotel hosted a number of successful events. We meet for our Squawk & Play™ events every last Saturday of the month from March to September. We offer a blend of activities for the afternoon. We have toy building materials, we paint, we draw, we just socialize , we forge friendships and we just have fun! We try to schedule educational talks whenever possible. For 2021 we have a number of new events in our Squawk & Play event series and invite everyone interested to socialize creatively.
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We have our usual display of toy making materials and other opportunities to dive into different handicrafts.
There will be a pricelist for every finished toy or other creation.
We had a blast all year long (2022) with our parties and we are proud to have created a social platform where bird people can meet, build toys, create friendships, have fun, and talk "bird"!
We look forward to a FUN, feather-flying series in 2023 with a few soaring events already in the works for our ever
growing flock of bird-loving friends.
Until 2022 our events were every month from March to September but because of the steady growth of the Bird Hotel we are simply running out of space and the organization of the events became very time consuming and difficult.
For 2023 we have decided to only have three big parties a year.
We always start at 1:00 p.m. and are typically potluck style while we provide the beverages.
Saturday April 29 " La fiesta Mexicana"
Saturday July 29 (Hawaiian party)
Saturday September 30 (details will follow)
We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Your San Francisco Bird Hotel Team
Squawk & Play
Saturday September 30 @ 1 pm
Let's go to our last party of the year, our traditional Oktoberfest !
We have our usual potluck with Bratwurst and Kartoffelsalat !
Instead of a Tiki bar we will have beer, wine and sodas, and
we have our usual spread of toy making materials.
We hope to see you all again!
Squawk & Play July 29 "Hawaiian Party"
Now, that was a party! Little did we know what the turn out will be, but with close to 50 people gathering there is no doubt that this was the place to go. Birds and humans enjoyed the Hawaiian theme very much and our Tiki bar and the fabulous spread of foods did hit the spot.
Squawk & Play April 29 "La Fiesta Mexicana "
We did it again. A beautiful party with many new human and bird faces. We had a spectacular buffet of good food and
beverages and we used our time to build some awesome toys.
Our Events 2022
Squawk & Play September 24 "Oktoberfest 2022"
This was the perfect finale for 2022. We all had a lot of fun; we had a buffet of delicious food and great company. Now we are on winter break until March 2023. We will miss our gatherings and our friends and will start preparing for the holiday season 2022.
Squawk & Play August 27 2022 "Back to the basics party"
For the end of August, when everyone is still out and about, on vacation, road trips, boat trips or camping, we had a pretty good outcome. We had a great selection of food, deserts and time to building toys and socialize.
Squawk & Play July 30 2022 The 'Summerfest"
This one was for the birds! The Summerfest was just perfect.
Popeye and Jellybean enjoying the commotion and some goodies :)
Squawk & Play June 25 2022 The 'create something party"
We had two birdie birthdays to celebrate. We had a lot of cake and sweets, and the creative spirit was with some of us.
Back to the basics is not so bad with the main goal to casually get together having a great time.
Squawk & Play May 21 2022 "High Tea at the Bird Hotel"
We had to cancel our event in April and postponed to May 21 2022. Finally after three years we were able to organize another High Tea.
We had all seats and perches occupied for the event. The tea was delicious and we had a good selection of crumpets, scones and sandwiches.
We also had a great selection of stylish hats and of course we saw some supercool toys. Everyone had a great time with tea, food and birds!
Squawk & Play March 26 2022 "The Spring Equinox Party"
After a (busy) six month break we are back! We decided to do a spring party and it was a pleasure to see many familiar and a few new (feathered and human) faces. There was a lot of squawking and chatter in the room catching up on things and reconnecting. Many beautiful toys were built and as usual we had a great selection of food and drinks. It was peaceful, relaxed and pleasant. This is the best way to start off a new year of new events.
Our Events 2021
Squawk & Play September 25 2021
The big finale of 2021,the Oktoberfest, was just awesome. Birds, Brats, Buns and Beer . This combination is hard to beat. We had approx 35 flock members celebrating, socializing, laughing, eating and playing. Great fun for everyone.
Squawk & Play August 28 2021
Our international party was a great display of a global food selection according to the origin (and beyond) of our birds. We had approx 25 people attending and between socializing, meeting old friends, making new friends, talking bird and diving into our pile of bird toy materials everyone had a great time hanging out and relax.
Squawk & Play July 31 2021
Aloha !! Our Hawaiian Luau was epic! We had a great outcome with close to 40 flock members joining us to listen to Ukulele music, enjoying good food and having fun!
This event is hard to beat and we definitely will have another Luau in 2022.
Squawk & Play June 26 2021
Yeeehaaa ! The Wild, Wild West was at the Bird Hotel.
It was a smaller get together because many people were out of town.
We had a relaxed afternoon with delicious chili and enough time to build toys for everyone.
Squawk & Play May 22 2021
The rise of the Phoenix party was great! It was peaceful and harmonic.
We had over 35 flock members at the Hotel celebrating the rise of the San Francisco Bird Hotel after COVID.
The story of the Phoenix rising from the ashes is about rebirth and renewal.
The same metaphor applies to the San Francisco Bird Hotel. The rise of the birds!
The rise of all living and flying beings we take care of day after day.
Squawk & Play April 24 2021
Yay !!! We did it! We are back.
We had a group of 25 people over. It was so nice to see everyone again, to catch up, to talk and just relax for a few hours.
We had snacks and wine and just enjoyed the afternoon with our feathered friends.
We lost one full year of Squawk& Play events with the pandemic in 2020 and it is time to make up for lost times.
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Our Events 2020
The Leather Elves and the San Francisco Bird Hotel have teamed up!
"Boredom Buster Box "Party
Robin Shewokis Sullivan, the bird enrichment specialist and owner of the company
"The Leather Elves" brought the "Boredom Buster Box" to life during the pandemic to entertain human and bird during the Shelter in Place order and made it possible to virtually share the experience. The "Boredom Buster Boxes " contain single pieces of different materials, shapes and textures for building bird toys. The boxes exist in three sizes ( S, M and L). No two boxes are exactly alike. The single pieces per box are enough to build 7-10 individual toys! This was fun!
Our events in 2019
Squawk & Play September 28
"Oktober Feather Fest"
O'zapt is! We may not be in Munich but we are right on time to chime in with the festivities...
Rent a "Dirndl" or "Lederhosen." Bring your favorite “Bier” or “bier stein,” an authentic “Bretzel” and, of course, your feathered friend!
Saturday September 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
At Squawk & Play " Oktober Feather Fest" you'll enjoy:
- Drinking crafted beers (and wine)
- Sampling sausages, pretzels, roast chicken, and other yummy German dishes
- Meeting new bird-loving friends
- Building festive, colorful parrot toys
Squawk & Play August 24
"Hustle and Bump 70's disco party"
Time to Boogie! Get on your way to a groovin' good time at “Squawk & Play: Time to Do the ‘Hustle and Bump’ 70’s Disco Party.”
It may not be Studio 54, but Axl, Lily, and, of course, Boogie all invite you to a 70’s disco party on
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Bring your lava lamp, wear you platform shoes, bell-bottom pants and big hair.
Don't forget your bird. Get inspired and get down.
Squawk & Play July 27
"Parrot Poetry Party"
Eddie, our Amazon parrot, serving as Director of Recreation and Entertainment at the Hotel, invites you to,
“Squawk & Play: Parrot Poetry Party” on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Held in a cozy living room format, this literary event will encourage you to soar into the classics.
As we all know, some parrots are excellent at reciting but sometimes it’s just not poetry.
In our effort to promote avian literacy, we encourage both parrots and people to write and
recite a short (at least 3 lines) poem about birds.
To read some of the submitted poems please click here
Due to his extraordinary talents, Eddie, bonis avibus, became a scholar of the Latin language. He also devotes his time to classical music and poetry readings. He has integrated meditative activities for mind, body and feathers to the hotel’s entertainment schedule.
At “Squawk & Play: Parrot Poetry Party,” you’ll:
Get to show off your own writing skills in an ode to your bird/s and recite among fellow parrots and bird owners (3 lines minimum)
Compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes, e.g., wind spinners, select spa treatments, and one day/night stay for 1 bird
Savor sweets, nuts, fruits, salads, snacks, and wine
Squawk, screech and talk in the company of fine feathered friends and fellow bird owners
Get your poem signed by Eddie
Squawk & Play June 29
"Soar Into the Bird Hotel Circus"
Step Right Up! Ring Master, Diamond, and troupers, Axl and Daisy, invite you to our complimentary circus, Squawk & Play: Soar Into the Bird Hotel Circus, on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Who doesn’t love the circus? The circus has enjoyed one of the longest mainstays in culture, with some dating back to the 1700s. Instead of traditional circus criers announcing the show, enjoy caique, cockatiel, cockatoo, and conure criers, and get your picture taken in our circus photo booth. This event promises lots of fun and excitement for birds and humans of all ages.
At Squawk & Play: Soar Into a Bird Hotel Circus, you'll:
·Delight in Circus Peanuts, Popcorn, Pretzels, Apples, Ice Cream, and Wine
·Compete in Our Arcade for a San Francisco Bird Hotel T-shirt
·Get Your Picture Taken in our Circus Photo Booth
·See Yourself and Your Parrot in Carnival Mirrors
·Converse with Parrots
·Revel in the Camaraderie of Feathered Friends and Fellow Bird Owners
Watch our Circus clip
Squawk & Play May 18 , 2019
“Build colorful toys for your bird"
Colorful bird foraging toys are critical for a parrot’s physical and psychological wellbeing.
This fun creative, social event allows you to make custom toys for your bird and make new friends.
Some birds even like to help pick out the materials themselves!
Squawk & Play: Creating Colorful, Engaging Toys for Your Parrot -- on May 18th from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.-- is ideal for new parrot owners or anyone who’s interested in spending an afternoon with their own bird(s) in a creative and playful setting with friends and family over appetizers, toy materials, and wine.
Squawk & Play April 27, 2019
“High Tea at the Hotel "
Dine on fine china in an English tea setting
Enjoy the camaraderie of feathered friends, like-minded fellow bird owners and their families
Relish spending time with your bird
Delight in a traditional, yet unique, English tea occasion
Savor crumpets, scones, cucumber sandwiches, fresh fruit, a fine assortment of teas, jams, jellies, and more
View our first hat competition where both birds --bird gods be willing!-- and humans compete
Engage in a craft and painting session with all things hats, birds, and tea
Watch our "High" Tea" film
Squawk & Play on March 30, 2019
“Manzanita March Madness”
Manzanita wood has long been a favorite for exotic bird owners. It’s indelible strength for perches and bird stands is well known.
The wood requires a true craftsman to ensure smooth edges, proper fit and an aesthetic look to fit your parrot luxury accommodations and in-home environment. This month’s Squawk & Play, Manzanita March Madness, is great for new bird owners or anyone who is interested in spending an afternoon with their own bird(s) in a playful setting with friends and family.