Choosing Kids Entertainment for a Birthday Party or other Kids Party
ONE: Pick kids party entertainers who can provide entertainment to suit all ages at the birthday party. Clowns and magicians generally appeal to different age groups in different situations. Learn more about choosing a magician and choosing clowns. However, kids party entertainers each have a unique style and persona which makes them well suited to a particular age group regardless if they are a clown or magician. The kids entertainment agency or independent entertainer will be able to describe how the entertainer’s style and persona fits the ages of the kids at the birthday party.
There are also some considerations when choosing kids entertainment for younger kids. Many children under the age of 3 years old are often only able to sit still long enough to receive a small painting on their cheek and balloon animals are a choking hazard for them. Kids party entertainers may give a balloon animal to the parent of a child under the age of 3 years old rather than the child. Costume characters, such a Elmo, are commonly hired to entertain at birthday parties for kids mostly 3 years old and younger.
TWO: Ask specific questions to determine skill level of kids party entertainers. Kids entertainment skills include balloon twisting, face painting, magic show, juggling, games, and sing-a-long. Kids party entertainers will be better at some skills than others. Determine the number of birthday parties the entertainer worked in the past three months, rather than the number of years’ experience overall. Two kids party entertainers may have the same years experience, yet one entertainer may have worked a few times a year whereas the other may be working a few times a week. Also determine which kids entertainment skills were most employed at those parties for kids. An entertainer who does mostly face painting will be better at face painting, and an entertainer who does mostly magic shows will be better at magic shows. Lastly, determine how the entertainer has developed the kids entertainment skills in the past year. An entertainer can develop skills by attending conferences or clubs, accessing learning resources, consulting with mentors or colleagues, or investing in new materials or costumes. Kids party entertainers who work at numerous parties for kids throughout a year and who develop their entertainment skills will offer high quality kids entertainment.
THREE: Schedule the entertainment at times that maximizes enjoyment at your birthday party for kids. Try scheduling the entertainer to arrive at least 30 minutes after the birthday party starts to give all the kids an opportunity to arrive and adjust to the environment. In addition, kids party entertainers will have different amounts of interactions with onlookers while face painting or twisting balloons. Some kids party entertainers may offer a game or activity for the entire group, while others may interact mostly with the child who is receiving a balloon or face painting. The kids at the birthday party, therefore, may have free time during face painting or balloon twisting. In addition, consider scheduling face painting after the food is eaten, because eating often smudges face paint around the mouth.
FOUR: Identify a sales pitch and pick the entertainment best suited to your birthday party for kids. Some kids entertainment agencies may sell the entertainers they have available regardless if that entertainer is best suited to your birthday party for kids, particularly during busy times of the week or year. The busiest time of the week for kids entertainment is Saturday afternoon, and the busiest time of the year is November to December because of company Christmas parties. A kids entertainment agency or an independent kids party entertainer needs to understanding the venue, number kids, and age range of the kids in order to provide entertainment best suited for the birthday party.
FIVE: Determine the amount of free time during the kids entertainment. When choosing kids entertainment skills, such as face painting and balloon twisting, consider that the kids may have some free time. Children will find ways of occupying themselves, of course, if another activity is not available. If balloon twisting comes before free-time, and boys who receive balloon swords or guns will likely run around and play fight. In addition, consider scheduling the balloon twisting after the magic show to prevent the balloons from causing distractions during the show.