As a professional kids birthday party entertainer and parent of four, I would like to share some of my experience with parents who are looking for entertainment for their kids party. Folks usually turn to professionals for solutions, they are willing to invest their hard earned cash to put on a kids party that would be fun and memorable for both their child and their guests alike.
The purpose of this article is to shed some light on some key points to consider when hiring entertainment for your child’s party.
What is the age range of the kids that you are looking to entertain? Usually, a parent would want entertainment not only for their child but for the guests as well. We know that your child likes Elmo, but you have invited other kids to the party as well. You may want to consider entertainment that would cater to the appropriate age group invited as opposed to just the birthday child. A professional kids birthday party entertainer would know how to make the birthday child feel special without making the other kids feel not included.
Please consider the person behind the make up. Performers vary greatly in approach and style. The best example is when people hire a costumed character, let’s say Elmo. Please, consider the person who will be wearing that costume. Kids have an amazing intuition and can pick up on each others fears. A seasoned professional will know how to calm those anxieties very early on and bring the group together into the fun zone.
Do some homework on the performer before you commit:
Are they a full time kids birthday party entertainer?
Are they patient and genuinely like children? (Kids require a lots of patience)
Do they project a professional image? (Website, Demo, Costume etc.)
Can you find reviews or testimonials on them? (Websites reviews, Local library reviews, etc.)
Like any other service, you sometimes get what you pay for. Consider entertainment into your budget, a good entertainer can make your party all the worthwhile. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. If you want someone to do a magic show, a puppet show, sculpt balloon animals and do face painting for $150, then hire your neighbor’s teenage son. Make sure to give him a $50 advance to get the supplies from the dollar store. But if you want a professional, make sure that they are specialized in their field and they are at the top of their game.
Consider to ask the performer these logistical questions before you commit:
How much space do you need?
Can you perform indoors and outdoors?
Do you provide your own sound equipment?
What do you need us to prepare for your act?
A kids birthday party entertainer can bring your guests together into the happy zone and create an atmosphere of joy and laughter. A committed kids entertainer can also add magic and theatrics into the memories of kids and grown ups alike. As a Bay Area entertainer, I have committed myself to making my next child’s party the only party that counts. Now, it’s Show-Time!