Planning a children’s party is always a huge amount of fun and providing entertainment is an easy way to keep little minds occupied and help to prevent bored children from getting mischievous – although there is no guarantee of that! We have put together this guide to not only give you inspiration for your children’s birthday party entertainment, but also provide you with things to consider and those all important questions you might want to ask an entertainer. Firstly, lets look at some of the types of entertainment that is perfect for children:
Most children love balloons so you can be sure that hiring a balloon modeller will amaze children and give them plenty of entertainment. Balloon modelling is best suited to younger children and the best part is that your guests will get to keep the creations that have been made.
You may not have heard of bubble performers but they certainly put on a show! A bubble performer is a unique form of entertainment where the performer will make massive bubbles, shower the room with lots of little bubbles, make filled bubbles and even get the kids involved too! Most bubble performers work with background music for added entertainment.
Children’s / Kids Magicians
A children’s magician provides entertainment that will not only amaze your little guests but provide plenty of laughs too. Primary school aged children will benefit most from this type of entertainment as they will enjoy watching simple magic tricks and getting involved too!
Clowns are a firm favourite when hiring entertainment for children. Their colourful, fun outfits will make everyone smile and they are perfect for entertaining younger children. Clowns generally perform a number of routines such as juggling, puppet shows, dancing and generally behaving in a silly manner!
This form of entertainment is becoming one of the most popular ideas for children’s parties. Watch their little faces light up when costumed characters such as Disney’s Tinkerbell or more elaborate characters like Peppa Pig arrive at your celebration. These characters will play games, dance and even sing with children, giving them a magical experience from start to finish.
Hiring a face painter is perfect if you are providing other entertainment at your party. Children will take turns in getting their faces painted and will love looking like their favourite princess, animal or super hero. This form of entertainment is best suited to younger guests.
Providing a comedy style interactive performance, puppeteers can be hired to entertain children. With delightful characters and fun stories, children will be mesmerised as puppets come to life and some are even quite naughty too!
For Christmas party entertainment for children and adults alike, add some festive magic by hiring a Santa Claus! Most children love visiting Santa, so you can imagine their excitement when he turns up at their party! Handing out little presents, posing for photographs and talking with younger guests are all experiences you can expect when you hire a Santa Claus for your event.
Things to Consider When Hiring a Children’s Entertainer
If you are hiring an entertainer for children, the most important thing to check is if they are insured and also police checked. Never hire someone without these credentials.
Look for reference on act’s profiles to ‘CRB Checked’ (‘CRB’ stands for Criminal Records Bureau) or ‘DBS checked’ (Disclosure & Barring Service). If the act says that they have been checked, don’t be afraid to ask for a copy of the official documentation to be brought with them to your event. For more information on this, we have provided the official Government website below:
Finding an entertainer with a great reputation and testimonials is important to make sure that they put on the perfect show and are trustworthy. At Entertainers Worldwide, we not only provide biographies and testimonials but many of our acts also offer video examples of their performances.
How Much Will it Cost?
The costs of hiring a children’s entertainer will vary on the type of entertainment, number of children and sometimes time of year. Magicians and costumed characters are going to be much more in demand around celebrations such as Christmas and Easter. Although you may need to pay a deposit to secure your date, be wary of any entertainer that asks for full up front payment. Remember to ask if there are any cancellation fees too and contingency plans for illness.
Which Type of Entertainment Should I Choose?
Choosing the right entertainment for your event generally comes down to personal choice but also consider the ages of children who will be present. Teenagers will not be impressed with face painting and very young children may be frightened of clowns. Another factor to consider is how much space your venue offers. Puppeteers and magicians may need more space to set up and perform than other alternatives.
Meet With Your Entertainer
When hiring entertainment, as well as a phone call you can always request to first meet with your chosen act (this is much more important when putting on an event for children). A house visit or with technology nowadays, a Skype or FaceTime video chat could make you feel much more comfortable with the entertainer and give you the chance to discuss any questions you may have:
– How long is their performance?
– Do they need any special equipment for setting up?
– Will they need food provided?
These are all examples of questions you may want to ask, but don’t be scared of asking anything that is on your mind.
Choosing entertainment for a children’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful. Use our website at Entertainers Worldwide to search and create your shortlist and remember to ask those all important questions before booking!
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