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Tips on How to Choose the Right Kids Entertainer

Kids entertainers are very popular and you want to make sure that you pick the correct one, after all your son / daughter’s birthday is only once a year and you don’t want it to be a disaster. Here are ten of my top tips to guide you through the process.

1. Who are they?

Many entertainers work for large organisations and they all go under the same name such as “Magic Sam the Magic Man” for example. When you locate someone who you think is suitable, see that you will be getting that person and that you haven’t landed on a company based website.

2. Is their show suitable for your child’s age?

Just because someone advertises as a children’s entertainer doesn’t mean that they cater for children of all ages. Make sure that the little ones will not miss out on the fun because the entertainer only caters for the older children.

3. What exactly do they do?

It may look like a flashy website and they call themselves a children’s entertainer but you need to know what you are getting for your money. Is it just a magic show or will they be doing the games too. All this should be clearly shown on their website, usually where they tell you the prices of various packages that they offer. If it doesn’t clearly explain on the website then go elsewhere.

4. Do they give suitable prizes?

If they provide prizes what are they?. You don’t want and shouldn’t expect cheap plastic rubbish that will fall apart as soon as the child gets home. If unsure just ask, you want to know what you are going to get for your money.

5. How long do they stay?.

If they advertise a 2 hour show for example, does this include the setting up time and what do they do when the children are having their tea? A good entertainer will arrive early, set up and be ready to begin. This time, and the packing away time, will not be included in their 2 hour show. Also, a good children’s entertainer will keep the kids entertained whilst they are having their party food.

6. Are they CRB checked?

It is essential that you make sure that your children’s entertainer is CRB checked, if not keep well away!.

7. Are they insured?

All entertainers should have public liability insurance in case anything unexpected happens. Again, if they are not keep well away. Why take the risk?

8. Are they experienced?.

Find out how long have they been in the business as you want an entertainer who is experienced in entertaining children.

9. How will I know you will turn up?

A good entertainer will always phone you a couple of days before the show to make sure that everything is still fine. This will help you to know that they haven’t forgotten about you.

10. Ask!!!

Never be afraid to ask the entertainer about any concerns or questions you may have. It’s your money and you want to make sure that the person you are booking is the right one for your youngster.

Movie Entertainment

An outdoor movie night is the perfect way to entertain families. If you have carefully chosen the movie for the event based on who will be attending, your event will almost surely be a success. What about before the movie begins, though? Guests will arrive at different times, and many will come early in order to secure a good spot. This is where pre-movie entertainment comes in.

Plan to begin pre-movie entertainment about an hour before the movie is scheduled to begin. Activities before the movie starts will keep the crowd engaged, especially young children, who are likely to grow restless while waiting. Adding entertainment to the event also enhances the experience; instead of simply coming out and seeing a movie, movie night turns into a full evening of family fun. Families heading to events like this are looking for an affordable way to have fun as a family, and keep everyone entertained; offering entertainment in addition to the movie is a great way to meet these expectations for families.

What type of entertainment should you plan for your outdoor movie night? This depends, in part, on the movie you are showing, and the demographics of the expected crowd. Bounce houses, face painting and carnival games are excellent choices for family friendly events, where children will be present. Be sure to plan ahead to ensure the success of these activities. During the summer months, especially, you will need to reserve a bounce house ahead of time to ensure availability. If you are planning to rent any special concession equipment such s a popcorn machine, be sure to reserve those items ahead of time as well.

Concessions are appropriate for any event, and many guests will want to purchase snacks before the movie begins. Popcorn is a classic movie snack, others to consider include candy, and popsicles for summer movie nights.

Consider planning themed entertainment for an especially memorable experience. If you are showing an Ice Age movie, for example, consider bringing in a snow machine.

Pre-movie entertainment is also a great way to raise some money to help cover the production costs for the movie night. You can charge reasonable prices for snacks and small fees for carnival games to keep it affordable while raising money.

Hosting a successful outdoor movie event takes careful thought and some time spent planning ahead. From choosing a movie, promoting the event, securing the equipment and preparing the venue, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make these seemingly simple events successful. Putting in a little bit of extra effort to plan some pre-movie entertainment is worth the additional time and planning. Entertainment will set your movie night apart from other outdoor movie events and give attending families a special night to remember.

Smart Ideas for Children’s Entertainment

With the final days of school just behind us, many of us are now faced with the prospect of being home along with are kids, all day long. In theory, this sounds great, however you know that if they are not kept entertained, they are going to start bugging you constantly! If this is your fear, here are five smart ideas for children’s entertainment that will keep your kids busy and entertained all summer long.

1. Sidewalk Masterpiece

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to entertain kids involves a bucket of chalk, and a small stretch of sidewalk or driveway for them to create their masterpiece. Often purchased very cheaply, sidewalk chalk can provide hours of entertainment as they set about creating scenes and tableaus of their own. Consider looking up some of the amazing sidewalk chalk artists online or on YouTube for inspiration!

2. The Library

Get your kids out of the house and get them doing something educational that will help them start the next school year out on the right foot. Grab your library card and head to your local library this summer for days’ worth of kid’s entertainment. Most libraries offer summer reading programs, whereby your kids can earn prizes and recognition the more books they read. Not only does this spare your house from the mini-tornadoes that are your children, it also gets them doing something educational!

3. Water Day

You do not have to have a pool to wear your kids out playing in the water. One of the easiest ways to entertain kids for literally hours involves hooking your garden hose up to a sprinkler and setting it out in the yard. Kids will leap back and forth over the sprinkler, slide in the grass, and maybe even make some mud pies, but most importantly they will be out of your hair and likely wearing themselves out. You are free to sit in the shade with a cold beverage as you supervise!

4. Forts

Inherent in every child’s nature is the desire to build forts out of pretty much anything they can find. From pulling a sheet across a rope tied between two door knobs to stacking couch cushions and hiding inside them, kids love forts. Whether you use the aforementioned materials, cardboard, or go so far as to build a full-on tree house, your kids will want to spend hours playing and entertaining themselves in their own space.

5. Historical Live Entertainment

Yet another educational way you can entertain your kids is to find forms of historically-accurate live entertainment that they can participate in. Your kids will delight in getting their faces painted at the nearby Renaissance fair, eating historical dishes with their hands, and maybe even getting to see some knights in shining armor as they joust it out on the tournament grounds.