Birthday Party Entertainment
Find great childrens party entertainment
Hiring kids' birthday party entertainment is never as easy as it sounds – you've got to spend time collecting referrals, checking availability, making bookings and paying deposits. To make sure you're going to get a quality children's entertainer, there are a few simple steps you can follow during your search.
Tips for Finding Children's Party Entertainment
Most children's entertainers are self-employed and do not come from agencies or have affiliations with entertainment companies or any kind of party rental agencies. It will be up to you to screen your options to make sure you're going to get an experienced and enthusiastic entertainer who will give you good bang for your buck.
The first thing you should do when looking for suitable children's birthday party entertainment is ask friends and family members for recommendations. There's nothing like good word-of-mouth from people you trust. If you know other couples with young children, ask them if they know of a clown or magician who does kids' parties.
If you can't locate kids' party entertainment this way, hit up your local Yellow Pages and start making calls. Have questions ready to ask each person you interview, such as:
- How long have you been doing children's birthday parties?
- What are your rates? Collect both hourly rates and day rates, depending on how long you want the entertainer to perform.
- What does your show consist of?
- Do you have referrals from satisfied past customers to pass along?
Follow up on any referrals you gather, and steer clear of entertainers who can't or won't provide you with any. You want to ensure that the entertainer is reliable, punctual and suitable for your party.
Choose Your Children's Entertainer
The two most popular types of children's birthday party entertainers are clowns and magicians. Clowns not only have fun, silly games to play and jokes to tell, but they also typically perform interactive shows that kids love. Balloon animals are a tried-and-true standby, both for clowns and magicians.
If you're looking for a magician for hire, make sure to get a detailed description of the tricks they perform and the implements they need to perform them. If birds or animals are involved, make sure that none of the kids coming to the party have any allergy concerns.