1. Age appropriate:
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 entertainer would know how to make the birthday child feel special without making the other kids feel not included. Having several styles of entertainers at your event is ideal as well.
2. A clown isn’t just a clown:
Please consider the person behind the make up. Performers vary greatly in approach and style. Please consider the person who will be wearing that costume. Kids have an amazing intuition and can pick up on eachothers fears. A seasoned professional will know how to calm those anxieties very early on and bring the group together into the fun zone.
3. Use your best judgment:
Do some homework on the performer before you commit: Are they a full time kids entertainer? Are they patient and genuinely like children? (Kids require a lots of patience.) Do they project a professional image? (Website, Demo, Costume, etc.) Do they work with a children’s entertainment event planning company?
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?