My name is Mister Master Oh No, and I am a clown. I have big hair, a big red nose, big shoes, a big coat, big shows and, of course, a big, big, big personality. My specialty is working with children, making them smile. I think that I am a pretty darn great children’s entertainer. I have oodles of fantastic testimonials from people who think so too. But I would not dream of going as far to suggest that I am the only good children’s entertainer. There are hundreds out there, and choosing them can sometimes be pretty confusing. They never work with children or animals, so you can be sure that anyone brave enough to take on the challenge of entertaining a room filled with screaming five year olds is dedicated to their job! But there are a few tips that will help you when choosing a children’s entertainer for your child’s party – just follow these and you can ensure that they will be a big hit with even the fussiest kids!
Recommendations are great
If a friend recommends an entertainer, be thankful! You’ve just been saved the task of hunting for a reliable and funny entertainer for your child’s birthday. Chances are, if they were a hit at your friend’s party, they’ll be great at yours too. Likewise, don’t be afraid to recommend them to your other friends once the party is over.
Check out their background
Whilst you can usually get a feel for an entertainer’s background from their website, it helps to look a little deeper. Customer testimonials can only tell you so much, and it helps if you know how long they’ve been in the business and what they did before (if they had a previous job). All children’s entertainers should hold a valid CRB check and you’re within your rights to ask for evidence of this before committing to anything. Any reputable entertainer will have plenty of glowing references to impress you with! Of course, it’s a good idea to meet your prospective entertainer before the part to check that they’re exactly what you are looking for.
What do they do?
All children’s entertainers provide a different service, but some of the standard things you might expect include:
• Making balloon animals
• Clown act including old favourites such as the water-pistol flower
• Blowing bubbles
• A range of party games
• Music and sing-a-long
Most children’s entertainers are used to entertaining both large and small groups, but if you’re catering for a particularly large party or event it makes sense to check that the entertainer of your choice is comfortable with larger parties. Nothing is worse than a room of out of control kids!
Choosing the perfect children’s entertainer doesn’t have to be tricky – make sure that you find out what their act involves as well as how much they charge for their services, and always ensure that they have a valid CRB check in place to make sure it’s safe for them to work with children. By following these simple steps you can ensure your child will have a party to remember.