So you are having a special occasion...
Read this before Hiring a Children's Entertainer.
…perhaps a wedding, birthday party, christening, first holy communion, halloween, corporate event
Why Hire a Professional Children’s Entertainer?
“Everything was perfect”. “The best show my son has been to – his words not mine. PS Mine also”. “After talking to the mothers and children they said it was the best party they had been to. It also took all the stress from me and I was able to relax and watch my son enjoy his birthday. The adults also enjoyed themselves”. A Watson, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Scotland
While there are a lot of good part time children's entertainers around there is also a lot of bad ones. You are much safer hiring a professional full time entertainer who can also save you money by recommending the best venue for your party.
A professional children’s entertainer
Removes stress and increases enjoyment for everyone, even the adults. For parents, birthday parties come once a year for their children. Mr Giggles on the other hand is entertaining constantly, knows what’s in for children, knows what’s out and knows their humour.
Increases the safety of your guests by having all the necessary Scotland Disclosure Certification, Public Liabilitity Insurance cover etc and all of his electrical equipment will have been PAT Certified thereby ensuring not only your safety but also that of your guests.
Helps Fete organisers
can use his experience to discuss fresh ideas, be involved in mix and
mingle, perform shows, make announcements and
But Where do you Start
Lots of positive comments indicate that your potential children's entertainer has broad appeal and is suitable and experienced to handle a wide range of events. Don't be afraid to check out references and comments offered and please make sure that the references relate to the kind of event you are hosting eg wedding references if you are getting married, birthday party comments if you are hosting a birthday party.
Look for a children's entertainers who specialises in your kind of event especially if you are hosting a kid's birthday party or wedding entertainment. Different performing situations require different skills, abilities and approach. For example some entertainers perform from a stage while others are more interactive with their audiences. Some react better to older/ younger children and what entertains your four year old won't necessary entertain your ten year old. It takes experience to bridge the gap.
Types of Children Entertainers
If you decide to hire a clown make sure the children are not afraid of clowns. Mr Giggles is always happy to wear little or no make up, leaving a lot of skin exposed so that very young children, who potentially may be a little unsure will not be frightened. Many young children liken Mr Giggles to Mr Tumble of CBeebies fame.
Don’t be afraid when hiring a clown to ask him/her not to wear any make up and to perform balloon animals, face paining and so on without being dressed as a clown. While most professional entertainers will be happy to accommodate your wishes this may not always be possible due to scheduling reasons.
A great way
to make your party swing is to hire an entertainer who specialises in theme
parties. Mr Giggles has a number of Characters to meet most children theme
party requirements and contrary to some opinion a theme party need not cost
you much more just a little creative planning.
Mr Giggles is happy to assist harassed parents make the right choice to individualise your child’s party to ensure the best successful original birthday party ever – just ask – after all he is recognised as the Birthday Party Specialist for a reason!!
Very importantly please keep in mind that almost everyone
wants an entertainer on a Saturday or Sunday between 2 PM and 4 PM. By
keeping your schedule flexible and booking early, you get better chances of
finding a good entertainer.
Remember also that quality children’s entertainers have a loyal following and are often booked several months in advance. You should book your event at least one month ahead and even longer at holiday times such as Christmas.
The good ones are always in demand and sometimes, especially at festive times, are booked from one year to the next so remember to book your entertainer well in advance to avoid disappointment especially if your child has his/her heart set on a specific entertainer.
When calling a children’s entertainer, and you get his answering machine, please leave this information along with the type of event, the event location and of course your telephone number to call you back. You would be amazed at the number of people who forget to leave their number!!
It is rare for a professional entertainer to provide only a 30 minute birthday party appearance. This is because it takes time to prepare for your event. For example many professional clowns take at least an hour just to "make-up" for the occasion and then another hour to prepare their show case and other necessities that are part of our business and this does not take into account travelling time.
It takes time to set up the show and time to travel to your event and also the reverse at the end of the show and of course time to remove the make-up etc. This can mean a 30 minute show taking up another three/four hours which has to be charged accordingly thus making a 30 minute slot quite expensive relatively speaking. On the other hand it also makes a two hour show very good value.
Some professional children’s entertainers may offer an hour show because they know what they offer can fit inside an hour, but a children’s entertainer who offers more, needs extra time to accomplish his task and for you to gain maximum fun.
Always try to find an entertainer who is flexible to your needs and who is prepared to go the extra mile to ensure your entire satisfaction.
For safety reasons it maybe preferable for the audience to be a specific distance from the performing area.
Moreover an entertainer’s pricing strategy may be dependent on the number of guests attending. While this does not apply to all professional entertainers it is as well to check this out as part of your party organising. Remember to fail to prepare, is to prepare to fail!
And please don't simply go with the cheapest performer as to a very large extent you only get what you pay for. Likewise don’t go for an entertainer simply because he is expensive. You need to know a performer's experience and what he is offering you by way of entertainment compared to others. Only then are you comparing like with like.
Also not all professional entertainers specialise in children's birthday parties like Mr Giggles, or provide magic, music, games, balloon modelling or face painting.
Please, please make sure that your entertainer can entertain the age group you have in mind and if it is a wide age group from say three years to ten years make sure that your professional entertainer knows this and has the necessary skills to cope. Most importantly of all ask for references and make sure that they are recent.
We are NOT all the same, nor do we all perform the same effects, or perform at the same experience level or at the same types of events. Indeed not everyone specialises in children's birthday parties and family events like Mr Giggles.
We all have different talents and expertise that we offer. Ask yourself. "Does the entertainer have extensive experience in the type of event I'm trying to organise?"
Click here to read why Mr Giggles is known as the Children's Birthday Party Professional.
Ask for references for your kind of event and follow them through. Having an unbiased opinion is invaluable. Here is what one client said about Mr Giggles after her very successful Christening party:
"Everyone at the party was very impressed with
Mr Giggles’ performance”.
it may seem, does the entertainer like children? Children can spot a phoney
straight away and not everyone who advertises that they entertain children
do so for the right reasons.
if your children’s entertainer has a lot of experience listen
to what he has to say and let him help you plan your entertainment needs.
about Uncle John you
say...after all, all the kids love him!
You only have one opportunity. If
your party is a flop it’s a flop.
Professional Children Entertainers are trained to make fun of themselves and not
the children. We are also trained to handle guests who are a little shy and
perhaps nervous about parties or even frightened about clowns or other
When you hire a professional children’s entertainer you are paying for their time, their expertise and the enormity of fun they bring to your event! This will ensure a happy fun event for all.
If you have read this far then you are
serious about your child's party event so please
arm yourself with these tips when you are looking for an entertainer for
your next very special event.
NOW READ THIS...............
"We first heard of Pirate Pete when our son came home from a party begging for Pirate Pete to come to his party. When calling to book Pirate Pete everything was clearly explained, even the silly questions you forget to ask are all answered in a letter.
I don't think that we could have wished for the party to be any better than it was, everyone, young and old really enjoyed it. I couldn't believe it when you got my 11 year old cousin to join in wiggling his fingers as he's at the stage when it's not "cool" to act silly!! Pirate Pete is far better than any children's acts I've seen. Most other shows tend to be the same old show but with a different entertainer.
I think that everybody should book Pirate Pete or one of his other characters. It's the best way to enjoy a stress free party that everyone, young and old will enjoy and remember. L Coyle, Port Glasgow, Scotland
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