Here’s the deal: you’ve arranged the cake, the decorations and catering for your child’s upcoming birthday party. At the last minute, you remember that you forgot to arrange the entertainment. You think… “Okay, my Nan is quite funny. She could entertain our little guests for the afternoon.” Your next thought… “Her stories or old wives’ tales might not be age appropriate or entertaining at all. Would Uncle Olly perhaps be willing to dress up as a clown? How would he be entertaining? What activities would he be able to do with the little ones?”
You start to freak out as the entertainment for the party is not finalized and D-day is fast approaching. Don’t fret, we’ve put together some classic children’s party entertainment ideas for you to find some inspiration. Here goes:
Puppet Shows are a fun and interactive way to entertain your guests with a range of varied short stories that often encourages participation from the audience. It also stimulates the imagination. Want to know the best part? There are quite a few options available as entertainers often can travel to accommodate you. Being seasoned professionals, entertainers such as Mr Brown’s Pig, Kid Glove Puppets and Punch & Judy have all the tools and skills to enchant your audience and keep them entertained for periods on end.
Having a magician perform magic tricks is a popular entertainment idea. Some famous artists such as David Copperfield and David Blaine have built successful careers in the Art of Magic and Illusion. From the disappearing acts, to the simple card tricks, there is a range of acts that will delight your guests. What to know the best bit? There’s plenty of entertainers that perform kid-friendly magic tricks. We’ve listed a few below:
- Jenny Mayers – A Family and Corporate Entertainer
- Michael Gee – Magician to the Stars
- Theo Theodoris – Theo The Magician
- Mandy Davis – Magic Circle Magician
Clowns and Face Painting
Face painting is another fun activity that kids enjoy. Many entertainers such as clowns are multi-skilled and offer a range of entertainment packages for parties. Minnie The Clown Parties, based in London, offer such packages. One thing to remember when renting a service which includes a clown – confirm if any of the little ones have any clown phobias so that they are not traumatized by the entertainment.
Should you decide to have a face painting session, it would be best to enquire with your entertainer whether the face painting kits are included in the service. As an alternative, you’re also able to purchase the kits yourself.
Treasure hunts are a great way to enable exploration and discovery. It will also get all your little guests active while trying to find their treasure. With different areas to explore and locations across the UK, booking with a vendor such as Treasure Trails is a fantastic option that will get the kids active and involved. They also have the added convenience of being able to host kids treasure parties too. What’s great is that you can choose between exciting themes like murder mystery, treasure hunts and a spy trail which will bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes.
Arts and Crafts
Another great activity to keep the little ones entertained is Arts and Crafts. This will keep them busy for hours. It also has developmental benefits such as working on Bilateral and Fine Motor Coordination for better childhood development. Many entertainers can assist with facilitating this activity for you or alternatively, you could also purchase kits from places such as Hobby Craft, Homecrafts and Art & Craft Factory. With tons of supplies, stationary and materials to choose from, you can go wild with your imagination.
Balloon Modelling is a fun and artistic way to entertain your guests. With cools designs such as dogs and cats, to the more challenging such as butterflies, hats and rabbits, there will be smiles and happiness throughout the performance. Fun At Kids Party offers balloon modelling and a range of other party entertainment for kids from ages three to 13. With locations in London, Kent, Essex and Suffolk, to name a few, they’ll go the extra mile to ensure that the party is filled with fun and exciting activities.
There are many entertainment activities available that will help keep your little guests active, engaged and stimulated. We encourage you to be bold and try out one or even a combination of ideas at your child’s next birthday party.
Planary is listed full of great entertainment options, all available in the comfort of your own home. It’s the simple way to search for local entertainers, confirm their availability and place your booking via the online marketplace. For more information, check out our website here.