Make it a Better Day With Children’s Party Entertainment

Let’s think about children’s parties. Now, who is usually left to organise the entertainment? That’s right: the same poor folk who are left to organise the food, clean up the wrapping paper, get the jelly down off the ceiling and tend to at least one of the little darlings until they are old enough to fend for themselves (which, these days, doesn’t seem to happen until they’re 30). The parents. Well, maybe it’s time for a change. Given that the parents have to do the whole entertaining and looking after job for the first two decades at least of a child’s life, why not leave that one stressful day in the hands of professional children’s party entertainment?

The goal of entertainment, at children’s parties, has always been damage limitation. Put any gathering of little people in a place where there’s a ton of sugar and a centre of attention (the birthday boy or girl), and things are apt to get a little frantic Project free tv. Entertainment is not so much a frill as a necessity on these occasions. It gives the little boys and girls something to focus their hyperactive communal energy on – which, if one is lucky, means one’s home comes out of the whole experience relatively unscathed.

Now with such a big job to do, it makes perfect sense that the children’s party entertainment be left to a professional. If only because that leaves the parents free to act as roaming police officers, capturing wayward party-goers and patrolling the grounds to make sure that no-one has thrown up in a bush. How a parent is supposed to keep a proper eye on things, while trying to persuade a bunch of fractious sugar-addicts that pin the tail on the donkey is still fun, is beyond the grasp of normal human intelligence to work out. No – what all kid’s parties need, without reservation or exception, is proper children’s party entertainment. Some guy or lady dressed as a clown who can do magic tricks and make funny animals out of balloons. The kind of stuff, in other words, that no normal parent would have a clue how to do.

Professional kids entertainers have a very special arrow in their arsenal – one that no parent can ever hope to draw. A pro kids entertainer is not related to any child in the room – and is therefore able to entertain impartially, without accidentally highlighting one or two guests to the chagrin of all the rest. That’s a skill that comes at an inestimable premium, when trying to control over excited small folk. There’s nothing that sets off an attack of the tantrums quicker than the birthday boy or girl feeling that they aren’t getting enough attention – or everyone else feeling that they’re getting too much.

Children love parties. The poor adults who have to arrange them, run them, try and rescue them when everything goes wrong, and finally collapse in a little ball after everyone has gone home, don’t. And little wonder. Running a children’s party ought to be a full time occupation – not something done part time by unwilling volunteers. Fortunately for those volunteers, there are some people out there who actually make their living from running and entertaining at kid’s parties: party organisers like the wonderfully named UK outfit Froggle, whose kids entertainer packages alone have probably saved half the nation’s parents from a party-induced breakdown.

Here’s how Froggle, and the other unsung heroes that do the same job up and down the country, save so many poor harassed parents from mental rack and ruin. They come in, they take over as much or as little of the party organisation and running as the parents require, and they let the parents themselves take a back seat. That means there’s more time for the parents to do the really useful stuff, like keeping an eye out for skinned knees and incipient tantrums, while the kids’ entertainer and his or her colleagues concentrate on all the things that usually distract Mum and Dad from doing the necessary. As a result, that necessary becomes far less stressful than it used to be – because Mum and Dad are no longer trying to keep their eyes peeled whilst also entertaining everyone, they find the actual keeping their eyes peeled part a lot less of a strain than it used to be.

There’s a very specific advantage to hiring an entertainer for a children’s party. Unlike Mum, or Dad, or even an older sibling or family friend, no part attendee is likely to know the kids entertainer in question. And that means two things. One, the entertainer never suffers from that loss of illusion that Mum or Dad will inevitably feel when one of the guests shouts out “hey – that’s Johnny’s mum!” And two, the entertainer is usually afforded more respect than Mum or Dad would have been. He or she is treated with the better behaved reserve children always put on for strangers – because, with strangers, they don’t know where the boundaries are. The result? A kids’ entertainer actually entertains more, because the children don’t recognise him, or her, and so the illusion isn’t spoiled – and, again because the guy or gal under the makeup is a stranger, the kids behave better too. Which means everyone goes home happy for a change.

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