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Children’s Entertainers and Themed Parties in Surrey and London

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Parents find it so hard to find children’s entertainers in Surrey and London that offer something genuinely different.

Children’s themed parties are so popular with kids but they always seem to be the same pirate and princess parties or superheroes or fairies.  What if you’re looking something different like a dinosaur themed party or a wild west themed party. Finding children’s entertainers in Surrey and London to offer a dinosaur party is very difficult. There are loads of children’s entertainers in Surrey and London but the choice seems to be the same wherever you turn. There are tonnes of children’s entertainers in Surrey who seem to specialise in pirate parties alone. Is there really that much demand for just pirate children’s entertainers? Apparently so.

Admittedly, children like all the usual activities you’d expect in a children’s party, like magic, games, dancing, puppet shows, balloon modelling and general fun to keep them amused for 1 or 2 hours whilst parents sort out food in the kitchen.  But it’s nice to find a children’s entertainer that can add that little bit of magic to the party by offering something a bit different.  Here at Froggle Parties, we are children’s entertainers in Surrey and London and cover Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Kent. We have over 40 different themes to choose from including really different ones like chocolate Factory, Toys, Unicorns and Hawaiian. Our children’s entertainers cram in loads of activities like magic, games, dancing, balloon modelling, prizes, rocket balloons, bubble and snow machines, puppet show – all in one party. Plus we offer to dress up as the character of the theme you want and have over 40 themes to choose from. Furthermore we have free themed invitations, thank you notes, certificates, posters and name stickers for every theme we offer – and they’re all free. Our themed parties mean your children’s entertainers will put the children inside the story and take them on a magical make believe adventure where they all win prizes at the end.

What is important is that out of all the children’s entertainers in Surrey, you find someone who can offer something different to what you’ve seen before, but that you know kids are going to like.

You only get to do this once a year for your little one and you want to make it fun and special for them.

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Organising a childrens themed party

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Childrens Themed Parties

Childrens Themed Parties -Pirate Party

Childrens Themed Parties

Below is a step by step guide on how to organise your childrens themed party:

1) Decide on your theme – Give you child 3 or 4 choices and see what they’d prefer. bear in mind that they can change their mind every few days so it’s best to go for something generic like pirates/ princess/superheroes/ fairies/ knights/ under the sea/ jungle/ dinosaurs/ Hawaaian – these tend to be very popular ones. If it’s a childrens themed party for boys and girls then you can have a combination of pirates and princesses or knights and princesses etc…

2) Next decide on your date and check you can find a venue for it. (That’s if you’re not having it your childrens party at home)

3) Once your date is confirmed and the venue is booked send out the invitations ASAP. Usually at least 3-4 weeks before the party to avoid clashing with other parents having a party at the some time as your child’s party.

4) Book your children’s entertainer. There are loads of kids entertainers to choose from, esp[ecially in Surrey and London areas and you can read our blog on advice for how to find good ones. This site has tonnes of listings for childrens entertainers in Surrey, London and all the home counties. If you’re not having an entertainer then decide on the activites you’re having to entertain the kids at the party.

5) Other optional things to think about:

a) You might want to get the kids to dress up according to your theme. If so then mention this in your invitations so kids can have fun dressing up.

b) Decorations – you may or may not want to have decorations associated with your party, but if you’re taking the trouble to theme the party then it’s way more fun to do something with decorations.

c) Party plates, and other tableware.

6) Childrens Themed Party Food– you may want to do some fairly normal party food and there are of ideas on our blog about easy party food ideas but if you want to go that one step further then why not theme the food too. The list for party food ideas is endless. We’ve found loads of ideas that we’ve put in our blog and we add new ones regularly.

7) Birthday cake – If you’re having a themed party then you can’t miss the great opportunity to have a themed birthday cake. This book by Annie Rigg for birthday cake ideas is simply wonderful.

You can make your party as creative as you want depending on how much time you have.

If you’re looking for a good childrens entertainer in Surrey, London or any of the home counties then Froggle Parties offers loads of themes for childrens parties. With over 40 themes and free themed invitations and free thank you notes, free name stickers and free certificates.

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Something truly different for your kids party

Something different!

Loads of mums will find that there are a massive number of children’s entertainers to sift through before they find anyone that’s half decent. Or you may have already organised a number of children’s parties over the years, had lots of different children’s entertainers (some good, some bad) and by now you feel like you’ve seen the same routine over and over again. With so many childrens entertainers, offering the same thing, you may feel like there’s nothing else out there. Well there is. There are heaps of great alternatives to your average children magician or kids entertainer.

Activity party

The title sounds vague and different companies will do different things but an activity party should be fun and energetic. Things you can expect to have are: parachute games, bubble shows (blowing really big bubbles), bubble tower (where kids stand inside a bubble tower – yes it is as fun as it sounds – see photo below) party games, music and dancing balloon modelling and prizes for the kids. Check out our activity party run by us at Froggle Parties. We offer children’s entertainers in Surrey, London and all the home counties. We like to think we really know our stuff and have appeared on Children’s BBC a number of times. We do normal children’s entertainers parties and kids magicians but have a number of other different party choices too. Like dance parties where kids learn their very own dance routine. Drama parties where kids are put inside a story that’s themed to your choice e.g. jungle, fairies, superheroes, chocolate factory, etc… There’s a bubble party where kids get to blow massive bubbles and do cool experiments with bubbles. We do discos or film parties, where your child and their friends get to make your own film where you child is the star, plus balloon workshop parties. There’s heaps of choices to look at that are great alternatives to normal children’s entertainers.

Bubble Tower for Activity Parties

Science Parties

These are becoming more and more popular but they tend to be largely for older kids. The upside is it’s very different from most parties. The down side is that kids can sometimes find it a bit too ‘educational’ for a party environment. We found this site that seems to be very good for science parties. 

Bubbles shows with bubbleologists

Another idea using bubbles in parties. You can have serious fun with bubbles. Check this site out for kids bubble parties. The guy who runs this company featured on Blue Peter showing his impressive bubbles skills and he teaches kids how to do it in his children’s parties.

Theatre Parties – A show in your own living room

Another alternative to children’s entertainers is a children’s theatre show in your own home or in a hall. We’ve found these entertainers called David and Katie.  They are children’s entertainers in Surrey but they do cover London as well. They offer a double act comedy show for the kids to watch. I have seen this in action and it is very amusing.  The disadvantage is it does rely on kids sitting still for a long time. When I watched them they had no problem with keep the children’s attention though.

Cooking Parties

A great way for the kids to interact with each other and spend quality time with one another. Plus it’s creative and fun. Cooking parties are becoming more and more popular as parents look for alternatives to children’s entertainers. Pizza Express offer great kids parties at some of their venues too, where the children get to make pizza.
Parents needn’t be stuck with the same old childrens entertainers when there are loads of alternative parties to choose from. That said, kids do tend to like repetition and familiar activities so do make sure when you look for a change that it’s your kid that wants the change and not just you as the parent that wants it. It can go very wrong when you try to do something very different without asking the kids and then you realise they wanted a childrens entertainer all along – you can’t win!!!

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How long should my children’s party be?

How long should my kid's birthday party be?

Children's Parties

Usually children’s birthday parties are 2 hours long.

Usually 20 – 30 minutes of this is taken up by a break for the children to have party food and drinks and then the birthday cake.

The rest of the time should be filled with entertainment for the kids. You can either get a children’s entertainer or do the entertainment yourself with party games, etc…

If you’re getting a children’s entertainer then you don’t have to have the kid’s entertainer there for the whole 2 hours but if you don’t, you should aim to have something else for the kids to do when the entertainer has gone.

Some suggestions of popular party formats/ timings are below:

Option 1: Have the entertainer for the whole 2 hours:

With 45 mins entertainment, 30 min break (during which time the entertainer would entertain the kids around the table or make balloons for them) and then another 45 minutes of entertainment.

Option 2: Have the entertainer stay for just 1 hour.
1 hr entertainment, then 30 mins of food, then you play some games with the kids like pass the parcel and other fun party games.

Option 3: An hour and a half  – Say you have a party from 2-4. You could have the kids arrive at 2 pm, get the childrens entertainer to start the show for 2:15 pm and then entertain the kids for an hour. That obviously takes you up to 3:15 pm. After an hour the children will need a break for food and drink so you could have the entertainer stay while they eat for half an hour and do balloon modelling or entertain the kids whilst their eating round the tables. If the break for food last 30 minutes, then that takes you till 3:45 pm, leaving you with 15mins for the kids to occupy themselves before the mums and dads come to pick them up from the party.

Option 3: A third option: For a 2 hour party is to have a 15 minute period where the kids occupy themselves for a bit whilst everyone else is arriving and waiting for the party to start. Then you start the entertainment and have it run for an hour (either with your own kids part games or the kid’s entertainer). Then you can have a 30 min break for food and drink, which leaves you with 15 minutes where the kids can occupy themselves before the parents come to pick them up. E.g. a party from 3- 5 p.m. would go like this:

3 – 3:15 p.m. – Kids arrive.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. – Games start or kid’s entertainer does a show.

4:15- 4:45 kids have tea

4;45 – 5:00 – kids get picked up by parents

The advantage to this format is obviously you save on the cost of having a children’s entertainer for just 1 hour or you don’t have to think of as many games if you’re doing it yourself.

The disadvantage is that kids don’t always take 30 minutes for food and if they finish earlier e.g. 4:30, you could have a large bunch of kids running around, full of E numbers and sugar, with nothing to do for half an hour. If that happens you’ll need to make sure you have games for them to do before the parents come to pick them up so do plan for this.

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Should I have a Clown for my Kid’s Birthday Party?

Kids clowns are a great idea for children’s birthday parties. They’re very popular with kids from ages 4-10. We do loads of them and usually you should expect a children’s clown to offer activities like magic, puppet shows, balloon modelling, juggling, bubbles and loads of general clown silliness to get the kids laughing. Plus prizes for all the kids. Check out this link to kids clowns for more info.

Generally we suggest that party clowns are suitable for children from the age of 4 and up. Any younger than this and you usually findthat they get scared.

We always say children’s clowns are best if your child has specifically asked for a clown at their party. If you’re not sure about having a kids clown because your children might get scared, then it’s possibly best to go for a children’s clown that doesn’t have the make up, red nose or funny hair. The entertainer could still do the same show  but just not have any facial stuff as this is what tends to make clowns scary for them.  Young kids still love the clown costume and fun activities that clowns do. Most children’s entertainment companies will be able to accommodate this for you.

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Should Parents stay or leave at your Kid’s Party?


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Children's Birthday Parties

Loads of Mums ask us if they should have the parents stay at parties. Our general rule is if the party is for ages 3 and up then yes they should, as they are still young and kids do obviously need parents to stay with them. If you’re hiring a children’s entertainer it’s a good idea for parents to sit with their kids and watch the show with them too.

If children are 4 and up then we always recommend against parents staying at the party unless you have a separate room for them to socialise in.

Lots of parents like the idea of having the parents stay for food and doubling up their kid’s party, with a party for the grown ups. It’s great idea in theory but parents should be aware that it can come at the cost of  their children’s enjoyment. Why? Because of all the background noise levels created by parents.

We have been to loads of parties where parents stay. It can work fine if you have a separate room for the parents to chat in, but if it’s all done in the same room, then due to the background noise made by parents talking, it means more often than not, kids struggle to concentrate on the entertainment provided by your kid’s entertainer. Children often get distracted with other things going on around them and they may decide to run to Mum or Dad at random points during the show, which can then disrupt the other kids from the party too and create a snowball effect in kids losing concentration.

If you’ve gone to the trouble of spending money on the hall, the food, the entertainer then you want the kids to be able to enjoy it. The entertainer’s show is often the core of the children’s party but no matter how good a children’s entertainer is, parents staying can really can get in the way of the kids having fun at their party. If it’s a birthday party for the kids then we always suggest it should stay just that – a party for the kids and not for the grown ups.

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Step by Step Guide to Organising a Children’s Themed Party

Step by Step Guide to Organising a Children’s Themed Party

Below is a step by step guide in how to organise your children’s themed party:

1) Decide on your theme  – chat with your child about the type of theme he/ she may like. Popular ones for boys are:

Pirates, knights, fire men, cowboys, space, jungle and super heroes.

Popular ones for girls are: Princesses, fairies, jungle, under the sea, witches or chocolate factory.

2) Decide on your date and check you can find a venue for it (that is if you’re not having it at home).

3) Send out the invitations. Once your date is confirmed and the venue is booked you want to get these out asap. See our link for some free party invitations you can download for free.

4) Book your children’s entertainer. Or if you’re not having an entertainer then decide on the activities you’re having to entertainthe kids.

5) Other optional things to think about:

a) You might want to get the kids to dress up according to your theme. If so then mention this in your invitations.

b) Decorations and party tableware – If you’re taking the trouble to theme your party then it’s a lot more fun to have themed decorations and party tableware. We’ve found a great site for decorations for your children’s themed party. It has a wide range of choice and is a very easy site to navigate.

c) Party Food- Another great opportunity to theme your party and show your creative side. There are loads of ideas for themed party. There are plenty of ideas on our blogs but you might like to search through the internet or some party food cook books to get inspiration.

5) Birthday cake! – last but not least. If you’re doing a children’s themed party then you simply have to theme the birthday cake. It’s an unwritten law. Try Annie Rigg’s ‘Birthday Cakes for Kids’. It  has tonnes of ideas like dragon cakes, owls, rabbits, teddy bears, hedgehog, cat, elephant, train, pirate ship,hot air balloon, fire engine, rocket, spell book, fairy cake, princess crown, and much more…

Then again if you want to cheat and save time to get someone else to do it you can always try this cake delivery service and have your dream cake delivered straight to your door.

6) Party Bags – after all the work youve already put in to preparing your children’s themed party you’d be forgiven for now worrying about party bags. There are sites that offer themed party bags. But you don’t have to theme everything and if you want to save money then you can really just get away with giving the kids some cake to take home instead. If you’re hiring a children’s entertainer then they should offer prizes and balloon models for the kids to take home so that should be plenty. Or if you want normal party bags you can easily get part bags and items to fil lthem with in all good high street party shops.

You can make your party as creative as you want depending on how much time you have. Just remember not to get stressed over making things too complicated. If it gets too complicated kids may not have as much fun than if it were just kept simple.

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