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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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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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Tips for having a Pinata at kids parties

How to Run a successful Piñata

Being a professional children’s entertainmentcompany, we see piñatas a lot at kids birthday

parties.  Piñatas are loads of fun and growing more and more popular but if managed incorrectly it can all end in tears.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Before you get a piñata make sure you have plenty of space. Kids are going to be swinging around a strong stick to bash it with continuously so you need plenty of room to do this and for the other kids to stand well out of the way of the person swinging the stick as they wait for their turn.
  •  Secondly you need a good place to hang the piñata up without too much difficulty. If you’re hiring a hall for your kids party this can be tricky and you might need to consider whether there is anywhere suitable for this before getting a piñata. What you don’t want to end up doing is holding it yourself with a bit of string for the obvious reason being that the piñata might not be the only thing that ends up getting bashed.
  •  The contents of the piñata can be anything really but small items are best such as sweets or toys. You want to fill it up to allow for at least 1 item per child but we’d recommend 2-3 per child.
  • Be clear to the kids about the rules before they start. Get the kids in a line, tell them that they will take it in turns, one at a time, to bash the piñata using the stick. Tell them how many bashes they get per go. (we suggest 3 per turn). Then they go to the back of the line to have another go.
  • For safety reasons, make sure there is always a big gap between the child in the front of the line and the child who is currently bashing the piñata, so there is no chance of anyone behind them getting hit by the stick. Make sure you have another grown up in charge of this throughout the whole game.
  • Once the piñata is about to burst open, the sweets/ toys you have put in it will all fall out in a pile on the floor and it really can be chaotic if kids are just allowed to race in and grab them. We recommend therefore that just before the piñata bursts open, that the kids are told that a grown up will give out the contents to the kids afterwards and they shouldn’t race to grab the sweets themselves. This way everything can be given out fairly.

On average piñata can take anywhere between 15-20 mins for about 20-30 kids.

Here’s a great place to get piñatas from. Plus more useful tips on piñatas.

Have fun guys!

Treasure chest Pinata

Treasure chest Pinata

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