With party season now in full swing and frazzled parents starting to wonder what hit them, it is high time someone reminded them why childrens entertainers are a much better idea for a childrens party. So – here we go.
First up: your kids, and your kids’ guests, do not know the entertainer. They have never seen him or her before in their lives. Children tend to act up much more in front of adults they know: and they act up even worse when they can see that an adult they know is trying to pretend to be someone else. An entertainer tends to dress up in silly clothes and do silly things. If kids see an adult they know doing that, they will go in for the kill. When they see an adult they do not know doing it, they do not know how to react – and so they tend to be better behaved.
Two – your childrens entertainers are not supposed to be authority figures. This leads on from point one. The parents of kids, and the parents of other kids, are supposed to have some clout in authority terms. No child will ever listen to an order, a request or a command ever again, if it is delivered by an adult that he or she has seen trying to do failed magic tricks in a daft costume. The entertainers can get away with this for two reasons – one, because they are actually capable of pulling off the tricks, and two, because they are not going to be telling the kids when it is time to go to bed.
Again following from a previous point, we have three: childrens entertainers can actually do the tricks and the shows they are performing. When you try and entertain your own kids’ parties, the shine quickly wears off your performance, and that is when all the kids start to act up. It is not your fault. You have never been trained as a side show magician or entertainer. You do not know how to do magic or tell jokes. An entertainer does. So why put yourself through all that stress, only to lose everyone’s attention after five minutes and have to watch the party disintegrate around you?
Four: childrens entertainers know when to play up and when to play down. They are trained to read the mood of their audience and act accordingly. The ultimate goal of a kids entertainment is to leave the audience tired, but not too tired; happy, but not over excited. Clearly, that means doing different things depending on the current mood of the audience. The kids’ entertainer is trained to feel that mood and do the right things to get it into that desired end state – the satisfied and tired, but not over worked stage.
Five: childrens entertainers mean you can spend more time policing the party: making sure no one over eats, or fights, or feels left out. Effectively, the entertainment is there to leave you free to concentrate on safety and cleaning. That means less stress for you. And less stressed parents’ means kids who are not disposed to act up as much.