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Bring in the Clowns

Hosting a party for kids can be fun, but exhausting. Kids need lots of constant supervision and plenty of activities to keep them entertained and under control. That also means a lot of thought, preparation and work beforehand, and no time to relax during the party.

Internet party planners and do-it-yourself checklists can help. But you still have to do the work. And by the time the party starts, you may already be exhausted, but you still have to manage the party, and provide food, games and entertainment to keep the children (and any adults) active and involved. The good news is: help is available.

Consider hiring an entertainer, such as a magician or clown to provide entertainment that will keep the children attentive and involved without running yourself into the ground playing cook, crowd control, master of ceremonies and entertainment coordinator. An experienced professional clown will keep the party going, allowing you time to relax by taking the burden of managing the party, keeping control and providing enough activities to keep the children engaged off your shoulders.

If you decide to hire a entertainer, the internet, the phone book, or personal references are the best sources.   Start your search early, as the most will need to be booked far in advance.  Ask for references and a list of former clients. Make sure the entertainment is appropriate for the age group, so they can get the most enjoyment and participation. Depending on your area, there may be hundreds of websites offering “clowns for hire” as well as magicians, “face painting” and “balloon” artists, and all sorts of professional entertainers for kids.  Many offer an entire range of activities and characters to entertain and involve the kids, so that while they do the work; you can just sit back and watch the show.