DISTRACTIONS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM
While this might start off as sounding like a nag, I hope that you will also find it will help you if you are running your own children’s party.
At the heart of what I do is one simple aim…
That is to offer my clients the Very Best Service I Can.
With that in mind, I want you to feel that you have received Great Value For Money.
That the Children feel that they have Had A Great Time.
And that your guests feel that You Got It Right!
To achieve my aim, I ask you to look out for any possible distractions.
Distractions grab the children’s attention when I’m presenting a Magic Show or Running A Party. And if there are too many distractions, they can spoil your party. So here are some things to look out for.
BALLOONS ON THE FLOOR
I’ve mentioned this before, but children love to play football and rugby with balloons. They also like to burst them! If I’m presenting a Magic Show, I will ask for the balloons to be moved to the back of the room until after the show.
Maybe keep the balloons up on the walls until the end of the party and give them out at the home time.
BALLOONS ON HANDS
Sometimes, helium filled balloons are tied to the children’s hands. When the children run around the balloons drag behind and the strings tangle or become a choking hazard. Please, please, please don’t let any grown-ups tie balloons to the children at the party.
FOOD & DRINK
Imagine this choice, cake or magician? You know what a child is going to prefer. Cake wins every time!
Please can I ask that the party food and drinks are kept out of reach until after the Magic Show or in a Two Hour Party, until the mid-party break. On very hot days, it’s a very good idea for the children to have a quick drink before the Magic Show. And for After School Parties, have a drink and biscuit ready for the children when they arrive.
This might make me sound like a real meanie, but please make sure the other children’s parents keep to the rule.
TOYS – PLAY EQUIPMENT
If you are holding your party in your home or garden, or if the venue you are using has a Pre-School, there might be play equipment or toys in the corner of the room. Please keep these tucked away or covered up. Some children, especially if they are younger, will find them irresistible.
At the risk of being very, very controversial, I would say that Grown-Ups can be the biggest distraction at your Children’s Party.
They do like to talk while the Magic Show is going on and as I raise the volume of my sound equipment to be heard, they raise the volume of their conversation. As a result, the children struggle to hear me and therefore their attention can start to wander. At the beginning of the Magic Show, I will politely ask the grown-ups to not talk through the show. Maybe you can help me by gently reminding any talkers so keep the noise down.
Another thing that can help me, is to put grown-ups’ chairs across the room, facing where I will be performing the Magic Show. They tend to talk less and watch the show (which is entertaining for them too!)
Toddlers are very sweet and can be quite comical when they wander around. I would love to know what they are thinking when they explore new places. They can be quite a distraction. To be honest, this isn’t my worry about Little Dots. My concern is that I have a lot of cables, heavy equipment and I do jump around a lot! If there are any younger siblings at your party, please can you keep them safe.
That’s my list of distractions. As a Professional Entertainer with a lot of experience, I can deal with them and I will still do everything I can to overcome them and provide the Best Service I Can.
I’m sorry if it sounded like nagging, but if you are running your own party, take these into account and you might have an easier time of it.