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You have everything for the perfect birthday party, except a way to keep the kids entertained. Your child fears clowns, so you need to find another option. Are there other types of birthday entertainers available? You'll be happy to know there are actually quite a few choices.
Build a Bear is one of the newer entertainment choices. You travel with the party guests to a Build a Bear store, where someone helps the kids create their own stuffed animal. The company also provides invitations that you can print off and a favor for each child.
Check to see if any artists in your region are willing to come to children's parties. They may teach jewelry making, basic drawing and painting techniques, or pottery classes. Some artists offer packages that include a cake and other party items, as well.
Book a puppeteer or a magician to perform for the kids. Storytellers and kids' musicians also frequently do children's parties.
No matter what option you choose, you should always make sure to check references before you book a performer. Also, many children's performers need to be booked well in advance during the summer months, as you will be competing with local library systems as they plan summer reading programs.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|