Planning a children’s party takes a bit of budgeting and thinking ahead if you want things to go smoothly. As you’re thinking about your theme, your decor, and the cake, don’t forget about the most fun part of the celebration! There are kid’s party entertainment ideas for any budget and we can help you find the perfect performer for your child’s big day.
Note: The prices below are nationwide averages based only on GigSalad’s booking data. Your personal event quote may differ based on the vendor’s experience, length of performance, travel distance, and other factors.
Children’s Party Characters
Nothing makes the little one’s eyes light up like a visit from their favorite character! Children’s party characters can pose for photos, lead singalongs, play games, read stories, create balloon animals, and more.
Be sure to book early because the popular characters’ schedules fill up fast! And remember that kiddos’ attention spans may not last past an hour, so many children’s character bookings are between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
- Costumed character
- Cartoon character
- Princess party
- Superhero party
- Pirate entertainment
- Mermaid entertainment
What child doesn’t love animals? Whether the kids love fuzzy farm friends or are fascinated by all things scaly, animals can be a creative choice for birthday party entertainment. Even the older kids will enjoy it!
Most vendors who provide animals for kids’ birthday parties prefer an outdoor spot (except for smaller animal shows) and generally stay 2 hours to ensure all the kids have time to interact with them.
Many animal shows have special circumstances to consider when quoting, such as loading the animals, traveling to the event, and setup, breakdown, and clean-up. The prices below reflect a 2-hour booking to portray a more accurate quote.
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Children’s Party Shows
If you’re looking to captivate your little audience, then a children’s show may be the way to go. The kiddos will gather around the performance area to be wowed by a magic show, laugh at puppets, or sing along at a dance party with silly music! Sometimes the guest of honor even gets to participate in helping with a part of the show.
Most kids’ party shows last 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the age of the children and the type of entertainment.
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Children’s Party Performers for All Ages
For events with little ones, teens, adults, and everything in between, you might need a performer that can please everyone. From face painting to balloon twisting, there are some timeless choices that work for all age groups and may even bring out the kid in the adults at the event!
Since the following services are individualized for each attendee, the vendors tend to stay around 2 hours. The prices below reflect a 2-hour booking that would cover 25 guests or so.
💁 Pro tip: Be sure to have an accurate guest count so your vendor can give a proper quote! The number of people attending will determine how long the artist should stay.
Children’s Party Event Services
Kids’ birthday party entertainment is important, but so is having someone else to take photos during the event, help make sure drinks and plates stay full, and ensure everything goes off without hitch. Consider hiring a photographer, caterer, and party decor company to alleviate the stress of being the event host.
Pay to stay in the moment
Don’t chase the kids around all day with the camera! Instead, enjoy the party and hire a local photographer to capture high-quality photos of all the special moments. They don’t need to be hired for the entire shindig, so booking someone for a couple of hours should be plenty. The vendors may even offer photo party packages to help with costs.
📸 Photographer: $160 an hour
Preparing a great menu of snacks and desserts can be daunting, especially for picky little eaters. A caterer or candy and dessert buffet specialist will ensure you’re offering your guests the cutest and sweetest treats and take the pressure of cooking and presenting off your plate.
👩🍳 Caterer: $425 an hour
Along the same lines, you can also hire some extra hands for the prep work. A party decorator or balloon decor artist can make sure your celebration is as adorable as can be without you having to lift a finger.
🎉 Decor: $82-$125 an hour
Don’t forget the tip!
Last but not least, remember when creating your budget to consider the price of an appropriate tip for your vendors and performers! They worked hard to make your little one’s birthday bash a big success.
You can base the tip on the entire fee, and using 10-20% is adequate. If you have hired multiple kids’ entertainers, consider tipping $15-$20 per performer.
We hope this guide helps you plan the perfect celebration for your favorite kiddo. And remember, no matter your budget, you can find a children’s party entertainer that will make the day unforgettable! 🎉
Megan is the Director of Customer Experience at GigSalad and has gained 9+ years of insight on what makes a great event on both sides of the booking process. Her favorite things include books, true crime podcasts, coffee, hiking, puns, and making people laugh.