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How To: Fun Kids Party Activities

If you are like most mum’s and dad’s, you would prefer to be prepared when it comes to having a substantial group of children in your home. Here are some fun kids party activities for you.

You want your guests to be occupied at all times, a) so they have a great and memorable time, b) so they stay in your designated “party area” and don’t run WILD around your house or venue and c)  even worse, so they aren’t telling you they are bored. Here are some ideas to keep the kids occupied before and after your entertainer arrives.  These activities are all quite versatile and last for varying amounts of time, it is up to you how long they last and how much assistance you want to give your guests during these fun kids party activities.

Fun Kids Party Activities

Depending on the age of your guests will determine just how much ‘entertaining’ they need in this waiting period. Kids who are 8 years and over can generally fill up this time with general chitchat. However, if you have a group of quiet kids, they might need some encouragement and a bit of background music to get the party atmosphere kicked into action.

Consider these fun kids party activities:

4-7 years

Colouring

We have Dancing Queen colouring sheets for all three of our dancing characters; Anna Ballerina, Charlee Cheerleader and Honey Hip Hop. Set up a colouring station with some pencils, crayons and glitter pens and invite your guests to sit around and do their best colouring. Just ask us about our colouring sheets and we will send them through to you so you can print them off ready for your party.

Dress Ups

If your party is following a specific theme…Ballerina for example, you can provide your guests with a Dressing area that they can go and pick something to borrow from you to wear during the party. A tutu, skirt, tiara, pair of wings or costume jewellery to get them into theme and feeling extra special. You might even choose to give each guest something specific that they can wear and keep as their own.

Any age

A decoration station

Decorate donuts, cupcakes or cookies. Give the kids a variety of lollies, icing, sprinkles and other toppings to cover their donut in. Display these in simple bowls and dishes with a spoon in each for sprinkling and spreading deliciousness around. This is something that is very simple to set up and execute. You can walk the guests through the steps to decorate their donut or they can work their way through it by themselves as it is pretty self explanatory.

Crafts

Making bookmarks, paper crowns, fruit loop necklaces, DIY cheerleading pom poms. If one of these ideas takes your fancy, the supplies required are inexpensive and you can find templates and tutorials online.

Wrap Up the Activity when your Entertainer Arrives

We do highly recommend letting your guests know that the activity stops once the entertainer arrives. And packing things away at this time is a good way to signify this shift in the focus from your activity to your entertainer. This will ensure the focus is on your entertainer and will create a fun and inclusive atmosphere at your party.

Keep in mind our timing recommendations

Option 1 (1hr, with your entertainer) – if you follow our recommendations there is 30 mins before your entertainer arrives that you might like to engage your guests with something simple, fun and easy. Or option 2 and 3 parties (1.5 hrs, with your entertainer) where there is only 15 mins to engage your guests before your entertainer arrives. Sometimes, mingling and chatting is enough, especially if you know most of your guests aren’t likely to arrive on the dot of time.

Want to have someone else take care of all the fun kids party activities for you? Contact us about out dance party entertainment.

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Party Planning Timeline

We have hosted 1000’s of kids birthday parties over the last decade and have developed, over time, what we consider to be the perfect kids party timeline. This is specifically what happens on the day of your party from when your guests arrive to when they leave.

Kids Party Planning Timeline

A 2 hour party in total is a great amount of time to spend with friends and family without feeling too overwhelming and marathon-like. Longer parties and slumber parties are certainly a great idea if you have guests over 8 years of age, but not always necessary. Below you will see limited time where you need to directly supervise and run activities yourself but just enough time to do official party things like welcome your guests and cut the cake. We highly recommend this timeline, but of course completely understand if you choose to invite your guests to stay longer for more friend bonding time. Let us help you with your party planning timeline, read on!

Party Planning Timeline –

2pm: Guests start to arrive

As you know, not everyone will arrive on time, give your guests some time to arrive and settle in before any official entertainment starts. If they are young and not so social as yet, a sit down activity they can do independently works well, think colouring, simple arts and crafts, dress ups in party themed clothing (assuming you have some spares your guests can borrow) or it might look more like – welcoming older children into your home and offering them a drink as they chat away and make their own fun. Background music is always a good idea.

2.30pm: Your Dancing Queen character arrives

To set up at 2.25pm starts the “active” part of the party with the dancing and dance related games. Here is where you can be chatting away to other parents, taking photos, enjoying the entertainment as a spectator, prepping food for the finish of the entertainment or just generally relaxing (read: drinking wine).

3.15pm: Party food and faces

The Dancing Queen character sets up a small application station close to where the children will be eating the party food. She takes one child away to the station and applies the face paint or make up while the rest of the children are enjoying the party food. We want to eliminate the children from standing in a queue waiting for their turn so we recommend a sit down lunch. We find serving food at this time works incredibly well as children are hungry after the dancing and are ready to eat, this helps eliminate lots of left over party food too.

3.30pm: The Dancing Queen character concludes the faces and exits the party

The kids are at the point where the ice has been broken long ago and they are more than comfortable interacting and playing or chatting away independently. Throw some of your own party music on now that your Dancing Queen Character has taken hers away to keep the party atmosphere going.

3.45pm: Birthday Cake and Happy Birthday song to the birthday child!

Ask every guest at the party to stop what they’re doing and gather around the cake; this is the highlight of the party – I mean CAKE! The cutting of the cake is the conclusion of the party and signifies to your guests that the party is wrapping up and it is nearly time to leave.

4pm: Party concludes and children are collected

If you are having trouble coaxing your guests out the door, we suggest you start packing up/cleaning the party area; they will surely get the idea!

 

Above, we’ve outlined our Option 1 dance party planning timeline. If you’re having an Option 2 or 3 party and 1.5 hrs of entertainment, there is even less time that you need to be engaging your guests. Imagine 15 minutes to welcome your guests and 15 minutes to cut the cake and wrap up the party, rather than 30 minutes.

Love the idea of having someone else take care of the entertainment, prizes and unforgettable memories? Contact us to find out more about our kid’s party entertainment.

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