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Planning your child’s next birthday party? As you rifle through the cake recipes, decoration themes, and craft ideas, thanks to a shrinking world, you can now create a whole new type of experience for your kid: book a real live performer.
These days, you can find swimming mermaids, familiar pirates, larger-than-life robots, and more online, and read reviews of past party hosts. Or if you want an even more unique experience, hire a petting zoo, a yo yo expert, or a drum circle. Here are some cool suggestions from around the country to spark your imagination and get you started.
YoYo Joe (San Francisco, CA): This US Yoyo Champion takes the humble toy to a whole new level, with off-the-hook tricks and a knack for engaging young viewers.
ROBO DKTR (Toronto, ON): A 10-foot robot stiltwalker, complete with smoke, lasers, and Tron-bright LED display. Really, how have you had a birthday without one?
The Kinderwise Music Company (Burbank, CA): A bright, bold crew that can jump from zany to sweet, bringing their young listeners along for the very fun ride.
Animal Alley Productions (New York, NY): Have alligator, will travel! A mobile zoo with dozens of animals guests, this educational presentation demonstrates the joys of the wild in a kid-friendly way.
Magic Bubbles Show (Miami Beach, FL): Bubbles delight kids of all ages, especially when coaxed to do the beautiful, surprising things this performer manages.
Jack Sparrow (Auburn, NY): Everyone’s favorite pirate will merrily play a starring role at your party.
Children’s Drum Circles (Tampa, FL): Get everybody drumming up a storm--complete with rainstick--in an interactive rhythmic adventure that’s great for kids of all abilities.
Mermaid Minuet (Raleigh, NC): This rainbow-colored mermaid can dance, swim, stilt walk, and transform little aspiring mermaids with her set of tails and dress-up goodies.
For more good times, look for entertainers in your area on GigSalad (gigsalad.com). You can see reviews and all other info you’ll need to book just the right people for a truly memorable bash.