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How to Make Your Next Kids’ Party Memorable Long After It’s Finished

At a certain age, children will go to a lot of different parties and this will make it difficult for your party to stand out. Of course, the objective here is not to compete with the other parents, but you nevertheless probably do want your child to feel as though their party was special and you want those in attendance to remember it as a great day. But when they’re going to so many similarly organised parties… how do you make yours stand out? There are a few ways, so let’s take a look at some of the best strategies.

Use a Theme – And Take it to Extremes

One of the best children’s party ideas I ever heard of was a friend’s whose Mum themed the day around the then-popular ‘Crystal Maze’. In case you’ve never seen the show, this was a program that involved a team going into the titular maze where they would have to complete a gauntlet of different challenges. Some of these would be physical challenges (like balancing along thin beams), while others would be mental puzzles which would involve things like fitting keys into the correctly shaped holes.

At this party, the Mum had designed each room of their house to be a different ‘challenge’ and had cleverly used everything at her disposal to mimic some of the challenges from the show. Essentially this was really just a party filled with different games, but by structuring it in the same way as Crystal Maze, and by sticking closely to the theme, it was transcended above this and turned into something truly memorable.

Have Something That Will Last


Another way to make a party memorable is to include elements that will actually last. This is one of the reasons that face painting is so popular for example: because the face paint will last for a while after the party has ended allowing the children to recall the party every time someone comments. Airbrush tattoos will last even longer, while you can also try giving out exciting gift bags that contain things the children are actually likely to want to use a while after the party has ended.

Think Outside the Box

Of course just doing something different enough to stand out is another way to make a party memorable. This will often mean not staying at your home, but instead actually travelling somewhere else to perhaps go gokarting or top roping, or to visit some kind of show or event that coincides with the party. Look in the local paper to see what’s on and pick something that will be genuinely memorable.

Use Professionals

Another option is to hire professional entertainers who can further add to the day. While magicians might not be the most original, they can genuinely amaze and if the tricks they do are good enough then this could be something that the children speak about for years to come. The same goes for professional dancers, clowns and any other entertainers. This is their job, and as such they will be sure to provide a professional quality of entertainment that you just wouldn’t be able to accomplish on your own. At the same time there’s no reason that you can’t be more creative in your choice of professionals too – why not have a professional mime or even a rock band? It might not be what you normally associate with a children’s party, but that’s the whole point: they’ll be experiencing something for the first time and that’s the kind of thing you don’t quickly forget!

These are just some of the ways you can make your child’s party memorable and special. There are many more, so think outside the box!

5 Party Activities to Keep the Young Ones Occupied and Happy

It is no surprise that the most popular party activities are the simple ones that have stood the test of time, but just because a party activity has its roots in the past does not mean it has to be dated. With a little tweaking any game can seem up to date or a bit different. Here are 5 kid’s party activities that will always be popular for children.

Pass the Parcel

How can this activity fail? It has music, prizes, and paper ripping. This is an easy one to appear modern, you simply need to buy themed wrapping paper with the latest toy or movie on it, and play some music that the kids will recognize (and perhaps sing along with). The anticipation of opening the final layer has always been a winner, but I like to put mini prizes in every few layers to make more kids happy.

Musical Chairs


This is a game that even the adults love to play, and one that gets the children genuinely excited. You will have no need to spice it up as even the mention of the game will have the kids whooping with delight. Keep the music upbeat to enhance the excitement, and include a few adults for the children to beat and feel extra special.

Blind Man’s Bluff

We all know that kids love to chase each other, and this game gives them the perfect opportunity. Start the game with one child with a blindfold on in the center, and the others in a circle around him. On a command, the child in the center has to tag one of the other kids who then becomes the blind man. You can vary this game by adding the tagged children as another blind man until all bar one is caught. This game will need supervision, but is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all.

Ping Pong Toss

This game is traditionally played with an open bucket or container, and is one that has the kids concentrating like professional darts players. To keep the game more attractive to the children you can have cartoon characters with their mouths cut out as targets Some variations would be to use small bean bags instead of ping pong balls (easier to throw), or have a stand up target with holes cut out at the mouth, hands, and feet.

Balloon Popping

This is another guaranteed winner with kids of all ages. You simply need some themed balloons (the last ones I used were Lego balloons), with a piece of paper with a present on it placed inside. The balloons are then blown up ready to be burst by the children. On the appropriate signal the kids grab a balloon and try to burst it by sitting on it. The first to burst the balloon gets the big prize, and the others get the prize on their piece of paper.

These ideas are great filler for any party, but to really make the party go with a bang you can use a party specialist. A specialist firm will have clowns, face painters, balloon artists, and perhaps even a magician to keep your kids entertained for hours.

4 Things that Make a Kid’s Birthday Party Fun

A kid’s birthday party is supposed to be full of fun and excitement. However, most parents fail to deliver on this and the party turns out to be dull. A cake and a few games aren’t enough to make your child happy on his birthday. There are a few more elements that are needed for it to be called a party. Fortunately for you we’re here to help you add those elements. Here are 4 things that make a kid’s birthday party fun and interesting:



If there’s no clown there’s no birthday party. Clowns are as synonymous to birthday parties as birthday cakes. They provide the entertainment and laughs that a kid’s party needs. Some clowns even perform magic tricks that children find fascinating. If you want your child to be smiling throughout his birthday, then you need to hire a clown. If you’re under a budget you should hire a clown fresh out of clown college. And by that I mean a novice who’s still trying to sharpen his skills. You’ll help him get a gig and in return you might get a discount.

Balloon Animals

Clowns are usually skilled at making balloon animals. However, if you’re not hiring them then you need to at least learn how to make balloon animals yourself. If you do that you won’t have to worry about future birthday parties. Making balloon animals might be tough, but it’s not impossible and certainly not something you can’t learn. Do a quick search on YouTube and you’ll find loads of tutorials that you can follow. Video tutorials are the best when you need to learn something new and complicated like making balloon animals. After all it’s your kid’s birthday you’ll have to put in some effort into the party.

Face Painting

This is something you see at carnivals, but it’s also a welcome sight at a kid’s birthday party. Face painting as an activity attracts a lot of children and adults too. It’s fun and exciting, just what you need for your party. When you hire somebody for face painting you need to make sure that they use safe colors. It’ll dampen the party mood if the color doesn’t come off or it causes an allergic reaction. If that happens you’ll be the one held accountable, so for your own sake hire a professional.

Bouncy Castles

Kids have a lot of energy in them. And when a whole bunch of them get together at a party you can imagine what’ll happen. If you don’t have the time to keep an eye on the kids, then make sure you hire a bouncy castle for their entertainment. They’ll spend their time bouncing up and down while you attend to other matters. Just make sure the kids don’t bounce after having their meal or it’ll come right out of them.

If you include the things mentioned here in your kid’s birthday party, then I’m sure he’ll have a good time. And so will the kids who attend the party.

How A Clown Can Make Your Kid’s Party More Fun


If your kid’s birthday is coming up soon then make sure that you don’t waste any moment and do your best to prepare everything on time. There are just so many things to do: sending invitations, choosing the party location, making arrangements for birthday cakes, etc. In addition, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to also hire a clown for your kid’s birthday party. Kids absolutely love such guys and you might be happy to know that a clown can make sure that everyone will have a great time, including the parents. Here is how a clown can make your kid’s party more entertaining.

Clowns can wear a variety of costumes

If your kid loves certain Disney characters or other persons from cartoons and movies then you can make arrangements so that the clown dresses up accordingly. The costumes are very important when it comes to kids parties and your child will be deeply impressed and happy.

Clowns can offer shows and engage kids in interesting activities

There are so many ways you can entertain a kid these days and clowns know this very well. If you hire a clown for your kid’s birthday party, he will present various interesting and funny shows, he will play games with kids, tell jokes or even show magic tricks. The entire show of a clown is specially designed to make kids burst into laughs and also entertain parents at the same time.

Clowns can do face painting for your kids too

Kids also love to paint, draw and play with various colors and shapes. In this case, a clown can offer you face-painting services. Using special types of paints which are very safe and which comply with the latest health regulations, clowns can draw pretty much anything on your kid’s face, hands or any other body part. For example, your daughter might want to have cute, little moustache on her face, just like a cat. Similarly, your son might want to look like Joker from the Batman movies. Everything is possible and the clowns will make sure that the wishes of each and every single kid will be satisfied when it comes to face-painting.

Use clowns for any of your parties or special events

You might be happy to know that clowns are not just exclusive for your kid’s birthday party only. They can be hired for a plethora of similar events. For example, clowns can ensure an entertaining and joyful atmosphere on Christmas, Children’s Day, special events, opening of shops and malls, various kids parties, weddings and so on. Basically, whenever you want to smile and entertain your kid, make sure that you hire a clown and everything will be great! Additionally, clowns bring along with them decorative balloons, birthday cakes, confetti, photo albums and many more other services.

If you would like to organize the best birthday party for your kid, then make sure that you contact our company today. We have a lot of experience when it comes to entertaining kids and our clowns are polite, friendly, funny and punctual!

5 Out-of-the-Box Games to Make Your Kid’s Birthday Party an Instant Success

If you want your child’s birthday to be a rocking success, traditional games such as passing the parcel or pin the tail on a donkey just won’t do. You need to think out of the box and come up with ideas that instantly hook your tiny guests. Here we have picked 5 such ideas that are guaranteed to make your kid’s birthday party an instant success.

Chocolate Making Party

What is that one thing that never fails with kids? You guessed it right – chocolates and lots of them! So, who wouldn’t want to be in a birthday bash, where you get to make your own fancy chocolate treats? Pile a table high with funky accessories – animal-shaped moulds, chocolate fountain, popsicles, bowls, brushes, silver candy decors and more. Don’t stop them; let the kids take a full go at it. They will eat it, spill it, smear themselves, but you will be surprised at the kind of creativity that comes out of them. Sometimes, being creative can mean being messy, but its good.

Balloon Bust

Perhaps the simplest game out there, but it guarantees a good laugh. Get your hands on as many tiny adorable gifts as you can. Blow up balloons with tiny prizes placed inside. Fill a huge basket with balloons and on the count of three, ask each kid to pick up a balloon. The kids have to sit on the balloons to pop it. No hands or legs, just the bottom! One who completes the task first will get a prize. Watching kids scramble around with their balloons is a pure joy to watch. As an alteration to this game, you can also try balloon sandwich. A balloon caught between two kids. Imagine the crazy fun!

Water Piñatas


What a fun way to cool off on a scorching summer day? This game is sure to get the kids up and running. Just tie up a bunch of water balloons together and let the little ones take a swing at it. Can anything match the fun of whacking away at the wriggly jiggly pod? Probably not! Watch your kids squeal with laughter every time they get their mark right and get splashed with water. Be careful though, you don’t want them to hurt themselves; rubber bats are a good choice here.

Button, Button – Who’s got The Button?

Simple game but fun nevertheless. Ask the kids to form a circle around the birthday boy or girl. Place the button in any one kid’s hand and have them pass it around back and forth in quick motion. Now, the centre player has to guess who has the button, if he/she guesses it right, they win the grand prize.

Smell It, Hear It

Fill a tiny jar with content; it can be anything – tiny clips, pennies, and candies and don’t forget to add vanilla or cinnamon essence to trick them into thinking that it’s a treat. Cover the jar with paper, and ask the kids to sit around in a circle. Blindfold them and pass around the jar. They can sniff around all they want, jiggle the jar to their heart’s content. One who gets the maximum guesses right will be the winner.

Go ahead and be a kid with your kids. That’s when the fun quotient of the day truly goes up and your child will simply love you for it.

5 Classic Don’ts to Avoid While Organizing Your Child’s Birthday Party


As parents, we want to make sure that our kids have the best birthday party. However, no matter how much we take care of things, mistakes are bound to happen. Likewise, an event like a kid’s birthday party has the potential to go wrong, even though you have planned it thoroughly. We are only human and we can’t foresee every probable situation. Here are a few factors that can ruin your properly planned kid’s birthday.

Sending Out Invites Late

Even though some of us work the hardest under pressure, it is better to plan things out well ahead of the actual day. This will also leave a lot of room for any last minute changes. However, if invites have been sent out at the last moment, it might lead to some of the parents not being available or the kid not being able to attend. Moreover, you know how important it is to have the kid’s parents around to take care of them because there is no way you will be able to take care of everything, plus kids.

Not Reminding Parents to RSVP

If you are someone who has organized parties, small or big, you know how important RSVPs are. It is especially important for a kid’s birthday party because you want to know how many children are going to be under one roof, at the same time. Knowing how many people are coming means you can also properly organize how many gift bags you will need, food, space, etc. You can either email the parents or give them a call. If you want to reduce chaos on the day, you need to remind the parents to RSVP.

Not Enquiring About Allergies

After planning for weeks and when the day finally arrives, you might find that a kid gets an allergy attack from the food. This can grievously hamper the celebration and if the matter gets out of hand, a trip to the hospital might also be needed. Therefore, make sure that when you send out the invitations, the parents informs about any case of allergy. This has the potential to decrease the chances of such surprises dramatically.

No Bouncing After Food

If you are thinking of hiring one of those inflatable castles, make sure that the kids stay away from it after their meal. Why, you ask? Because chances are high that kids might throw up after having had too much to eat. Moreover, if the other kids don’t see it and kept on playing in the bouncy castle, imagine the mess and the stink.

No Discretion

The most difficult part about planning a kid’s birthday party is whether to invite the entire class or a selected few because you do not want to offend anyone. If it’s within your budget to invite everyone, then it’s fine. However, if you cannot afford to invite the entire class, make sure that you tell your child to be discreet. As difficult as it might be for a child to keep things about their party to themselves, it is very important that they understand the situation. However, if you are planning to invite nearly everyone in the class, it’s better to invite everyone.

Just because your kid is still a child, doesn’t mean planning their birthday parties is going to be easier. Therefore, make sure that you have plenty of patience and it will be all worth it in the end.

Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways To Simplify Your Bouncy Castle Hire

Hiring a bouncy castle is an awesome way of celebrating your kid’s birthday. Sadly, it can also be a decision that ends in tears. Everything from ripped castles to dirty, broken or unsanitary equipment can ruin the big day if you aren’t careful. If you are scratching your head and wondering which firm to rent from, help is at hand. Here are five ways to simplify your bouncy castle hire. Following these five points should help you avoid disreputable companies and make your kid’s birthday go with a bang!


#1. Ask For Personal Recommendations

With so many dodgy hire companies out there, finding one you can trust is especially hard. It is best to avoid taking a gamble. You want your child’s party to be extra special. Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations. See whether anyone you know has ever hired a bouncy castle. What did they think of the price? Were the members of staff friendly and knowledgeable? This will help you avoid the disappointment of hiring an unknown firm that fails to deliver.

#2. Ask For A Written Quote

Hire companies are notorious for applying extra charges or adding items that you didn’t expect to have to pay for. Many people believe that a receipt is enough to protect them. What you really need is a written quote. This outlines exactly what you expect, what time it will be delivered and collected and how much it will cost. This helps avoid situations where you feel overcharged or find that the castle your ordered was not to your satisfaction.

#3: Arrange Your Own Compressor

As you know, a bouncy castle relies on a compressor to stay inflated. Unfortunately, the deal you get on compressor hire from a bouncy castle operator may be far from competitive. Luckily, it may be unnecessary. Perhaps you own one or can borrow one from a friend of family member. Better still, you could rent one from a hire firm much more reasonably. Any of these options can lower the cost of your bouncy castle hire.

#4. Check The Castle Thoroughly When It Is Delivered

If there is one thing worse than a no-show, it’s having a dirty, leaky castle delivered. You are well within your rights to inspect the castle thoroughly when it is delivered. Check for leaks, dirt, de-lamination and other defects that may pose a health and safety hazard. You should refuse to accept a castle that seems old or broken. The last thing you want is for your child or their friends to get sick or injured playing on the castle. Besides, if you don’t inspect the castle, the firm may blame your kids for any damage and try to charge you for it.

#5. Keep The Firm To Their Word

According to the Canadian Council Of Better Business Bureaus, hire agreements can often turn sour but are usually easy to resolve. Planning a kids birthday party in Calgary or the surrounding area should be fun but if any problem you experience isn’t resolved through talking to the firm, you can contact your local BBB to make a formal complaint.

Kids Parties: How to Plan the Food for Your Child’s Birthday Party


Your child’s birthday is probably one of the most anticipated days of the year, and it can also end up being one of the most stressful events to organize. With so many different things to take into consideration it is often a little overwhelming to know where to start. Decorations, invitations and entertainment all need to be planned prior to the party. It is also important that you serve up a child-friendly spread of food. This article provides some handy top tips that will help you to plan and serve the perfect food for your child’s birthday party in no time at all.

Time of the Party

The time of the party will affect the type of food that you serve. Is the party going to be around lunchtime or dinner time? Your party may even fall in between these two times, if so it is still a good idea to serve up some tasty snacks so that your guests are not left hungry.

Average Age

The age of the children that are attending is also a factor to take into consideration as it will affect the type of food that you serve. It is becoming increasingly popular to serve up a selection of healthy food alongside some more sugary treats to give kids a healthy balanced meal. Fresh juices can be offered instead of soda drinks to prevent the children from getting too hyperactive.


If you are holding any sort of themed party then it is a nice finishing touch to use foods which complement these themes.

Number of Children

Of course the number of children attending will affect the amount of food that you need to purchase. You may also want to simplify the menu if you have a lot of children attending, just so you can make it easier for yourself to prepare everything in time.


The venue will affect how you choose to serve the food. If you are holding an intimate party at your own home then you may be able to serve the food up at the table. If you have limited space or seating areas then you can create a picnic style party and place a blanket on the floor for children to sit on.

Extra Help

If planning the food for your kids birthday party all seems like too much hard work then you can always hire some help. A professional catering team will be able to listen to your requirements in order to prepare and serve the perfect food for the party. This can save you plenty of time and hassle in the long run, and it will give you extra time to spend enjoying the event with your child.

Follow the above tips and you should be on the way to choosing the best foods for your child. Of course the food is only a small portion of everything that you need to organize. At Just Kidding Entertainment we have a range of talented performers who will be able to keep your child and party guests entertained on the big day. Good luck!

5 Classic Entertainment Ideas for Kids That Never Fails

There comes a time in life when you just do not have enough time to plan your kid’s birthday party because you already have so much on your plate. And that’s okay, because some situations don’t work out as we have hoped for. Yes, planning a special treat with customized décor and games is nice. However, you can be rest assured that your kid will be just as happy if the birthday consists of a lot of cake and friends. Therefore, to help you out with last minute preparation for your kid’s birthday, here is a list of some good entertainment ideas.

Face Painter


We all know that kids love their colors and glitters, which is why you need to hire a face painter for your kid’s birthday. They can have their face painted, and the little girls can even get their make-up done. If you are worried about the products that face painters use, do not be. They only use products that will not harm the kids in any way. Most of them also have a catalogue through which you can even see their work.


One of the classic entertainment ideas for kids is hiring a clown. The best part about hiring a clown is that the clown will have the children’s attention so that you can finish off other work for the party. These clowns are professionals and they know all the tricks to bedazzle kids. The best way to ensure that you are hiring a good clown is to get reference from friends and family who have had experience in hiring a clown.


Another idea to keep the children occupied and entertained is by hiring a magician. Kids are easily awed and a magician will be able to capture the children’s attention. However, it is better to hire a magician if the kids are 3 years and above, so that they will be able to understand what exactly is going on. Also, make sure that you ask the magician the kinds of stunts he will be performing to ensure safety.

Princesses and Fairies

If your daughter is obsessed with princesses and fairies, make her feel special by hiring princesses and fairies. The girls can play dress up, while the boys can dress up as wizards. Moreover, when you hire their services, they also come up with games to entertain the kids. This means, you do not have to worry about additional entertainment ideas. Hiring princesses and fairies is like bringing a piece of Disney Land right at your footstep.

Petting Zoo

If you can’t take the kids to the zoo, bring the zoo to your house, minus the ferocious animals. A petting zoo is a smaller establishment compared to a normal zoo, and features both domesticated animals and wild species that aren’t aggressive. The children can also pet and feed the animals, under the supervision of a professional. These zoos are also mobile and can be hired for birthday parties. Moreover, children will not only be having a good time, but also learning more about nature and animals.

In a child’s life, birthdays are one of the most anticipated events in their life and it doesn’t take much to make them feel like the happiest person in the world.

The Top 5 Bouncy Castle Hire Scams And How To Avoid Them


Hiring a bouncy castle is an excellent way to celebrate your kid’s birthday, but only if you hire from an established company. There are dozens of shady hire companies out there who will do things on the cheap. We’re compiled a list of the top five scams to be aware of and how to avoid them.

Scam #1: Renting Leaky Castles

If you called around hire companies in your area and found the lowest quote, don’t be too quick to congratulate yourself on saving ten bucks. The biggest scam out there is where companies hire leaky castles. This means that the seams of the inflatable have come apart and may have been temporarily patched or taped over. If you don’t check a castle thoroughly when the company arrive to set it up, they might try to blame your kids for ripping the castle and charge you a hidden ‘repair fee’ for the fix. Never accept a castle if it shows signs of having been repaired.

Scam #2: Renting De-laminated Castles

This means that the plasticized exterior surface of the castle is starting to peel away from the fabric underneath. It’s harder to spot than leaks and is potentially dangerous to your kids. Delaminating castles have jagged sharp edges that can easily scratch or cut your kids’ legs and feet. Always give the castle an inspection before you let the hire company employee leave. The scam here isn’t that you might be charged for this damage but that an activity you planned to be fun for your kids could actually hurt or injure them – definitely NOT what you paid for.

Scam #3: Unsanitary Equipment

When you hire a bouncy castle for your kids to play on, you expect it to be clean. Sadly, many rogue hire companies give you an inflatable that is anything but. Kids of all ages invariably leave bodily fluids on castles when they play (we’ll leave that to your imagination) and a major part of the hire company’s job is to properly sanitize the castle after every hire. Sadly, due to the time it takes to do this properly, cheap hire companies choose to see this as ‘optional’. This means that when your kids play on the castle, they may come into contact with harmful bacteria and easily get it into their eyes or mouths. Never accept a visibly dirty inflatable.

Scam #4: Overcharging For The Compressor Hire

Reputable hire companies will always give you the option of hiring a compressor, recognizing that some homes already have one. Cheap companies may give you a low-ball hire price that seems like a steal but then scam you on compressor hire. They may either insist that compressor hire is mandatory or simply overcharge you. If you don’t have a compressor, check how much one really costs to rent from your local hire firm before you get conned.

Scam #5: Late Penalties

You may get stung by fines for returning the equipment late or using it over the agreed upon time. If you are planning a kids birthday party in Calgary or the surrounding area, always ask for a full quote in writing to avoid any nasty surprises in the bill!

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