• Let Me Entertain You

    Up The Fun Factor At Your Child’s Birthday Party By Hiring A Great Local Entertainer

    By Robin Saks Frankel

     

    Whether it’s a small family gathering or a big birthday blow-out,
    choosing the right performer for your child’s party can be a make-it or
    break-it decision. We’ve compiled a list of New York’s
    favorite children’s entertainers for bashes of any size or style.

    CLOWNS

    Each child who attends Looney Lenny‘s hilarious, interactive
    magic show (with juggling!) receives their own clown-o-rific name. Every party guest walks away with a balloon animal. looneyluckylennyland.com


    Juliet Schaefer Jeske
    studied clowning at the New York Goofs Ultimate Clown School, which should tell
    you all you need to know. Schaefer’s talents include face painting, balloon twisting,
    stilts, silly magic and the ukulele. rednosesnewyork.com


    Sammie and Tudie
    ‘s clowning philosophy: life is better when you’re
    laughing. Boasting over 20 years of experience, this comedic, magic circus show
    is ideal for ages three and up. sammieandtudie.com


    FACE PAINTING

    Not your typical face painting experience, the award-winning Faces
    by Derrick
    will make your kids, ages three and up, wish to never wash their
    faces again. facesbyderrick.com


    Girls
    especially love the signature unicorn design of Face
    Art by Melissa
    . This mother of two
    does fabulous face art and gorgeous glitter tattoos. faceartbymelissa.com


    The owner
    of Hearts Face Painting & Balloon Art brings both
    creative art forms to birthday environments. Her professional background lies in
    painting, so party spaces and little faces are sure to be transformed. facepaintingballoontwisting.com


    Kiki’s Faces and Balloons
    is an
    all-encompassing entertainment company offering face painting, balloon
    sculpting, “silly people” and princesses. kikisfacesandballoons.com


    Party
    Faces By Rachel
    ‘s
    namesake has a background that’s practically a Ph.D. in paint.
    The Brooklyn preschool teacher’s ability to charm the little ones while she works helps
    to keep them comfortable with the painting process. partyfacesbyrachel.com


    MAGICIANS


    The Amazing Max
    is so beloved; he even has his own
    Off-Broadway show for mega-magic families. His high-energy, interactive show
    blends comedy and juggling. maxdarwinmagic.com


    Paying
    tribute to the great magicians at the turn of the century, Cardone The
    Ultimate Vaudeville Magician
    ‘s act includes escape artistry,
    ventriloquism
    and classic scarf, coin and card tricks. cardonethemagician.com


    Ages 3-7 will fold into fits
    of laughter at Gary the Great‘s comedic magic act. He adapts his show
    based on audience response, so no two performances are alike. ahrealmagic.com

    Magic Al
    ‘s sleight
    of hand tricks will stupefy even grown-ups and his goofy antics keep kids in
    stitches throughout every performance. magic-al.com

    Mario the Magician‘s 45-minute set is aimed at kids ages 4-11 who are
    sure to go nuts for his silly antics, age-old slapstick humor and a live dove
    named Mozzarella. mariothemagician.com

    Kids
    ages 3-8 (and their parents) will adore Silly Billy.This self-proclaimed “comedian
    for children” uses magic, balloon twisting and lots of jokes to drum up
    laughter. sillybillymagic.com

    MUSICIANS

    Led by Audra Tsanos, a highly sought-after
    Music for Aardvarks instructor, Audra Rox‘s family-friendly
    band is just right for Big Apple birthdays. Audra incorporates the
    birthday child in the music and will have every guest jamming along on
    percussion props. audrarox.com

    Brett Band is the brainchild of early childhood music educator Brett Rothenhaus,
    formerly of Little Maestros. His original music and kiddie classics make for a playlist that gets everybody on their feet. brettband.com

    Moey’s Music Party
    brings the pompoms, maracas and parachute for 45 minutes of royal fun.
    Try the Princess Party Package filled
    with boas, bling and boogieing. moeysmusicparty.com

    Meredith
    LeVande, perhaps better known as Monkey Monkey Music,
    specializes in upbeat,
    original tunes for little ones. Her parachute-, instrument- and bubble-infused party
    shows instantly get all ages grooving. monkeymonkeymusic.com

    mr. RAY—a pioneer of the kindie genre—takes a mix-it-up
    approach to birthday gigs. Beginning with a concert and transitioning into a
    dance party, the festivities end with kids stepping up to sing solos on the mic. mrray.com


    A one-man band, Rockin’ With Andy makes kids and their parents want to
    shake their groove things. Mom and Dad love Andy’s acoustic guitar versions of
    grown-up hits and the little ones go bananas for his kids classics. Andy also
    brings shakers, bells, scarves and animal puppets for maximum rocking. rockinwithandy.com


    SPECIALTY


    If you can
    dream it, Nick the Balloonatic can make it. At it for 20 years, Nick’s
    handiwork includes flower bouquets, superheroes, monkeys on palm trees, top
    hats and much more. nicktheballoonatic.com


    Wendy The
    Pipe Cleaner Lady
    is a
    category unto herself. Girls adore her tiaras, boys covet her spider creations
    and even Martha Stewart wants her pipe cleaner flower rings. thepipecleanerlady.com


    Robin Saks Frankel is a
    mother of two toddlers and a freelance writer, editor and social media addict.

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