Party Guidelines for Costumed Characters
Thank you for your interest in booking a costumed character party with us. We truly enjoy entertaining children, and are thrilled to be a part of your special event. We offer several characters and many more are on the way! If we don’t have what you are looking for, we probably know someone who does, and will happily refer you, so just ask!.
To have a successful event, and know what to expect, we have put together this FAQ sheet for character party events. Hopefully this covers most of the questions you have, but if not, send us an email and we will reach out to you for any clarification needed. Again, thank you for thinking of us for your entertainment needs, we know you are in good hands!
WHAT WE DO: Depending on what package you have booked the character and assistant will be leading children in dancing, games, and picture posing. We are flexible and happy to accommodate special requests but generally the event-flow goes like this: Upon knocking on the door and character arrival, we do a MEET and GREET. Followed by Musical fun, free-form dancing and chicken dance time, where the character leads kids in the fun, 2-3 games like hot potato, musical squares (similar to musical chairs but using foam squares), balloon-volleyball, tunnel time, relay hop-scotch, and parachute play. And photo posing, birthday song parade. Due to sight and physical limitations in the costume, the character stays active and involved at all times, but typically does not run, do tricks, or hold children due to safety and not wanting to drop the child.
SHOW TIME: The character and Party Specialist assistant will be dressed and ready to go upon arrival. Many times the team is committed to another event, possibly after yours, and therefore must appear as scheduled even if your guests have not completely arrived yet. Please know, while we are flexible, there will be no time changes guaranteed on party day. If advised several hours in advance of a new time, every effort will be made to accommodate, but if that is not possible, please know that the pre-determined time is the time your entertainment will perform.
Outlets: We have an active and fun show with music, collapsible props, and goodies to share. We need access to electrical outlets for music, and for outdoor events we usually have the high-powered bubble machine. Bubbles will not be used inside your home, or inside any party venue, this is strictly an outdoor option and must be predetermined before party day.
Activities and Prizes: The games and prizes we bring along with the special birthday gift for the amazing birthday star, are all items based on our availability, and at our discretion. When at all possible we use themed items. If you have a special present you wish for the character to present to the birthday child, please prepare it in advance and we will be delighted to accommodate.
Babysitting not included. Character entertainment includes a pair of trained and enthusiastic party specialists to entertain your guests. Every effort is made to include all children and party guests in the fun and festivities, but please know the party host and parents must manage and redirect children to participate in the entertainment, and to manage bad-behavior, or kids acting out. Due to the limited time our performers are at the party, we must make a friendly reminder: If there are many other distractions, a train, a bouncy inflatable, or other entertainers present, it may be less engaging for the children. It is best to segment out these additional activities to maximize the time/money spent on hiring professional entertainment. Please keep parents involved and especially, watching their small aged children so that everyone can have a great time.
HEAT: Houston is very hot in the summer, and in the costume the summer is that much hotter! Please refrain from outdoor backyard parties in the hottest months, as we need to keep our characters safe and healthy. In the instance that YOU MUST HAVE AN OUTDOOR EVENT, for example 3pm in August: We will only be able to book a short appearance. However if the party is held indoors we can book either the basic or ultimate show. When temperatures reach 95 degrees, we must keep the health of the character actor in mind!
SMOKE: For health of the characters, and costume integrity we are unable to perform near smoke, this includes BBQ smoke. ASTHMA! (And smoke destroys the costumes). We must be kept at a minimum of 50 feet from all smoke.
Deposits are required for any character show. We require deposits for character appearances, and they must be paid within 48 hours of making the reservation. We accept deposits via PayPal, and upon confirmation for your party, we will provide payment instructions. Deposits are $100 and applicable to final payment. DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. We respectfully advise no-refunds will be issued for deposits as once you have a reservation for specific date/time we no longer can accept a party for that time slot, and staff has committed their time to being available for your event. Please note that the deposit amount paid is non-refundable upon cancellation for any reason and at any time. Not refundable/no exceptions. We would be happy to find a new time and date that works for both parties.