Children’s entertainment

Animation for parties and events

Children’s entertainment is a very broad concept that encompasses very different activities. To save you time, I tell you what you will find and what not on this page:

Playful activities to entertain children with playgrounds, foam parties, bouncy castles, water games, giant bubbles, kermesse, etc. ‚ěĒ I’m not doing that, sorry. ūüôĀ

Artistic activities to liven up children’s parties through the performing arts. ‚ěĒ This is my specialty.

My animation shows for parties are characterized by combining clowning with magic and puppetry. This is a summary of the animations with the most demand:

Children’s entertainment for birthday parties

Animating a children’s birthday party is an increasingly forgotten art that I strive to keep alive.

Unlike other animation groups, I personally don’t think it’s about upsetting the kids, but rather about achieving two goals:

  1. generate happiness among the attending children, and especially in the one who celebrates his birthday;
  2. act as a backbone of the party, as I explain in this article on my blog about how to organize a birthday party.

Children’s birthday parties are one of the most successful animation services for family events, since the art of the clown allows me to combine disciplines as different as magic, puppets, balloon figures, juggling, music, mime and theater.

Children’s home entertainment can be done both at home, in a park or in a party room. The animation for parties includes everything that is needed (sound, scenic elements, etc.), and it is only necessary to enable a small space to carry out the performance.

If you are looking for a clown for birthday parties at home, a good option is the Magic Family Show, with a duration of 50 minutes:

Magic Family Show

Catalan · Entertainment · 4 to 11 years

The ideal show for children’s birthday parties. It includes magic, puppets, balloon figures, live concertina music and lots of children’s participation. Quality children’s entertainment with a special number for the boy or girl who celebrates her birthday.

Ruskus playing the concertina and doing magic for boys and girls at a children's birthday party

Children’s entertainment for communions

Children’s animations for communions have three particularities that must be taken into account:

  1. a communion is a formal family event
  2. the animation usually takes place after the banquet
  3. the age of children is generally very heterogeneous

For all these reasons, a children’s animation for a communion should entertain, surprise and make people laugh, but it should be more “contained” than that of a birthday and that it is aimed at a wider age group.

Magic shows tend to work very well, as illusionism is generally popular with everyone and captures the interest of both young and old children.

It is also essential that the show has a special number dedicated to the child who celebrates communion, and that it is a very participatory performance: participation helps to keep the attention, especially that of the older children.

The Circus Family Show meets all these requirements, making it an excellent option to successfully liven up a communion.

Circus Family Show

Catalan · Entertainment · 4 to 11 years

One of the best children’s shows to entertain children’s parties and formal family banquets (weddings, baptisms and communions). A participatory show full of magic, circus and clown, with a very special puppet and a great final surprise.

A Circus Family Show performance during a communion

Children’s entertainment for weddings and baptisms

The animations for weddings and baptisms are quite similar to those for communions, with one difference: there is no child protagonist.

Technically speaking, in christenings there is a protagonist child, but in practice he is so small that he cannot participate directly in the animation.

In the case of baptisms, if the parents agree, a good alternative is for the older siblings, when there are any, to take over from the baby and enjoy the leading role during the animation.

Magic clown animations work very well at weddings and christenings as they include humor, magic, music, and puppetry. Boys and girls really enjoy when they can participate directly in the animation and interact with the clown.

Magic Family Show and Circus Family Show are very suitable for weddings and baptisms.

Children’s entertainment for toddlers

Children under three years of age have three particularities that must be taken into account:

  1. they do not interact in the same way as older children, so shows based on audience participation usually do not work well
  2. their ability to maintain attention continuously is lower, and therefore they do not usually hold up well to shows of more than 30 or 35 minutes in duration
  3. It is difficult for them to follow the plot lines, which rules out a large part of the children’s and puppet plays

Some children’s entertainment groups neglect to take these particularities into consideration, and offer performances that are not suitable for this age group, which usually end with disappointment on the part of the client.

The best animations for young children should be primarily sensory and short-lived. Children between the ages of one and three really enjoy music, visual effects, simple stories, and puppets (especially if they represent animals).

Similarly, it is preferable to limit the interaction with the public to a very specific indirect participation.

Three children’s entertainment shows very suitable for children from 0 to 3 years old are Trenet Xumet, Petitruskus and Animalets:

Animalets

Catalan · Educational · 0 to 3 years

A highly visual play for babies and children ages one and two. Four very mischievous animals live with a clown, and together they discover how much fun it is to live on a magical farm.

Children's show about farm animals

Children’s entertainment in hotels

In Catalonia, children’s entertainment in hotels and tourist establishments during the summer months are concentrated in the Alt Maresme area and the Costa Brava.

Tourist animations have a particularity: since the audience includes people from all over the world, it is essential that the shows are intelligible in several languages.

That is why my hotel shows often mix Catalan, Spanish and English. Also, I try to make gestures always more important than words, so that language is not a problem. All animations for hotels last 50 minutes and, when necessary, include a 250W sound system.

One of the most suitable children’s animations for hotels is Arzabastayan, which combines magic with the clown and is very visual:

Arzabastayan

Catalan · Entertainment · 4 to 11 years

Theater, clown and magic are combined in this show in which a clown puts on his top hat, squeezes the magic wand tightly and repeats ‚Äúabracadabra‚ÄĚ a thousand times. Anything goes to become the wildest of magicians.

Scene from the show Arzabastayan by Ruskus Patruskus

Children’s entertainment for shopping centers

Some shopping centers regularly schedule children’s performances of magic, puppets, theater and animation in general, so that customers have an additional incentive to go with the children.

Shopping centers with children’s entertainment are usually located in the large cities of Catalonia, such as Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Lleida, Granollers, Viladecans or Matar√≥. The shows are usually held on top of a platform located inside the shopping center, generally in a passage area with a lot of visibility.

Animations for shopping centers should be colorful, so that they attract the attention of customers who walk; It is also important that the performances can be followed and enjoyed even if they have not been seen from the beginning, since a good part of the spectators will be added once the show has started.

A good children’s entertainment for a shopping center is the Cirkruskus, which revolves around magic, the circus and the clown. Animations in shopping centers last 50 minutes.

Cirkruskus

Catalan · Entertainment · 4 to 11 years

Ruskus presents an upbeat and dynamic show, inspired by the skills and charisma of old circus clowns. A fair of wonders with magic, circus and good humor, in which circus characters of all times will make young and old enjoy.

Children's entertainment in a shopping mall

Itinerant animation

More than a static show, sometimes you need direct and dynamic animation, such as mingling with people and entertaining yourself with balloon figures, juggling, clown gags and magic tricks.

This is the case, for example, of fairs, congresses, markets and exhibitions.

Itinerant street animation is characterized by being improvised, and unlike other shows, it does not have a script or predetermined duration. For this reason, traveling animation is 100% adaptable to the real situations of each moment, and can be easily molded to all kinds of long-term children’s events.

My traveling animation show is called Itineràntic and can be booked for any amount of time:

Itineràntic

Catalan · Entertainment · 4 to 11 years

Itinerant children’s entertainment tailor-made for each event. From two hours, Ruskus can entertain markets, congresses, fairs, children’s attractions, theme parks, shopping centers and much more. It includes close-up magic, puppetry, balloon twisting, clown gags, and lots of improvisation.

Itinerant children's entertainment with the show Itineràntic

Children’s shows for schools

There are two types of children’s shows for schools:

  1. educational shows in which theater, dance and the performing arts in general are used to transmit or reinforce teaching;
  2. entertainment shows for school parties, such as the Carnival, the Castanyada or the end-of-year party.

Within educational shows, the sector that is most in demand is theater in English. There are also educational shows to reinforce specific areas, such as the Bibliòfilus (language) and the Misión Setciències (earth science).

On the other hand, children’s entertainment shows tend to work better when they target a specific age group (for example, initial cycle only) rather than joining different cycles (for example, from first to sixth).

When choosing the most appropriate entertainment show, in addition to the age of the students, the type of children’s party held at the school must also be taken into account. For example, if you want to celebrate the Casta√Īada with the children’s cycle, Trenet Xumet is a good option since it is a visual, joyful activity with a simple and easy-to-follow argument:

Trenet Xumet

Catalan · Educational · 0 to 3 years

A clown travels in a small locomotive that transforms himself into various objects with which he makes magic, puppets and music. During the play some of the basic habits that are worked on in the nursery are reinforced, such as not hitting the other children, sharing and collecting after playing.

Children's entertainment with Ruskus Patruskus' Trenet Xumet

At Carnival, Arzabastayan works very well, a colorful and happy show that fits very well with the costumed atmosphere. On the other hand, for the end-of-year parties, Cirkruskus is a very good option, since it is dynamic, participatory and has an air of summer and an ideal party for San Juan.

Children’s animations for school parties include a 250 W sound system.

Additional information

Haven’t found what you were looking for?

On the shows page you will find 18 works for all kinds of events. You can also contact me and I will be happy to help you.

Children’s entertainment in Girona

If you dedicate yourself to the organization of children’s events for a city council of the demarcation of Girona, you will surely be interested to know that most of the shows mentioned on this page can be found in the Cat√†leg Esc√®nics from Diputaci√≥ de Girona.

Work as a children’s entertainer

Would you be interested in dedicating yourself professionally to the animation of children’s parties? In my blog you will find an article on how to earn a living as a children’s entertainer (available in Spanish).

Organization of children’s events

If you are preparing the animation of a children’s party at school or outdoors, this blog post will explain what are the steps to successfully organize a children’s event (available in Catalan and Spanish).

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