When To Hold A Children’s Party - The REAL Reason Kids Entertainers Impose Time Slots On Parties.
If you are looking for a children’s entertainer, you probably have been shopping around and been getting some quotes. Once you have received some quotes, you will have noticed a pattern. Most kids entertainers impose time slots. Typically, they will push you to book an 11 a.m till 1 p.m and 3 p.m till 5 p.m. Sometimes it might be a 10 a.m till 12 p.m and then a 2 p.m till 4 p.m. Generally you will get pushed into either booking a morning party or an afternoon party.
At Non Stop Kids Entertainment, we get around 400 enquiries a week. A lot of these potential customers ask why so many performers in our industry insist on specific time slots. It can be an issue for a lot of parents. After all, 1 p.m till 3 p.m and 12 p.m till 2 p.m is the most popular time to book a kids party. In this blog, we're going to explain the real reason why kids entertainers impose specific time slots and more importantly what you can do about it.
Why Are Time Slots So Important?
Many kids entertainment companies will tell you that booking a morning or afternoon party is better for you - the parent. While this is in many ways true, there are a few different reasons why booking a morning party or an afternoon party is the better option. We do have a dedicated Blog that covers the best time of host a party, but that's a separate subject compared to the importance of time slots.
The real reason is that a 12 p.m to 2 p.m or 1 p.m till 3 p.m or even in many cases, a 2 p.m till 4 p.m, is known as a "Day Killer". In other words, it is impossible for an entertainer to book more than one kids' party in a day if they book a party at one of those times. Think about it from an entertainer's point of view: if you book a 1 p.m till 3 p.m party, when will that entertainer schedule another party? It generally takes fifteen minutes to half an hour for an entertainer to set up their equipment and another half an hour to pack away. Furthermore, you have to account for travel times between parties. Unless someone is planning a 9 a.m or 11 a.m party or a 5 p.m to 7 p.m party, then there is nothing the entertainer can do to cover Day Killer slots.
Most kids entertainers are full time and want to book as many parties in a day as possible. This is totally understandable. After all, Saturdays and Sundays are most entertainers busiest days and therefore, they want to maximise their earning on these days. Kids entertainers are not going to want to ‘kill their day’ and they will either turn you down or try and convince you to move your time to benefit everyone.
Now, the question is what can you do about this? Realistically, only five different options are aviaiable.
Change The Time Of The Party!
Let's get the obvious solution out of the way first, and that would be to change the time of the party to avoid getting trapped in the Day Killer. As we discussed before, we do have a a blog that explains why morning or afternoon time slots are a better option. However, we are aware that if you have booked a hall and sent invitations, this solution might not be possible, but fear not for we have many solutions to help you!
Pay The Entertainer More!
A lot of one man band entertainers would be happy to accommodate a booking in the middle of the day. If you have your heart set on a particular entertainer and they are free all day, try and negotiate with them. We are aware that you might be set on a tight budget and we completely understand. We have an additional blog that offers great advice on how to run a party on small funding.
Run The Party Yourself!
We'll admit that this not an ideal solution but one that needs to be said. If you run the party yourself, then timings are no longer an issue. Obviously, running the party yourself brings up other problems! There is so much planning to attend to for a party that you wouldn't believe how incredibley stressful it become. We're not saying this is a bad idea, but if you do want to plan yourself, we highly recommend not leaving the planning till the last second. From experienced entertainers, we promise there is a lot more to planning a party than you might initially believe.
Hire An Entertainer For An Hour Instead Of Two Hours!
You can more than likely find an entertainer who would accept a one hour booking from 12 p.m till 1 p.m and maybe 1 p.m till 2 p.m as they could still get to another party. However, this means that you would have an hour with the kids with no entertainer and waiting around might either have the kids bored of waiting or the other parents stressing. Nevertheless, it’s a viable option that’s worth exploring.
Book Non Stop Kids Entertainment!
We don’t want to turn this blog into an advertisement for our services, but you are reading this on our website, so I guess it’s okay! In all seriousness, we are one of the only companies that don’t impose limitations on time slots. We have over 100 entertainers UK Wide and many of these entertainers specifical only want one party a day. For us, it’s not an issue at all! You can have any time you want without limitations. The only problem with booking us is we get booked very quickly and we heavily advise booking with us as early as possible to guarantee your time slot!
And there you have it! The real reason why most children’s entertainers impose time slot and what you can do about it! If you would like to speak to us about your child’s party, we would love to chat. Remember, we don’t impose any time slots at all. Simple click the banner below to visit out website and fill in the contact form. We will get back to you within an hour with a no obligation quote and consultation. The other option is to call us on 0333 301 3002 and speak to one of our team.
Thanks for reading the blog and we look forward to hearing from you!