16 Fun Kids Party Entertainment Ideas

Lauren Miolene

Contributor

You’ve already picked the theme, venue, and sent out invites to your child’s friends and classmates, but what about the entertainment? Don't skip out on this important party planning step! Booking fun and exciting kids party entertainment is crucial to ensure that the day is memorable and special.

From fun activities to bookable kids party vendors, you’ll guarantee a lot of fun will be had with these children’s party entertainment ideas.

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Here are 16 fun kids party entertainment ideas:

1. Karaoke DJ

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It’s safe to say that kids of all ages love karaoke! Find a DJ that specializes in karaoke parties so guests can sing along to all of their favorite songs! From “Let It Go” to “Baby Shark”, karaoke DJs will be able to play anything and provide the equipment for the ultimate karaoke party. 

2. Movie night

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Get the popcorn and candy ready for the ultimate movie marathon! Set up a big screen to play all of your child's favorite movies and have guests arrive in their PJs to get cozy as they watch together.

Pro Tip: If the weather cooperates, rent an outdoor movie screen for a one-of-a-kind movie night that the kids will love.

3. Costumed characters

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Invite a special guest to surprise everyone at the party when you book a costumed character. Does your child have a favorite superhero, princess, or TV show character? Find that perfect costumed character and get ready for memories (and photos) you’ll never forget.

Pro Tip: You can also book princess parties or puppet shows if that’s more the speed of this kids birthday party.

4. Pizza party

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Pizza is the #1 kid (teen and probably adult) food, so a pizza party is the perfect way to celebrate any type of kids party! Instead of ordering to-go from your favorite pizza place, change things up this time around by making it yourself! Kids will love to create their own pizza that they can enjoy afterwards. A pizza party is always a great idea for the older kids too!

5. Animals for parties

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If hosting a zoo or jungle theme, animals for parties are a must for kids party entertainment! Find trusted animal handlers that are professionals in ensuring guests can meet different animals in a safe way. Add all of your child’s favorite critters and creatures to the guest list with everything from kangaroos to llamas.

6. Balloon twister

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No matter how old you are, you’ll always be excited for a balloon animal made just for you? This party classic is sure to keep the kids engaged during the celebration and allows for a fun party takeaway. Whether your child wants a balloon dog or a heroic sword, a talented balloon twister can create it all.

7. Scavenger hunt

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Party games are always a good idea! Get everyone up and moving during the party with an exciting scavenger hunt. Guests can put their detective skills to the test and uncover clues to find the needed items. Hide a grand prize at the end to build the anticipation even more.

8. Clown

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An oldie but a goodie—you can never go wrong with a smiling happy clown at a party! Get ready for flowers squirting water and the never ending handkerchief trick that are guaranteed to get the kids laughing.

9. Face painter

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One of the best parts of going to a festival or carnival is definitely getting your face painted. Bring that excitement and magic to your child's party with a professional face painter. Who doesn’t look forward to getting transformed into their favorite animal or character?

10. Pamper party

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Who doesn’t love to get pampered? The little guests can enjoy getting their nails done, wearing facials, and even take part in a DIY project. Check out this DIY Unicorn Lip Gloss by Kimspired as a fun party activity.

11. Photo booth

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Photo booth pictures are memories that will last forever! Kids can put on a silly outfit, grab some props, have fun with friends, and then take the pictures home to hold on to. Not only will this be a fun memory for the kids, but the parents too!

12. Caricaturist

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Make guests feel extra special during the party with a personalized caricature drawing for them to take home. As one of the most popular kids party entertainment ideas, everyone will want to be first in line to get theirs done. These can also double as a party favor too!

13. Field day

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For the kids who want to get up and move, there is no better way to keep them entertained than playing their favorite sports. Set up volleyball, soccer, football—whatever they like, so they can play their favorite games with their friends all day. The fun ideas for field day are truly endless.

14. Illusionist

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Most kids’ parties have magicians, but you can make your next party stand out from the rest with a talented illusionist. Level up the magic at the celebration in a unique way with the illusionist’s tricks, readings, and technology that will leave everyone in awe. An illusionist is also a good party idea for older kids. 

15. Food carts

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Not only are food carts completely in right now, but they also eliminate food waste. Kids can visit the different carts as many times as they want and try a little bit of everything. Choose carts with kid favorites like ice cream and pizza, or something unique like mini donuts and tacos.

16. Water balloon fight

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Perfect for a hot summer day at a pool party, kids will definitely enjoy a friendly water balloon fight! Worried about the clean up afterwards? We’ve got you covered. Amazon has biodegradable water balloons so you and the kiddos can all have fun.

Find more kids party entertainment ideas here on The Bash.

Published on 2/2/2022