Ideas for Kids' Party Entertainment

Parent Q&A

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  • Hi All - 

    Our son is turning 5 and we are planning an outdoor birthday in a park in Berkeley. We are looking for recommendations for a kid's entertainer (preferably a Magician) for a couple of hours. Can you please share any contact or experience you have had hiring a magician? 

    I recommend Mike DellaPenna.  He’s an elementary school teacher, a dad, AND an excellent magician.

    Pre-covid, we hired Perry Yang for my kid's birthday party. He was fantastic! It was extremely easy to do business with him. He was funny and absolutely great with kids. He also does balloon art and made amazing balloon creations for kids after the magic show.

    Hi, we used DreamTop for my son's 4th birthday party at the park. She did as awesome job. Made balloon animals, brought her own sound system, and did a 30 min performance. 

    We've hired Mr. Shap for our daughter's birthday party when she turned 6. He's great with the kids, makes balloon animals and holds their attention for his magic tricks. His Yelp reviews are also top rated.

    We've also used the Berkeley Bubble Man (aka Sterling Bubbles) for another birthday party, when she turned 7, in a park. He engaged the kids really well and it was great fun. Also highly recommended.

  • Hi, 

    My son is turning 4 and I would love to have a story teller or musician come to his birthday party. Anyone have any recommendations of someone that would be good to entertain toddlers from ages 3 to 5. thanks!


    Grandpa Clyde is great with that age group! Pre-pandemic he had a regular Saturday show for kids at Crieght and Salvage in Berkeley. Now he does a Berkeley backyard song circle the third Saturday of the month), so you can also go and check it out. He is very friendly, and the songs are fun. We are on his listserv, but there is probably a website. He responded to email pretty quickly: clyde [at]

    We had a great time during my daughter's 4th birthday last year with an entertainer from Happily Ever Laughter (  She came as a mermaid, did a magic/storytelling/musical show for the kids, painted some faces, made balloon animals, and led a parachute game.  There are many options for characters and activities.  The process was easy and they were very responsive.  Highly recommend them!

  • ISO: Science show performers

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    Hi folks, can someone recommend a Birthday Party performer who can do science shows? 

    Alternatively, has anyone found a party coach who can organize, teach, and moderate the kids to play (new to them) games outdoors? A professional large-scale-game-coach of sorts? 

    Lastly, maybe you know a comedian who can make the kids laugh and engage them for a while? 

    I don't know what you have in mind when you say science, but Fur, Scales, and Tails puts on a pretty good show (zoology!).

    Contact Lawrence Hall of Science.  Not sure what they are doing with COVID, but they have lots of science oriented birthday parties.