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With all the work that goes into a successful birthday party—from the food to the entertaining to the loot bags—it can be a lifesaveer to have someone take care of at least some of the work in the form of entertainment. Even better, if that someone or something was so good that the rest of the work could be minimal—and you’d have a few moments to soak it all in and enjoy the party, too!

Here are some of the best entertainers and party add-ons you can book for your child’s next birthday party to take the party from fun to unforgettable, with averages costs for each. All you have to provide is a location, some cupcakes, and maybe a dollar-store loot bag, then leave the work of keeping the kids entertained to the professionals.

Magician

This party idea is unique and sure to have all kids excited. Most magic shows include tricks, stage illusions, a live bunny or balloon sculptures. Whether you find a hall or gym to rent, use a park location, or even entertain in your living room, the theme and the entertainment has been completed for you.

Cost: Around $175–$300 per entertainer for 30–45 minutes.

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Jewellery Making

Jewelry-making parties are becoming more and more of a hit. Whether you make it into a princess themed party or keep it low key, this type of party is great for ages 5–12. The best part about this idea is you don’t even have to provide a loot bag as their jewelry is made into one!

Cost: Around $100–$200 for an instructor, the supplies, and an hour of entertainment.

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Princess Party Package

Your little princess and her friends will never forget this party as they dress up, take pictures in a photo booth with props and pretend to be princesses all party long. Add some iced tea in pretty cups and finger foods, and the party is complete.

Cost: Around $300–$500 for all included.

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Bouncy Castle or Other Inflatables

You don’t need to add much with a jumpy castle as the kids will be on it the entire party anyway!

Cost: Around $100–$250 for 6 hours of rental

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Tattoo Artist, Face Painter, or Balloon Twister

Hire one of these experts as a surprise for your child’s at home birthday party. You may not even have to add a loot bag as they are going home with something even more exciting! Some of these artists double as clowns, princesses, or characters.

Cost: Around $100 for one hour.

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Cotton Candy Machine or Other “Fun Food” Machine

Entertainment and a snack all kids dream about? A so-called “fun food machine” will be a winner. You can find soft pretzel makers, sno-cone machines, circus-style popcorn carts,

Cost: Around $180 for a daily rental.

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Life-Size Characters

From PAW Patrol to Elsa and Anna to Superman, the options are endless. Often these characters come with some type of entertainment for the party guests as well. Keep your camera nearby with a spot for a photo shoot for the kids.

Cost: Around $170–$210 per hour.

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Musician

Most children love music and will thrive off the rhythm and melody. Instead of the kids at the party having to sit still to listen to a show or watch an entertainer, they can join in on the music with dance and playing games. This is a great option for those who are full of energy, especially after all that birthday cake.

Cost: Around $250–$350

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Game Rentals

Do you feel lost at what games to have the kids play? You have the options of renting an air hockey table, a life-size Connect 4 game, giant Jenga, carnival games like Streetskee, a portable ball pit, and so much more.

Cost: Around $50–$300, depending on the game you choose

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