In Victoria choices and options of what to do at a party for your kids entertainment are virtually without a limit. Besides all the unpaid options such as dress-ups, pass-the-parcel, musical statues and cops and robbers games, which in Victoria may include shooting and killing the opponent when the police get involved, the party scene has changed in recent years with numerous themed options becoming available. There are face painters, fairies, wizards and dolls for the girls, while boys can become cowboys for a day and even do paint-ball shooting at a number of specialist places in and around Melbourne and elsewhere in rural and regional Victoria. All cost quite a bit of money, but in terms of the time and effort and cost of DYI, most compare quite well with alternatives. The age of the children can influence things in terms of your planning and smaller kids have different needs to the older ones. You can get away with a few swings, knick nacks and like for small kids, and babies not much past suking tit, or perhaps a jumping castle for the kids a year or two older. But for older children, they will require something a little more and that requires a bit of brain power on the part of the organisers as in the mums and dads. Teens and tweens are perhaps the hardest bunch of kids to deal with as they are moody, their hormones are raging and so it goes on. They also have a short attention span and most of what they like involves, sex, rock and roll, and devices with a screen such as a phone, computer or similar, all of which most parents pretend doesn't exist.
In Victoria and the city of Melbourne there are loads of party show companies who specialize in kids birthday parties, school incursions, mobile reptile shows, snake party entertainment and wildlife displays across Victoria. They are a cost effective way to entertain children at most party events. The companies do vary somewhat in many regards, including things like whether or not the show is hands on, hands off, interactive, or even a boring static display and it is wise to make sure you know what you are paying for before the travelling shows comes to your place, or else you could be in for a rude shock. Not all of them will allow children to hold the critters. Some do and some will not under any circumstances. It is that simple. The animals brought along also depends on who you get and sometimes on the time of year. Some companies will bring dozens of reptiles to a given party, while others may only bring two or three critters to share among the entire crowd. Then there are the dangerous kinds. In Melbourne and the rest of Victoria their use in displays is illegal under the OH and S Act of 2004, but some less ethical people still use them, operating with the corrupt protection of local state wildlife officers. Only one company is ahead of the regulatory game and they use surgically devenomized snakes, which comply with the rules and means no risk to those who book them. It is highly illegal to let venomous or dangerous reptiles be handled by anyone, besides reckless, but as inferred there are those who break the rules with corrupt official backing. If looking about for your next wildlife or reptile show for a kids party in Melbourne or anywhere else in Victoria, don't hesitate to ask questions and do some of your own homework. It could well be worth your while. Yes, if shopping around for your next reptile party in Melbourne, there are some questions worth asking and getting answers to. These include asking how many years have the people been handling snakes and other reptiles. If it is only a few short years your kids may be in danger of an unforseen accident. Is the owner of the business a recognized expert and not just someone with a wildlife collection? If you don't get the answers you want, then go elsewhere and try another company. Yes, it pays to shop around.
Ask how much your entertainment or entertainer shall cost you! Ensure you get all the fine print or you may be in for an unwanted surprise in the form of a lot more costs including for example a surcharge of 20 dollars a kid beyond some tiny number. With reptile shows, some people charge a single booking fee, while others add to this a per person cost or surcharge, which can easily more than double the quoted amount. In other words, the company that may have seemed cheapest at the outset, may in fact be dearer than the other company. The same applies when booking other entertainers, be they magicians, sumo wrestlers, clowns, face-painters, pony riding, paintballs or whatever! Also be aware of unspecified promises and guarantees, such as the free birthday gift caper. Usually it is a bit of throw-away junk that's effectively worthless and bought from China for a few cents apiece! Do you really want more crap cluttering up your place? Also check how they get paid. While most people pay for their party entertainers by direct deposit into the bank, some prefer to use cheque, credit card or something else. There may often fees attached to these and not all companies will accept other methods of payment. If you own a business, you may be able to claim some of the accounting or payment expenses back! In rare cases, you may even be able to get government funding! Most paid entertainers prefer to deal in cash and simply get paid this way on the day. Nowadays people who pay by credit cards get stuncg with a surcharge to cover the bank fees associated with processing them.
Be sure to take a heap of photographs! A party without images to remember is hardly a party worth having at all, or at least down the track. The memories will be far better if accompanied by a few good photos taken at the time. This is certainly the case for a reptile, snake or wildlife party, when your guests of honour are able to be seen holding and handling the animals, assuming this in fact happens. In Melbourne only one company lets people hold the animals at every wildlife show, so again it pays to shop around before booking anyone. Although if you want one of the hands-off, no touching reptile shows, there are a lot of people competing in that market place. While most people have phone cameras, the fact is that most don't take photos as good as those that come from a real camera. Good digital cameras are now inexpensive and if you don't have one handy for your next kids party or event, we suggest you buy one before the next party date and make sure that you know how to use it.