October 19, 2022 kscope

Princess parties are one of the most popular themes we see year after year. But with a limited amount of actresses trying to fill a massive demand, we can’t always fill all of the requests we get for princess parties.

So, instead of simply sending a costumed character to your party, we’ve put together a super-fun package for any princess party: royal makeover parties!

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October 4, 2022 kscope
Clients looking to hire a magician for their upcoming event normally have two options: strolling magic or a magic show.
We asked our resident magicians Kenny and James to help us explain the differences so every client can book the best fit for their upcoming event.

What is the difference between strolling magic and a magic show?

James M, our classic magician

James: In a magic show, there’s a boundary between the “stage” area and the “audience” area.  While volunteers from the audience are often invited up on stage, and the magician frequently makes forays into the audience, there’s a demarcation.  The stage (or “platform” or “parlor”) magic show is longer — often half an hour or 45 minutes — with several routines consisting of several tricks, to provide a cohesive whole with a theme.  Think of a one-act play.

In strolling magic, the magician approaches individuals or small groups (three to five folks, typically) to present one to three tricks.  The magic is more like a conversation than a stage play.  Often the members of the audience touch and examine the props, and the magic itself takes place in the spectators’ hands.  People sitting a dinner, folks waiting in line for some other event, people standing about — they are the ones who have a bit of magic touch their lives.  It’s up close and personal.

Kenny: My personal show is a 50/50 mix of comedy and classic magic with a twist of clown charm. You can expect to see me on a stage while I go through one trick after another with plenty of helpers and laughs. Like most magicians, every show I do is largely the same with some adjustments for the event.

My strolling magic is more clowning around. I do plenty of magic, but can cater each interaction to the event and individuals there. That might be some puppets, juggling, clown gags, balloon twisting, or anything else–all depending on what I think will work best for the audience.

Kenny, our kids comedy magician, in one of his many costumes (pictured here: leprechaun!)

What audiences does *your* strolling magic land best with?

James: For me, it’s often folks above the age of six or seven, though young adults through twenties seem to enjoy it most.

Kenny: My strolling magic is great for all ages, like an animated movie that’s made for kids ages 5-9 but has plenty of jokes and puns for teens and adults.

When would you recommend strolling magic over a show?

Kenny as his wizard character

James: Would having everyone sit in rows looking in one direction fit in with your plan for the event?  Then go with a show.  A corporate dinner and awards presentation, for example. If you have more freedom of motion, mingling, and random movement with no fixed schedule for various phases of the day, go with strolling.

Kenny: I recommend strolling magic for fairs & similar big events where there is 100s off people to entertain a few at a time

When would you recommend a show over strolling magic?

James: When there’s a schedule, when you expect folks to be all in one place at one time, then go with a show.  If it’s mingling/freeform, then go with strolling.

Kenny: Private parties, corporate events, big events if there is ample seating.

About how many guests will interact with you an hour?

James: For a show — all of them, all at once. For strolling, probably forty people an hour will be directly involved, with as many more looking on as random chance may provide.

Kenny: In a strolling set I can entertain 15-30 people, depending on how amped up the kids or adults are.

James (pictured here) and Kenny are both available for Christmas-themed magic shows as Santa himself

What sort of tricks should guests be ready to see in *your* strolling set?

James: Folks should expect to see dice, coins, rings, strings, dollar bills.  They’ll see classic sleight-of-hand using ordinary objects.  They’ll experience the magic in their own hands.

Kenny: Gravity manipulation with water, magic bags they can reach into, a cheeky puppet named Sherbert, ball juggling, and of course plenty of clowning around!

September 6, 2022 kscope

Summer camps looking for unique programming ideas face a few challenges: hundreds of kids needing to be entertained, running a complicated schedule, and having to do it all on a budget!

After a decade of working with YMCAs, town Parks & Recs departments, public schools, and private daycares, we have our summer camp entertainment packages down to a science to make sure all of your campers are thrilled, parents are impressed, and you stay within your budget.

Programming Theme: Splash Day

Alternative Theme Ideas: Luau Party, Beach Day

Entertainment Package: We throw a foam party where campers dance to kids bop, take tons of silly photos, and get out all of their energy–all in our amazing foam pit!

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Round it out to be a full splash day with more water activities
  • Water play for younger kids
  • Water balloon fights for older kids
  • Water sponge dodgeball
  • Pool time

Ages: 2 – Teen

Great For: Outdoor camps, camps without pool access

Don’t Recommend For: Camps with only indoor space; daycares that are only for infants and toddlers.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A FOAM PARTY QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Mermaids and Pirates

Alternative Theme Ideas: Adventure Day, Magic Day

Entertainment Package: We invite a mermaid or pirate of your choice for group shows and individual activities. Gather everyone around for mermaid story time or a pirate magic show, then bring by individual groups for mermaid glitter tattoos or pirate sword balloon twisting.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Have campers dress up as mermaids and pirates.
  • Hold a “talk like a pirate” contest all day–give each kid a sticker to start the day. If an adult catches them talking without a “pirate accent” they lose the sticker. Whoever can go the entire day talking like a pirate wins!
  • If your camp has occasional pool access, this is also perfect for a pool day to keep groups busy while they’re out of the pool.

Ages: Our mermaid story time is perfect for ages 2-6, and our pirate magic show is perfect for ages 4-9. Invite one or both of them for a mix-and-match day that fits your needs.

Great For: Camps with younger kids (for mermaids); camps looking to keep kids busy on pool days (both mermaids and pirates); camps who love dress-up days (both mermaids and pirates).

Don’t Recommend Mermaid Story Time For: Camps that are primarily elementary and middle school (mermaid story time is best for younger kids)

Don’t Recommend Pirate Magic Show For: Camps that are mostly toddlers or PreK (magic needs more attention span than that)

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A MERMAID OR PIRATE PARTY QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Circus Camp

Alternative Theme Ideas: Magic Camp, Clown School

Entertainment Package: Kenny the Clown comes and entertains the whole group with a 30min magic show, then takes groups for a juggling lesson using easy-to-juggle clown scarves. Bonus: add a second clown for speedy face painting or simple balloon twisting.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Put on a talent show to create your own variety show as part of the camp circus!
  • If you have snack time, consider renting a popcorn or cotton candy machine.

Ages: 4-9 for the magic show, 7-teen for juggling class

Great For: Camps with a stage; arts camps; camps that can program different activities for different ages.

Don’t Recommend For: Daycares that are only for infants and toddlers

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A CIRCUS PARTY QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Balloon Class

Alternative Theme Ideas: Clown School, Circus Camp, “Balloons Over [Camp Name]”

Entertainment Package: One of our professional balloon twisters will come with enough supplies for groups of up to 15 kids to learn designs at once. Students will learn between 2-4 designs (depending on age and time alotted) and take home their creations.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Have staff come to the class to twist along (and have fun!), as well as keep things running smoothly
  • Include other balloon crafts like origami or paper mache hot air balloons
  • Consider balloon-themed sports like water balloon fights, balloon-popping relay races, or water balloon dodge ball!

Ages: 7-teen for balloon twisting class, but professional balloon twisting time can be added so younger kids aren’t excluded

Great For: Small-group breakouts, library camps, arts or STEM camps

Don’t Recommend For: Daycares that are only for infants and toddlers

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A BALLOON CLASS QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Paint Party

Alternative Theme Ideas: Picasso Day, Day at the Museum

Entertainment Package: We throw a kid-friendly paint party where we go step-by-step with a real art teacher to create masterpieces we can take home.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Bust out all of your favorite craft activities like tie dye, weaving, or jewelry making for an amazing art day.
  • Have a “painting costume contest” and assign each group a famous painting (Starry Night, Mona Lisa, The Scream, Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans, The Persistence of Memory) and give out a Best Costume award in each group.
  • Make it a “museum” day and bring science, dinosaurs, or history into your programming with crafts or a movie screeening.

Ages: 8 – Teen

Great For: Camps that like to schedule seated activities; arts camps; camps with families who value multi-disciplinary activities.

Don’t Recommend For: Camps with limited space; camps that are nervous about kids potentially getting paint on clothing or floors; camps on a tight budget.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A PAINT PARTY QUOTE<<<

August 28, 2022 kscope

Bianca is one of our newest princess performers, balloon twisters, and party artists. She started as a party entertainer with Kaleidoscope in 2022, and brings an impressive background as an entertainer both through cosplay and as a professional Twitch streamer. Here’s what she has to say about herself:

My name is Bianca, and I am an avid cosplayer, Twitch affiliate, and Disney fanatic. Although I originally adapted my makeup and costume skills as a cosplayer, I was given many opportunities to truly shape my craft while performing at events and immersing myself fully into the characters I love. I understand the difference between cosplay and a professional acting gig and the sheer importance of creating memorable experiences for families and children. I’ve worked with children for many years, having started my adult career as a camp counselor for 4 years. I pay special attention to character details, personality traits, and lore related to the universe they come from. I often hyperfocus on these details because they help the characters come alive.

I am Mexican-American, and I take great pride in my Latina heritage and culture. I’ve always been particularly enamored by Honey Lemon from the 2014 Disney film, Big Hero 6; but, I also deeply connect with Queen Elsa and Rapunzel. It always brings me great joy to portray the latter characters, who are prominently depicted as Caucasian, because it shows others (and especially children of color!) that their favorite Disney princesses can look just like them!

At Kaleidoscope, Bianca will be interpreting a number of princesses, pirates, and fairies that are unique to her. 

We’d love to introduce you to Bianca at your next event!

May 8, 2022 kscope

We are officially reopen!

We will be working part-time office hours in June to help you book your late-summer and fall parties.

All deposits from 2020 will be honored for any party thrown in 2021 or 2022, and those clients will be given first priority if booking!

FORMER CLIENTS:

We have your deposits and are excited to finally put them towards an awesome party! Any 2020 deposits lost due to the lockdowns will be honored for any part in 2022. Thanks for your patience–we’re happy to be back!

NEW CLIENTS:

We will now only be accepting deposits 1 week before the start of your party. Last year we were left with literally hundreds of deposits, so this policy is to help make your booking process easier and less stressful. We will be reviewing this policy fall 2022 and again this winter.

ALL CLIENTS:

Here are all of our updated covid-related safety policies, which will be listed in your contract at the time of booking.

The safety of Kaleidoscope’s artists, clients, and party guests is the priority of all of our safety policies. For any questions, please contact our office at the time of booking.

Overview

Kaleidoscope will be following all state and federal guidelines, and operating under the conditions that clients will also be following laws including but not limited to event capacity, mask mandates, and quarantines.

We are additionally requiring that our artists take a base level of personal precautions (see below) but encourage them to take additional precautions if they deem them necessary. Artists may also warn a client about unsafe working conditions if needed or leave an event in the case of an extremely unsafe situation, with no refund to the client.

Outdoor vs indoor events

All clients must specify whether their party will be indoors or outdoors before the party is booked so artists can prepare accordingly. If an outdoor event moves indoors between the time of booking and event start, we may not be able to guarantee an artist who is able to work indoors but will try our best to accommodate. In that case, we would refer to our rain date policy and hold the clients’ deposit ($100/artist) to be used on any future event within 365 days.)

All indoors must comply to state and federal capacity guidelines. If an artist arrives at an indoor event that is over capacity, the artist may leave without a return on the client’s deposit if the client cannot find outdoor accommodations for the artists.

On-site party safety

All of our artists must comply with the following safety protocol:

  1. All artists must follow masking and social distancing guidelines set by local, state, or federal guidelines.
  2. All artists must wear a mask and/or face shield. Some artists may opt to wear both. The client may not ask the artist to remove their mask or face shield.
  3. Some artists may have a “safety hoop” around their work station, indicating the proper distance for guests and children. Clients are expected to make sure party guests comply with this distancing tool.
  4. Some artists may have hand sanitizer or baby wipes at their stations for guests to use before coming into contact with the artist. Clients are expected to make sure party guests comply with this safety tool. 

Clients must comply with the following safety protocol:

  1. Ensure all guests are following masking and social distancing guidelines set by local, state, or federal guidelines.
  2. Not asking any artists to disregard Kaleidoscope’s safety policies (masking, distacing, etc), as they exist for the artist’s safety as well as guest safety.
  3. Making sure the event’s capacity and location are in compliance with all local, state, or federal guidelines.
  4. Monitoring inappropriate or unsafe guest behavior.

Failure to comply with safety

If an artist is placed in unsafe working conditions (either judged by the artist themselves or local, state, or federal guidelines) the artist may speak with the client to improve party safety. However, if the client does not or cannot adhere to safe working conditions, the artist may leave an event and forfeit any deposits or payments made to Kaleidoscope.

Cancelations

If a party is canceled or rescheduled because anyone from the booking party (guest of honor, booking client, family member, office team, etc) has tested positive for covid, we will accommodate a change of date with no loss of deposit, artist availability pending. The client will have up to 365 days to use their deposit for any event during that time period.

If an artist tests positive for covid before the party, Kaleidoscope will do their best to find a substitute artist or alternative entertainment. If none are available, the client’s deposit will be entirely refunded.

For any covid questions or concerns, please contact our office.

DEPOSITS

All deposits are nonrefundable FOR ANY REASON and will hold your party date/time. Deposits are paid per artist booked. If the client cancels their booking of artists, the deposit will be held as a cancelation fee. If you have had a partial or full deposit waived (special cases only) you will be assessed a $100 cancelation fee per artist.

Your party date is not officially reserved until the deposit is received. If your deposit is waived, a cancelation fee of the same amount will apply.

Deposits may be made via your Intuit invoice only. (Business, corporate, or non-profit clients may request accommodations provided we have sufficient notice.)

Covid-19 and Deposits: A canceled party will result in the loss of a deposit. However, if a party is canceled or rescheduled because anyone from the booking party (guest of honor, booking client, family member, office team, etc) has tested positive for covid, we will accommodate a change of date with no loss of deposit, artist availability pending. The client will have up to 365 days to use their deposit for any event during that time period.

Rain Dates and Deposits: Kaleidoscope cannot hold rain dates but will do their best to accommodate with the same or similar package. In case of any event date being moved the deposit will transfer to the new event within 365 days. (This includes rain dates or extreme weather.) In the case of extreme weather (blizzards, floods, hurricanes) and Kaleidoscope has to cancel due to artists’ driving safety, the deposit will be refunded.

April 9, 2022 kscope

Why is face painting so expensive? Why do you have to pay so much to have a princess come to your party? Why can’t you just have a 30min mascot visit?

Because almost all of our clients are party parents on a budget (although most of our income is actually from corporate clients on an even tighter budget) we’ve always put a lot of effort into keeping our prices down and our packages flexible enough for everyone to afford.

But we also understand it can be frustrating when you don’t see a package or price you had hoped for. So in the spirit of transparency in our business and respect for our clients, we published a breakdown of why, exactly, party entertainment can be so pricey.

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January 8, 2022 kscope

Kaleidoscope is hiring for character actors, face painters, and balloon twisters in all of CT, MA, NH, and RI! Positions pay a high hourly rate and travel–get paid to be the life of a party!

No experience is required since we train for everything. Just make sure you meet the requirements and want to learn some new fun skills.

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August 25, 2021 kscope

Alexandra the Mermaid is one of Kaleidoscope’s specialty characters who would love to entertain at your party!

Here are some of the options for booking Alexandra.

Kids Meet & Greets

Alexandra can come to your party in her real-feel fin to meet party-goers and cheer on the fun. Kids are invited to ask her anything, take plenty of pictures, and touch her silky-smooth fin!

Because she can’t walk in her fin (and can’t safely swim in a pool full of children) Alexandra must be booked with a pirate artist who can do any of our kids party packages (like face painting, balloon twisting, games, or anything else.) The pirate will help Alexandra with anything she needs, as well as have a blast with the kids.

You’ll get two artists and add a real-life experience for the kids!

 Kids Play Parties

Want Alexandra to play with the kids, or want to skip the second entertainer? Alexandra has a “walkable fin” which isn’t the same as her realistic tail, but is a sequin skirt and shell top that she can use to do any of our normal party entertainment with kids.

Corporate Event Modeling

Want a realistic mermaid for your corporate event entertainment? Alexandra can model in her real-feel fin anywhere in your event; pass out favors, samples, or PR material to guests; or act as a human sculpture for a creative photo booth.

As of right now, we are not booking for events where Alexandra is fully submerged in water, but our office would be excited to chat with you about any creative corporate modeling ideas you have for her!

More about Alexandra

When living on land, Alexandra is a fashion student at Savana College of Art & Design and works at Kaleidoscope on her summer and winter breaks. Her hobbies include cosplay, everything Disney, and of course mermaid conventions!

June 25, 2021 kscope

Kaleidoscope is hiring character actors in all of CT, MA, NH, and RI! Positions pay a high hourly rate and travel–get paid to be the life of a party! No experience is required since we train for everything. Just make sure you meet the requirements and want to learn some new fun skills. Now Hiring:

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