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.

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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)

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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, and 3-teen for balloon twisting

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

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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.

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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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April 6, 2020 kscope

Ever wonder what’s in face paint? (Is it really paint? Does it have any peanuts, soy, milk, or animal products? What about latex? Heavy metals?) What about perfumes? Is it okay for sensitive skin?

We use only 2 supplies for 2 brands of face paint–“face paint” being a misnomer since what we really put on children’s faces is kid-friendly makeup.  Face paint should never be done with actual paints! Our makeup is free of cancer-causing metals, unlike actual paint, all safe for skin, and cruelty-free.

Below is a full list of all of our face paint brands and their ingredient lists. If you have any additional questions, please contact our office during the booking process and we’d be happy to answer them!

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April 6, 2020 kscope

At Kaleidoscope we specialize in custom combination packages–whether that’s a balloon twisting princess or a face painter who also does caricatures.

One of those options for the past 4 years has been balloon twisting stilt walkers–something no other company in the area has been able to offer.

However, after an incident in the balloon twisting line this past weekend lead to a stilt walker falling (the second time this year) we have to discontinue this product.

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April 6, 2020 kscope

After 10 years in the event entertainment industry, we have a pretty good idea as to which weekends are best and worst for throwing events. Our office team actually keeps track of the busiest event weekends of the year (or, at least the busiest for CT, RI, MA, and NH) to help our clients pick make great choices when picking a day to throw their party.

Here are a few general rules:

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      Face paintingBalloon twistingTemporary tattoosPrincesses or HeroesClowns, Pirates, Fairies, MermaidsOther characters, cartoons, or mascotsGlitter LooksCaricature ArtistsStilt WalkersMagiciansBubble EntertainmentPsychicsCostumed ServersUV Face & Body PaintPaint NightDJsFire & LED PerformancesZen & Spa PackagesSanta Claus, Easter Bunny, & Holiday Characters

      What type of event are you hosting?

      What is the date and time of your event?

      Are you flexible with this date/time if we can save you money?
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      Event Location

      How many guests are you expecting?
      If it's a child's birthday party, please list the number of invited children; if it's a larger event, please list the number of guests you expect to be entertained.

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        Face paintingBalloon twistingTemporary tattoosPrincesses or HeroesClowns, Pirates, Fairies, MermaidsOther characters, cartoons, or mascotsGlitter LooksCaricature ArtistsStilt WalkersMagiciansBubble EntertainmentPsychicsCostumed ServersUV Face & Body PaintPaint NightDJsFire & LED PerformancesZen & Spa PackagesSanta Claus, Easter Bunny, & Holiday Characters

        What type of event are you hosting?

        What is the date and time of your event?

        Are you flexible with this date/time if we can save you money?
        yesno

        Event Location

        How many guests are you expecting?
        If it's a child's birthday party, please list the number of invited children; if it's a larger event, please list the number of guests you expect to be entertained.

        Anything else we should know?

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