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#16 Paul Smith

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Posted 29 April 2003 - 06:31 PM

Thanks Chris! I feel so much better now especially after Sats gig (Groom "Can I get you a drink" Me "No its OK thanks I'll stick to the iced water" Groom "Well do you want me to get one of the lads to roll you a joint!") Sort of sums up the night fear.gif
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Posted 29 April 2003 - 06:44 PM

A very apt reply for the kids disco topic!!!!! lol

Perhaps I'll give them out a prizes, keep them quiet. wacko.gif

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:43 AM

Thanx everyone for your help!!!! biggrin.gif

I've got another one for you. a party for a 3 year old, just took the booking!!!

HHHHEEEELLLLPPPP!!!!!

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:47 AM

Hi JJs, just to say "big mistake" taking on a three year olds party if they are asking for a disco..... believe me you really dont want to do it! I wont do parties for kids under 6 even though I am asked to on a regular basis. Unless you are a magician, clown, or other entertainer, I would stay away.... If you dont believe me, go have a peek at your local nursery school and then decide for yourself if you think you could tackle the job! (make sure you tell the nursery teachers you are there otherwise you could get done!!)
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Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:54 AM

I feel I should agree with this one actually, 3 is a bit young, I don't mind late 4's (cos they are at school down here at that age) and upwards.

Only thing I would say is bearing in mind he/she may be 3 but have older sisters/brothers friends etc............. its not so much the birthday as the age of the kids attending.

Also at that age insist parents stay, you are not a childminder and leaving you and 'mum' to deal would be a nightmare.
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Posted 15 May 2003 - 01:03 AM

agreed spin, just bear in mind JJ that pre school age kids dont always understand the rules of games and working with kids you have to keep up the momentum... you cant spend ten minutes explaining a game.... etc
Also, another tip for kids parties is dont do games that exclude anyone... adapt them so that everyone stays in all the time... if you play musical statues put a twist on it, and say the statue with the scariest face.... this way you dont get upset kids because they are the first one(s) out and it keeps their interest. Another thing my clients like is that i dont give prizes for the "best"... always tell the kids that they were all brilliant but you liked so-and-so because..... that keeps everyone happy!
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 12:52 AM

QUOTE (The Spindoctor @ May 15 2003, 01:54 AM)
Only thing I would say is bearing in mind he/she may be 3 but have older sisters/brothers friends etc............. its not so much the birthday as the age of the kids attending.

Also at that age insist parents stay, you are not a childminder and leaving you and 'mum' to deal would be a nightmare.

As much as I agree with all the comments - I think one thing has been left out.

First and foremost, you are a DJ. But like many parents, clients, etc, they expect to be entertained - so you are now an 'entertainer' as well.

No matter what the age of the children, parents not only want to see the kids happy, but some (not all) will get involved and that can help you.

Audience / parent interaction is fun, and, the kids love it. If you look through the typical songs of today, as mentioned like 5,6,7,8 or Hot Hot Hot (great for everyone to join in) 'The Casper Slide Part II (again, great for all) and similar, you'll have no probs.

But children and 'kids functions' need to be guaged - for repetitive factors.

Even though every party is different, you can work out a simple plan that will work for all:

Firstly, if there is food - try and aim for a mid-point if possible. You can keep all the kids together for 'cutting the cake' either b4 or after food.
Work with the parents on that one. If they want to do the food after you go - fine, but at least you can 'guage' your gig.

Secondly, the younger the kids, the slower they eat! Again, it helps you guage the gig.

So in this example, you have 'two halves' to your function.

If there is no food - the kids will need refreshments. If there is a distribution point - don't be frightened of a little order! Kids love routine and enjoy a line up queue! Even suggest for the same area to return empties!

Right - the Plan

If you can get the kids / parents attention in the first 5 to 10 minutes - you're laughing all the way.
One way to do this is firstly tell the parents to sort out the drinks ready to be served in 10 minutes, because the kids are going to get excited and thirsty.

Note: warmer weather or hot venues can cause dehydration - it's not your main worry to be concerned but you don't want a reputation b4 you start....know what I mean...?! Parents can be funny.

YOU WILL NEED 2 SONGS - 1 Fast & HOT HOT HOT

Pick a fast / hard track like Voodoo & Serano's Blood is Pumping, and call ALL the kids over to the front of your system.
Praise the birthday child. Get the kids clapping and cheering for wanting a good time - use bravado if you can. (Mr Entertainer now).
Then, get them to spread out around the room, mustn't touch anyone.
Ask them to look up at the ceiling and stick their arms out by their side...

Example routine..."OK Kids - Lets WARM UP!"

A) "o.k. kids - when I say go - you have to spin on the spot - until I say Stop.....GO!"

Play the track! The kids will go mad, silly and spin.

About 15 to 20 seconds in...say
"STOP - stand on one leg and don't move!" - They can't and it's LOL all the way.

Note: Clear halls are great - but watch out for objects like tables and chairs...don't commence if a kid is near one. Use your savvey!!!

B) Whilst still playing the Voodoo Track....."OK everybody Running on the spot....RRRRUUUNN!" - and it's mad and fun. Approx 30 to 45 seconds gone on CD.

C) " O.K. now jump up and down.....JUMP, JUMP JUMP JUMP........" they all jump

D) "Now stand still and shake your hands up & Down....GET THOSE HANDS IN THE AIR"
you've probably been running for about a minute or so - the kids are now quite excited.

E) "o.k. find a partner and hold their hands...QUICK" - it's the magic words all kids love.

Keep playin the tune......"Right - get ready to spin your partner (think Cotton Eye Joe)...
"GO!".....the kids spin

F) "And it's ...CHANGE PARTNERS!" - magic words again!

Change partners 3-4 times for about a minute and then.....

G) "o.k. everybody back over here, line up 1 behind the other. Put your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you...." Move the birthday bod to the front - use the parents. If there is a lot of kids - divide into boy girl or seperate lines.

Fade the Voodoo track - and it's "OK TIme FOR A MAD CONGA - FOLLOW THE LEADER..."

You've now got 3 minutes of kids conga - make them... "I said it was mad...everybody marching backwards........"
Then go forwards, change direction, etc. Make them roll their shoulders, lean left and right, etc.

Interaction for all ages, adults, etc. Use a bit of common for safety, and they are putty in the hands of the entertainer for 6MINUTES+!!!

You have gained the attention.

Now, everybody needs to clap and cheer for everyone warming up - "The Party has started!"
Excellent introduction.

Time for drinks - parents should be ready (never normally are!).

Line-up the kids - stick on music that's either requested or uplifting - but not too heavy.
Remember, music and games spread over 2 hours - not too much of one thing because of the repetitive factor.

Play background stuff and remind the kids to be ready for the first game that will be coming soon.

Everyone is bright, on the button and excited. Take requests while you wait for the rest to drink up. USE THE KIDS requests to entertain themselves!

There are many, many ways to start a gig. The above example is only an example.
As for games - learn from the forum and devise some of your own - it's fun!

But the key to all this is participation and a little bit of positive thinking.

If you are confident - it will shine.

You can use your DJ experience to please the ear, but a little bravado and leadership will earn you a success every time, working with kids. It can be rewarding.

I've worked with kids from all area's and backgrounds for about 12 years. You have to read the crowd like a normal function!

You may think 2 hours is a long time - but it's not!
Apart from all that - a quick tip on prizes.
If you supply - everyone want's to win. Can you provide for all? Do the sweets you supply have nut extracts that could single-out kids? Are the gift prizes age suitable?
I would suggest - to keep costs and fee's down, let the PARENTS provide.

And if there isn't any prizes but giftbags at the end....everyone gets that - use them!
Oh, and don't forget to praise the birthday bod during the whole gig!!!!!

Now, ask Spindoctor, who is very worldly and experienced, what games he played as a nipper, and to what extent those games differ to today!!! 221.gif

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Posted 16 May 2003 - 09:19 AM

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Now, ask Spindoctor, who is very worldly and experienced, what games he played as a nipper, and to what extent those games differ to today!!!


You cheeky young whippersnapper me lad!! tongue.gif

Great start to a party actually, I'd never thought of it as a warm up but now............... well thats what this forum is all about Thanks (Oldies bowing down to youngies) notworthy.gif
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 10:30 AM

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cheesy, Steps S club, timewarp, macarena etc


spin - i get away with playing that at 18th Birthdays!

Hot news - Steps are re-forming so some more classic cheese coming soon! They have their first rehearsal next week!

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Posted 16 May 2003 - 10:45 AM

Awwww cmon! They CAN't reform!!!!

(Says he who has a CD of Deeper Shade of Blue signed by all the band) I was hoping it was gonna go up in value!!
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:45 AM

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Says he who has a CD of Deeper Shade of Blue signed by all the band)


That is one thing that I would NEVER admit to in public!

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Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:51 AM

When I do my kids parties I always make a point of telling the kids that I am going to give away prizes but only the very lucky few will win, but dont worry if you dont - the main point is that you have fun! I have only ever encountered a problem twice with somebody not winning - and that was there mothers coming to moan about it!
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 09:52 PM

Just to point out , after reading the advice given - all of it is bang on , you chaps and chapess`s know what you`re talking about !! Personally - i won`t do kids parties anymore !! i know , i sound like a old get ( i am 40 ) but .... the answer is always no !

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Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:38 PM

Nice one Discodirect
Thats what this forum is all about. Experienced dj's giving ideas to other dj's.
That is a very good start to a kids party.
This is not a rehearsal
This is it - grab it while you can.

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Posted 20 May 2003 - 10:12 PM

Although I am always happy to give advice about kids parties, one thing I would say is that if you have only ever dj'ed for adult functions DONT automatically think you will be great with kids - these parties are highly specialised and it is far more involved than chucking out a handful of sweets so the kids can have a free-for -all. You WILL be expected to be DJ and Entertainer - be expected to supervise the kids safety, know what is appropriate to play in terms of games and music, you will be expected to keep ALL the kids happy and know how to handle difficult situations - DJ-ing for kids is not easy - believe you me! You cant stop/start - you have to keep the momentum going - the only time I stop is when they sit down to eat .
Any of you mad enough to get into this (!) will at the end of the day have a great deal of fun - but be prepared for very hard work - phsyically and mentally - NEVER take the smile off you face either! Always happy to have any of you come along to experience one of my parties - if that doesnt put you off nothing will! 1028.gif
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