The Art of Keeping Kids Engaged at St. Patrick’s Day

I was entertaining with balloons at the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The crowd size for this event reached 1,500-2,000 people. Luckily, I wasn’t the only balloon twister performing that day. There were four balloon artists and four face painters.

The start was slow because of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade. Most families were busy looking at the green Chicago River (dyed that way), watching, or participating in the parade. I don’t know who made the first one, but its popularity was growing; the balloon umbrella takes 5-7 balloons, depending on how you make it. But I hate doing umbrellas. To me, it’s just a bunch of balloons tied together, and that is it. Where’s the fun in that? So I decided to do the balloon ball.

Imagine this: on either side of the main door are two balloon entertainers standing side by side, each with a line 15-20 people deep. I start to make a balloon ball for one child and then another. The balloon artist beside me is slowly studying and asking questions about making it. He knows it’s only a matter of time before he’ll have to make it. Next thing you know, there are two balloon lines making balloon balls. I looked at the other two balloon lines to see the other balloon artist sending people to our side for balloon balls. By the end of the event, they were making balls.

You may ask why the balloon ball. I have learned from years of attending these events that if you make something a child can play with, it will distract them from coming back into the balloon line.

It worked; many people thanked me for the balloon ball because the kids played with each other and the parents, playing impromptu volleyball games. This kept the kids close to the family and kept mom and dad out of the long balloon lines. Whoever entertains there next year better know how to do the balloon ball because somebody will ask for it, and look out, you’ll make a lot of them.

The Art of Keeping Kids Engaged at St. Patrick's Day
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The Art of Keeping Kids Engaged at St. Patrick's Day
Embark on a vibrant St. Patrick's Day balloon adventure as the author shares entertaining tales from a Mercy Home celebration. Discover the art of balloon twisting, the ingenious balloon ball, and how crowd engagement transforms festivities. Dive into this colorful narrative for a delightful journey into the world of festive balloon entertainment.
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DEO Consulting, Inc AKA Magical Balloon-dude Dale
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