Would you DJ a kids party and Facilitate games?

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Would you DJ a kids party where you need to run games with the kids

  • Absolutely, I love these types of events

    Votes: 2 25.0%
  • I use to do these types of events in the past, but I would not do them today

    Votes: 4 50.0%
  • Hell NO!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I have never done a kids party, and don't ever plan to be a part of one.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I did it ONE TIME, and it was not for me. So it's a NO

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • I would still do a kids party, but I don't like doing them

    Votes: 1 12.5%

  • Total voters
    8

DJ Ricky B

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At this point in your career as a DJ would you DJ a kids party where they want the DJ to be interactive, and facilitate games with the kids? Coke/Pepsi, Limbo, Hula Hoop Toss style games as an example.
 

Jeff Romard

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I voted that I would still do it but it would be actually one of my daughters that would do it I would book the event for the right amount of money though pay them to play and hang out and eat hotdogs and cake :)
 

DJ Ricky B

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I had two calls that I have not responded to yet. One came in Friday afternoon, and one came in yesterday.

One is for a Barmitzvah next April for 3 hours. Wants a DJ to play games with the kids. Wants a price quote. She was referred by someone to me, and I did not recognize the name she said in the voice mail. Maybe a previous client. Maybe someone who saw me at an event years ago. It is at a nice restaurant known for having a lot of bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings take place there. I could book this for what I would charge for a wedding, but it's more work.

Another one came in for 10th birthday party taking place in January. Wants games with the kids. Also a referral. ...For this, I doubt they will spend over $600, and I don't have any interest in booking anything games related for below what I can get on a wedding.

10+ years ago I would have tried to book both of these.

Today, I'm Debating if I want to even bother calling them back, lol
 

DJ Ricky B

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Would you DJ a car show and not play car songs? If you're booking kids events, why would you not play with them?

Sounds like a simple solution - if you don't want to entertain the younger generation(s), don't accept it.

I use to do them all the time in my 20s. Still did them in my early 30s, but as time went on I booked less and less of them each year. I think the last Bat Mitzvah I did was in 2018, and my son and I did a friend's 5 year old birthday party in 2019. Perhaps this is something that just comes with age. Once you get older, you reach a point to where you look at all of the negativity surrounding new music as 99% of it is garbage, so then you have to stick to the old stuff which over the years has become increasingly harder as kids want the new crap mostly. Then kids have the shortest attention spans EVER now thanks to their faces being glued to hand held screens all day. It was certainly easier to keep them entertained 10+ years ago.

My older brother stopped doing them 2-3 years ago. My older sister might still be willing to do them. I have to talk with her and see, or she might have decided she is done with them too.

I haven't marketed to them in YEARS. I know that I can certainly still do them. I just don't have a desire to work them any more. That desire was exiting the front door in 2018/2019. Now it has completely left the building...no where to be found lol
 

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While I don't disagree, it still comes back to if you don't want to entertain the younger ones, then you don't accept the job.

While most of the kids know the words to today's songs, you might be surprised how many of them actually know what they're singing - or believe in what they're singing. Think back to your younger days, did you really understand all the stuff you were hearing or singing along with. To keep things in check, your parents thought most of your generations music was crap, as did their parents, etc, etc. To a kid from today, music from the 90's is old .. like music from the 60's for those born in the 90's. It's all about perspective.

Some of the reason kids have no attention span is because no one wants their attention - you just posted about not wanting to interact with them.
 
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sawdust123

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My Ex worked at an elementary school for years. About 3 times a year, I would come in during lunch hour and play games with the kids. Easiest gig ever. Parked right on the playground set up right next to the car. Kids had a blast. I did several backyard birthday parties for my daughter's classmates over the years too. Again, pretty easy stuff. Then again, not as lucrative as weddings.

I did one mitzvah and that pretty much was the end of my kid stuff. I am at the reception hall pretty much by myself when carloads of kids start showing up early. No food is ready. Catering is still setting up. I am not supposed to start playing yet. A kid comes up to me and says, "I hope you don't suck like the DJ at last week's bar mitzvah!" I think I told him , "No, I was going to suck differently." Anyhow, 2 dozen 12 and 13 years running around without parental supervision pretty much cooked me on kids events. I went through Coke/Pepsi and all the other typical games popular at the time. I had lots of swag for the kids too. What I didn't have was a crew of party motivators and that would have really helped to keep them out of my hair.
 

Albatross

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Many of my first paid gigs were this type of work. I was a teenager at the time, and I was figuring it out.

They were typically 2 hour elementary school dances, and I think was making $200-$250 to do them.

My format was that every 10-15 minutes I would try to do an activity. So either a line dance, a scavenger hunt for a silly giveaway (often glowsticks). We'd do hoola hoop contests (I bought like 60 hoola hoops to facilitate this). We did limbo, all sorts of silly stuff. So it would literally be 2-5 songs of kids running around playing on their own, and then we'd do something else.

While I don't aspire to do that kind of work anymore, I had a lot of fun doing it back then. And as a young DJ the experience being on a microphone, commanding a room full of chaos, and figuring out how to program for it was invaluable for me.

With where I am now... I'm not pursuing anything like this. But if I were a full timer, I might do it again under another brand.

Set up a completely separate brand and website directed towards kids and school dance type events. Booking only available Monday - Thursdays. Send flyers to all the local elementary schools (there are 141 elementary schools in the county I live in). If you book 10-15 of those a year at $350 a pop... call it an extra $3-$5K from nights that would otherwise be totally dormant. I think it would be pretty easy to do actually.
 

Scott Hanna

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I just did a kids party this year. Not my first choice, but the money was right and was a 2 hour Sunday noon to 2.

Yes we played games