|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on October 14, 2020 at 12:00 AM|
It's been a while since our last blog post. Since April, we've been busy doing dozens of Boredom Busting Videos during lockdown with my daughter, Lola and I on Facebook, Online Parties and, from July, we were back in the real world. The easing of lockdown measures meant we were performing face to face parties again for small groups of children mainly outdoors, plus we had a wonderful summer contract during August performing three parties a week in the beautiful surroundings of Wimborne St Giles in Dorset at the uber cool Cloud Nine Glamping- https://www.cloudnineglamping.com.
We also had the pleasure of running 6 weeks of our Summer Holiday Club in West Norwood where, despite the huge amount of hard work involved especially in light of being 'Covid Safe', was incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. The kids loved it!
We really felt, as we eased in to September and more face to face parties were happening again, that we were moving back to where we were in March and then.... Bam. The Rule of Six came in to force and the phone didn't ring as much and the emails hardly came in!
What were we going to do??
Well, we're still here and can perform face to face parties with one entertainer and 5 children as long as the parents are in a separate space. And we're still able to perform our brilliant Online Parties with a virtual party entertainer beamed as a Zoom children's party directly to your living room!
For more info on our Online Parties please click here- https://www.nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk/online-parties
We'd love to be back where we were in March of this year or even August, but we're not and we have to hang in there. So many other creative, performing based businesses like cinemas, theatre, musicians, technicians and event professionals are being hit hard by this brutal pandemic. But we have to stay positive, adapt and most of all, be hopeful that things will get better.
In the words of my brilliant Lola, 'stay safe and healthy guys'!
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on April 9, 2020 at 11:05 AM|
Since the news that Coronavirus was spreading across the UK faster than we thought and we had to go on a full lockdown, we have been devasted here at Nutty's Towers that we have had to postpone or cancel several bookings.
Running parties is what we do and being right there in situ with the children is how it works for us. Not being able to perform face to face has not only been financially damaging, but has also affected us emotionally too. We love making kids laugh, taking them on a magical, imaginitive adventure, playing banging tunes for them at a disco and running super fun classic party games. The thought of those kids being disappointed that they aren't going to have their planned party has upset us too! We're also disappointed that we coudln't fulfill our planned Easter Holiday Club.
But for those that haven't made any party plans yet or whose birthday is right now or soon, all has not been lost. We now have Online Parties!
All the info you need for this can be found here- https://www.nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk/online-parties
We've had an amazing response and will have performed 5 so far this week alone. It's been hard work adapting our running time and tweaking themes and activities to fit the 'virtual party format', but it's been so worth it seeing the smiles on those kids faces on our Zoom apps.
Do please drop me a line if you want more info or wish to get involved.
Oh and have a great Easter weekend!
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on February 11, 2020 at 10:05 AM|
Here at Nutty's, we have a huge selection of party types and Adventure Party themes on offer for kids with varying tastes and likes: Explorer Dan, Pirate Dan, Danijel The Space Warrior (for Star Wars fans), The Princess Adventure, The Witches Challange and lots more.
But what makes us choose and create a new theme?
Our most recent addition, Ninja Danka, has mainly been inspired by demand. Since Lego Ninjago has come on the scene, it seems kids just love the idea of masked spy warriors fighting off evil. We've successfully put a ninja twist on our popular super hero theme, Super Dan, several times, but I thought it was time for a brand new theme to keep all those little ninja fans happy.
Once the character's name is created, what I usually do is google some basic info about the character type, ie. ninjas. This will then give me some factual ideas and then I start thinking of a location (in this case, the Himalayan mountains), a scenario (Ninja Danka is in training) and a problem, ie. a nasty character interferes and how this blocks the main character's objective- and how it can be overcome. This is where the story leads to the adventure and how the kids' help can solve the problem.
I throw in lots of other elements in to the storry and adventure to keep the kids interested, involved and excited: suspense, shock, suprise, hilarity and energetic tasks and then, bam, we have a new theme!
If you have a theme that your child is in to that we don't currently have, and I think it can work, as long you're happy to accept that all of our characters are original, then please do drop me an email to email@example.com and I'll see what I can do!
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on January 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM|
I don't think, until maybe February, that I tire of saying the words Happy New Year to friends, family and people in the local communuity. It's so positive, warm spirited and plain nice. And after the mass indulgence of Christmas and New Year's Eve, what better way to kick off the brand new string of another twelve months in our busy lives?
So what are your goals or resolutions this year? Veganuary? Dry January? More exercise? More reading? Whatever they may be, don't beat yourself up if you don't achieve them. Some things in life are harder to obtain than others.
But the good thing, I think, about resolutions and goals is that it makes you focus on your life and it reminds you what you really enjoy doing or what you want out of life. And that's a good thing, isn't it?
Here at Nutty's Towers, we're constantly thinking of new ways to engage with past and new clients, to keep the kids interested with new themes and ideas, to learn from our mistakes and build on what we have achieved.
So that's what we want to keep doing in 2020. We also want to really listen to our clients requests and be as flexible as we can if they want us to change our formula to suit their children's tastes. We want to spread more happinnes in children at our parties, to work even harder and to think of new ways we can entertain children with our skills as entertainers.
With all of that in mind, I'm just at the early stages of a new Adventure Party theme, which is very exciting, so we will keep you posted about that when it's finalised!
Until then, Happy New Year and here's to an amazing 2020, whatever you want out of it.
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on November 6, 2019 at 6:35 AM|
We are all addicted to our screens! And it's becoming increasigly clear that too much time spent flicking through Instagram stories, spending hours on What's App or tweeting endlessly to random strangers is actually bad for our mental health.
Worse is the impact screens have on our children. I see it everywhere I go, kids glued to their phones on the bus, even staring at them whilst they're having Sunday lucnh with their parents, and the parents are doing it too!
I try really hard not to stare forlornly at my phone or iPad when I'm with my kids, but as I'm self employed sometimes it can be a bit of a juggling act. Nonetheless, we don't allow any phones at mealtimes, no TV or screens are allowed bedfore school and none of us take any screens up to our rooms before bed time.
It's just so sad to see families not talking to each other because everyone is staring at a device!
Is it really that important to look at other people's hoiday snaps on Facebook when you're meant to be having quality family time? I call it lazy parenting. And I also call it self harm, because that's exactly what it is. Dampening our senses and ironically making us less connected.
So how can we cut down our screen time but do something that also involves an act that's similar for our down time?
Read a book! Stories are a wonderful way for us all to learn about our own lives and to stretch our own imganation (you can't do that on Tik Tok, it's all there in front of you!).
So don't be afraid to grab that phone out of your child's hand, give him or her a good book and maybe even read it together? Talk about it, discuss what you like or don't like, try and guess what happens next. Make it a shared experience. And see how your minds will open up and you will fee less anxious and withdrawn.
Go on, try it!
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on October 8, 2019 at 8:50 AM|
We've chatted before about our environment, but it can never be spoken about enough.
It's becoming increasingly clear and evident that we are seriously damaging our planet. C02 emissions are at an all time high, we're globally experiencing more extreme weather conditions, the global average temperature is getting higher and plastic continues to pollute our rivers and oceans.
Right now, activists from Extinction Rebellion are blocking bridges, waving placards and sending out clear messages to our government at locations across London.
But what can you do to make a difference at home, with our children?
Luckily, there are now several options of things we can collectively do that will make a difference. But with so many choices, and costs inevitably being a factor, here is our top five things you and your children can do to help save our planet. And in all cases, save some money...
1) Buy a metal water bottle and ditch buying single plastic ones. Did you know that not only is plastic a danger to our environment if not recycled, but that it takes billions of tonnes of energy to actually make it too? So avoid plastic water bottles at all costs and refill your metal one regularly. The water will taste so much nicer without any plastic residue, you'll help create less plastic waste, plus you'll also save cash.
2) Drive less. Of course if you have a hybrid or electric vehicle, this isn't quite so relevant. But we all know it's still very expensive to buy one so in the meantime, instead of driving to the shops to buy your emergency pint of milk or when dropping your kids off at school, for example, walk! It's also so much less stressful. You won't have to battle your way through traffic or struggle to find somewhere to park, plus you'll be sending out less C02 in to the atmosphere. Win win.
3) By metal straws. Kids love straws, but plastic straws often can't be recycled by local councils. This option leaves no carbon footprint at all, plus you can use them again and again.
4) Eat less meat or become a vegetarian or even a vegan. Look, I love my meat too, but as a family we know how much damage to the atmosphere is caused by animal farming that we now eat a lot less meat. So why not look at other options for your favourite dinners? Moussaka with lentils instead of lamb mince, quorn instead of beef mince for spaghetti Bolognese or a delicious veg and bean stew? There are so many books and online blogs now dedicated to meat-free recipes, you'll have a lot to choose from.
5) Turn the heating down! If you don't already have one, it's well worth having a proper thermostat that regulates the central heating based on the actual temperature of the room. So rather than leaving it on for hours on end and sweltering unnecessarily, set the thermostat to 19.5 degrees and when the temperature hits that mark, you'll use less energy and still feel warm.
I hope this has been useful? Every bit of effort helps...