|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on December 8, 2021 at 7:30 AM|
I think a lot of us are in agreement about this aren't we? It's been challeging, stressful, worrying, unsettling and upsetting.
Coronavirus has taken over so much of our lives and for all of us that run small businesses, it's been incredibly difficult. Some businesses haven't survived and some have barely pulled through. We are one of the lucky ones who have managed to keep going with government grants, online parties and, properly again since May this year, our holiday clubs and many face to face parties again.
We've had to adapt so much. Keeping our eye on the news, changing our methods, trying to keep everyone safe and healthy. We've also had to cancel some parties because of Covid cases but on the whole, we've kept our head above water.
But the biggest pay off for us is the kids. THAT'S what really keeps us going. Seeing their faces, their eyes lighting up when we tell them stories, their laughing faces when we're being silly, their energy, their connections with their friends.
So here's to a Merry Christmas to you all, especially the kids and here's to a, hopefully, more straightforward year for 2022!
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on May 11, 2021 at 1:10 PM|
After yet another lockdown, we are all starting to ease our way out of the abyss, move away from online parties (we still offer them though!) and claw our way back to reality.
How nice is it to see our friends and family again? Sip a cold beer in a (also cold!) beer garden? Go clothes shopping again?
For us, it's really nice to be able to do face to face parties again. And since yesterday's government annoucement that we're on track for the next phase of the Covid roadmap, it means we can do more face to face parties for more children!
It's what we're all about. Performing for kids. Seeing their faces. Their smiles. Hearing their ideas, following their imaginations, their ideas, creativity. Play! That's what kids need. That's what we need.
We are beyond excited!
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on January 5, 2021 at 10:45 AM|
Happy New Year? For some, yes, for others, not quite so...
When the countdown happened on midnight on 31st December 2020, a lot of us I think were united with some of these thoughts-
'Thank goodness that year is over', 'Bring on 2021', 'Bye bye horrible year!'.
The sad reality of course is that we're back where we started in March last year, a national lockdown.
And as some of us struggle with being disappointed the pubs are shut, that we can't see our friends or go on holiday, one thing is for sure, there are a LOT of people out there having a much more difficult time.
But what can we do to help them?
Sometimes it's the little things that really mean a lot to people when they need some support. So, without further ado, here are 5 Nice Things You Can Do To Help People During Lockdown With The Kids...
1) Get the kids together and FaceTime or Zoom the grandparents. They'll be desperate to see their grandchildren and they can have some quality time together. Perhaps they could do an activity together? Like Charades? Or a virtual art class?
2) Get the kids to do a painting with a written message for a friend who lives on thier own. There are lots of people who live on their own and the isolation and boredom outside of working can take its toll sometimes. This thoughful, creative offering really could put a huge smile on their faces.
3) Offer to do some shopping for an elderly person who lives on your street. Create a flyer, pop it through some letterboxes and once you've found someone who accepts your offer, spend 5 minutes chatting on the doorstep to them when you drop off the goods. From a distance of course! Not only will you be helping your neighbours, but you'll also get to know others who live nearby more.
4) Do a clear out of old toys, books and clothes, find a children's charity that can do a collection and you'll know your stuff will go to a good home and really help out some who's really suffering financially during the pandemic.
5) Buy some food for a homeless person. Next time you're out and about doing some food shopping, chances are you'll see a homeless person, especially if you live in an urban area. Say hello to them, ask them if they would like some food and then once you've bought it, hand it over to them. I'm sure you'll make their day!
I hope these ideas help fill your time during the latest lockdown and allow you to help others that really need it.
*Stay Safe And Healthy Guys*
|Posted by nuttyschildrensparties on December 3, 2020 at 6:40 AM|
Well one thing is for certain, 2020 will certainly be memorable!
Back in March, we were faced with effectively being shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown was imminent and we were unable to perform our many face to face to parties that we had in the diary. We were, as many other performers, actors and creative people, adverstely affected. Devastated.
Then a glimmer of hope emerged. We noticed that other entertainers were performing via Zoom! Having never been on Zoom before myself, I had to learn the ropes. Luckily, my wife had been using it loads already for work, so she gave me a much needed tutorial. And so the Online Party for Nutty's was born.
Cue frantic web page creating, adding SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) links, promotiong on social media and before we knew it, we were up and running. We also created loads of 'Boredom Busting Videos' with my daughter, Lola, for free on Facebook and did regular Adventure Parties also for free on Facebook Live.
Then suddenly, it was the summer and government restrictions were lifted, so we ran an After School club, then our Summer Holiday Club in West Norwood for 6 weeks! With that and an amazing residency at Cloud Nine Glamping in Dorset, plus some outdoor, face to face parties and still doing our Online Parties/virtual parties, things were suddenly crazy for us- in a good way!
Then the Rule of Six/lockdown 2 came in and we felt like we were back to square one. Well, back to Zoom parties!
We've really loved doing virtual parties. It's been great fun and a real learing curve. We're also really proud of what we've achieved, despite the overall restructions. But it's nowhere near as fun as face to face parties and events. Having the kids on mute most of the time for logistical reasons isn't quite the same as having that live, crazy banter in a home, communuty centre or park.
But needs must and we really can't wait to get back out there in the real world in 2021.
It's been challenging, stressful, rewarding, hard work, fulfiling, worrying, creative and above all, unique! Most of all, it's felt like a very long year and we realy cannot wait for 2021 as we truly beleive it will be an amazing year. Not just for Nutty's, but for all of us.
We'll be back with another blog next year. So until then, have an amazing Christmas and New Year with your famlies. You deserve to.
|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!