PARENTS LOOKING for help keeping young guests happy and entertained during a birthday party will find many companies and individuals who furnish clowns, pony rides and cartoon characters. A few offer distinctive services for an out-of-the-ordinary birthday experience.
Parties by Panda-monium will deliver a gym with apparatus including mats, a rolling donut, air log, tumbling mats and ball pit. Two staff members lead the activities and spot for safety. Parties can be suited for toddlers or junior gymnasts or for physically or mentally handicapped children. Also offered: "wet" parties with water balloons and three educational magic shows.
The Orange County-based Robot Co. provides a dancing, spinning robot who gives rides and plays hide-and-seek. The robot projects children's voices to sound like such characters as John Wayne and Alvin the Chipmunk or anything in between; older youngsters may be permitted to operate the robot's controls. Dance-on-Wheels does custom-designed parties, such as a "Dirty Dancing" party or a '50s-theme party. Children can be anything from hatching dinosaur eggs to tea-party guests dressed in antique clothing. Sugar Free Fun Catering offers a variety of cakes and ice cream sweetened without refined sugar or artificial sweetners. The company will also prepare the entire menu: Build-your-own-pizza parties are popular. The company often joins forces with Dance-on-Wheels, but either can be retained individually.