10 Tips For Choosing the BEST Summer Camp Shows

I have been doing summer camp shows for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve done things wrong a few things, and I’ve done things right a lot of times. Basically, I learned what to do and what not to do. I’m going to give you some tips for choosing the right kind of entertainment for your Summer Camp.

  1. See if the entertainer fits within your themes for summer. This is key. If they don’t fit within one of your themes, then why are you bringing them in? 
  2. You want entertainers to enhance your existing curriculum. This is the same as #1, but people often forget it.
  3. Be sure they know how to entertain ‘kid only’ audiences. There are a lot of people who say they are entertainers but have no clue how to perform for kids.
  4. Check to see if they have a different show for the younger ages. What works for 8 year olds might not work so well for 3 or 4 year olds.
  5. If you have a favorite performer, check in advance what themed shows they offer and use that as a guide for your summer activities. Sort of the reverse of #1. You’re still making the theme fit though.
  6. Check to see if they carry insurance. Lots of performers out there do not have liability insurance. You want to go with a professional who has it.
  7. Check references. One great way is to call other daycare centers and ask if they’ve used this person. You’ll find out really fast if they have a great reputation or if they don’t.
  8. Does the entertainer offer different ways of accepting payment? Do they take credit cards for example?
  9. How much room do they require to present the show?
  10. Are there any hidden fees, like travel fees? Some performers charge travel fees, add on credit card transaction fees. You need to check in advance.