Here's a list of parent-approved birthday party entertainers to help make your child's day extra special. Browse our ideas (e.g., characters for hire, face painter, kids magician, balloon artist, etc.) to get inspired! These party experts serve the Greater Columbus area, and can travel to your home or birthday party venue.

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    Magic Nate

     (384.3 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Nate LeGros has studied magic for over 20 years, and has performed professionally for over 7. He performs a mixture of classic and modern magic, adding in his stage and street experience, to create a unique offering for every show. Birthday parties are one of his specialties.

    Cost: contact for pricing

    The Great Dean-O

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  The Great Dean-O specializes in magic shows for preschoolers and kindergarteners. His entire show is tailored especially for young children. Shows include 40 minutes of laughter, magic, and fun, with lots of audience participation.

    Ages: 3-7

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Mrs. Boggs Face Painting and Balloon Twisting

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Mrs. Boggs is a certified art teacher offering budget-friendly face painting and balloon twisting in Columbus and the surrounding areas. Her offering includes unlimited painting/twisting for any number of kids for the allotted time (1 hour minimum for 1 service or 2 hour minimum for both). You provide a table and chairs, and she brings all of the high quality face paints, glitter, stick on jewels, temporary tattoos, and balloon supplies.

    Cost: contact for pricing

    The Turtle Lady

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Nancy "The Turtle Lady" Lockard loves sharing her passion for animals with children, and will give a fun presentation with over 30 animals including turtles of all sizes, bearded dragons, snakes, and amphibians (all captive-born). Programs are around 45-60 minutes long, and kids are allowed to touch the creatures for part of that time. We have seen her show at our local library, and the kids loved it!

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Mr. Puppet

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Bob Abdou's shows as Mr. Puppet involve storytelling, magic, sing-alongs, and plenty of puppets. A typical show is around 35 minutes.

    Ages: 1-11

    Cost: starts at $190

    The Great Randini Magic Show

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  The Great Randini's show includes magic and comedy, and is fun for all ages. The show is casual and fun, and tailored to the age of the audience. Shows range from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on age.

    Ages: 3 - 14

    Cost: starts at $130

    Miss Dee and Friends

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Miss Dee is a professional balloon artist, clown, and ventriloquist. She performs a variety of different types of entertainment for birthday parties.

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Matt the Balloon Guy

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Matt the Balloon Guy specializes in impressive and intricate balloon sculptures. He will twist balloons at events big and small. Matt even offers a Mallow Blaster, an interactive marshmallow shooter game that is fun for all ages, especially older kids. You can also book Face Doodles by Jen for elaborate full face painting.

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Erica Carlson Children's Entertainment

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Erica Carlson has over 15 years of experience entertaining children and their families with balloon sculptures, magic shows, storytelling, face painting, and more. Her balloon sculpting and face painting are great for all ages, and her magic and storytelling shows typically work best for age 2-7. She also teaches workshops showing kids how to twist their own balloons, and these are best for kids age 6+.

    Ages: best for 2-7

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Magician Carroll Baker

     (387.1 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Carroll Baker performs hundreds of magic shows each year, and his birthday party shows are funny and interactive for all ages. There is a live dove and rabbit component to the show that the birthday child helps perform.

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Perfect Parties

     (388.3 mi)

    Nancy L.:  Perfect Parties can bring almost any type of themed party to your home. You can choose from one of their packages or customize your own. They specialize in setting up fabulously themed sleepover parties in your home. While they mostly targets girls, there is a boy's sleepover option and boys can customize a package as well. Perfect Parties also offers gender-reveal parties and baby showers.

    Cost: contact for pricing


     (388.9 mi)

    Katie G.:  SuperGames offers plenty of inflatables and other activities available to rent for your next party. While bounces houses and inflatables are what they are known for, you can also rent a portable zipline, giant light bright, portable putt putt, whack a mole, virtual reality, photo booth and plenty more.

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Buckeye Mobile Laser Tag

     (394.2 mi)

    Katie G.:  Bring the exciting game of laser tag to you for your child's next birthday party. Buckeye Mobile Laser Tag will bring all the equipment, including barriers and guns, to your home, park, indoor facility or whatever location you choose. Each party comes with a Game Coach to facilitate the games and make sure everyone is having fun.

    Cost: parties start at $199 for up to 10 guests

    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

     (396.9 mi)

    Katie G.:  The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will bring their events outreach program to your location of choice to help celebrate your child's birthday. The handler will present six to eight animals to the group explaining what they are, where they live and where you can find them in the wild. The program usually lasts 30 to 45-minutes, but the handler will stick around for up to an hour to answer questions.

    Paulette's Princess Parties

     (397.7 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Paulette's Princess Parties hosts memorable events at your home, another venue of your choice, or at The Dance Extension in Dublin. Party options range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, with themes like Princesses, Fairies, Pirates, Super Heroes, and more. Parties can include a special character visit, with your choice of over 40 different characters that sing, dance, act, do interactive stories, and more. Ms. Paulette also offers camps, dance and theater classes, and other special events.

    Cost: character visits start at $110 for 30 mins, custom parties start at $28 per guest

    Sunshine Farms

     (398.6 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  At Sunshine Farms you will find so many great activities for your children to enjoy. One of the great parts of their farm is their mobile petting zoo that can be brought to your home. They have a variety of animals including rabbits, ducks, goats, sheep and much more. There is even horseback riding! You can also consider renting their barn for your next party.

    Cost: mobile petting zoo starts at $200 for 1 hour

    Buckeye Video Game Truck

    Parties range from $265 - $389+

    Brittany Kozielski:  If you are looking for the coolest birthday party for your video game enthusiast, look no further. Buckeye Video Game Truck will roll up to your neighborhood equipped with a game theater. You can pick the games the kids get to play. There are even laser tag options available.

    Honey Hill Farm Mobile Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

    Nancy L.:  The team at Honey Hill Farm can offer a new dimension to your child's party. Choose from one of three options: The Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, or Exotic Animals. Honey Hill Farm serves Kentucky, Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and parts of West Virginia. They also provide the animal entertainment at Cedar Point, Michigan's Adventure, and Kings Island and numerous local events and fairs. Perhaps you have seen them in your area? Now, bring the fun to your next party!

    Cost: contact for pricing

    Lazer Kraze ToGO

    Katie G.:  Lazer Kraze ToGO brings a mobile lazer tag game to you. The portable lazer tag gear is designed for outdoor use, allowing up to 22 players to participate in the game. Games are approximately 8 minutes long. All player stats will be displayed so you can see who is winning the game. Lazer Kraze ToGo will bring the gear, set up and take down and provide the staff to run the games. Inflatable bunkers are available for an extra fee.

    Cost: parties start at $179 for a giant inflatable party and $199 for a lazer tag party

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