Four ‘must haves’ for a child friendly venue

Choosing the right venue for a corporate children’s event is so important. Nowadays companies like to hold parties out of house as they can be more fun, enjoyable and flexible. It also takes the stress away from the office where the party may have usually taken place. There is no worry about keeping meeting rooms available for the party and no mess to tidy up afterwards and no health and safety issues regarding bringing children onto the premises.

1.Location. It’s got to be a place where guests can get actually get to! Obviously not a million miles away but also somewhere a bit different as this will make a welcome change for staff members to take their children to. Somewhere that is accessible by train, tube or bus or at least has parking is definitely a consideration. Accessibility and facilities for those with special needs is a must. Of course with children in mind it needs to be safe to get to too.

2.Space. Enough room for children to move, dance, jump and explore, plus their parents, plus prams, plus the entertainment and staff ends up meaning you need quite a big space. Somewhere for the children’s event staff to get changed, possibly into costume or somewhere to prepare for their astonishing act they will soon be performing! On the other hand you don’t want the space to be too big for the numbers expected as this can create a feeling of emptiness.

3.Inspiring. It needs to be a fun and interesting space. Maybe somewhere that the children will be excited to go to and will tell all their friends about afterwards? Somewhere that isn’t a box room painted with white walls would help. Having said that we have lots of clever decoration ideas that we can use to transform venues too! We have hosted events in many interesting venues such as boats, museums and even on the millennium wheel!  If there is an activity or facilities already on site then this can help to theme the party or give it a focus activity.

4.Catering services are almost always needed at a corporate children’s event whether you are having nibbles or hot food for both the children and parents, the option of good quality catering at the venue is always very useful. However if the venue does not offer in house catering we have used many out of house catering suppliers who can supply fantastic food and drink. If you are bringing in caterers then the venue needs to have the facilities or at least the space needs to be clean and appropriate for preparing food.  There also may be the requirement for a power supply if hot food is required and the venue is outdoors.

Let us at Kids’ People organise your next corporate children’s event and put our wealth of experience to the test! We are experts at staffing children’s events too and will provide your event with quality staff who will make every child feel special and leave with a big smile on their face and lots of wonderful memories to cherish.

We provide full event management for corporate children’s christmas parties, corporate children’s summer parties and large scale private childrens’ parties.

Why use a children’s staffing specialist for kids events?

However many thousands of pounds that are spent on a children’s promotion or experiential event, if the staff are not right the experience on the day will not be what it was planned to be on the multiple drawing boards and planning stages in the offices of the marketing strategists.  Why?!  Because the children and parents don’t think of the planning stages, they are there to enjoy the experience as they see it on the day.  They are of course impressed with the stand and activities provided, but if the right child friendly staff member isn’t there to greet them on the day the experience can be easily spoilt.  Their first point of contact, the event staff, can either make or break an event, with their personality, energy, attitude and etiquette on the day.

How do we know this?  Because we have seen it for ourselves many times.  You don’t have to walk far in central London before you come across a children’s promotional event.  And you can often witness it for yourself, clock watching or uninterested personnel wishing that the day was already over.  Perhaps that is acceptable for some brands, but for any children’s brand on the market, this would be a black mark against their name.

Known for excitement, bright colours, and most of all energy, children’s brands need to have the right staff representing them.  Children’s experiential event staff are of the upmost importance because apart from anything else children are the most perceptive people on the planet!  They know a fake smile when they see one.  So how do you get the right staff?  Go to a specialist company (like Kids’ People!) that focuses on events for children only.  The same person is not the right fit for all events, so a children’s staffing specialist is needed.  A children’s event specialist who has the energy, passion and experience to bring the activation and experience alive for the hundreds of children and parents that will be visiting the stand and leaving with lasting memories and an extremely positive brand awareness.