Festival Children’s Entertainment – Kidzones
It’s not all circus shows, weddings and marquee hires! We are also one of the best providers of festival children’s entertainment on the UK festival and events circuit and trusted by festival and event organisers to produce the goods!
How can we help your event work?
What services or entertainment can we provide for you?
Release some pressure and let us organise and run the Children’s Area for you!
Festival and Event KidZones are our speciality!
Throughout the summer season Bigtopmania is a juggling act of Events, Weddings, Parties & Festivals. We manage this through a dedicated h of workers & helpers, thorough planning, masses of in-house equipment that is constantly updated and lots and lots of driving!
The festivals children’s areas that we co-ordinate or work at take lots of hard set up work and managing. It can be a welcome change to settle in a nice field for 4/5 days. We are there to work and the resultant happy families and smiling, playing children are a great reward.
Where have Bigtopmania’s Festival children’s Entertainment Kidzones been and where are we and our tents in 2015?
Our large scale kids areas have been central core elements of; Guilfest for the last 20 years, Camp Bestival every year since it began (2008) , Croissant Neuf Summer Party for 7 years and Bestival for the last 8 years since 2007.
— FestivalKidz.com (@FestivalKidz) July 20, 2014
We are honoured to be at Shambala and you will find us or our tents, artists or activities at many others including Cornbury, Beautiful Days, Glas-Denbury, The Masked Ball, Watchet Festival, Nibley Festival and yes we have spent many years at Glastonbury and been involved with many more.
In 2015 we will also be at Splendour, Common People, BAAM, Salisbury Arts Fest, Kozfest, Triplicity and are currently talking with Barnstormer, Port Eliot, Somersault, Download and more around the country.
Sadly we are asked by so many and we simply can’t be everywhere. Dates clash too much!
— Camp Bestival (@CampBestival) August 3, 2014
What could your Bigtopmania Kidzone look like?
We aim to provide all round wholesome, creative festival children’s entertainment and we aim to be the area where everything is as free as possible. We usually build the area around our main circus tent and can occupy a large swathe of territory!
Kidzone Artistic Programme
We run a top quality children’s venue hosting a fabulous range of shows, activities and the hugely popular trapeze workshops. The shows are a mix of circus, music and children’s theatre. Bigtopmania Circus and Guests! The lovely theatre groups we work with like The Bicyclettes, Treehouse Theatre, Gobbledegook Theatre, Noisy Oyster Puppet Company and The Fezheads usually manage to create a whole show towards the festival theme! We are often joined by a wonderful range of performers like Dr Palfi, Magic by Huxley, Booster Cushion Theatre, children’s Tv characters, colourful mascots, Furry Foot the clown, MIke Hancock, Clown Bert and the amazing Uk African Acrobat Company.
We do parades, we do fire spectaculars!
We often start the day with children’s yoga and round the weekend off with a totally wild children’s talent show which throws up anything from doing a ‘I don’t know’ to balloon sword fighting, karate demos, Twinkle Twinkle singalongs. We literally have seen it all and the children are the stars and everyone gets a prize!
Big Bears Big Balloon Disco
Highlights for many people are the Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco. (Also available as Big Bubble Bash and Big Bad Hoe Down ). A mad dance-along experience with Big Bear and his Balloonatics (often including Bigfoot the Clown) where the children and the parents have to do the dance routines otherwise the balloons won’t be released! Culminates in 100s of balloons of sizes up to 3 ft, 4 ft, 5 ft and even enormous 6 ft mega balloon bouncing around the big top. Keep them bouncing and at the end the children keep them, spreading balloon love all over the festival!
Kidzone Arena Activities
Spilling out the tent we have a dedicated Under 5’s Toddler Space with soft toys, puppets, sand pits, water play and mini trikes. We also provide great feeding, baby chill out and nappy changing facilities when required.
Don’t forget Jan’s Fabulous Blackboard Van, face painters, temporary tattoo artist, henna and glitter teams !
Provided by us; including the crazy interactive inflatables which really have to be seen to understand. Children go wild , they love them and it brings out best in them – sometimes total bundle machines!
We have lots of; Crazy bikes! Unicycle Launch Pads! Circus Workshop Skills area, tight ropes, sack lines , Kids Coconut Shy, Mega space hopper fun; Giant Beach balls! (6 foot diameter!).We do Bubble Shows and put the kids inside them!
We have so many creative decor and ideas! We have done so much! I wish i could upload thousands of photos to show you how we can make your event totally rule!
We work with a fantastic roster of Craft workshop teams who help the children to make all manner of things; WeaveWorld pom moms, juggling balls, masks, Festival Sticker Art, Caz N Jo’s creative Crafts, Reasons To be Cheerful.. take home festival souvenirs to full-blown parade preparation and enactment.
Small is beautiful? Space or budget limited?
Smaller scale festival Children’s Entertainment
We’ve developed a smaller contained children area for the festivals that aren’t necessarily aimed at families but need to provide for the children that do come along. This can be seen as a stepping stone to becoming a more family festival and we can always expand the children’s entertainment further down the line when families start to see that it’s becoming a festival that provides for children.
In summer 2014 we took a 9 metre little big top to Let’s Rock festivals at 4 sites across the UK with one van and a smaller team. Smaller Kidzones in size but not entertainment as the area included; Circus workshops, A circus show, talent show, big bubble disco, stilt walkers, crazy bikes and crazy inflatables. The Let’s Rock festivals have added 2 more dates this year and in 2015 we will be touring Cookham, Bristol, Southampton, Leeds, London and Exeter. These are all 80’s festivals, add to that schedule Rewind in Henley and Rewind North, and that makes 8 x 80’s festivals in 2015. Although the writer of this article was only alive for 3 months of the 80’s, I now feel like I well and truly lived in that decade.
Festival children’s entertainment and running the kids area’s that we do really doesn’t feel like work. We are working with our friends and our customers are all lovely festival families that are having a good time.
Come say hello in 2015 if you are visiting any of Bigtopmania Kidzones, Family childrens entertainment areas.