Just like you wouldn't buy the first car you see in a dealer lot, it's a wise idea to shop around for a birthday party entertainer. Especially if you live in a larger city with plenty of options, you could save cash and find a better quality performer by talking to more than one. To save some time, run a quick Internet search for birthday party entertainers in your area. That will give you a quick snapshot of what's available, and you can peruse the Web sites for base rates, characters and activities offered. Also, check out pictures or videos from previous parties. Jot down your favorites and call the businesses directly; don't rely solely on online rate quote services.
To have time to shop around, remember to plan ahead. If you want to book an entertainer for the following weekend, you might have trouble tracking down what your child wants.