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Top Pro
from 256 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 497 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacia B.
Verified review

Nick and his children put together a wonderful night of entertainment! Including live music, positive energy and excitement. We can't wait to have them hosting our annual gala again this year!!!

Magical Memories Entertainment
from 190 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 522 hires on Thumbtack
Jane S.
Verified review

I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because I specifically asked for angel wing balloons for the little girls. both when I contracted with Magical Memories and when the Magician/Balloon man arrived at the venue. It was agreed upon. All the children did get balloons (swords, animals, etc.). However, NO angel wings were made for the little girls. I'm assuming this entertainer did not have that expertise. Overall, it was a pleasure dealing with this company (very professional) and the kids enjoyed the entertainment and had a great time. I will use this entertainment service again in the future.

B_entertained DJs & More
from 157 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 436 hires on Thumbtack
Jan S.
Verified review

We booked B_Entertained for a high profile live event in Hartford, CT. Mike did a fantastic job for us. He was able to adjust to the music type we were looking for, anticipate the wants and needs of the crowd and was able to keep the energy of the room up to keep the party going. B_Entertained was very professional, reasonably priced and flexible to our specific needs. I would recommend B-Entertained to any one looking to have a hassle-free and professional DJ. I hire entertainment all over the country and I would hire them again anytime.

Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 222 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ally G.
Verified review

The entertainment company is extraordinary!! I have only had great experiences with them. If you're looking for the perfect company, look no farther, you've found it!!

Top Pro
  • 37 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephane P.
Verified review

BOOK BOOK BOOK. You will not regret it. It's All About You DJ Services is beyond great. I booked them for my wedding and also booked their photobooth service. The music was great and I know it was a challenge because I was incorporating Haitian music into the mix and that can be tricky. Everyone was on the dance floor. Tito the MC kept the party going and he was hilarious. Now for the photbooth. It was simply awesome. They had some many backgrounds to choose from because it was a green screen. So many props. They gave me a scrapbook at the end of the night with all the pictures. The scrapbook is gorgeous (my friends who have already had their wedding are jealous). Really don’t even bother hesitating or shopping around, this company is professional, classy, and they know how keep the entertainment going. They just know what they are doing and that is what you need when you’re planning a big event. BTW. Also got a video guest book. LOOOVE IT!!! I highly recommend them to everyone.

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Sunshine Entertainment
from 91 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 176 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David C.
Verified review

Provided great music and entertainment at our elementary school's end of the year 'Duck Race' and 'Field Day'.. He even lead the students in several party line dances.

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5 Star Parties LLC
from 86 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Fernando G.
Verified review

AMAZING SERVICE!! Julia arrived on time with a big smile and willing to start immediately. Julia set up her station in the corner and painted almost all the kids in the party had an animal or sword balloon. This was my son's 1st bday and it was an unforgettable one. Your service was outstanding and you will be recommended immediately. Thank you Julia I hope your business prosper with much success. Fernando, Keiko and Baby Niko :)

Top Pro
Smiles by Sandy
from 80 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Glenda F.
Verified review

The children were not always cooperative however Sandra was very patient and continuously engaged the children with balloon animals, face painting (adults included!)and the interactive magic show. The party was a success. Would recommend to other families!

  • 15 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Cally F.
Verified review

Adam did an amazing job for my daughter’s third birthday. Wow! Everybody was blown away by the balloons!! I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for entertainment for a party.

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Creative Parties For Kids
from 56 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalie A.
Verified review

Suzy was amazing! She was Very friendly, energetic and provided various entertainment. From music, coloring, dancing, balloon twisting and face painting. And she was able to accommodate my party very last minute just 3 days before my event at a great price! I will definitely be hiring her again in the future!

Gartrell the Great
from 50 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Danny S.
Verified review

Thank you so much Gartrell The Great!!!! My company Starz On Tours hosted two big events for adults featuring an American Idol finalist in concert, and we needed a comedy magician to open for her. Thanks to Thumbtack, they put us in touch with Zachary Gartrell. He travelled many hours from his home in Virginia to our western North Carolina shows, and he was there early and ready to go.His warm ups for the shows were so funny, and close up magig in my face had me simply amazed!!! When I booked him I saw where he did quite a few kids birthday parties and some adult shows, but I could tell this man had what it took to entertain our audience, and he delivered in a big way. We booked him for four 45 minute shows for the weekend, and I could tell at the very first show we made the right decision. As soon as he had my entire adult audience rolling in their seats laughing only a few minutes into his performance, I knew our shows were going to feature the exact entertainment I was looking for. Zachary told me before the shows he could cater the shows to any type of audience. He knew exactly what I was looking for and he delivered. I got two talents in one performer. I got amazing magic and a very funny comedian with an unbelievable quick wit. Thank you so much Gartrell the Great. I look forward working together again very soon.

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Arcoiris Face Painting
from 40 reviews
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa F.
Verified review

Erica came to do my daughters first birthday party and did face painting and entertainment . She was professional, talented and the kids loved her ! Everyone had a great time !

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Broderson Music Studios
from 36 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca V.
Verified review

As an adult who never had piano lessons and doesn't play any instruments (so far) I think Broderson Music Studios provides excellent instruction. I am still early in the process, but have found Gary to be very encouraging and patient. He is able to answer questions in a way that is clear and understandable without ever feeling "dumbed down". I look forward to learning more!

The Magic of Jim Sisti
from 32 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Ramona G.
Verified review

Our event was a 16th birthday celebration for our grandson. The ages of guests ranged from 7 to 73 with everything in between. The event took place in our home. From the first interaction with Thumbtack on line to speaking with Jim the first time, every contact whether on line, by phone or in person was highly professional and enjoyable. The service was impeccable. Jim is delightful to work with, he arrived a few minutes early and began his performance precisely on time. The quality, cadence, and timing of the performance was the best entertainment exceeding all expectations. Jim is friendly, connects immediately with everyone and he was funnier than all get out. His magic was awesome! Teens, naturally skeptical, remained engaged and into it throughout; not one of them was looking at their mobile device. Jim connected with every person and even the little ones were included in the show. It was fun, funny, fantastic, and filled everyone with pure joy. We love Jim. He filled every moment to the fullest. His performance, personality, storytelling and comedy were outstanding. His talent is the Real Deal. We all had a blast and we recommend him highly. God Bless You Jim and Thank you so much for making the celebration memorable!

Legendary Entertainment
from 27 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqueline P.
Verified review

Dear Joe, To say I am blown away with the entertainment provided by your company would be an understatement! I was nervous with only 4 kids all under 2 at my sons party it would very hard to try and entertain them. Nope your crew was so much fun the adults were involved too! The character stayed in costume the entire time even when I told him it was ok to change he refused while talking like the character lol. My friends and family could not believe he stayed the entire time and how great they were. I can't thank you enough. I look forward to doing business you you again! Thank you for making my sons birthday so special!

Top Pro
  • 44 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris P.
Verified review

Marty provided entertainment and decor for a fundraising event for an organization I'm affiliated with. Everything was top-notch, and he was equally engaging with both adults and children (since the event was family-oriented). He has my recommendation, without question.

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Team Fun Entertainment
from 15 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sanjeev P.
Verified review

Team Fun Entertainment did a great job. Face painting and ballon art was amazing

DJ Carlos E Sanchez
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin S.
Verified review

DJ Carlos was the DJ for my wedding this past weekend, and I have to say he left us speechless. Once we showed up to the reception from the ceremony he was all set up and ready to go. Dressed very nicely and a true professional in every sense of the word. He checked in with me and my new wife to make sure everything he did was how we wanted it. He took requests from guests and was an excellent host for the event. The music was exactly what we wanted and every guest had rave reviews about him. You could tell Carlos put his heart and soul into this, this isn't just some hobby for him. It is a passion and he was always accommodating with any requests we had. I do not easily vouch for others but for DJ Carlos I have to say you would be silly not to pick him. You will not be disappointed. I had high expectations for my wedding and it went above what I thought it would be, and DJ Carlos was a huge factor in the success. You will not find a better option out there, period. 11/10

DJ Nohana Presents...
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew R.
Verified review

I had a great privilege to have DJ Nohana Presents at my birthday party. I enjoyed the wide range of styles of music that were played that would fit to everyone's liking. This really livened up the party and definitely made the party the best that it could be and more. I would highly recommend having him play at anyone else's birthday party or event they have coming up. Great music = Great event

  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle C.
Verified review

Photo booth was so much fun and perfect for our evening! Ryan was very professional and efficient as we had people lined up all night for the photobooth. He printed copies for each person in the pictures and placed a copy in a memory book for us. The cost was very reasonable and fit within our budget! We were very happy and would recommend Magical Memories Entertainment to others!

  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Heather G.
Verified review

The show is AMAZING! David performs unimaginable magic and leaves you wondering how! I've seen his show approximately 10 times and every single time, his end performance brings tears to my eyes! I will continue to see him every chance I get!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a bounce house?

Bounce houses, inflatable castles, moon bounces, inflatable slides and jumpy castles are all large-scale inflatable houses made for interactive entertainment. Commonly intended for children, bounces houses are made of PVC or other durable materials such as nylon or vinyl that when look like a house or castle when inflated. Rental companies deliver bounce houses to birthday parties, festivals, fairs and other events. The companies have industrial-grade blowers that fill the large structures with air to make them bounceable. A common size for a bounce house might be 15 feet by 15 feet by 13 feet. Bounce houses often have a flat, inflatable bottom pad and inflatable walls so that kids can jump and bounce without being hurt, along with a netting door and windows so that kids can see out and adults can see in. Bounce houses are suitable for both indoor or outdoor events, depending on the venue. For large events, rental companies often have a staff member who stays with the structure to monitor safety and keep it properly inflated. There are also wet/dry bounce houses with slides that you can hook up to a hose on hot summer days. A bounce house can be a fantastic addition to a party with kids, keeping them both entertained and contained.

Are bounce houses safe?

Bounce houses can be safe if operators and parents take proper precautions. Before renting from a company, confirm they are a legitimate company and hold any licenses and insurance required by your state. Ask to see reports of bounce house safety inspections provided by third parties, to make sure the equipment is in good operating condition to prevent injuries. If the rental company does not provide a staff member to oversee the bounce house for the duration of the rental, make sure you are properly trained on how to oversee the equipment. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for parents to help keep their kids safe when using a bounce house:  

  • Follow guidelines for safe installation including anchoring. Position away from fences, greenhouses, branches, etc., which would be dangerous should a child fall onto them.
  • Consider limiting use to children 6 years of age and older.
  • Have kids take off footwear, eyeglasses and jewelry before playing.
  • Take sharp objects (pens, keys) that could cause puncture injuries out of their pockets and hands before playing.
  • Don’t let kids of significantly different sizes into the bounce house at the same time. Smaller kids can get hurt by colliding with or falling under an older child.
  • Heed the height and weight regulations of the inflatable.
  • Food, drink, bottles, glasses, etc., should not be taken onto the bounce house.
  • Supervision should be maintained all the time. Supervision means watching constantly, not just being in the area.
  • Do not allow children to push other children off the inflatable. If it is a flatbed, this is especially important to avoid broken arms and legs. If the bounce house is walled, don’t let kids bounce against the walls and crash into one another — this can result in collision injuries.
  • Don’t exceed the maximum number of children at one time in the bounce house.
  • Don’t let kids climb onto the outside walls. Flips and rough play should also not be allowed.

How much does bounce a house cost to rent?

Bounce houses are a fun way to keep kids entertained during birthday parties and other events. The national average cost for renting a bounce house ranges between $160 and $200. Cost will be affected by the size, design and functions of the bounce house you rent as well as the length of the rental. A three-hour rental will likely cost less than an eight-hour rental. Many rental companies offer fun additions like popcorn machines or cotton candy makers, and provide packages with discounts on multiple items. Another item that you may want to rent with your inflatable is a generator to keep the bounce house inflated. Here are some examples of average inflatable rental costs, packages, and common add-ons that many companies provide:

  • Bounce house, 10x10x13-foot: $95.
  • Bounce house, 15x15x13.5-foot: $125.
  • Wet/dry slide, 14-foot: $150.
  • Wet/dry slide, 20-foot: $250.
  • Combo bouncer and slide, 24x10x13-foot: $140.
  • Combo bouncer and wet/dry slide, $175.
  • Folding chairs: $1.50 per chair.
  • 6-foot folding table: $8.
  • Snow cone machine: $45.
  • Popcorn machine: $55.
  • Cotton candy machine: $55.
  • 2300-watt generator: $75.
  • 3000-watt generator: $100.
  • $299.95 package: includes a 20-foot dual slide ($250), table ($8), 10 chairs ($15), and a popcorn machine ($55) — $29 savings.
  • $450 package: includes a double water slide ($350) and bounce castle ($130) — $30 savings.
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