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Booking "Miss Kathy" for Kids' Party Entertainment in NJ
What makes your children's musical party entertainment UNIQUE?
From your first encouter with "Miss Kathy" you will notice the difference. You are NOT dealing with a booking agent (we don't book other acts because we believe in offerring personal service to our clients). When you call you speak directly with "Miss Kathy" & you can get a sense of her love of children & music & her committment to giving the children the very best experience!
At Music To My Ears Kids' Entertainment we stand by our reputation with an A+ rating and accreditation from the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) of Central New Jersey.
"Miss Kathy" is a professionally trained singer, guitarist & former early childhood music teacher. She brings all of those skills to each & every party when she engages the children & the whole crowd.
Another thing that is unique about our children's entertainment is that you ALWAYS have a two person team at your party. "Miss Kathy" & her husband work together at every party & they have extensive experience. They have entertained at nearly 1,000 children's parties & special events in & around Central & Northern NJ.
The birthday child & all of the children are given lots of special attention at our one hour children's music show (most other children's musicians perform shorter shows, but "Miss Kathy" & "Mr. Jerry" do a great job of engaging the kids for the whole time!).
The children (& grownups) have so much fun! "Miss Kathy" sings & plays guitar while leading the entire crowd in classic childrens sing-along songs and even some rock & roll and up beat party music. The children (& any "grown ups" who want to join in) sing, dance & play interactive games with shakers, scarves, castanets, hand drums, rubber duckies & "Miss Kathy's" bubble machine...
We have birthday songs & activities to make your child's birthday party extra special! All of the children get a chance to play the Caribbean Steel Drum & "Miss Kathy's" guitar -- & the children even get a chance to sing into "Miss Kathy's" microphone. Both kids & "grown ups" enjoy this fun kids music show!
"Dear Ms. Kathy Manese,
Thank you very much for the wonderful entertainment! It was well received & very much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed the show & we had parents & children asking about you...
A special thanks to your husband too...
Thanks once again!" -Ansh, Niru & Kiran, Edison, NJ (baby's 1st birthday party)
Click to view videos of "Miss Kathy's" children's music show.*
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How long do you engage the children at each party?
"Miss Kathy's" children's music show lasts for one hour, but she spends a generous amount of time with the children even before & after the show, since her husband is doing all the "behind the scenes" work to make the show run smoothly. She engages the children for almost an hour and a half when you include the "bonus" time before & after the show.
Most other children's musicians come alone and just do a 45 minute show (often without any props or musical instruments for the children to play), but we believe in giving the children the best experience & "Miss Kathy" is very successful at engaging the children for the entire hour (and then some!).
"Miss Kathy" & her husband arrive at the party approximately 15 minutes before the show time. While Kathy's husband works hard to bring in all the props & equipment & set up their state of the art Bose® professional sound system "Miss Kathy" starts to engage the children. This is an important time since it gives the children time to get comfortable & excited about the music show. When the show is "over" the fun is still going strong. "Miss Kathy" usually spends an additional 10 minutes with the children -- giving them extra time to play the guitar once our sound system is turned off. Most times she even lets the children take individual turns holding & playing her guitar & the kids just love that!
Where do you perform in New Jersey?
"Miss Kathy" is based out of Belle Mead, NJ (about 20 minutes north of Princeton, NJ) & she travels up to an hour* to your party location.
She has performed in the following New Jersey counties: Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, Union County, Essex County, Morris County, Warren County, & Hudson County!
Click to view the list of NJ towns & cities where "Miss Kathy" usually performs.
* "Miss Kathy" is available to entertain at childrens parties in Northern & Central NJ on Saturdays & Sundays. We travel approximately 1 hour from Belle Mead, NJ (located just north of Princeton, NJ)
* "Miss Kathy" is available Monday through Friday for Northern, Central & Southern NJ parties & events.
Call 908-874-5300 with your party date & start and end time & specific location to check "Miss Kathy's" availability.
How far in advance should I book "Miss Kathy" for children's birthday party entertainment?
We recommend booking "Miss Kathy" for your child's party entertainment at least 2-3 months in advance, although some people book much earlier.
Even if you should have a last minute booking, please call us at 908-874-5300 and "Miss Kathy" will be glad to fit you in if the time is available. Thanks!
What are your rates?
Our rates for a one hour children's music show range between $350 to $425 (& higher if we travel beyond our normal area).
When you call "Miss Kathy" at 908-874-5300 it is very important that you tell her your party location (the town or the actual address) so that she can determine whether she travels to your area & the rate.
Why is your children's music show so popular for first birthday parties?
Many parents tell us that we are their first choice for 1st birthday entertainment because of our extensive experience working with babies & a wide range of ages all at once (which is very typical of first birthday parties).
Teachers watching our children's music show will often spot that "Miss Kathy" has a background in teaching babies & young children as she is very gentle & patient with all the children that she works with. This makes a huge difference in "Miss Kathy's" ability to gain the children's trust & successfully engage the children at her music show.
Baby's First Birthday Entertainment is one of our biggest specialties, since music appeals to babies, toddlers as well as "big kids." Little ones feel safe & enjoy dancing with mom & dad or their grandparents or just bopping to the beat of the music. They are engaged by all the fun activities & children's rhythm instruments that they get a chance to play with. There are usually children of varying ages at first birthday parties and "Miss Kathy" is quite comfortable working with babies, toddlers, and older children all at the same time.
"Your show was amazing, and totally surpassed my expectations, which were pretty high. We all loved it!!! The kids had a great time, and people have already asked me for your number.
Thank you again!!!!" -Jenn E., Morris Plains, NJ (baby's 1st birthday party)
Click to read more party reviews for "Miss Kathy" from Music To My Ears Kids' Entertainment!
What about toddler / preschool entertainment & elementary school age kids?
Toddlers & Preschoolers also love our music show as well as "big" kids! "Miss Kathy" tailors her music show to the age of the kids at the party. 3 to 8 and even 10 year olds love to direct activities and "Miss Kathy" gives them lots of opportunity not just to participate, but to lead the fun! "Miss Kathy" does more upbeat activities with kid friendly rock & roll songs for the older kids & breaks out the limbo stick which the older children LOVE!
Older brothers, sisters & cousins usually enjoy hanging out with the little ones while they all have a great time dancing, singing & playing with musical instruments (in fact we often have 9 & 10 year olds who also enjoy participating in the show, especially when they love having out with their little brothers, sisters or cousins). Our goal is to provide fun, interactive musical entertainment for the whole family... The best part of the show is watching the little ones have a great time whether they are strumming "Miss Kathy's" cool new guitar or singing into her microphone!
Can you provide musical entertainment for children with Special Needs?
We not only have experience providing musical entertainment for children with special needs
at home parties, but we have entertained entire groups of children with special needs at their schools.
We have been delighted to perform for children with special needs along with their teachers & families! We have experience working with children who have Autism, Cerebral Palsy, children who have delayed speech & children who have physical restrictions such as brittle bone disease. We have done large & small shows including summer camp shows with more than 60 special needs children per show.
Experiencing music is such a joy for children! "Miss Kathy" & her husband show special care & patience for all the children that they work with. The children get the opportunity to experience all of the wonderful musical activities during "Miss Kathy's" show including playing her guitar at the end of the show.
How many children can you entertain during your children's music show?
Our children's music show is flexible and we can entertain at both large & small parties at your location (birthday parties, nursery school events, holiday parties, summer camp, corporate events, etc.).
"Miss Kathy" has entertained at parties with as few as one child (along with providing entertainment for the adults at the party) & at summer camp or holiday parties with as many as 100 children -- the kids had a great time with either size show, so just ask!
Where do you perform & how much room do you need?
Enjoy "Miss Kathy's" children's musical birthday party entertainment at home in the comfort of your living room, family room or finished basement or at a daycare center, country club, restaurant, hall, in your backyard or at a park.
Since the kids' gather around during a performance it usually does not take up much space. We have designed our show to fit into a reasonably sized space. Please feel free to discuss this with "Miss Kathy."
In warmer weather we can bring the celebration outside! For outdoor kids' birthday party entertainment we recommend that you throw down blankets for the kids to sit on & pick a shady area so that the children can be comfortable. If you are having your party at a park we highly recommend that you have a covered area in case of rain.
What time during my child's birthday party should we schedule the kids' music entertainment?
We recommend scheduling the children's entertainment at least an hour after the party starts for at home parties. Food is usually served a bit later at restaurant & hall parties & we recommend the children's entertainment be scheduled at least 1 1/2 hours after the start of the party for those locations.
It is important to allow time for latecomers to arrive (we have noticed that most people arrive by 30-40 minutes after the party has started). We usually arrive about 10 to 15 minutes before the show to set up (& since "Miss Kathy's" husband, "Mr. Jerry," brings in the toys & instruments and sets up our Bose® professional sound system she is able to start engaging the children as soon as she arrives).
It is also fun to have the entertainment towards the end of the party just prior to the cake cutting. "Miss Kathy" will be happy to discuss this with you.
What do I need to provide "Miss Kathy" for the children's entertainment?
Good question! We need safe access to an electrical outlet and a clear space on the floor for "Miss Kathy" to play with the children. Also, please remove the toys from the room prior to the show. We bring our Bose® professional sound system & lots of fun musical toys for the children to play with during the show. "Miss Kathy" and her husband take care of the rest so that you can relax and enjoy the show!
At what types of parties do you perform your children's music show?
We perform at 1st through 5th birthday parties and are especially popular for baby's first birthday parties.
"Miss Kathy" is often asked to perform for holiday parties especially for Halloween & Christmas at family parties and for nursery schools. We include special holiday music & activities in addition to performing classic children's music which the kids love at any time of year.
We are delighted to say that "Miss Kathy" has been asked to perform at Christening / Baptism parties, children's Shabbat services & other special events.
"Miss Kathy" has also performed at Summer Camps, Library Programs, Picnics, Outdoor Fairs & Corporate Events. She has performed at Baby Naming parties & "Grown-up" Birthday Parties where children's entertainment was needed (for example a birthday or anniversary party for a mom or dad or for grandparents/seniors).
"Miss Kathy" is available for any other type of gathering in which you may want to have musical entertainment for the young children (infants, toddlers & children through 8/10 years old) -- for example Weddings, First Communions, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Grand Openings, etc. She has performed at casual & elegant party settings and are quite comfortable doing both, so just ask!
"Miss Kathy" is quite busy doing private parties, but at times performs at public events.
Where can I purchase kids' musical party favors or birthday/holiday gifts?
A lot of parents who are throwing a music themed party ask me where they can purchase music party favors or musical birthday or holiday gifts. So I put together a list of age appropriate musical party favors & gifts (& party supplies including decorations, invitations & children's music).
What is your snowstorm / severe weather policy?
If the roads are considered safe for travel then we will still travel to parties. But if the weather is unsafe and you have entertainment scheduled for that day please call us at 908-874-5300 to reschedule. We do our best to accommodate your schedule, but in the unlikely case that we are unable to work out a date & time then we would refund your deposit (the deposit is normally non-refundable).
"Thank you so much for all your patience and understanding, as we had to cancel the original show [due to a severe snowstorm and power outage] and reschedule with very little notice. I am so glad we were able to make this happen. The kids absolutely loved the show and the adults could not stop raving about it either! Your love for music is apparant and you had the kids dancing and singing the entire show.
Thanks again!" Tara S, Rockaway, New Jersey (first birthday party)
How do I book "Miss Kathy" to entertain at my child's party?
* Call 908-874-5300 with your specific date, time & birthday party location to check availability & rates and to book your child's birthday party entertainment.
* We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold the party date. The balance is due at time of party (cash or check).
* When you are definitely booking party entertainment with "Miss Kathy" she will tentatively hold the time in her calendar. "Miss Kathy" must receive the deposit and birthday party entertainment registration form within one week to confirm the booking. Otherwise the time will be released from her schedule.
NOTE: Please call 908-874-5300 to confirm the booking before sending in form. Thanks!
Click here for the Birthday Party Entertainment Registration Form, print it out & send it along with the $100 deposit check to:
Music To My Ears, LLC
PO Box 1028, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
How do I book "Miss Kathy" for corporate, library or nursery school entertainment?
* Call 908-874-5300 with your date, time, party address (& number and age range of children) to check availability & rates. "Miss Kathy" will gladly discuss options if you would like her to entertain more than one group of children.
* We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold the party date. Balance is due at time of party (cash or check).
* We are glad to provide your company or organization with an invoice, receipt & proof of insurance (upon request).
Once reserving a time in "Miss Kathy's" schedule please complete the booking by sending a $100 deposit check to:
Music To My Ears, LLC
PO Box 1028, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Learn more about "Miss Kathy" from Music To My Ears Kids Entertainment.