10 Great Birthday Party Entertainers Near Washington, DC

Elsa and Anna are just two of the many characters that can visit your birthday child through Princess Parties of DC. Photo courtesy of Princess Parties of DC
Elsa and Anna are just two of the many characters that can visit your birthday child through Princess Parties of DC. Photo courtesy of Princess Parties of DC

Planning a child's birthday party can be overwhelming—especially if you're hosting it at home. You've got to plan the activities, shop for supplies, set up before the festivities, and clean up once the party is over. But it doesn't have to be this hard. The Washington, DC area is full of birthday party entertainers who will come to your home and take care of it all—the setup, supplies, entertainment, and cleanup. That means all you'll have to do is take pictures and enjoy yourself.

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Here is our list of 10 birthday party entertainers near Washington, DC that will suit kids with a wide range of interests, from gamers to glam girls to budding scientists. Party on!

Birthday Party Entertainers Near Washington, DC

Squeals on Wheels can turn your backyard into a petting zoo. Photo courtesy of Squeals on Wheels

1.Squeals On Wheels — Petting Zoo

This mobile petting zoo can travel within 30 minutes of the company's location in Potomac, Maryland. Experienced animal handlers will bring animal friends to your home or venue and ensure proper handling and safety of both the party guests and the animals. Some of the small animals provided include rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, hedgehogs, chinchillas, pigeons, tortoises, and bearded dragons. You can also reserve larger animals including alpacas, goats, and a miniature horse. Children young and old will have a blast engaging with these animal friends while learning fun animal facts appropriate for their age group.

Teamwork is the name of the game with LaserTag2You. Photo courtesy of LaserTag2You

2.LaserTag2You — Laser Tag and NERF Parties

LaserTag2You provides epic laser-tag parties in Northern Virginia. Staff will set up the playing field, instruct participants on the basic use of the laser tag equipment, and referee the games. You can choose from games including Capture the Flag, Freeze Tag, Shootout, Juggernaut, and more. If your birthday child is more of a NERF aficionado, you can reserve the "Soft Dart Gun" package that includes over 20 battle-ready NERF guns, soft darts, tunnels and bunkers, and safety goggles for all participants. If you want ultimate fun, you can reserve both laser tag and soft dart packages for your party!

3.Princess Parties of DC — Character Entertainment

Despite its name, Princess Parties of DC can send more than just princesses to your child's birthday party. The company also offers authentically costumed superheroes, pirates, Star Wars characters, and other popular cartoon characters. Princesses are theatrically-trained singers who will help sing "Happy Birthday," while the superheroes come equipped for a Superhero Training session for the party guests. All characters will also take the time to play age-appropriate games, take photos, and even help pass out birthday cake. Princess Parties of DC serves DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Mad Science provides perfect parties for budding scientists. Photo courtesy of Google Images

4.Mad Science of Washington, DC — Science Experiment Parties

Mad Science offers fun, science-themed parties for preschool and grade-school children throughout the DC area. All of the parties are hands-on and interactive and include a make-and-take activity for all participants. Some of the themes offered are "Things That Go Boom", "Reactions in Action", and "It's Electric". Mad Science brings all of the materials necessary for the show and can also provide pre-made goody bags for party attendees. The entertainment typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour, but you can add extra excitement with add-on activities such as hovercraft rides, bubbling potions, cotton-candy making, and rocket launches.

5. Next Level Gaming — Mobile Video Game Theater

If your child loves playing video games, Next Level Gaming will bring its climate-controlled game theater, stocked with the latest games and coolest gaming consoles, right to your home. The mobile game theater offers theater-style seating and state-of-the-art sound so your child can have the ultimate "gamer" party. If dance or physical sport games are more your child's style, there is the option for three play spaces outside the theater with plenty of room to move around. The game theater is able to seat up to 32 people comfortably, with the option for a customized floor plan for ultimate fun! Next Level Gaming serves Maryland and Washington, DC, and can service other areas for an additional charge.

6. Sassy & Fancy Girls Spa — Spa Parties

If your Northern Virginia birthday girl wants to be pampered, Sassy & Fancy Girls Spa will truly make her day memorable. Professional hostesses come ready to provide manicures, pedicures, and facials to party guests. You can also add hair and makeup sessions to the party package to make the experience extra special. The grown-ups can relax, too, as the party hostesses bring all of the equipment and products necessary for spa treatments and take care of setup and cleanup. Spa robes and headbands are provided to all attendees for use during the party, and magazines and music are included in every package. The company also offers painting parties that include all project materials and step-by-step instructions

Childtime Parties' face painters can turn children's faces into works of art. Photo courtesy of Childtime Parties' Facebook page

7. Childtime Parties — Magicians, Balloon Artists, & Face-Painting

Childtime Parties is a one-stop shop for your DC-area birthday party entertainment needs. The company's professional magicians perform tricks and tell jokes, involving everyone in the show (but the birthday child is the star)! The face painters can create a variety of designs using professional-grade, FDA- approved paints. And the balloon artists can twist up anything from a simple flower or animal to a complex princess or superhero.

8.Magic & More — Foam Parties

If you're looking for an outdoor party that's truly unique, Magic & More will fill your backyard with foam! Kids (and grown-ups) will have a blast frolicking in the foam, which is made out of soap and water that dissolves on its own. The company brings music and waterproof speakers. You can even host a nighttime foam party for your teen complete with glow sticks. Magic & More serves the greater Baltimore and DC area.

Groovy Nate gets little party guests moving. Photo courtesy of Groovy Nate's Facebook page

9. Groovy Nate — Music Parties

Popular entertainer Groovy Nate creates fun shows for ages 3 to 8 using exotic musical instruments, interactive moment, and puppet skits. His birthday parties can also include sing-a-longs, instrument play-a-longs, comedy, creative play, dancing, and games. Groovy Nate, who serves the entire DC metro area, describes his style as "Sesame Streetmeets Parliament/Funkadelic, meshed with The Electric Company, Kraftwerk, and Dub Reggae." Adults will have just as much fun as the kids!

10. Big D's Amusements & Party Rentals — Train and Pony Rides

If you've got a train or pony lover, Big D's will bring a trackless train or pony to your home so the birthday child and friends can ride to their heart's delight. For train parties, Big D's offers a barrel train, a fire truck train, or Thomas the Train. Pony parties include pony games in addition to rides, and protective headgear is provided and disinfected before and after each party. Train rentals are available only in Northern Virginia, while the pony parties serve the entire DC area.

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