Our Karaoke disco doesn't provide the words on a screen like traditional Karaoke. We provide microphones and the regular music track to sing along with. We don't use a backing track without the words. We do this for two main reasons. Firstly, children can be shy of performing in front of others, especially at first. Hearing their own voice without the help of the orginal singer mixed in this can exacerbate this which can in turn lead to the other guests losing interest. Secondly, buying the appropriate licences to offer karaoke versions of songs would force us to increase the price of the party to the customer. At Funtime we believe in the importance of artists being paid properly for their work so all our music is purchased and licenced appropriately.
Yes, it is possible to have one of our Karaoke discos in an outdoor location, however there are some things to keep in mind. We will need access to power and, while we do bring an extension lead with us, you may need to provide extra if we can't reach the nearest outlet. Also, the outdoor space will need to allow for the equipment to be set-up under shade as direct sunlight can have an adverse effect on the amplifier and speakers. This will also mean the disco light effects are less visible. Lastly, as these event are intended as indoor entertainment, we don't allow for free re-scheduling in the event of bad weather so its a good idea to have a back-up indoor location in case of rain.
That said, Karaoke Discos are best held in indoor locations. They can be held at your home (lounge rooms and garages can make great party rooms) or a hired hall. If you need help finding a hall to hire in your area, we recommend trying Scouts Australia as your first step. You can find a link to their website on our Links page. If they can't help you can try calling the office ans we might know of something in your area.
We can generally adapt ourselves to most locations. As a general rule, consider the group of children you are planning to invite. Then imagine them standing in a circle. If you think the space you are planning to use could allow the cildren to make that circle, then its big enough for a disco.
Our host will need you to provide them with a table and a location with reasonable access to a powerpoint. Otherwise we will provide everything needed for the disco itself. It is a good idea to have drinks available for the kids throughout the event as constant dancing can be thirsty work.
We request that you don't hand out any noise making party favours or party poppers until after the event has finished. While our hosts are very capable, competing with a large group of kids all blowing whistles and popping streamers to be heard is a big ask for anyone.
As we provide lollies for our game prizes we will need to be informed at time of booking if you require kosher or hallal lollies only to be provided. On the day it's a good idea to tell us if there are any children with specific allergies or dietary needs. Our packs have a good variety of different lolly types and we can generally cater to most needs as long as we are informed at the start.
It is also a good idea to inform your host if any of the guests have special needs. These can include ADHD, autism, aspergers, down syndrom and other behavioral conditions. While our events are designed to be inclusive for all, there are times when awareness of children with these conditions can allow the host to temper their performance sightly, particularly when interacting with those children, to ensure they feel safe and included.
For our disco parties there really is no limit. As mentioned on the party page, if you are going to have more than 30 children at the event there are additional charges but there is no limit. Our hosts have done events up to 500+ children in the past, but you may not want that many kids dancing in your average lounge room.
There are no hard age limits for the discos. We do recommend that the majority of children be aged between 5 and 10 years. If there are a few children outside those ages they are welcome to participate. It is worth keeping in mind that our events can be a little scary for children under the age of 5yrs and can be considered a bit daggy for kids over the age of 11yrs. When the majority of kids are inside the age bracket the sense of peer-group will generally overcome those obstacles for the small number of older or younger guests. When the majority of guests are older or younger, our experience is that the event won't be as successful with our format and another party format might be a better solution for your event.