Performing for children is thankfully, my bread and butter and so I must recommend Hippity Hop Rabbits if it has not already been stated. Also, you said you use spongeballs? This would be a pretty good time to snatch a collection of various sponge shapes that aren't going to kill your wallet. I suggest sponge ball to rabbit, which could go very well with an impromptu pulling a rabbit out of the hat. Also, if you are going with the coloring book routine, might I suggest you add in a prop known as the "Confetti Wand". An explosion of colorful confetti will most definitely get the attention of those children. Please avoid card tricks at all costs, because most children will not (I am not saying this in a demeaning or insulting manner) be able to remember their card. And, if you do need to use a card trick, I suggest getting a deck of Jumbo Cards, and obtaining the Magician's Insurance Policy. Formulate a routine, and this trick will incite wonders. I wish you the best of luck, but might I suggest that 3 months may not be enough time. I do not doubt your skill, but I doubt your ability to throw an entertaining routine that will engage all those children in the alotted time. I myself had to work atleast a year before I managed the courage to remotely perform for children! Also, I recommend that your show should not cross the 30 minute mark! It is always better to leave them wanting for more, then to make them bored. My last advice is, children will be children, and they are hard to control. A good crowd controlling device would be using colored masking tape, and forming a perimeter around the audience area. That way, you can convince them that the magic will not work unless they stay within those boundaries! It works wonders. So now that I've given you my two cents, please have fun with your work and make sure you give those children the show of a lifetime! Keep it silly, keep it simple, and keep it fun! My best wishes!
Thanks a lot! I'm not that worried about time to prepare (though it seems like it may be more then 3 months after all lol) since I have babysat for years so I understand children pretty well and I know most of the kids I would perform for (my mom used to teach them and the idolize her lol)
Hippity Hoppity rabbits look great and I have been planing on getting the coloring book for a while. Thanks for the tip about the giant cards. I actually had a short Amazing Johnathan-esque gag involving them. I'd have a kid choose a card, grab another deck while they show the audience (which is 4 times the size) and have them place the card back in the deck. Then I would make a big show of trying to find it (worked great on the little girl I babysit for). I just recently got SPONGE which brings my spongeball collection up to 8. I was planning on getting some different color/shape/size sponges anyway as that is one of my most requested routines and I can't wait to try it out for the kids.
Thanks so much for your help... I'll def be PMing you later haha