And when I'm hired to do a child's birthday party, i could care less what the adults think of the effects, I'm hired to entertain the children. If the adults want to be entertained, they can hire me for their new year's eve party.
So how many parties have you booked? Who is hiring you for the children's party? The correct answer is the adults. They are the ones who will tell their friends about you, and they are the ones who will hire you next year, or even before next year, for another event. I don't care how good you can entertain the kids; If you don't entertain the adults, you will not get booked again
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entertain the adults and get them in the show. If they have fun, they know that the kids had fun, and therefor, they will hire you again. IMO, you have a bad attitude about entertaining adults at a children's show, and if you want to keep getting booked, you must change...
I strongly disagree with your comment (bold). Entertain the kids first and worry about the adults second. I am not saying not to include them in something and maybe a joke or two for them but, besides that I gear the show directly for the kids.
The parents hired you to perform for the kids and that is what they want to see. The kids laughing and interacting with you and being entertained.
It makes them VERY happy to see their little birthday darling's party being a huge success. They will tune into your show at first to see if you are worth what they paid you then most of the adults will have 'adult' time while you are doing your job..(what they paid you to do.)
I've had parents come up and thank me for keeping them (kids) busy while they relaxed. I gear my shows for the kids and I get repeat bookings all year round. If it is working for you then fine, but I wouldn't make it my primary consideration.