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Keep the little one’s busy this Summer holidays: Introducing Captain Fantastic

The kids can often be quite a handful during the Summer holidays, that’s why we’ve got plenty of activities to help you keep them entertained, including a selection of great events from the guys behind Captain Fantastic, the children’s entertainment company. THE DISH caught up with them to find out more.

Tell us a bit about how Captain Fantastic started out and what made you want to set up the company?

Captain Fantastic was started by Tommy Balaam in 2010. After graduating from East15 acting school, Tommy worked in children’s theatre and entertainment. To create additional income alongside his acting, and with a natural flair and rapport that he could build with children, Tommy decided to create Captain Fantastic – a superhero to “save the day from bad children’s parties”.

By 2013 Captain Fantastic parties were in such high demand, best friend and fellow East15 graduate Ricky Fox became Tommy’s full-time business partner. Noticing a gap in the market, Ricky set about creating a range of toddler parties for the little ones and interactive disco parties for older children.

Over the next few years, Captain Fantastic grew, adding a host of new character parties as well as Little Stars toddler groups, high-end interactive discos and Mindful Magic parties.

What makes you different from other kids entertainment services?

Our aim is to create happy, lasting family memories through entertainment and education. As well as offering traditional children’s parties, we have launched Feeling Fantastic: our Mindful Magic parties, and workshops for schools. During these parties and workshops we explore concepts which can be difficult for children to grasp such as resilience, tolerance, mindfulness and confidence, in an easy and fun way, which children can engage with and understand.

Our big goal at Captain Fantastic is to create a happy, healthy place for families across the globe, and to support charities through the work we do. This is why for every single party booked with us, we offer aid to those who need it most through the B1G1 initiative. Every month we choose a new project to fund that is close to our hearts. From education, to food, to the well-being of those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Something else which makes us different is that we only use professional actors so everyone is highly adaptable and a performer. Everyone in the company is young and energetic so to keep on the same level as the children. We also have a big team, so there is always cover if there are any problems.

What kind of trends do you see with Kid’s parties in 2019?

Frozen 2 comes out end of year… so it’s going to be back in full Frozen swing!

There are some party themes that seem to stand the test of time such as Unicorns, Pirates and more recently The Greatest Showman. With the release of the new Lion King film, we see a growing Disney trend within parties which allows us to incorporate the use of classic songs in a really fun way through our artistic licence. Also, more educational parties are becoming popular, our Science parties became a massive hit for their mixture of fun facts, spooky experiments, slime making and of course lots of silliness!

At Captain Fantastic we like to make our own trends and that’s why we’ve taken another step with educational fun and created our Mindful Magic and Wellbeing Parties. It includes all of our popular tricks and games but with a unique method that allows us to help the children develop confidence and resilience through the use of magic and fun.

How important do you think mindfulness is to kid’s these days?

The well being and mental health of young children has always been at the heart of everything we do, which is why we decided to launch Feeling Fantastic. We believe that creating well-balanced and healthy children who can learn to manage their emotions is equally as important to getting good grades, if not more. Our aim is to help every child to live a happy and well-balanced life. By teaching and encouraging mindfulness from a young age, we can all help children to understand and manage their emotions from early on.

What’s the best/most extravagant party you have helped plan?

We provide entertainment for roughly 2,000 events a year so we’re constantly planning some of the most incredible parties that including circus acts, petting zoos, live bands and fairground rides, the list goes on and on. However, the most spectacular event that we planned was for Christmas 2018, this event had everything! The hosts arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, there were Reindeers that greeted the other guests, there was a Santa’s Grotto, an ice rink, magical entertainment for both adults and children and of course tasty food and drink – and even real snow! And just when you think it couldn’t get any better the very man himself, Santa, made his guest appearance by helicopter! It was a Christmas party that will be remembered for years to come and we loved being a part of it.

Any tips for keeping children entertained this Summer holidays?

Now, unfortunately, all of Captain Fantastic’s Summer Camps are fully booked for this year but there are still so many fun things to see and do around! We really like to encourage parents to get their children out and about, make the most of family time together and take advantage of the weather!

Check out your local guides to what’s on – from theatre shows and outdoor movie screenings to museums, zoos, theme parks, festivals, local fairs, splash parks and much more – there is so much you can do to stay out and about. It doesn’t have to be expensive either, there are plenty of places to go and things to do which are free of charge – you could go for a picnic at your local park, spend a day cycling along the many cycle routes in and around London, the possibilities are endless!

Catch Captain Fantastic in partnership wtih Rays of Sunshine at Bluebird Chelsea throughout the Summer. Find out more here.