Bowling alleys, art studios, rock climbing gyms, and places like Chuck E Cheese’s are all popular places for birthday parties. The parties are fun for the kids, but what they don’t realize is how difficult they can be for the employees who are running them. It’s extremely awkward to enter a situation where it is your job to control a bunch of screaming kids who you don’t know, while still trying to let them have fun.
Here are a few tips from a pro:
1. Make sure the kids know you’re in charge from the beginning. Right when you meet the kids, give them a quick reminder that you’re the one they have to listen to for the next few hours. Assert yourself at the beginning, and you might not have to later.
2. Try to remember the kids’ names. It may be hard, especially if there are a lot of them, but it will make them like you more, and will make them more likely to listen to you.
3. Always act like you’re having fun, even when you’re not. No one’s going to have fun if you’re not. Keep a smile on your face, and the kids will too!
4. Keep your cool. Running a lot of parties in one day can be very stressful, but if you start getting frazzled, everything is just going to get that much more difficult. Keep your head level, and try to keep a smile on your face.