What characters do you currently offer?
We currently offer character performances as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, The Mermaid Princess, The Snow Queen, the Snow Princess, Hans of the Northern Isles, Kristoffer the IceMan, Spider Hero, Bat Hero and the Fairy Godmother
Are you affiliated with any major company?
No, we are not affiliated with any major company. We are not even a franchised or chain business! Once Upon a Dream Performances is a grass roots idea developed from Katie's hard work and creativity. As such, it is to be noted that our princess characters are taken from classic fairy tales written by literary icons like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson etc. We take great care in making sure our characters have their own looks and mannerisms.
What happens at a party in which a character is reserved?
There are several important factors that we use to determine the performance choices for your party or special event: The length of time reserved, the age range and number of the children present, and the theme of the party. Each performance is carefully tailored to meet your needs! We will use a variety of appropriate songs, games, stories and activities to keep your young guests captivated. If the party is for a birthday, the birthday child will receive their own gift to keep!
What does the timeline of party events typically look like?
A half hour character performance may look like this:
- 15 minutes of greeting guests with a song, and a story or game
- 15 minutes for coronation of the birthday girl, singing "Happy Birthday" and individual pictures with each party guest
- 15 minutes of greeting guests and singing
- 15 minutes of appropriate activity (story, game or other activity)
- 15 minutes of appropriate activity (story, game, or other activity)
- 15 minutes for coronation of the birthday girl, singing "Happy Birthday" and individual pictures with each guest
I have my own games I would like the character to lead. Is this possible?
Of course! We are happy to lead any activity that you specifically request at the time of reservation. We can also help cut and serve cake, lead the unwrapping of birthday presents and any other party activity. Please note any special request you have when reserving your princess.
Do you offer any other professional services?
Yes! We are happy to have a professional artist and photographer on our staff! Please see Packages and Pricing for more details
What is a good age to have a character come to my child's party?
Typically children within the age range of 3-6 respond the best with a visit from a character. Although our performances are always tailored to suit the needs of the children no matter how old or young!
Do you have a guest maximum?
We do not have a guest maximum unless you are having face painting done; then it it is a 15 child maximum. We do ask that you consider space when planning your guest list for the comfort of every one at the party.
Can I invite boys and girls to the party?
Yes! Our activities will keep both both and girls entertained!
Do you service outside of Rockford?
We only offer our services in the greater Rockford area. This would include Rockford, Roscoe, Rockton, Machesney Park, and Loves Park. All other locations will be considered on a case by case basis and may incur extra travel fees.
We are having my child's birthday at a location outside the home. Do you offer your services at other locations?
Yes, we are happy to offer our services at locations other than your home. This may include but is not limited to restaurants, gymnastic centers, museums, social halls etc.
My child already had his/her birthday. Can we have a character come to the house for a regular visit?
Of course! Sometimes the "regular" visits are even more fun than the birthday performances! How fun would it be to just invite a character over for tea or a super hero training session?! We can meet just about any need you may think of!
Should I tell my child that you are coming to visit for their birthday?
That all depends on your child's temperament. Some children are disconcerted by such large surprises. If that is the case with your child it may be helpful to tell them of the character's coming a few days before the party to help them mentally prepare. Other children may absolutely love the surprise and it would eat away at their patience to know beforehand. We do ask that you make us aware of whether or not your child is knowledgeable of the performer's coming. This helps the performer prepare for the initial meeting with the child..