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Funny Business can be your full service event planner. We specialize in children and family entertainment events. If your event is a few hundred people or 20,000, we have the experience and entertainment roster to help you shine! We can provide the following for large events:

  • Live entertainment including clowns, balloon entertainers, face painters, jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, magicians, petting zoos, pony rides and more.
  • Crafts for kids
  • DJ services
  • Event management and supervisors
  • Event consultation such as location and other factors

Give us a budget to work within, a general idea of what you are looking for, and we will make you a customized proposal. Go ahead and call; send the details by e-mail ( or use our speedy Price Request to get a proposal. Once we have the details for your event, we'll get an estimate on entertainment, and be in contact with a proposal.

Event Planning For Churches
Photo of Kelly with her dog puppet Rufus, a puppeteer for the Dallas Ft. Worth metroplex from Funny Business.
Kelly has custom costumes, and uses many original puppets to support the message.

Funny Business has worked for hundreds of churches and synagogues across the DFW metroplex. These groups found Funny Business was a source for fair and festival equipment and most especially, entertainment appropriate for a church or synagogue environment. Two excellent entertainment choices are Kelly, and Margaret the Story Lady.

Kelly is so talented, you might think she apprenticed with the area's leading puppeteer. In fact, she did, studying with Rosalee Perryman for many years. Rosalee was the area's leading performer with puppets and marionettes before leaving to open a puppet theatre in Branson, Missouri. Kelly was an avid student, learning the magic skill of making motionless puppets appear to have a life of their own. With hand puppets and marionettes, there are few to equal Kelly's skill. In addition to performing with puppets, Kelly also learned the secrets to making these hand operated partners, giving her a unique show.

Driven in all areas of her life, Kelly served as a children's pastor for 5 years. Currently, she is on the teaching staff at Gateway Church in Southlake. Mastering the art of puppetry is one passion - the other is her devotion to her faith. Kelly can deliver a show which is either Christian focused, or secular. The shows are approximately 30 minutes long, and are age appropriate for 4 and up. If you would like a Christian based show, you want either "Don't Worry, Trust Jesus," or "Jesus Is My Friend." Both of these shows engage the children while sharing the message of Good News.

If your budget will handle a custom program, Kelly has extensive resources. Let us know what kind of impact you want to create, and we'll work with you to deliver your message in a way people remember for years!

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Margaret has a rare skill as a story teller, because she brings entertainment skills and an understanding of audience dynamics along with great stories!

Margaret, aka the Story Lady.  She will tell the Old Testament story of The Good Shepherd and the Lost Lamb, adding a captivating performance to the story. With hand puppets, ventriloquism and lots of upbeat children’s music her 30 minute performance will keep audiences focused. This show is suitable for all denominations, as God is the center of the show. This program is about how the Good Shepherd felt one lamb was as important as the entire flock, reminding the audience that God feels each of us has equal importance to him. This presentation stays away from denominational emphasis, conveying points which churches have in common. While the show is enjoyable for all audiences, this was created for children ministry purposes. The show is great for 4 and up.

Maxwell T. - an ordained children's minister, can delight the children with a magic show or fun strolling entertainment at a church carnival. He has a large oversized camera that he uses when he strolls that takes 'fake' photos of people. After the photo 'develops' he shows them their picture - which may be something like a chimpanzee making a funny face! Add Maxwell T the Clown to your event and see what develops!

Fall or Spring Festivals: Many churches put these on and we have provided entertainment for years.  For fall festivals we can provide fun CLOWN scarecrows such as Patchy the Scarecrow to perform fall harvest stage shows for the kids. We can also provide face painters, balloon sculptors, petting zoos and more!  At Easter time we have special Easter characters like Bernice the Bunny.

Please call us, or fill out our speedy Price Request form to get a quote!

Corporate, Private, and City Events

For large events of this type, there are some general concerns. Location - activities - equipment - entertainment - and the movement of visitors during the event. All of these points are tied to the design of your event, and we can help with advice on:

  • Location selection and recommendation.
  • Site planning.
  • Complete entertainment selection and coordination.
  • Lighting, tables and chairs.
  • On site supervision of event.
  • Audience attractions like stage magic shows such as the Let Freedom Ring bell show.
  • Audience activities such as craft tables.

Once the location is set, the next steps are placement of entertainment, food, and attractions like games or a petting zoo. We'll work with you from defining the needs of your events to presenting enough variety to engage the visitors. Since 1991, Funny Business has helped people design large scale events which come off without a hitch. After the needs are defined, we'll work with you to select the right combination for a great experience. Perhaps you'll choose to have a balloon artist for a couple of hours, or dozens of clowns, obstacle courses, petting zoos, pony carousels, and special costumed characters for a day long celebration. Funny Business can provide you with talent in all those categories, in addition to stage acts like Kool Magic, and children stage acts such as Mother Goose, Reading and Rhyming and THE Bookworm. We can even arrange for a good caterer to feed the body as well as the mind at your event.

We work to be your 'one call does it all' partner in desinging an event your guests will love. To get the process started, call, or send us a Price Request to give us some idea of what you have in mind, and we'll go from there.

Funny Business can help you look like a star!

Funny Business can help you look like a star! When C2Creative was arranging a Bank of America function in Dallas, they needed an event planning agency who could provide ALL DAY entertainment and day care, for over 200 children at the Dallas Convention Center, they asked if Funny Business could do it. We'd be happy to, and we did!

We provided licensed clowns, face painters, balloons artists, carnival style games,  magicians, storytellers,  and puppeteers -  over 20 entertainers in all -  to make the day a hit with the kids! 

C2Creative called on Funny Business for ANOTHER Bank of America event in Jacksonville, Florida. Could we put together an entertainment unit there, too similar to what we did in Dallas? We'd be happy to – and we did!

Recently, Eventions contacted Funny Business and asked if we could help with a grand opening event in Dallas, Plano, Mesquite, Desoto, and Roundrock, Texas. Could we get trained monkeys, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists and Scarecrow clowns? We'd be happy to – and we did! 

To us, it is not just a gig - your reputation is on the line, and we'll never let you down. Call Funny Business, and you have an ally who delivers on-time, at budget, and you get it all with JUST ONE CALL!

How big an event can Funny Business handle? The City of Dallas called when they were expecting 20,000 guests for a Texas sized Christmas party in 2004. With one call, they got it all - 13 entertainers including strolling entertainment and stage shows, stilt  walkers, jugglers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, costumed characters plus live reindeer, a sleigh, and a pony carousel.  We kept people laughing, spreading Holiday cheer the entire time.

In August 2006 the Dallas Mayor's office called for a 6:30 breakfast party with several hundred guests – a “back to school” event, and Funny Business had everything in place for a party without a hitch.

We'll be glad to help YOU look like a star, too! Just call, or send us a Price Request with your details, and we'll get you the information you need to make a decision.

The hug-able kind of attraction

To make the event extra special, let us arrange our popular petting zoo, the Funny Farm. We have zoos available from an 11 animal barnyard zoo to a mobile Red Barn zoo on wheels! The sweetest, friendliest animals you ever met and wanted to hug make up our USDA inspected petting zoos. We also have pony rides, and a 4 or 6 pony carousel to keep several hundred of the younger guests smiling and happy.

Everybody's doin' a brand new dance now . . .
Photograph of a Stanley Steamer type trackless children's train, available from Funny Business, a Dallas area entertainment agency.

You can pack a lot of guests on the Stanley Steamer - an 1800s style train!

Trackless trains are a great addition to any kids parties. We have trains of all sizes, from a small  Covered Wagon Train that holds 8 – 10 children, to the Stanley Steamer which holds 18 - 24 children. Our Circus Train will hold up to 24 of your little clowns! These trains are all trackless and come with their own engineer to run them! We need a large area to run the train. Check with your city or the venue where you are having the event for rules, permit requirements, etc. as we do NOT handle getting permits for your event!  Some cities require a permit to run on the street in a neighborhood. Now, if you have a big grassy area or a large parking lot, you are all set!

Photograph of a children's train from Funny Business.

The Circus Train is ready to roll!

Live Strolling Music

Want a striking experience? Engage the auditory senses with strolling singers, such as one of our hip quartets. You will have 4 melodious male voices, harmonizing with popular songs people, in an upbeat lively style!

1. To hear what one of our quartets sound like, click this song sample.

2. To hear more, click this additional song sample.

Characters For Your Trade Show

Attract attention to your trade show booth with our entertainers!  We have magicians who will work your sales message into their presentation. We know balloon artists who will keep people still long enough for you to tell them about your product. Plus, we have fairy tale performers and party theme entertainers for guests. These performers work in such engaging outfits your guests will want to have their photo taken at your booth! While you are taking care of that request, you get a chance to talk about the benefits of your product!

Past Events

We were at the Dallas Cowboy football team 2012 draft pick celebration - click for bigger pictures!

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We were at the 2012 Cotton Bowl football game

Pic of four face panters at the 2012 Cottonbowl at Cowboys stadium.

Guess where Funny Business artists were on Friday, January 6, 2012? At Cowboys Stadium for the Cotton Bowl football game. Guess what Funny Business was doing? Face painting! If you were there and saw someone with a beautiful, silly, stunning, thematic, funny, or some other awesome kind of face paint decoration, it was created by us! We hope you enjoyed the game! (Click any photo for a larger version.)

Photograph of Arkansas Hawg mascot on a football fan cheek at Coton Bowl. Photograph of Funny Business face painters in the Samsung & ATT tent at the 2012 Cotton bowl. Pic of Razorback fan with a Hogg on her cheek, painted at 2012 Cottonn Bowl. Photograph of a Kansas State Wildcat logo from the Cotton Bowl 2012.
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We brought balloons and facepaint to the 2012 National Cheerleading Association competition!

Where did Funny Business turn up? At the NCA competition!
On Saturday and Sunday (February 25 - 26, 2012), cheerleaders from all over the U.S. are at the Dallas Convention center. Funny Business was there to provide face painting and balloon art for thousands of competitors and their families. 70,000 people were estimated to attend at the weekend competition. If you were at the NCA competition, you had a chance to mingle with people from all over the U.S. Guests were from places as well known as Anaheim, CA as well as cities as far away as Syracuse, NY! What an event! (Click any photo for a larger version.)

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Artists and performers from Maggie the Magical Clown's Funny Busines bring fun to parties in Aubrey, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corinth, Corral City, Crossroads, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Frisco, Hickory Creek, Highland Village, Justin, Krugerville, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lakewood Village, Lewisville, Little Elm, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Ponder, Roanoke, Sanger, Shady Shores, The Colony, and Westlake. Count on us to get the laughs in Arlington, Colleyville, Dallas, Fort Worth, Keller, and Southlake, making your parties, bbqs, barbecues, baby showers, office meetings, reunions, and events more memorable all over the DFW area!

We provide face painters, balloon artists, balloon animal makers, magicians, musicians, petting zoos, bounce houses, pony rides, and other children's entertainment for events in Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Parker County, and Tarrant County. We'll make 'em happy in homes and halls in Allen, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Fairview, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lucas, Melissa, Murphy, Nevada, Princeton, Prosper, St Paul, Westminster, Weston, and Wylie.

Are you planning a theme party? We have costume entertainers to fill the role! Audiences will enjoy a fairy tale character at a themed event in Bedford, DeSoto, Euless, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Hurst/Euless/Bedford, HEB, Mansfield, McKinney, North Richland Hills, and Richland Hills. We'll make the theme even clearer at parties in homes in Balch Springs, Buckingham, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Cockrell Hill, Combine, Coppell, Desoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Hutchins, Irving, Lancaster, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, University Park, and Wilmer. Contact us today for lots of fun story time, fairy tale, theme party entertainment!