Kids Party Venue Maryville

Kids Party Venue at the Foothills Mall!

Coming soon! Kids party venue in Maryville for ages “crawler” to 6 years old! What better location to establish such a business than right here at the foothills of the Smokeys where no such place exists!

We’re still in the basic planning stages but this kids party venue (name to be announced soon), knoxville party magicwill be the most unique place where parents can host parties for their very little ones in a safe, clean and perfectly suited location! There will be a tubular slide, rope swings, nerf games, crafting areas, maybe a treehouse and of course, a party area for good food and birthday cake!

Unique Gathering Places for Mom & Kiddos!

If that wasn’t enough, the venue will be opened daily for moms to gather for playdates all the while enjoying a delicious beverage of their choice, courtesy of the house!

We will be streaming mom-approved episodes from Nick Jr TV and will regularly host kiddies movie matinees for moms to relax while their little ones enjoy our fun play room! We are also planning on hosting magic shows, puppet shows, face painting and balloon twisting workshops!

Knoxville Party MagicOur focus will be on the littlest of clients by offering a variety of toys and games sanitized daily in a safe and open play environment with structures designed just for little peeps!

The party room will offer different booking options.  You can choose to decorate yourself from the ground up. Or, upgrade and have us create a festive and memorable party environment.  Best of all, we provide all of the clean-up! When the party is over, you just leave and we take care of it all!

Imagine hosting a party in August, inside in a beautiful, fun and COOL environment! No more sweaty outside parties so your guests don’t mess up your house – let them come & mess up our place! Book your summer party now!


Foothills Mall, Maryville – only 20 minutes south UT Medical Center

Foothills Mall

Another amazing feature is the location itself… Unit 24,  in the middle of the mall, facing Center Stage. You’ll easily spot us when we’re up and running. Full size glass window walls offer a complete view of the fun interior. Your kids will drag you there – hopefully not kicking and screaming! 

Parents accompanying their children will have the convenience of additional shopping on site. The Foothills Mall is conveniently located right off of Highway 129. The mall hosts many amazing shops along with a variety of places to eat and an AMC Movie Theatre! With plenty of parking and close to a variety of amenities, the Foothills is the central shopping area of Maryville.

Stay tuned as we will announce our grand opening for early June 2018.  If you have any questions or want to book a party now for a later date, please call me to make arrangements!

Christine Maentz, (865) 567-4086

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What age does your mini magic show target?

Ms. Tickle’s parties are for children age 3 and up. The mini magic portion is designed specifically for little ones under 5. Older children are invited to sit further back to allow the little ones the full benefit of the entertainment!

Describe the Ms. Tickle Mini Magic Show

Younger children under the age of 4 need a show that captures their attention and keeps it too. Ms. Tickle is a goofy character & the kiddos love that she depends on them to keep her on track! Her show is interactive and all the kids participate one way or another. They’ll enjoy playing tricks on her and helping her find her lost “friends”. A friendly fuzzy puppet sometimes shows up to help too!  And maybe, the birthday child will become a mini magician and perform a trick on their own! Ideal for kiddos 5 years & younger!

Do I need to provide anything for the mini magic show?

Simply provide the smiling kiddos and a clean, uncluttered floor space (the kids must sit on the floor for the mini magic show).  If you’ve also booked face painting and or balloon twisting we will start with that and conclude with the mini magic show.  Ms. Tickle will invite the little kids to sit on the floor in the front of her while those 6 years and older will be invited to sit toward the back.  Oh, being offered iced water is always appreciated!

Where should Ms. Tickle perform?

An open space with minimal distractions. Toys, TV’s turned on, loud music, noisy grownups (especially noisy grownups), and food distract children from the magic and make it really hard to enjoy a live show. We prefer to work indoors but will be happy to work outdoors also as long as there are no activities going on to distract the kiddos! Oh and please lock up your dogs… we hate losing props to playful pups!

Are your face paints safe?

Absolutely! We use only FDA approved cosmetic grade paint and glitter which is a combination of paraffin wax, pigment and a preservative to prevent bacteria from growing. Our insurance does not allow us to face paint children under the age of 3. We appreciate that you or your guests do not insist that we do so. For pool parties or very muggy days, we’ll be happy to use waterproof products. NOTE: Waterproof products will not come off with water! Gently rub with mild hand soap or baby oil and remove residue with baby wipes.

Can you make balloons or face paintings to fit my theme?

Absolutely! Let us know your theme beforehand and we’ll offer balloons that fit your party’s needs. Whether it’s Mickey Mouse, Frozen, Hello Kitty, or Minecraft we offer hundreds of different designs and characters.

Balloon Safety

All the balloons that we use are designed for entertainers and are 100% latex – please be sure that none of your guests have latex allergies, including adults. Our insurance does not allow us to offer balloons to children under the age of 3 due to choking hazards. We appreciate that you or your guests do not insist that we do so. If the party is outside, please provide a shady area for the balloon twister.  Although we are happy to twist balloons outside, be mindful that grass, sand, stones, etc., are hazardous to the life of inflated balloons!

What time will you arrive at my party?

Schedule us to arrive 30 minutes after your party starts.  We may have a party booked straight after yours and cannot be delayed waiting for late arrivals.  For the Ms. Tickle Mini Party and or Perfect Party, plan to serve the cake while the face paints or balloon gear are put away. The Mini Magic Show will immediately follow. We ask that you be respectful of our schedule; most likely we have another party to attend immediately following yours.

What if more kids show up than originally planned?

I need to know as soon as you know so that we can adjust our schedule for the extra time needed (about 10 minutes per child). The additional $10 fee per extra child is to cover additional time & materials not accounted for in the original booking. If there are more children than originally planned we will have to offer simpler face painting and/or simpler balloon animals and/or a shorter magic show.


Ready to book? Here’s how!

Call, email or text to verify that your time and date are available and select the party packages & prices. We will follow up with an invoice to collect the $50 deposit/retainer that will confirm the services you requested. Upon receipt of your deposit/retainer, your party will be confirmed. You will receive a confirmation email which will serve as a binding agreement between both of us.

How do I pay the balance?

You will receive an electronic invoice reminding you of the balance owed. Should you choose the convenience of electronic payment for the balance, a 5% service charge will apply on the balance. The balance is due at the start of the party by check or cash.  Things will get a little hectic and we’d like to avoid the embarrassment of having to track you down and possibly arriving late to our next party.

Can you refund my deposit/retainer?

Deposits/retainers towards our party packages are non-refundable. Please understand that we have saved that date & time for you and a cancellation is always a loss of income for our artists.

Cancellation policy for inclement weather on the day of the event?

It is our hope that if you are planning your event outdoors, you would have a plan B to bring everything inside should the weather take a turn for the worse.  We have saved that date & time for you and a last minute cancellation is definitely a loss of income for us. Full payment is due if we are unable to perform due to the fact that there are no inside accommodations. In the case of severe weather conditions, we will gladly reschedule (subject to our availability), as long as you provide us with a 24-hour notice. On the other hand, should you decide to have your party regardless of the weather and we determine that driving poses a threat to our personal safety, we reserve the right to cancel and refund your deposit or reschedule your party; whatever is best for you.

Parking Arrangements

We appreciate parking close to the entrance of the event. We carry a lot of gear and the extra time needed to carry items in and out affects the time allotted for your event. Better yet, arrange for one of the guests to help unload & load!


Knoxville Party Magic entertainers covered under a $2M liability insurance.


Never expected, always appreciated!

Finally, we highly encourage you to read this very helpful post – very little can go wrong when well prepared!

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

We have confidence the services offered by each and every one of our professional artists. Should
your expectations not be met, kindly discuss the situation with the artist before she/he leaves.  If you feel that we have not met your expectations, we will gladly refund your money!

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Finally, consider adding spectacular balloon decor available from our sister company, Volunteer Balloons! The final touch to a truly successful party!





Sisters of Mercy Annual Family Picnic

Sisters of Mercy Annual Family Picnic

Saturday, June 14th I had the privilege of entertaining the children at the annual family picnic at the Sisters of Mercy convent. Needless to say, we all had a blast with face painting & balloons!

Most of these children are home schooled and receive their religious education from the Sisters of Mercy. To conclude the school year, the sisters host a yearly event where the whole family is invited to share food, fellowship & fun with entertainment by Ms Tickle!

Below are some of the happy faces that I painted.

Not all the faces that I painted are pictured below. This isn’t because I didn’t want to post the photos. I simply didn’t have the opportunity to get a photo of everyone! Although this yearly event is much anticipated, many families just drop in long enough to greet everyone and have a quick bite to eat. Besides that, sometimes they only stay long enough for the kids to get their faces painted and then head off to other activities for the day.

Face Painting Available at Your Annual Picnic

Everyone can afford my services! Face painting is one of the two most popular places you’ll see kids gather at any event.  The other place will be where the balloon twister is! Speaking of balloon twister, you can hire that service complementary to face painting.  Depending on the length of your event, I can perform both services or I can bring another professional artist with me. Make your annual picnic one to be remembered! Give me a call and I’ll make it happen!

Host An Annual Picnic Offering More Fun for Families!

Host the annual picnic everyone will want to attend! Kids running around with amazingly colorful faces adds a certain element to any event! Moreover, having kids and adults parading either a brightly colored balloon hat or with a balloon animal hanging on to them makes for fun times and creates amazing photo opportunities! Thus offering moments remembered for a long time! Call now! Don’t wait for my calendar to be totally booked for everyone else’s picnic!

Trade Show Balloon Twisting at Chocolatefest!

Trade show balloon twisting by Ms Tickle

Ms Tickle is your go-to resource for trade show balloon twisting. 

If your company is looking for entertainment to draw attendees to your booth at your next trade show, look no further! Ms Tickle always draws a crowd with her trade show balloon twisting services. She’s so much fun and loves to interact with both kids and adults. She’ll travel anywhere to help you make your next event a huge success. Give her a call to talk about your ideas and for a personalized quote for her services.

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Take a few minutes to watch Ms Tickle in action at Chocolatefest in Knoxville, where she had kids lining up to request one of her balloon creations. Ms Tickle always draws a crowd and can customize balloon designs for any theme.


Kids Magic – Ms Tickle Meets the Cub Scouts

Kids Magic at the Blue & Gold Banquet

The Cub Scouts of Pack 329 enjoyed a magical evening with Ms Tickle.

Ms Tickle performed kids magic for the Cub Scouts of Pack 329.
Ms Tickle with the Cub Scouts of Pack 329 and their families after the kids magic show.

This week Ms Tickle performed kids magic for the first time for Cub Scouts at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet. She and her husband received a warm welcome and were immediately made to feel like part of the “pack!” The special event was hosted at their regular meeting place, St. Mary’s Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February (or end of January), with a “birthday party” called the Blue and Gold Banquet. In nearly all packs, this event is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. It’s often the pack meeting for February (or January in this case).

This special event has many purposes… celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents. Packs often like to invite former members and other Scouting or community leaders to take part in their celebration.

The Banquet can be like a regular pack meeting, with songs, skits, stunts, and awards. Or it can be something different and a little more special. A pack may decide to bring in an entertainer such as a Ms Tickle!

Although booked only as a 30 minute show, Ms Tickle was having so much fun with the kids magic show that before you knew it, with all the music and crazy dancing, an hour had quickly gone by!

After packing the Big Pink Box of Magic, Ms Tickle was invited to judge the cake contest. Thankfully she wasn’t asked to taste them all, but simply to judge them on originality. Someone was clever and had baked a cute cake in the form of a black magician’s hat with white bunny ears sticking out! That was Ms Tickle’s favorite – but because the event was really in honor of the Cubs, she chose another which was decorated as a camping scene, complete with tents and campfire!

The evening brought fond memories to my photographer husband as he’d raised two Eagle Scouts many years ago and was then an active leader.

I hope to be invited again next year!