Tips for running a school disco

So, you’ve been put in charge of this year’s fundraising efforts and the kids are begging for a school disco. Or… You’ve been put in charge of organising the end of year function for the kids and they want a way to let their hair down and the big ones want to celebrate an end to Primary School and heading to High School.

Sound familiar?

School discos are a lot of fun and done the right way they don’t have to mean a lot of work.

Here are some things you might want to consider when organising the school disco…

  1. Tickets

Kids can be notoriously unreliable returning forms or losing money, so consider an online method of taking ticket sales. A number of platforms won’t even charge booking fees for schools.

The benefit of online booking is that you can send emails directly to the parents, you can share booking links in Facebook Groups, and best of all they can be paid for with a credit card. Let’s face it, who has cash on them these days!

  1. Food and drinks

It doesn’t matter if you choose healthy or a more party style of food and drink, just make sure it’s there and affordable for the kids to purchase.

Another option is to give the kids a snack and drink ticket as part of their entrance fee and this means that you will know from the start how much of each you will need.
As a parent, there’s nothing worse than picking up a tired, hungry, sweaty, thirsty kid after a school disco and trying to get them into bed. The kids will be active and will need something to keep their energy up.

  1. Novelties

This is often the favourite part of the disco. Glow stick novelties, flashing light rings, tiaras, and crazy disco glasses. Kids love something to remind them of the fun they had that night.

  1. Photobooth
    This is especially popular with the children headed to high school, especially if their friendship groups are being split to attend different schools.
    A simple backdrop for them to get together and have a photo taken with their friends is a great momento. (And great for their scrapbook)

  1. Lighting

For safety reasons, you can’t have the disco area in pitch darkness, strobe lighting and smoke machines can also be an issue. This is why with our disco parties we use coloured lights and disco balls to set the scene.

  1. Appropriate music

Now while some of the older kids might have more teenage taste in music, the younger ones won’t. You can always run separate discos for junior and upper primary, however most parents, and schools, will want to know that there’s no swearing or inappropriate lyrics in the songs. Another consideration is getting a license to play the songs in a public space.

When you have these sorted, you’re well on your way to organising a great school disco. However, if you don’t have time to do all of these things, Bop till you Drop, is able to provide the lighting and music and staff to entertain the children at your school disco. This means that you’re left to enjoy yourself, and just organise the tickets, food, drink and novelties. We think that’s enough running around, let us organise the disco part for you.

Our professional entertainer will teach the children cool dance moves, pick children to sing on microphones and conduct various fun party games. For more info 1300 13 03 13, or

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    Thanks also for a very easy and straightforward booking process.
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