About Send In The Clowns

The Company

Established in 1989, SEND IN THE CLOWNS is an exclusive party planning company for children’s events. We offer a wide range of services…from a one-hour program to creative custom packages…and everything in between. Whatever you desire, we personally attend to every detail to make sure your event is perfectly planned and executed.

Always focusing on what’s fun for children, we are continually creating new concepts and themes. And our experienced entertainers are trained to deliver a thoughtfully crafted party full of silliness, imagination, style and flair. We are thrilled to offer limitless selection of party stations, activities, entertainment, or custom elements to *wow* the crowd and keep all the kiddos (big and small) thoroughly engaged.

Since the beginning, our clients have given us incredible feedback about our superior quality performers. We also hear about how thrilled they are that we offer entertainment ideas that are not typical. Many parents have voiced to us they are always looking for “something different” to bring to their party. We continue to seek out the best, and most unique entertainment options.

Children’s parties can be stressful, but with SEND IN THE CLOWNS you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying a very special occasion.

The Party Pros

The strength, reliability, and consistency of our company come from our outstanding team! On all of our concepts, we offer super-skilled and dedicated SEND IN THE CLOWNS Party Professional(s), each and everyone a seasoned performer with genuine joy and terrific talent.

Leesa Zelken, CEO

Childrens Entertainment Organizer

Originally from New York, I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 to pursue an acting career. Using my BA in theatre and early childhood education, I supported myself with non-traditional teaching jobs – such as Gymboree, “Mommy and Me”, school enrichment programs, and others – while I garnered small roles on shows like Friends and Seinfeld (pardon the sitcom name dropping).

At the request of a friend who was planning her child’s birthday party, I donned a clown suit and put together a party routine. To my surprise and everyone’s delight it was a mega hit – and a whole lot of fun for me. I began to ponder the idea of turning this “show” into a business. I came up with the name SEND IN THE CLOWNS, learned how to paint faces and make balloon animals, and created goodwill by offering my services for free at local children’s fairs.

What began as the proverbial “day job” has developed into a super-successful business and fulfilling career. My company is the culmination of my unique experiences as a children’s entertainer, actress, teacher…and mother. Planning over 500 events per year, and over 10,000 events in 20 years, has forced me out of the clown suit and into the role of CEO-Children’s Entertainment Organizer.

When I am not planning children’s parties, I am enjoying time at home in Santa Monica with my loving husband, Bob Zelken, a leading commercial real estate broker with Douglas Emmett, and my wonderful daughter, Zoe, who is a constant inspiration for creative party ideas.