I am strictly a preschool entertainer, but my routines would fit in any night club, just the patter's been changed. In my experience as a folksinger and magician, I've found that 3- and 4-year-olds are quite brilliant and self-aware, as well as being quite aware of what's going on around them. I cringe when people talk down to the kids and treat them like mindless lumps who have to be spoken to in sing-song baby talk. Most of the preschoolers I know are 4-going-on-25 and are quite adept at using and receiving sarcasm and when we talk about such things as Dr. King's birthday, they seem to understand his message better than many adults. They are also preschoolers, so when one child asked what happened to my broken guitar pick, I said that Cookie Monster had taken a bite out of it; she said, very seriously, "Really?" So there is a balance between treating them like the intelligent people they are and also being aware that the most important thing to them at the moment might be their blankee.
I began as a grown-up entertainer and when I started working with preschoolers, never looked back. And thanks to a lot of wonderful families, I get to answer old familiar question with "This IS my day job."