Louisiana Children's Discovery Center
Director of Operations and Program Managers
The purpose of the mascot at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center is to entertain guests at calendar events such as Piper and Friends Day, Members Only Events, DDD Events, offsite events, and birthday parties.
Duties and Responsibilities
Piper and Friends Day:
The mascot will have to make scheduled appearances throughout the day by making appearances as Piper the Pelican, Ally the Alligator, Hammy the Star, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster. We typically ask that the mascot appear for 30 minutes followed by a 15 minute break when working Piper and Friends Day here inside the Discovery Center.
Members Only and DDD Events:
The mascot will make scheduled appearances throughout these events and we will ask that the mascot appear for 30 minutes with a 15 minute break when indoors and 20 minutes with a 10 minute break when outdoors. Members only events are typically held inside the center and DDD events such as Art in April, Hot August Night, and Starry November Night. It is mandatory that the mascot make appearances at Members Only Events and all DDD events!
Offsite Community Outreach Events:
The mascot will make scheduled appearances at offsite community outreach events and will appear 30 minutes with a 15 minute break when indoors and 20 minutes with a 15 minute break when outdoors.
Offsite Rentals and Birthday Parties:
The mascot will be asked to make appearances for offsite rentals and birthday parties here at the center on occasion. The appearance scheduled for offsite events and rentals is 45 minutes in costume with a 15 minute break when indoors and 30 minutes in costume with a 15 minute break when outdoors. There will be a rental contract signed by both the LCDC and the party purchasing the mascot appearance. The mascot is expected to show up on time to the event and follow the schedule issued to you by the Discovery Center.
While in the costume you should wear comfortable loose fitting clothing (T-shirt and athletic shorts). You should also wear a hand band or bandana to prevent sweat from getting in your eyes. When wearing Piper or Ally the Alligator you should always wear your ice packs. Make sure they are frozen and ready to go before each event.
When taking your scheduled break you should always rehydrate by drinking water or Gatorade (the discovery center will provide). You should make sure these items are purchased in advance and that you have an ice chest with ice ready to go when participating in offsite events.
While serving as mascot you will be asked to participate in certain activities such as dances, limbo, story time, etc. You should always be energetic and enthusiastic! Never talk when in costume and always remember that you are representing the Discovery Center and trying to encourage guests to rent our mascots.
You are to immediately inform your direct supervisor if the mascot is torn or damaged at any time! After using each costume you should spray the inside with disinfectant and at the end of each day you should wipe down the costume with a damp towel and hang to air dry. Once dry you should spray the inside and outside down with disinfectant. You should put the costumes neatly back in their cases or assigned areas after each use!
The mascot is expected to be energetic, upbeat, and active when they make appearances. The mascot not only represents the LCDC as a whole but also as a service we offer. The better the experience for the guests, the better the chances they will rent our costume for an event or party! Before committing to serving as mascot make sure you are comfortable in the costume and this is something you wouldn't mind doing multiple times per week.