“Good Gollie… it's Mollie!!!”

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Northern, Virginia

Hello! My name is Melanie Bennett, and I was a lifelong resident of Rockaway, New Jersey until I moved to Springfield, Virginia in January 2008.I have been fine-tuning the character of "Mollie the Clown“ since 1995. I started my own business at 18, performing for birthday parties, corporate outings (public and private), and other special events. As part of my training, I graduated from The Eccentric Clown Workshop in South Paris, Maine and the New York Goofs Clown School in New York City. Since the age of nine, my lifelong dream was to travel with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

In 1998, I had the opportunity to partially fulfill my dream by traveling the east coast with Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus, the World's Largest Circus Under The Big Top. After nine months of hard work and perseverance, I was asked to join Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, traveling the American countryside by train for a year and a half, making my dream become a reality. However, despite my love for the adventure and excitement of traveling the United States, I left the road to continue my studies. Currently, I am employed as a Special Education teacher with the Fairfax County Public School System.

Formerly of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Mollie has performed for hundreds of private and public events in the New York Tri-State area. She was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, and is well known in Rockaway Township for her work with the Simon Mall Kidgets Club. Mollie the Clown is new to the Northern Virginia area, and she's excited to get to work! She continues to perform spot dates as an advance clown with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Mollie's real name is Melanie. She studied Special Education at William Paterson University in NJ, and is currently employed with the Fairfax County Public School System. Melanie has been working with kids all her life. She has a very gentle and friendly nature with the young and old. As Mollie the Clown, she understands the fear of clowns, and is unobtrusive when a child or an adult appears to be frightened or unsure of costumed characters. She backs off and allows the child or adult to watch from a distance until they are ready to trust her. Almost 100% of the time, both children and adults with lifetime fears warm up to Mollie in the end, and latch on to her welcoming, playful, and carefree character.


Some References:

"Hi Melanie!   You did a superb job with the PRN on Saturday!!!!    The kids and their families had a wonderful time!!!
Thank you!!!!!"

Lina & Beth (Parent Resource Network – Rockaway Township)


“Hi Mollie!
Thank you SO much for coming to Brice's party, you were AWESOME. Your ears had to be buzzing on the ride home, because all the parents here were marveling at your tireless energy and enthusiasm for these kids. You really have a way with making each little person feel very special and loved, and the world of Special Education really needs you. Those children who have you as a teacher are seriously blessed. Thank you again so much for making Brice's day very special.... After the party and Easter holiday, Brice is now taking his longest nap in history!!!”

The Brighams Family
Branchville, NJ


“Thank you so much for braving the snow. I hope that you made it home okay. Tyler loved you! He called his cousins in Canada and told them all about you! You are wonderful with the kids. You will be an awesome teacher! Thanks again!”

Stanhope, New Jersey


“I am writing to thank you for your face painting and entertainment at the MOMS club Winter Carnival. The children (and parents) truly loved your creations. You are so talented and we appreciate you sharing those talents with us. Thanks so much for all of your help! We really enjoyed working with you!”

Karen - MOMS Club
Hackettstown, NJ


“Thank you so much for being a part of my first birthday! It was great to have you there to make everyone laugh. I loved the tricks you did but especially liked the face painting. I looked just like you! Thank you so much! I hope to see you again!”

Skylar, 1 year old (Mommy Sheryl and Daddy Keith)


“Thank you so much for making my Granddaughter Ashley's birthday party such a wonderful success. You are very special and have a unique talent with children.”

George , Flowers By Candle-Lite


“Melanie “Mollie the Clown” has always had the desire, patience and ability to work with children with special needs. In my opinion, it is amazing how a young woman of Melanie's age can make such a difference in the lives of these children… she was loved, trusted, and very well respected by each and every child she came in contact with. To this day, the parents of these children still marvel with great appreciation for all of the help and kindness she gave their children.”

Rose Katzenstein and Dana
The Lolli-Pop Foundation

***The Lolli-Pop Foundation funded and arranged lifelong “wish trips” to chronically and terminally ill children and their families. Owner, Rose Katzenstein, a.k.a. “Katie D. Clown, was a dear friend of mine. Sadly, she passed away in March 2005. Although the Lolli-Pop Foundation has been dissolved, her love for children and desire to support children with special needs and illnesses will be forever treasured in my heart, and in those that she so selfishly cared for.



Mollie's Interactive Entertainment for Your Special Day!!!

Mollie the Clown specializes in full face face-painting, balloon artistry, hula-hoops, temporary tattoo application, storybook reading, interactive comedy magic, bubble fun, strolling entertainment, games, juggling, music, and dancing!

Mollie the Clown is available for any special day circled on your calendar to include:

Christenings, Birthday Parties (for children of all ages!), Weddings, Family Reunions, Picnics, Recreation Camps, Preschools, Mall Shows, Media Events, Day Cares, Libraries, Singing Telegrams, Grand Openings, Special Education and Regular Education classroom parties/events, Meet and Greets, and events/holiday parties held by Local Organizations (ex. PBA or Local Firehouse Events) … ANY CELEBRATION!!!

“Good Gollie… it's Mollie!!!”

973 - 219 - 3182