Wacky Whirligig Indoor April Fun!

Kids have a blast at this indoor inflatable bouncy house event.

Seattle is not know for it’s sunny Spring weather, and the phrase “April Showers brings May Flowers” couldn’t be more true for the beautiful Northwest.  Fortunately for those with cabin fever, several industries have adapted to the notorious rain by bringing their entertainment into the dry safety of the indoors.  Whirligig is one particularly great multi-week event hosted by the Seattle Center.   It starts a month from now, on Friday April 4th, 2014 and runs through Sunday April 20th. This annual event has been hosted by the Seattle Center for more than a decade. The event is hosted from 11am to 6pm and prices are extremely reasonable, $7.50 for an unlimited ride pass. There is a ticketing option as well, but if you plan on staying more than 20 minutes, your best bet is the pass. This well priced activity grants you access to 11 inflatable rides including inflatable slides, bounce houses, combo rides, and obstacle courses.  There is also a free Thursday option that allows unlimited use of the rides at no cost to participants, though be prepared to wait in lines.

In addition to the bounce house entertainment, there are a number of other close by paid and free activities. For free activities, there is typically an art station for children, and periodic entertainment on the main armory stage. The entertainment can range from school choirs, dance troops, magicians, and more. There a number of other exciting activities on the Seattle Center campus.  The Seattle Children’s Theatre is a great option for watching great renditions of classic plays and books. The Seattle Children’s Museum is located downstairs from Whirligig and in past years has offered a $1 discount to those that have purchased the Whirligig all day pass. The Pacific Science Center is located a short walk away from Whirligig and has both consistent and rotating exhibits on their large campus. There is an IMAX theatre as well that typically play stunning exploratory documentaries (as well as great theatrical movies) that are best viewed in this mind-blowing theatre.

The Whirligig Event is located on the main floor (Floor 2) of the Armory and is also the location of a newly remodeled Food Court. There are tons of great food options to choose from including my personal favorite, Skillet Street Food (try the Fried Chicken Sammy). There are also caricaturists, balloonists, and face painters around, with prices starting at $1. Make sure you check out the Whirligig Information Page prior to heading downtown. All this great fun will probably cause you start thinking about renting a bounce house this coming summer. Make sure you remember who brought you all the great Whirligig Fun!

Do you have an upcoming public event that you would like help promoting? Email us at [email protected] with as much information as possible pertaining to your event and all related activities. We would be delighted to inform the masses regardless of whether we are helping to host your event.

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How to Rent a Bounce House

Bouncy Castle

 

When planning a children’s birthday party, parents often don’t know where to begin. There are countless options and ideas out there. If you have decided to rent a bounce house for your kid’s party there are a few steps you need to take in order for your event to run smoothly and make sure your guests have a safe, fun time.

1. Pick a Date and Time

The first thing you need to accomplish is picking a date for your party.  Most vendors have a limited supply of bounce houses and a restricted delivery schedule. Knowing what day and time you want the bounce house for your party will help the bounce house company determine what availability they have.  The other advantage of picking a date and time early on is that you can send out invitations soon enough for your guests to reserve the date. After all, you want people to come to you party!

2. Choose a Location

Knowing where you are going to setup the bounce house is almost as important as knowing when you need it. Different companies have different restrictions on where they can put inflatables. Often, if your party is going to be in a public park, additional insurance or staff are required to use the inflatable. If you aren’t planning on hosting the party at your house, the inflatable company needs to know where the party is going to be so they can give you more accurate delivery charges. Finally, different surfaces require unique supplies to secure them properly; knowing the location of your bounce house can insure safety for all party participants.

3. Select a Vendor

Depending on where you live, there may be multiple bounce house rental companies available. Pricing shouldn’t be your only consideration when it comes to picking a vendor. Reputation, Safety, and Insurance are all critical aspects of any company you choose. Any legitimate inflatable rental company will have all of their equipment inspected by the state and insured.  However, this is only one piece to the puzzle; an inspected company doesn’t necessarily guarantee a safely operated company.  A great inflatable company will hire their own employees, run background trucks, and train the employees to setup and operate inflatables in the safest manner popular. Don’t be afraid to ask the company questions about their operations, especially when it comes to your family’s safety.

4. Let your Child Pick Out their Favorite Bounce House

Here comes the fun part! Let your child pick out their favorite bounce house from the company you choose. Bounce houses come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and themes.  Whatever bounce house your child chooses, it’s sure to be a hit.

5. Check the Space and Power requirements

Every bounce house can be a different shape and size. Make sure you check with your vendor on how much space you need. Typically you want the space to be at least a little bit bigger the actual inflatable. You need room for the entrance, and don’t want the sides rubbing against a fence, bush, or house.  Check how many circuits of power you need. Most basic bounce houses only require on circuit of power. If your bounce house is larger it might require two circuits. A circuit in a house is not just a single outlet, but a combination of outlets on the same breaker. Make sure you aren’t running any other equipment on the same circuit when the delivery drivers setup your event. Popping a circuit is never fun and can lead to delays in your party.

6. Book your Party

Once you have all the details confirmed, work with your inflatable company to submit payment and a signed contract. Make sure you have a copy of your invoice that shows you have paid. Make sure you understand their cancellation policies and operating rules for weather in case its raining. Hold onto your final invoice in case there are any issues with the company later.

7. Confirm your Reservation the Week of the Event

No matter who you book through, it is always a good idea to confirm your reservation a couple days prior to your event. The event industry is a busy one, especially during the summer, sometimes things get missed. Some companies will call you to do their own confirmations, if they don’t make sure you make a call on a weekday during normal business hours to confirm your reservation. This is also the best time ask any last minute questions you might have about your upcoming party.

8. Bounce all Day!

The party is here! It’s time for fun and games. Your delivery drivers should arrive at least 30 minutes before your booked time slot. The should be friendly, courteous, quick, and safe. Once they are setup and on their way to other deliveries, you can have all the bouncing fun you want! Remember that you are responsible for safety once the unit is setup, and that the delivery drivers can only do so much. Follow the rules that they give you to keep all of your guests safe. Most of all, have a great time!

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Easter Event Extravaganza

Easter Egg Hunts are Perfect for any Easter Event

Easter, while a Christian holiday, is celebrated by people all over the world. Individuals that don’t celebrate its original intention, have created great family traditions with the make believe Easter Bunny, and his various hidden eggs. As a result, churches, non-profits, businesses, and individuals have been hosting Easter parties for several generations. There are millions of different activities that you can do on Easter weekend, but here are a few of the common ideas to get you started.

 

1. Decorate Eggs

Decorating Easter Eggs has always been a traditional activity. Before you start make sure you boil the eggs. This way if they crack there is no mess and you get to enjoy eating the egg when you are finished! After your eggs are boiled make sure you put them in the fridge for a few hours so they have a chance to cool down. Pick up a egg dying kit from your local grocery or drug store. They come with everything you need to make beautiful eggs. Before you get started with the kids, make sure you have aprons or that the kids are wearing shirts they don’t care about. Lay down plenty of newspaper, this stuff stains! Follow the directions on the box to make the dyes and have a blast.  Pro tip: use  white crayon to draw on the egg before dying it. The wax will keep the dye off of the shell and leave behind a white picture of what you drew!

 

2. Host an Easter Egg Hunt

Hide the eggs you dyed out in your backyard, around the house, or in a local park. If you don’t want to use the dyed eggs, or if you need a greater volume of eggs, buy plastic eggs online or from a local store. You can fill them with candy or money, and they are usable for multiple years! If you have a wide age range of children participating, designate certain colors to specific age groups and then hide the eggs with greater degrees of difficulty depending on the color. The older kids will love the challenge of trying to find the smallest spec of color hiding among nature.

 

Animated Easter Bunny Holding an Egg, posing for pictures at your next Easter Event!

Awwwww….

3. Take Pictures with an Easter Bunny

You can hire an Easter Bunny from a local company to come out and hang out with kids. Parents can take pictures with their children and the Easter bunny. You can have the Easter Bunny hand out candy to all the kids as well as hop around with a basket of eggs. If you have the Easter Bunny there during the Easter Egg hunt have him help out the younger ones with finding their eggs.

 

4. Rent a Bounce House or Other Inflatables

Contact a local inflatable rental company to rent a bounce house or other inflatable attractions. This is an especially good option for churches who want to celebrate after their church service or encourage people in the local community to attend their church. Even if you are just celebrating Easter in your backyard with your family, you too can have a bounce house rental. Inflatable attractions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We will cover your different rental options in another blog post at a later date.

Whatever you decide to do for Easter, make sure you are spending quality time with your family and being safe. Everyone here at Bouncer Rental Northwest wishes you a Happy Easter!

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