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!

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Seattle Halloween Bounce House Parties

 Halloween Party KidsIf you are hosting a Halloween party in the greater Seattle area, consider some of the bouncy house and other party rentals listed below for your event. If you are looking for Harvest Festival Ideas, make sure you check out our other post. Before planning a Halloween party in Seattle, take a minute to recall the October weather conditions in the Northwest. It is likely to be raining and very brisk  It’s not uncommon to see kids adorned with coats over their costumes, or candy-retrieving umbrellas plodding down the street going house to house.  Some of the suggestions that we have provided are weather appropriate, but consider hosting most of your party indoors, or renting a tent to keep participants dry. No need to scare you anymore with the weather, here are our fright-tastic Halloween bounce house and entertainment suggestions.

Halloween Modular-Line Bounce Houses

Our Modular line of inflatables include Halloween Bounce Houses and many other themes.  We have a couple of Halloween panels that can be added to an obstacle course, inflatable slide, or bounce house. Keep in mind that these panels are limited and go fast, so if you want a Halloween inflatable it is best to call and book early. If we are out of Halloween panels, I’m sure your guests will forgive you for having a generic bounce house!

Mechanical Bull – Fright Style

Nothing gets a party going better than a mechanical bull rental. Guests of all ages will try their skills at taming the wild beast. See if you can have your rental company deliver the bull early so you can decorate it with various Halloween garb. If you are really lucky, a vendor in your area may have a Zombie Mechanical Bull that you can rent. These amazing mechanical bull attachments are sure to be the talk of the party.  If you want maximum participation on the mechanical bull, make sure you (responsibly) serve alcohol to the adults. With lowered inhibitions, you are likely to get everyone there to give it a shot. Alternatively, hold a contest with a decent prize to create additional participation incentive.

Carnival Style Halloween

If you are going for a tamer event that appeals to kids, check out our unique line of carnival game rentals.  With Carnival games you can add dozens of activities to your event at a relatively low cost.  Incorporate prizes or tickets redeemable for prizes to get kids really involved in your games. Most of the games can be altered to make them more difficult for adults, meaning your rental can go a long way in making lots of guests happy. 

There are only three weeks remaining until Halloween! It is always important to plan events ahead of time to make sure your vendors have the availability to do your party. Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions or other Halloween event ideas!

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