Seattle School Carnivals: 2014 Planning Edition

Mechanical Tilted Swing ride at an awesome carnival!

Seattle School District’s last day of school is June 19th. Prior to releasing students for the summer, most schools choose to hold a School Carnival to celebrate the end of the year with some fun. Last year, we focused on planning carnival rentals, so this year we are going to focus more on individual options for those rentals. Seattle School District has cracked down harder on their ‘no inflatable policy’, so alternative options are more important than ever. Over the years, we have increased our selection of non-inflatable rentals specifically to provide more options for school carnivals. Let’s highlight a few of the best options;

Carnival Challenge Games

These challenging carnival games are the perfect addition or replacement to any existing rented inflatables your school might have.  Carnival game rentals can range from Classic Ring Toss to new wacky variations such as the Cow Milking Competition.  Carnival challenge games have the added benefit of rewarding participants with prizes when they accomplish the given task.  PTAs love the incredible value that carnival games offer, with rental prices typically allowing three or four games in place of one inflatable. The addition of a variety of games is guaranteed to add a great level of depth to your event and the kids will love all the different options.

Mouth-Watering Concessions

Make the Carnival Experience real by adding the sweet and salty flavors of a true big-top experience.  Concession rentals are easy enough to rent, use, and return so you don’t have to worry about the high purchase price of the machines. Kids go crazy for cotton candy and the snack will keep their spirits and energy high for the whole carnival.  If you prefer salty over sweet, rental popcorn machines are always a great healthier alternative.  The benefits of renting concession machines go beyond cost savings, there is the added ‘no-hassle’ clause that means you don’t have to clean the machine prior to returning it. The cleaning service is included in the cost of the rental. If you are looking for ways to monetize your school carnival to offset the cost or raise money, selling concessions for a few dollars each can cover the cost of the rental and then some.

Water Wizardry

No school carnival is complete without soaking your principal in the dunk tank! Unfortunately, dunk tanks fall under risk managements definition of dangerous due to the risk of drowning. Fortunately there are several awesome dunk tank alternatives. Our favorite dunk tank alternative is the Splash Blast. This highly portable unit soaks the participant almost as thoroughly as a true dunk tank. It makes an impressive noise and show of water sprays when the target is hit.  There are a few other risk-management approved water rental options that you can learn more about, but we highly recommend the Splash Blast. Of course, with Seattle’s weather, you might not even need a water attraction!

Mechanical Mayhem

True carnivals have true carnival rides. We call these spinning, moving, and swinging contraptions mechanical rides.  Surprisingly, because the ride experience is controlled and participants are strapped in, most of these options are permitted at school carnivals.  By having a large mechanical ride at your Seattle school carnival you are providing an experience that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Kid’s will remember the mechanical ride year after year and expect it to be back; so once you commit, plan on having a motorized attraction every year. The most budget conscious and popular ride is the Tubs Of Fun with it’s teacup like experience it’s not far off from the real thing.

If you need any assistance picking safe, allowable options don’t hesitate to get help planning your Seattle School Carnival.  Remember to book early as dates fill up quickly and equipment gets snatched up.  We look forward to seeing the best school carnivals ever in 2014!

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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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