The use of inflatable structures in the special events industry has changed a lot in the last ten years. Historically, inflatable structures were great options at carnivals, block parties, birthdays, and other events that would be heavily populated with children. The classic ‘bouncy house’ is where the inflatable structure industry started, but since the introduction of the bouncy house those structures created and used have evolved. Inflatable structures are no longer just for kid’s birthday parties!
In the last few years, inflatable structures have gotten a lot more sophisticated, and they have been getting use in many types of special events with the focus on adult users. The corporate world now brings in inflatable games, obstacles and amusements as part of team building exercises or entertainment for company retreats and picnics. For other types of events Inflatable walls and igloo structures are also commonly used. At the 2017 IMEX America conference recently in Las Vegas several large inflatable structures (igloos) were used as meeting areas throughout the conferences’s ‘Inspiration Hub.’
Big inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and use as structures have really changed the scope of inflatables in special events. The industry of inflatables that was once led by bounce houses has really moved from a niche, a rather large niche market of child entertainment to be fair, into more widespread usage. It is rare to go to any large event today and not see at least one inflatable structure at it. An item that used to be used only for kids has now become the staple of any good event. The numerous possibilities that inflatables can be used for is a major reason why they are so popular. Also, they are just plain fun!
If you’re considering bringing an inflatable to your next event contact Amusement Masters and learn more about our inflatable games and amusement options!
It’s a brand new year! We love the beginning of a new year because it gives us a chance to reflect on the past and gear up for the future. To take inventory of what our clients are loving, but also consider what they’d like to see more of. It’s an exciting time at Amusement Masters’ as it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new!’
If we were to choose one-word that describes new games and amusements being added to inventory this year it would be ‘innovative.’ Technology driven games have made their way into events and we’re beyond excited to bring those entertainment options to you. From virtual reality systems, to thrilling race courses and physical challenges (like the Adrenalator), we’ve added loads of new inventory that we can’t wait to bring to events across the United States!
INFLATABLE GIANT PLINKO This game is America’s favorite Plinko game straight from the TV game show, The Price is Right, and brings it to you giant and inflatable! It’s entertainment that’ll make a HUGE impact on your event. Players take turns tossing balls into the top of the game, to see which winning pockets their balls will land in. It’s fun, fast-paced and perfect for carnival events to team building events! For more information about this game click here.
9-HOLE PUTT PUTT (with or without Blacklight) Everyone loves mini putt putt! Our 9-hole course is fun for events of all types and guests of all ages and abilities. We’ve added a fresh new course design, with lots of turns, twists and challenges. Without a doubt, this 9-Hole Putt Putt will thrill and delight your event guests – add black light for even more fun! Click here for more information on this game. THE ADRENALATOR This addition is a one-of-a-kind race course that will have your event participants competing as they run up a 15’ long moving treadmill at a 27º incline, and then race down via a 15’ long slide. It’s absolutely perfect for team building and sporting events. It’s super fun to try, and just as much fun to watch people race on it. Who would YOU like to challenge to a race on the ADRENALATOR? Click here for more information on this game. BALLISTIC SWING Oh what a ride! Guests at your event will ‘GO’ ballistic when they experience our new Ballistic ride! A large scale swing ride, it’s super fast and riders get almost completely horizontal as they swing around and around. For both child and adult riders, this carnival style swing ride accommodates up to 3 passengers per seat. Adding this event entertainment will impress even the most seasoned of thrill seekers! Click here for more information on this ride. DC DIGITAL PHOTO BOOTH WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND GIF INTEGRATION It’s just not an event until you add a photo booth for some serious silly selfies! Our 4-strip DC Digital Photo Booth with social media and gif options adds ultra fun for any type of event. This booth has the ability to fit just about anywhere. Bring the power of social media and selfies to your event – this booth will have guests sharing photos and video messages via a variety of social networks! For more information on this game click here. HEC VIVE & COMPUTERIZED VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM Virtual Reality is no longer a dream – we can bring it to your event! Putting on our VIVE headset will wash away the real world and lead to a fantastical experience for your event guests. From games to destination experiences – this new virtual reality system offers an unparalleled sense of immersion! For more information on this game click here. *All New* VIRTUAL SPORTS SYSTEM This brand new Virtual Sports System brings the latest in gaming technology right to your event! Playing solo, in pairs, or by teams, event guests will interact with the state-of-the-art computer graphics and animation to play their favorite sports. Select from a wide variety of sports – golf, baseball, archery, shooting range, Zombie shooting range and more. Everyone gets the chance to play with this newest VR system rockin’ the sports world! For more information on this game click here.
Event planning, whether it’s for a private affair, a corporate event or for a charity, can be a challenge. After all, you want the most “bang for your buck” so to speak. You want to impress every guest and create a WOW factor. While it’s true that the little details matter, sometimes bigger IS better. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five of Amusement Masters’ biggest WOW-inducing offerings:
Swing Ride Taking up to 20 guests at a time, our Deluxe Swing Ride can soar your guests through the sky. This ride is not only a ton of fun, but it also has an enormous visual appeal, so it is sure to make a significant impact.
Zippin’ Zone Zip Line Zip lining is so popular today that you can find zip line attractions in tourist destinations ranging from lakes sites to mountains locations to the Las Vegas strip. Take advantage of this popularity during your next event by setting up our mobile zip line. Your guests will find riding the zip line an an event the ultimate thrill!
Tea Cups The Tea Cups may look like a kid’s ride, but children of all ages secretly enjoy spinning in them! Bringing with it a great classic appeal – with this ride we have control of the speed and can adjust depending on the thrill level of your guests.
Ninja Tower Ideal for team building or just to get the blood pumping, the Ninja Tower will give your guests a workout. While it is certainly fun, it’s a tall attraction and will draw attention to your event from a long distance away. The Ninja Tower is an active station, and makes a nice change if your affair incorporates other more ‘laid back’ or relaxed areas.
Toxic Drop One of our newest inflatable obstacle courses is the Toxic Drop. This course is designed to add extra fun and thrills to events for all ages. Kids love the theming, and parents enjoy it too! The bright colors will make your event something to remember.
As you can see, there are many options for amusements and games that Amusement Masters offers than just the standard bounce house (although if that is what you’re looking for, we can help with that too!) Connect with our team and let us help you make a BIG impact at your next event. We know that with Amusement Masters’ on your side the WOW factor is possible, and your guests will love it! We can’t wait to work with you!
Event after event we experience first-hand that people love walking away with souvenirs of their experiences. Whether they’re attending a corporate event, holiday party, trade show, bar mitzvah or other social event, it’s fun to have a token to remember it by that leaves a lasting impression…right?!
So what’s more lasting than a real photo? Photo novelty games are a great way to bring people together at an event and end it with the perfect photo take-away. In the digital and ‘selfie crazed’ world we live in, with smartphone cameras in every hand, we find that event attendees still find it cool and different to have an actual printed photo, or item with their photo. Amusement Masters has a wide variety of novelty game ideas that can turn into unique photo souvenirs for all types of special events!
FlipBook Turns A Photo Op Into A Lasting Gift One of our favorite novelty photo games is the Photo Flipbook. This is a small printed photo book that each attendee can take with them. Guests step into the photo booth, and each film takes a seven second video, which is then turned into the flip book that’s printed immediately. You can even include a custom cover for it that matches your event’s theme. For days, months and even years after the event, people love to flip through these tiny photo books again and again.
Social Event Excitement That Can’t Be Beat One of the most fun novelty photos opportunities to use at a social event is to bring in a photo area with a large prop, like our inflatable Big Chair. This is an adorable and fun way to mark the occasion. People love to hop up in the big chair for repeated photo ops – by themselves, with a bestie, even in groups! Each guest receives a 5×7 photo to take with them that can be branded to fit the occasion. Great for birthdays, weddings, and even anniversary parties. Commemorate the event on each photo by adding the name and date of the event.
Corporate Branding For The Ultimate Impression Using a photo novelty game at a corporate event gives you the perfect opportunity to have a take-away item centered around your unique branding – making it a subtle but effective way to advertise. One of the most fun ways to do this is by adding a Green Screen Photo Booth to your event – where we can project any kind of background you want onto it. The photo is then printed with your company’s branding and the event attendee leaves the party with a fun marketing piece that will keep your brand first and foremost on their mind each time they revisit that item.
When it comes to building a successful company your team is a very important part of the process. That’s why Amusement Masters understands that events with team building activities and games are helpful to any size company. Building strong relationships between both you and your employees is just one way to successfully build a strong team that is going to help your company grow. But an event specific to this focus can often create invaluable work place relationships, and can help your team learn how to work together at the height of efficiency. One way to help decide if the addition of a team building event is right for your company is to understand a bit about what type of events, games and entertainment options are available to you!
Let’s Retreat And Get To Know Each Other Team building events can be so much more than just gathering to meet over a meal. There are a wide range of things that can help build strong team relationships that are actually super fun – retreats are one such event. Try taking your team away from work for a day (or two) so that they can focus on friendships, learning how they work with others, and getting to know their team mates. And we have lots of games that can be incorporated into a retreat environment…like our Black Ops Obstacle Course that brings out the competitive spirit in every employee. Retreat events offer a great way for employees to relax and recoup – emerging new energized for the work ahead.
Show and Play Carnival events and family focused events can also be a great team building experience. Allowing your team to bring their family and closest friends together for an experience is just one way that you can help your employees build pride in their work. This type of event also allows your team to have fun and to associate work with fun and happiness rather than the daily grind. We have lots of ‘carnival’ fun activities that can be mix and matched to create the perfect custom event for your company.
Connecting Is Better When We Eat Together Dinner and luncheon gatherings are still a great way to bring your team together over something that we do every day…eat! They can also be a wonderful precursor to bigger events later on. This type of activity is something that can be pulled off in a few days and that allows you to start honing and creating the relationships that will help your team work together seamlessly. For these types of events we encourage employers to add activities that include a special take-away for those attending – making it a more special event. Adding Green Screen Photos, a Photo Booth or even our onsite Live Screen Printing (custom t-shirts) is a super fun activity that can be company branded adding another layer to engaging with each employee.
Team building events are wonderful investments for companies of any size because each one allows your team the chance to come together, to get to know one another, and to truly start to learn how to work well with one another. They are a great way to engage with employees – and ultimately they help in avoiding employee turnover and having to go through the hiring process again and again. If this seems like something you want to bring to your company then let us help you plan a great team building event! Let’s connect so we can share how Amusement Masters can help to make your company a much more pleasant and productive place to be!
The year 2016 rolled in and we hit the ground running with lots of wonderful events. We took off running so hard though that we completely forgot to let our loyal blog followers know about the new 2016 games! From augmented reality activities, to exciting obstacle course and physical challenge games, we’ve added loads of new inventory that we can’t wait to share at events across the United States. Enjoy this sneak peek of a few of our favorites. And if you see something you’d like to incorporate into your next event let us know! We travel all over the US and would love to bring our games to you!
ARCHERY WITH INFLATABLE TARGET BOOTH With the popularity of the Hunger Games movies, as well as television shows like Game of Thrones and films like Brave and The Avengers, participation in the sport of archery has most definitely increased. With our new Archery setup that includes an inflatable target booth you can now bring the excitement of this competitive sport to your event! Perfect for team building and carnival or sports themed events.
BRAIN ART Hi tech becomes hibrow when cerebral activity is used to create one-of-a-kind artwork that each event guest can take home with them. Brain Art‘s engaging activity is one where everyone gets something that’s unique and creative to them – a print of art from their ‘brain storming’ session! Super cool, right?!
HIPPO CHOW The childhood game ‘Hungry, Hungry Hippos‘ is brought to life with ‘Hungry, Hungry Humans!’ Seriously, playing Hippo Chow has been some of the most fun we’ve had with any of the games in our ‘super-sized’ category. Great for team building or as a spotlight activity for a party. Your attendees will be talking about the fun they had playing this game for years to come!
LEAPS AND BOUNDS Are you a fan of watching TV episodes of the reality gameshow with a goofy twist, Wipeout? Have you ever wanted the chance to try a ‘Wipeout’ inspired challenge? Now’s your chance with our Leaps and Bounds inflatable obstacle course! It’s a super fun addition for team building and carnival events. Your guests will be bouncing with joy when you add this to your next event!
NINJA TOWER Who doesn’t want to be a ninja?! Our new Ninja Tower gives event attendees the opportunity to pick their challenge on a 4-sided vertical obstacle course. If you enjoy the televised competition American Ninja Warrior then you’ll love our twist on ninja challenges that’s perfect for adding to events. Heart-racing fun, it’s perfect for both outdoor and indoor event fun!
VIRTUAL REALITY GOGGLES Our new VR Googles make it possible to experience anything, anywhere through virtual reality! Invite guests to immerse themselves into a fantasy world of your choice – giving them the opportunity to experience one of the hottest and fastest growing technological activities of this decade. Whether it’s riding a virtual roller coaster or hang gliding over a countryside our Virtual Reality Goggles will give your guests an awe inspiring experience powered by Amusement Masters!
One of our absolute favorite types of events to provide games for are the ones that build team synergy! Watching a group come together to overcome obstacles and achieve a goal is super satisfying. Team building activities can have such a positive impact for a team. Communicating in new ways within the group allows members to learn new strengths and gain insights about the people they work with. This gives each individual the opportunity to show their dedication to achieve the team’s goal. We feel the best part about team building activities is getting employees outside the monotony of their work. You engage with them in a fun way, making them feel valued.
Below we are a few of our client’s favorite Amusement Masters games for team building activities:
Our GIANT TOWER GAME is a classic that’s now larger than life. Working together, taking turns removing each block, each team can continue to build the tower until it topples. We love that each team must work together or it’s timber for the tower!
Our 18 foot JUMBO FOOSBALL table accommodates up to 16 foosball players at one time! Competitively play against 8 opposing players, making sure to pass the ball down the long table to score a goal. Whether your team is in defense or offense, each member plays an important role in winning the game where communication is a must!
Playing our JUMBO CHECKERS AND CHESS games bring a team together by challenging the opposition’s wits through classic board games, now blown up to epic proportions. Create a strategy, implement that against the other team and win the game!
Relay your way across our inflatable OBSTACLE COURSES that are perfect for team engagement. Constructing the proper race order and matching up with the opponent makes this ‘race for the win’ game great for ensuring that teams learn to work together!
Blast away the mundane nature of office life with our EXTREME LASER TAG! Split groups into two teams that work together while navigating through the combat arena. Teams learn the art of communication as they work to bring their team a victorious win!
It’s been said that you can discover more about a person with an hour of PLAY than a year of conversation. Start getting to know your team and building their communication skills today – visit our website to get a quote and better your company culture. Connect with one of our Event Entertainment Experts and book a team building package for the Spring or Summer!
Football, America’s pastime, throwing the ole’ pigskin. I don’t know if you are excited, but I sure am! Whether you like college football, NFL, or just like attending high school games, there is no denying the excitement for football is here. Tension has been building with the NFL lockout all summer long but now that it is finally over football fans everywhere can celebrate! So what does that mean? Being who I am, all I can say is “event!” Don’t know how to plan a football themed event? That is what I am here for! I am going to go over some basic things you need to consider to help you achieve the perfect football themed event!
Budget. You must know your budget before you begin. Once you have gotten your budget, figure out what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend to achieve the results you want. Write out what you are willing to spend more or less on. Detail your budget so you know exactly how much you can spend on all the little things and al the big things.
Audience. Who are you targeting? What kind of football do they like to watch? If you are working for a college, you might want to focus on the college team on campus. If you are working for a company, maybe you want to focus on college and NFL teams. Maybe you could even incorporate some Fantasy Football into your event.
Venue. Where are you going to host the event? Is it accessible? Does it cost anything for you to rent out? Is it at a location that your audience can easily get to? Think about your audience when choosing your event?
Advertising. How is your targeted audience going to be informed of your event?
Purpose. What is the purpose of your event? What will be occurring at the event? Be creative! There is so much you can do with a football theme! Not to mention, we have some pretty awesome football attractions that I showcased on this weeks Game Girl. If you missed it, do not fret. Just click this link.
Feel free to comment with some tips of your own! My tips are very generalized and probably something you already know but there is nothing wrong with a refresher course!
Happy Memorial Day everyone! I want to send a special shout out to all of the men and women, past and present, who have served our county. Amusement Masters is always honored to be a part of Military events across the country. There is nothing like seeing soldiers let loose and ride the Mechanical Bull or challenge one of their comrades to a battle on the Pedestal Joust! And soon they will be able to challenge one another on the awesome Boot Camp Challenge! Check it out:
I know you are busy and if you are like me, you are getting ready for the season – FOOTBALL SEASON! I will make this quick…
So you already know how passionate I am about all things football and of course tailgating, right?! I am so passionate that I convinced my Boss to let me do a two part series for Games of the Week ! This week, more games for your tailgate or sports themed event. More importantly, I am offering a complimentary consultation and demonstration to take your event to the next level. So call me soon – I got swamped with demos last week from folks wanting to try out Armchair Quarterback, but I’ve got some time next week!
We’ve got everything for your tailgate except the buffet!!! BUT – we’ve got plenty of snacks! Check out my picks for Games of the Week!!
Til next time,
The Countdown to Kickoff has begun. It’s NOT too late to add those finishing touches to your Tailgate!
Over the Top
This inflatable is On the Top of the list when it comes to EXCITING FOOTBALL fun. Guests need to figure out a strategy to get past the defensive line and into the zone. Not as easy as it looks…but so much fun for sports fans of all ages.
With the intensity of our Two Lane Bungee Run…the Touchdown Equalizer incorporates the football and raises the fun bar. Guest compete against one another to see who can place their baton the farthest before the power of the bungee pulls them back.