Come Play With Amusement Masters at The Special Event, Booth #1501

We’re headed back to The Special Event…this year, in New Orleans!The Special Event Artwork Header

Event professionals, producers and planners around the world flock to The Special Event (TSE) conference year after year – finding it to be an invaluable resource for education, networking and creative conversation with others in the industry. Since 1985 professionals in the field of special and live events have mingled and learned from an array of industry leaders sharing their knowledge. This year, TSE will be held in one of our most favorite client and event cities, New Orleans! Conference education sessions and the much-anticipated exhibit hall will be conveniently hosted by the  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

From January 30 to February 1st there will be over 100 educational sessions, an exhibit floor (where you can stop by to see us!) and several showcase events that attendees won’t want to miss. We’re thrilled to announce that this year Amusement Masters is a leading sponsor for the conference and will have our team both in attendance of the conference and exhibiting on the exhibit floor with many other leading companies in the special and live events industry.

If you’re an event professional attending, we invite you to come see us in Booth 1501 and PLAY!  This year our booth is going Hi-Tech – expect to have fun playing with Spot My Photo, our Giant Etch a Sketch, Calligrams and several LED Collection games! We’ll also have representation from our nationwide gaming experts team in the booth who can speak with you one-on-one and share more about our nationwide event entertainment services.

We can’t wait to see you in NOLA!


 

About The Special Event

The Special Event LogoThe Special Event conference is the world’s premier conference and trade show that is directed at the top decision makers and trendsetters in the event planning industry. The event professionals that attend The Special Event work in a variety of markets, whether they are sporting event planners, caterers designing social events, wedding specialists, event, meeting or festival producers, corporate meeting planners or creators of extraordinary extravaganzas.

The conference mission is to offer experiential education and resources to the Event Planning Industry by offering over 100 event-focused conference sessions, an exhibit hall jam-packed with event products and services, a Hands-on-Hundred learn-as-you-go program, and a week full of showcasing events. Along with the exhibit hall and education conference tracks, The Special Event hosts several over the top showcasing events.

For more information about the 2018 conference or to register and attend click onto The Special Event.

Five Advantages of Hosting Team Building Events With Amusement Masters

Regardless of how talented your company’s employees may be, the full advantage of their collective potential can only be realized when they work together as a team. That teamwork potential is realized when team building events turn periodic successes into consistent quality and productivity. Team building activities are proof that individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work.Amusement Masters Team Building 1Here are five benefits of hosting a team building activity event for your employees:

Cultivate Loyalty
Although a secure sense of company and team loyalty is difficult to accomplish with a group of individuals, members of a tightly-knit team feel like they’re an important part of achieving a common goal.Amusement Masters Team Building 2

Increase Productivity
Once that tight-knit team is formed, the feeling of having a common purpose influences how they work together. That unity comes, in part, from the seamlessly applying lessons employees learned on team-building exercises to situations and challenges.Amusement Masters Team Building 3

Create Harmony in the Workplace
Team building activities offer employees the perfect opportunity to escape from the daily grind of the workplace and to blow off steam while gaining a new perspective on themselves and their team members.Amusement Masters Team Building 4

Promote the Ideal Environment for Creativity
When teams take part in fun challenges, it spurs their creative process. That leads to new and intriguing ways of addressing tasks and challenges in the workplace.Amusement Masters Team Building 5

Create Leaders
Facing unconventional challenges in a team setting enables the opportunity to reconfigure the dynamics of a team. This can often cultivate leaders that may have previously been overlooked.Amusement Masters Team Building 6

From Atlanta to New Orleans to New York City and beyond, we help companies across the United States create unique and goal-oriented team building events for the growth of their employee force. Want to know more about hosting a team building event with Amusement Masters games and amusements for your employees in 2018? Connect with our experienced games team by clicking here.

The Positive Impact of Hosting a Company Family Day Event

Amusement Masters Family DayWhether it’s a carnival atmosphere with inflatables, rides and ice cream, or organized activities such as biking, archery or DIY projects, company family days can be fun events for your employees and their families to enjoy. That fun-filled time can also generate additional benefits for your organization.

Here are three benefits of hosting a company family day:

Secure Company Retention
Showing your employees that you respect and value them goes a long way toward securing their loyalty. One way to do that is to simply treat them to a company family day. Taking a little time away from the regular routine for some enjoyment can help employees recharge and become more productive. Additionally, such a special day provides employees to not only bond with their families, but to discover shared interests with colleagues and supervisors. That connection can have a great impact on employee retention.

Demonstrate Your Commitment and Appreciation
Treating your employees to a day of family fun shows them that you appreciate them and the work they do. It also demonstrates your commitment to their well-being, which can boost morale and increase productivity.

Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance
These days, it can be difficult for employees to effectively split their time between family and their responsibilities at work. By hosting a company family day you demonstrate your company’s support of your employees’ between work and personal lives.

Amusement Masters has a large inventory of games, rides and amusements that open the door for creating great experiences for employees at company family day events. Click here to view video of one of our favorite 2016 family day client events! Then for tons of ideas on how Amusement Masters can help to make your US family day one that employees will never forget connect with us!

The Evolution of Inflatables For Special Events

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!Lagoon of Doom

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.’Adrenalator

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!Zorb BallPlinkoLeaps and Bounds

Spider-Man Climbs The Ninja Tower Before Hitting Summer Cinemas

The newest film in the series of Marvel Comics movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming opened last week with a successful summer box office weekend…making it the #1 movie in the world. But just the week before Spider-Man was swinging into our Lynchburg, Virginia event and climbing the Ninja Tower! Thanks Spider-Man, we look forward to you dropping in again soon. Next time, check out our Adrenalator!

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ABOUT THE FILM:
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second time actor Tom Holland has played Spider-Man. The first exciting time was in Captain America: Civil War where we saw Holland bring the new iteration of this superhero to life. It was thrilling then and even more so in his own stand alone movie. Finally we get to see an awkward Peter Parker turn into the hero we all want to see. The film’s timeline begins directly after Spider-Man’s fight along side the Avengers in 2016’s Civil War. There is a bit of plot that gives the audience some context from eight years before during the Avenger’s NYC fight with Loki.

Peter Parker has some typical teenage moments with his adult mentors Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who offer advice that Peter follows and also ignores. With the addition of Tony Stark into the Spider-Man franchise fans are given a full dose of the Marvel Universe that they have been clambering about for years. Aunt May played by Marisa Tomei is also fabulous and gives us some of the more family moments of this much needed teenage format. 
 
This version of Spider-Man and Peter Parker is less cocky that some of the other offerings we’ve been spoon fed through the years. Something that Holland latches onto and really makes his own. It is part of what makes the story believable and what makes Holland so lovable. The movie delivers some genuinely effective action/suspense, ranging from the Washington Monument to the Staten Island Ferry to Coney Island and beyond. Director Jon Watts has put together a well crafted movie for the superhero genre. Sure there are bad guys and explosions, but the movie has a lot of heart and just the right amount of CGI.
 
Overall, this is the best of the Spider-Man movies – by far. Actually using a teenage actor in the role of Spider-Man is very pleasing and genuinely needed for believability. As for story, this might be the best superhero story so far to have gotten it so right. If you’re a fan or not this is a good movie on its own merits. Swing down to your friendly neighborhood theater and catch it on the big screen!

Giant Battleship Game Arrives Summer 2017

Giant Battleship GameWe’ve all played it, that wonderful game that pits player against player with warring strategy and tempts us all to throw the board. The game, is Battleship. The goal of Battleship is to hit the opponent’s ships with pegs or ‘missiles’ until you win. Each player is given the opportunity to configure their battle plan however they choose placing their ships around the board. A little unknown fact is that this game was once known as the ‘pencil and paper game’ because it started out as a game that was played with note pads.

Dating back to World War I, the concept of Battleship originated when war games were popular. Beginning as a ‘pencil and pad’ game, it was published in this form by several companies and in the 1960’s was released as a plastic board game by the toy and gaming giant, Milton Bradley. The game was thought to have originated in France and has changed and evolved ever since.

Battleship is played with two players who each have their own fleet of ships. Each player places their fleet on a grid (squares) that are identified by a number and a letter for coordinates. There are five ships that are placed on the grid and include: the carrier, which is five grid spaces; the battleship that is four; the cruiser that is three; the submarine that is 3; and the destroyer that is two.

Once the players place their ships on the grid each takes turns shooting missiles to sink each other’s fleets. If a ship is hit, you put a peg in it to show that it has been hit. The game goes on until one player sinks all the ships of the other player. 

This summer Amusement Masters will have GIANT BATTLESHIP available in our event entertainment inventory. A super fun game – one that we have all played and that is great if you’re looking for a bit of strategy mixed with a bit of luck. This classic is now larger than life, and is perfect for an indoor or outdoor event where you’re looking to add giant synergy, hours of excitement and lasting memories. Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring Giant Battleship to your next event!

What’s New In Games For 2017?!!

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!

Below are a few of our favorite new additions. You can view the ENTIRE 2016 new games list (that’s always growing!) by visiting us online at www.amusementmasters.com/new-for-2017!

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.
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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.
9-Hole Putt PuttTHE 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.
AdrenalatorBALLISTIC 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.
ballisticDC 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
DC DigitalHEC 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
HTC Vive VR System*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.
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The Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer ‘Makeover Project’

This summer the project that got the Amusement Masters team really jazzed was the restoration and refurbish of our Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer! Always a popular game for events, clients love adding Roll-A-Ball Trailer to event entertainment options year around. We believe in keeping our games up to date and fresh though, so occasionally a game has to be sidelined and freshened up. And while the restoration process is never easy, it’s always worth it. These games are like family members and we hate to see them taken out of rotation for any length of time. But when they return, we’re always thrilled – we love that they come back from the shop so nice and shiny!

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More than just a simple refresh, we’re proud to present the Roll-A-Ball ‘makeover project’. Sure the graphics have been brightened and brought up to date. Yes, the addition of more bells and whistles makes the game a little more exciting. But every surface you see has been cleaned, refreshed and touched up. Also, the game mechanics have received a loving touch which makes the responsiveness that much faster with an even better tactile feel. 

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The bright stars throughout the trailer are even more colorful that the old graphics. And along with the refurbished flashing lights, the new stars along the top and sides make this Roll-A-Ball game really twinkle. We’re extremely proud of the way the paint and graphics turned out!

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Our Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer has always been a popular and exciting game, especially for Fall and Spring carnival events. We know that this update will only draw more people to play it and it’ll be a highlight for many events to come. We just can’t wait to fill the new star lined shelves with prizes and watch faces light up as people play and win!

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If you’re interested in adding the Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer to a future event connect with us online at www.amusementmasters.com or call 1-800-925-0993. We travel throughout the United States bringing the most comprehensive amusements and entertainment to events – we’d love to bring this refurbished fun to the enjoyment of your event!

Add Big WOW To Your Events With Big Amusements!

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:

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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!

Create A Tougher Team With Team Building Events!

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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!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES BOARD ONLINE!