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

What Is A DMC And What Can They Do For You?

At Amusement Masters we love working with some of the best DMC companies across the United States. We’re known for providing exceptional event entertainment and amusements to DMCs and their clients – a win-win relationship for all involved. However, when we mention that this type of company is a niche that’s a large percentage of the clients we service we often receive the question, ‘What is a DMC?’. In the spirit of educating today, we’re sharing more about what exactly a DMC is and how using one might just be a great fit for your needs!DMC Blog Artwork BMT


WHAT IS A DMC?
A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a service offered by professionals to help provide you with an extensive array of services including expertise and knowledge on various events, event coordination, tours, trips, and locations to which you are choosing to travel to. They can also help you work out the logistics of you and your group’s trip, such as travel and accommodations as well as events, activities, and things to do once you arrive at your destination. These services can continue throughout the continuation and duration of your stay.

WHAT EXACT SERVICES DOES A DMC OFFER?
A DMC can offer whatever kind of service you as need as a business traveler to make your trip (and the trip of your group) a memorable one. Most DMC companies will provide an array of services including anything from meeting venues to a business group to transportation from the airport to a final destination. Many DMCs will be happy to help book events during your stay if you want to visit local attractions or museums or find other fun activities and excursions to do. Many coordinate for business people the use of conference centers and places to hold their meetings. Others are happy to secure venues for parties and events. They are wonderful resources for finding someone to cater food, provide event design and decor, or entertainment for any event you may be hosting.

HOW MUCH DOES A DMC COST? 
Cost will really depend on the services you need and how much work the company has to do as to what it will cost you to hire their services. Most DMC companies will charge a fee to hire their staff, and this fee will cover their research and booking costs for their time for the workers at the company. You will also have to pay separately for the services you receive based on the vendors or external companies they recommend you use for various services. DMC’s are great at working with budgets for functions and events to find something that meets the client’s price range. Be sure to let them know up front what you can spend so they find activities that fit within your budget.

BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
When you are giving the DMC descriptions of the events you want to book be sure to be as thorough as possible. Give details of what exact events you are going to hold or what specific kinds of travel your group requires. Specify the types of transportation and lodging you prefer. There’s no such thing as giving too many details. The more the DMC knows about your needs list the more they can do to meet your specific needs and expectations.

CHECK TO SEE IF MARKUPS EXIST:
It’s also a good idea to check with the DMC to see if their fee for their services is all they charge, or if they charge an extra fee for each individual event they book or service they provide. For example, many services can be marked up much as 10-20% of the cost of the service than if you were to find and book it yourself. This is in addition to the fee that the agency or company will charge on their own to even get them to do the research and booking for you. Be sure you are willing to pay all these fees by reading the fine-print before moving forward.

From Nashville to New Orleans to Austin, Texas and beyond, we work with wonderful DMCs that are accomplishing great things for their clients across the United States. If you’re looking to build a relationship with a Destination Management Company feel free to click and connect with us – we’d love to connect you with a great DMC company or service near you!

Light Up Your Event With Our LED Games Collection

Are you looking to add entertainment to your event that’s an ‘attention getter?’ We have your challenge solved – the Amusement Masters LED Games Collection!

Our LED and glow activities light up any event space and captivate attendees from start to finish. From glowing billiards to radiant ping pong to electric dance floors and more. LED games add unique entertainment to events instead of the traditional. From corporate company events to team building training meetings, if you want to see your guests leave the event with a glowing smile…let us help you LIGHT UP your event!

What type of events do you host? Click here to connect with us and we’ll come up with a plan to LIGHT IT UP!

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Our DC Digital Photobooths Share Your Event Across Social Media!

Amusement Masters DC Digital CollageAmusement Masters is proud to bring the DC Digital Photobooth into our corral of photo novelty offerings with social media integration! ‘DC’ is Digital Centre, which for our clients means this photobooth can be a digital center for the event. Photobooths are almost a necessity and very popular at events in our current digital environment. Everyone wants to put their best photo forth on social media platforms and they want to do it in as close to real time as possible. This piece of entertainment technology allows that, and without the annoyance of holding one’s phone and angling it for the perfect ‘event selfie’. The DC Digital Photobooth provides a pro-like photo with the perfect lighting for each and every guests that steps in front of it’s camera!

Amusement Masters DC Digital PhotoboothThe strip photobooth can accommodate photos of anywhere from 1 to 50 people, including custom screens and strip designs with the event image – it’s completely customizable to your company brand or event theme. The booth allows for sharing of photos and even video messaging that can be sent out through event guests favorite social networks. These features put you and your event guests in control. The unit is also ultra portable which makes for easy location changes.

Amusement Masters DC Digital Photobooth 2Don’t miss out on booking this entertainment opportunity to the more expensive photobooths or something that takes up valuable floor space without the rewarding returns. Having your event attendees posting to social media directly from your live event can put you on the map and increase your social cred. Click here to connect with us for more info on the new DC Digital Photobooths and let us share with you the rewards!

Photography credit: Joe Keith Photography

Nice Meeting You At NACA!

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We had the best time attending the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) 2016 event this October. A special thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth and visited!

As we move into a new year, let us know if Amusement Masters can help with your 2017 event entertainment. Click here to view our catalog OR connect with our college games expert, Josh Shaw!


ABOUT NACA
The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life. They provide members with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more. School and associate members also have access to one of the largest campus activities networking and talent buying resources in the country. With the assistance of Fluent (their exclusive marketing partner), NACA is able to provide members with additional resources, including internship, educational and networking opportunities. NACA’s vision is to be the recognized leader in higher education for providing the knowledge, ideas and resources to promote student learning through engagement in campus life. Learn more about NACA by visiting them online at www.naca.org.

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!

Photo Novelties Bring A Lasting Impression To Your Event

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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.

For many more photo novelty ideas and inspirations click here to check out our website Photo Novelty page! View a variety of options that can make your next special event just that much more exciting and fun. And remember, photos are something that will never go out of style!

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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!

What’s New In Games For 2016!

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! 

To view Amusement Masters‘ entire 2016 new games list (that’s always growing) just visit us online at www.amusementmasters.com :)

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.

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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?!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Photo Novelty Entertainment That’s Also A Party Favor!

As we move into holiday season your list of party planning ‘to dos’ can get longer and longer. But no worries, we have a solution! Check (√) entertainment AND check (√) party favors both off your list by bringing in a photo novelty activity from Amusement Masters!

Photo novelties bring memory making moments to events that guests can take with them…here, there, and everywhere! With this type of entertainment our team will take your guests picture during a live photo shoot – that image is then incorporated into an activity or product in another fun way. We have a long list of fun, creative and innovative photo novelty options that can be customized for any type of event and for all-ages.

Wondering how to keep a group of 13-year-olds entertained? Book an open-air green screen photo booth! Or wondering how to engage your brand with a group of partying adult conference-goers? Book our Virtual Graffiti Wall or Brain Art booth! From grand to small and intimate, we have a party novelty out there for all tastes. Here are just a few of our favorites – 

GREEN SCREEN PHOTOS
The Amusement Masters’ digital photo studio with green screen background is easily set up on-site for an event. Individuals, couples, or small groups can pose for a close-up in front of the camera and within minutes have their photo printed and placed into a novelty frame. With our green screen we can customize the background to fit your event theme or company’s brand message. This entertainment and party favor option is great for bar and bat mitzvah parties, birthdays, holiday parties and corporate branding events. 

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HALOSHOT 360º PHOTOS
Not your average photobooth, this photo novelty is set up in a closed 8×8 foot area that includes a 360º camera suspended from the ceiling of the booth. Groups enter and within seconds, a complete 360º snapshot is taken of the entire group. Our special software then flattens the image and produces a 5″ x 7″ photo that’s printed onsite. The background can be customized with logos or other backgrounds giving your guests a great souvenir from the event!

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DANCE HEADS
If you’re looking for engagement at your party…you’ll have a line to this one! Dance Heads is an amusement that superimposes participants’ heads onto professional dancers’ bodies while they lip sync to some of the greatest pop hits of all time. The mesmerizing effect is then completed with fully animated backgrounds that again can be customized for your event. Up to three guests at a time can lip sync to the song while their animated bodies dance to the music. Within minutes, guests receive up to three DVD copies of their performance. We can even custom the labels on the DVDs for you to bring more ROI to your branding efforts!

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VIRTUAL GRAFFITI WALL
The Amusement Master’s Virtual Graffiti wall is most definitely unique entertainment, interactive and produces a really cool photo party favor. The screen allows event guests to interact and add ‘graffiti’ to a green screened photo of themselves. When adding ‘virtual’ graffiti to the screen guests use the special infrared spray paint cans to virtually draw on their own photos or custom background and make giant works of art. Each creation is printed as a 5″ x 7″ photo that includes a custom footer for your event. The virtual graffiti wall is perfect where you want to add an interactive activity to your event or to your tradeshow booth.

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BRAIN ART
Our newest, and most innovative photo novelty addition to date is Brain Art! This is a creativity base activity, where guests use their own brain waves to create unique pieces of art. Just as an artist decides on a general direction for their imagery before creating their masterpiece, so does your party guest when choosing their art’s style and colors. Once created, guests pick their favorites, coordinate with a room décor in their home, or just go with how they feel on that day. How fun is it that each person at your event could walk away with a printed piece of art that’s from their own personal ‘brain storming’ session!

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PHOTO FLIP BOOKS
Who doesn’t want to see their photo in print! With our Photo Flip Books your guests can step up to the booth (with props of course!) and take a seven second video, solo or with a group. Our equipment takes freeze framed imagery that’s then printed onsite and formatted into a tiny book within minutes. Guests receive the unique take-away of their own animated photo flip book as a memory of the event. We can even customize the book covers to your theme or company branding! 

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Do you remember the saying “take a picture…it’ll last longer”? It’s so true! Take a picture at your next event with one of our photo novelty activities and you’ll see that the memory of your event DOES last longer!

To learn more about which photo novelty would work best for your event connect with us by phone at 800-925-0993 or by email at Ksmink@amusementmasters.com. And remember, we travel nationwide because event ‘amusements’ matter!