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

4 Hot Amusements & Novelties For Your 2017 Holiday Company Party

It’s time for your company to start planning for the holiday party. But it’s not fun to do the same things year after year or to do what everyone else is doing. So, this year, stand out by considering these four Amusement Masters’ super-fun entertainment options!

PHOTO BOOTHS & SELFIE STATIONS
What better way to remember your time at your office party than with a photo booth or selfie station, right? With our Photo Booths you can go into a booth and take photos with friends and coworkers. Have us add some props, and you really and the fun and silly. Then print your photos out and take them home…extending the memory beyond the holidays!VIP Photo Booth

Or, add a selfie station like our DC Digital or the Instacam Station. What is a selfie station? Well, instead of going inside a photo booth and having to print off your photos, a selfie station is just a free-standing station. Our selfie stations allow party guests to choose from amazing backdrops, green screen effects, and filters just like the apps on your phone. Plus, you can send these photos instantly to your phone or social media accounts!DC Digital

GOURMET COTTON CANDY
Another fun idea is to add a cotton candy booth to your party activities and dessert stations. But not just any cotton candy…Amusement Masters Gourmet Cotton Candy! A sugary treat that’s perfect for all ages – our cotton candy is made in a wide variety of flavors (some very unique) and each made from air-spun organic evaporated cane juice, using only 100% all-natural flavors and colors. Here are a couple of great ideas to customize and make this more of an ‘adult’ station:

Add LED lights! We can really bring your cotton candy offerings to life by adding LED-filled handles. This is great when you want to add a night-club feel or simply light up the party.

Mix in cotton candy into some cocktails! Mixing champagne with your cotton candy is a deliciously sweet addition to any adult cotton candy booth.Cotton-Candy GLO STICKS (1)

CASINO
Keep your party entertaining by bringing the casino to the office. Bring in craps table, black jack, poker, Texas hold ‘em, roulette or other must-play casino games. You can rent these tables from various companies, or just grab some tables and set them up yourself. They are a fun and inexpensive way to make sure your guests have the time of their lives! You can even build a party theme around it, like the Roaring Twenties. Have fun with it!Casino AM 2

LED GAMES
Captivate guests and light up the evening with the glow of LED lit games. From an electric dance floor to glowing billiards or radiant ping pong, LED Games add unique entertainment to parties instead of the traditional. If you want to see your guests leave the party with a glowing smile then LIGHT UP your event!LED Dance Floor

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!

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!

Spider-Man on Ninja Tower

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!

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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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!

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

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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Planning Your Casino Themed Holiday Party

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With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning your perfect holiday party! Though the typical holiday party is fine, who doesn’t love something a bit unexpected? Amusement Masters’ casino themed holiday parties are a blast and can be absolutely perfect when you want to plan something that is going to blow everyone away.

Setting Your Budget
The first, and perhaps most important step to planning your party, is to determine your overall budget. This is going to help you plan the scope of your party, help you decide how much food and favors you can purchase, and will ultimately help you determine what entertainment and games you can rent for your casino themed party. Your budget is entirely up to you and to the people that are planning the party with you. While a healthy budget is best, there are great entertainment options for budgets of all sizes.

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Choosing Your Games
The next step is to decide what games you want at your casino themed bash. Amusement Masters is a great company for renting casino games like blackjack tables, craps tables, roulette setups, Texas hold ‘em tables, money wheels, Black Light Casino, staffing of experienced dealers and more. You want to go with a professional company that knows how to set up your games and that can help you decide what is going to fit your budget and what games are going to work best with your party space. Your games are what is going to make your party – expect that entertainment will be a large portion of your budget.

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Décor
When it comes to decorating you may want to go with decorations that reflect your company or organization. Personalized chips, banners, black velvet ropes, red carpets, luxurious chairs and tables, basically anything you would expect to see in a casino is a great touch. You can find wonderful casino decorations through many of the decor and design vendors that Amusement Masters works with. Or, you may even be able to create a few on your own that can help make your party a hit. Setting the right feeling can make up for not being able to go to a real casino for your holiday party!

casino-party-entrance-ccpCasino event themed entry decor in this photo provided by CCP Events.

Food and Drink
The last thing you should consider is of course your food and drink. Since casinos rarely ever serve plated meals, you can often get away with passed appetizers, buffets or snack stations. Offering a bar with a diverse inventory of alcohol and non-alcohol drinks is an important component. For special beverages, feel free to do something a little different like sparkling ciders, fizzy drinks, or champagne (which is always a nice touch). 

No matter what you decide to do when planning your casino themed party, the real goal is to make sure everyone has a great time. With a few great casino games, wonderful company, and some delicious bites and beverages anyone can pull off the perfect casino themed holiday party!