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!

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!

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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!

Pump Up The Tunes With Our New Jukebox For Events!

Nostalgia is trending and we’re bringing it back in event entertainment by adding a 1015 Bubbler Jukebox to Amusement Masters’ inventory! No waiting on the DJ to play your song…adding our 100 cd jukebox to your event will allow attendees to hear the music they love when they want! A conversation starter, it’s the perfect addition for social events, corporate functions, holiday parties and fundraisers. Also, if you’re looking for an entertainment element to help establish an event theme, the iconic jukebox can take your guests back in time to a great one! Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring the Jukebox to your next event!Amusement Masters Jukebox 1 Amusement Masters Jukebox 2


 

HISTORY OF THE JUKEBOX
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Coin-operated music boxes and player pianos were the first forms of automated coin-operated musical devices. These instruments used paper rolls, metal disks, or metal cylinders to play a musical selection on the instrument, or instruments, enclosed within the device. In the 1890s these devices were joined by machines which used actual recordings instead of physical instruments. In 1890, Louis Glass and William S. Arnold invented the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph, the first of which was an Edison Class M Electric Phonograph retrofitted with a device patented under the name of Coin Actuated Attachment for Phonograph. The music was heard via one of four listening tubes.

Early designs, upon receiving a coin, unlocked the mechanism, allowing the listener to turn a crank that simultaneously wound the spring motor and placed the reproducer’s stylus in the starting groove. Frequently, exhibitors would equip many of these machines with listening tubes (acoustic headphones) and array them in “phonograph parlors”, allowing the patron to select between multiple records, each played on its own machine. Some machines even contained carousels and other mechanisms for playing multiple records. Most machines were capable of holding only one musical selection, the automation coming from the ability to play that one selection at will. In 1918 Hobart C. Niblack patented an apparatus that automatically changed records, leading to one of the first selective jukeboxes being introduced in 1927 by the Automated Musical Instrument Company, later known as AMI.

In 1928, Justus P. Seeburg, who was manufacturing player pianos, combined an electrostatic loudspeaker with a record player that was coin-operated, and gave the listener a choice of eight records. This Audiophone machine was wide and bulky, and had eight separate turntables mounted on a rotating Ferris wheel-like device, allowing patrons to select from eight different records. Later versions of the jukebox included Seeburg’s Selectophone, with 10 turntables mounted vertically on a spindle. By maneuvering the tone arm up and down, the customer could select from 10 different records.

The term jukebox came into use in the United States beginning in 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage “juke joint“, derived from the Gullah word “juke” or “joog” meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked.[6] As it applies to the ‘use of a jukebox’, the terms juking (v.) and juker (n.) are the correct expressions.

Song-popularity counters told the owner of the machine the number of times each record was played (A and B side were generally not distinguished), with the result that popular records remained, while lesser-played songs could be replaced.

Wallboxes were an important, and profitable, part of any jukebox installation. Serving as a remote control, they enabled patrons to select tunes from their table or booth. One example is the Seeburg 3W1, introduced in 1949 as companion to the 100-selection Model M100A jukebox. Stereo sound became popular in the early 1960s, and wallboxes of the era were designed with built-in speakers to provide patrons a sample of this latest technology.

Initially playing music recorded on wax cylinders, the shellac 78 rpm record dominated jukeboxes in the early part of the 20th century. The Seeburg Corporation introduced an all 45 rpm vinyl record jukebox in 1950; since the 45s were smaller and lighter, they soon became the dominant jukebox media for the last half of the 20th century. 33⅓-R.P.M., C.D.s, and videos on DVDs were all introduced and used in the last decades of the century. MP3 downloads, and Internet-connected media players came in at the start of the 21st century. The jukebox’s history has followed the wave of technological improvements in music reproduction and distribution. With its large speaker size, facilitating low-frequency (rhythm) reproduction, and large amplifier, the jukebox played sound with higher quality and volume than the listener could in his or her home, sometimes music with a “beat”.

Jukeboxes were most popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s, particularly during the 1950s. By the middle of the 1940s, three-quarters of the records produced in America went into jukeboxes. While often associated with early rock and roll music, their popularity extends back much earlier, including classical music, opera and the swing music era.

Styling progressed from the plain wooden boxes in the early thirties to beautiful light shows with marbelized plastic and color animation in the Wurlitzer 850 Peacock of 1941. But after the United States entered the war, metal and plastic were needed for the war effort. Jukeboxes were considered “nonessential”, and none were produced until 1946. The 1942 Wurlitzer 950 featured wooden coin chutes to save on metal. At the end of the war, in 1946, jukebox production resumed and several “new” companies joined the fray. Jukeboxes started to offer visual attractions: bubbles, waves, circles of changing color which came on when a sound was played.

 

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!

XOXO,
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Three Reasons You Should Bet On Casino This Holiday Season

Tis the season for merriment, tinkling cocktail glasses, and twinkling lights. When planning your holiday party – whether it’s for your corporate office, a local non-profit, or a gathering of family and friends – put your guests in the mood to give and receive by incorporating popular casino games that will delight and surprise even the ‘Grinchiest’ party guests.
 
Sound like a new holiday tradition in the making? Amusement Masters can host, staff, and curate a wide variety of your favorite casino games such as roulette, black jack, and craps, so you can focus on enjoying your party rather than entertaining.  Here are our top three reasons your guests will be thankful you bet on fun this holiday season!
 
A Theme To Remember
Transform your traditional holiday party by adding a unique and memorable theme that inspires guests to attend, talk about, and share your event. Whether you simply want to add an element of old world elegance to your sparkling soiree, host a full out holiday prohibition party, or throw a neon Santa bash with Black Light games (because who wouldn’t flee the North Pole for the bright lights and casino games in Vegas?), there are hundreds of ways to incorporate casino games into your holiday party theme.

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Those That Play Together, Stay Together
In addition to adding an element of novelty that sets your event apart from the deluge of holiday festivities, casino games introduce an element of camaraderie to your event that encourages guests to mix and mingle better than mistletoe ever could. After all, what could bring competitive coworkers together better than a friendly game of blackjack, or get guests rubbing elbows better than a throwing the dice together at a lively craps table?

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FUN-raising and Fundraising
Casino games raise the bar on fun … and are a great vehicle for fundraising. Let guests donate to their favorite charity for extra chips or contribute to a company cause to play. During this season of giving, why not do some good while having fun? While this tactic is especially effective when encouraging gifts at non-profit events, it can also elevate corporate matching programs and inspire community service between friends in new and unique ways.

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No matter how you choose to celebrate this holiday season, add a new element of fun and levity to your event with casino games. Contact us and we’ll help you plan the perfect lineup of games for your most successful holiday party ever!