Halloween is around the corner and just like using a bouncy castle, safety always comes first. No matter what your role is, you have to do your part and educate yourself and your child on Halloween safety, even if it’s not their first time trick or treating. We’ve found this amazing safety guide to assist you in planning your trick or treating adventure.
Calling all Vendors! Application to be a vendor at our Family Day FunZone is now open!
This is the biggest event in Niagara during the month of February and it’s for a good cause.
Every year we host a charity family day FunZone. February 2017 we dedicated it to the Education Foundation of Niagara and for 2018 we are happy to sponsor them again. We see over 800 families come through in a 5 hour event. That’s high traffic! If families in Niagara are your target market, this is the event for you. We only have 10 vendor spots, so secure yours before it’s gone.
FunZone Alert! Niagara Inflatables is going to have a FunZone at the Downtown Sudbury Ribfest.
If you’re heading up North to take advantage of the Labour Day Long Weekend, and you are in or around Sudbury, make sure to stop by Northern Ontario’s Largest Ribfest Festival. The festivlal runs September 1st -3rd, and we are going to have our popular Niagara Inflatables FunZone on the 2nd and 3rd!
FunZone Alert! Niagara Inflatables is going to have a FunZone at the Port Credit Buskerfest.
In Port Credit for 3 entire days Busker Fest will bring together the greatest performers from all over the world to create a whimsical fantasy land filled with family friendly entertainment, activities, local vendors, great food and community.
Our blog isn’t just about birthday parties. It’s a blog about fun events, and the 2017 Solar Eclipse is definitely going to be a fun one. Our staff is looking forward to it. Here’s 5 things that may help you with viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Niagara.
There’s a lot that goes into planning a child’s birthday party. From inviting guests, coordinating with parents, deciding on what to do and choosing a menu that accommodates everyone’s dietary restrictions. Now all you have to do is make sure the weather is perfect. Unfortunately, we can’t control that and neither can you.
Undoubtedly, we get asked “What happens if it rains?” often about when parents book birthday parties in advance. To answer that question all you have to do is check out our rain policy. Our rain policy is the most flexible in the industry. While bad weather is the bane to many event companies, Niagara Inflatables & Games has the perfect solutions.
Here are 5 tips to planning a possible rainy day birthday party with a bouncy castle.
FunZone Alert! Niagara Inflatables is going to have a FunZone at the St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest.
We’re back the Civic Holiday long weekend with one of St. Catharines’ largest festivals of the summer. As with any Ribfest, there will be great music, great food (even for vegetarians and vegans) and fun for the whole family. Read on for more details.
Cool deal alert! When you rent a bouncer, get up to $50 in upgrade credits. That’s right, get a combo bouncer for the price of a regular bouncer. It’s only good until July 30th, 2017 for events until August 30th, 2017, so call now to book. Read more for additional details or ask your sales rep.
This week Disney Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ comes out in theatres June 16th, 2017 here in Canada. 11 years after the release of the first ‘Cars’ Movie back in 2006. This is the third instalment to the Cars franchise with Owen Wilson’s Lightning McQueen as the protagonist.
It’s the beginning of spring here at Niagara Inflatables and that means we are in full gear for 2017 to make your events a big success. We thought it would be nice to let you know what’s going on inside the workings of our office with respect to our staff. Continue reading to see what’s going on. Continue reading Staff Updates: Congrats, Welcomes and Goodbyes→
Easter is here and we’ve found this great video on how to make your very own homemade Easter Eggs. Instead of going to the store and getting generic eggs, spend quality time with your family, make your own signature eggs and hide them on each other. For first timers or experienced
For first-timers or veteran Easter Egg makers, this guide has everything you need to get started. Make sure to share your tips with us.
Here’s what you need to make your homemade Easter Eggs.
Easter is almost here and it’s starting to warm up here in Niagara. This means FunZones are now going to take place outdoors. Easter weekend we are hosting 2 FunZone in Niagara. Come join us and various organizations for their Easter Egg Hunts and a fun day with bouncy castles and other great activities for kids!
This year we are supporting the Education Foundation of Niagara with our annual charity event. Based on your attendee feedback from last year we have decided to host the FunZone at not one bigger location, but host it at two great locations. One of them being the Niagara Falls Scotiabank Convention Centre!
So join Niagara Inflatables in support of the Education Foundation of Niagara on February 20th at one of our FunZone spots for lots of family friendly fun. Check out the poster below for more details and stay up to date on the event with our Facebook event pages!
Here’s a list of the best 5 Christmas Movies Ever! Or at least according to the staff here at Niagara Inflatables. Of course you know that means it’s true.
We did a poll among our staff members to see what would come out on top as their favorite Christmas movies. There was some debate on whether one of these is a Christmas movie at all. (Obviously it is.) You can be the judge yourself.
Christmas is only days away (from the time I’m writing this) and the holidays are a great way to spend time with the family. Here at Niagara Inflatables we love treats, so we’ve come up with a list of 5 Simple Christmas Treats that you can make at home that look and taste great too!
We’ve also compiled this list to be quite economical as many share similar ingredients. Enjoy!
Bouncy castles are a great way for children to get some physical activity, but mental health in adults, especially students, is also very important.
Our sky dancers were at Niagara College to help raise awareness of the issues of mental health as part of their Yellow Umbrella Project (YUP). The Niagara College Student Administrative Council (SAC) had one in front of each of their campuses in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland.
If you’ve been paying attention to the media recently, there have been numerous stories about creepy clowns terrorizing neighbourhoods around North America. Primarily in the US and some reports in Canada. CTV news reported that “In Nova Scotia… a woman in her car turned down a side street to avoid one clown, only to be surrounded by five more who stood an simply stared at her.”
We were in the Niagara Wine Festival for the first weekend at Montebello Park and we had our Fun Express Train in the Pied Piper Parade. Over the summer, we took entries for children to ride along with us, and here they are! After the parade, they enjoyed a FunZone wristband to jump on the bouncy castles at the park, got tubs of cotton candy and temporary tattoos and magnets!
Purchase your tickets for Nightmare on 33 Elm Street below. This Halloween event is recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Dress in a comfortable and easy to remove costume for the costume contest. Elaborate costumes will have to be removed to enter the bouncy castle.
We’re Nominated for the CHCH Business Excellence Award!
And we are so proud to be a part of it.
What are the CHCH Business Excellence Awards?
To simply put it, it is “your chance to show appreciation for your local businesses.” This is the first CHCH Business Excellence Awards and it is only for businesses in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara Region.
What are the Categories?
There are 4 main categories: Business Services, Entertainment, Food and Drink and Shopping. Each category has sub-categories for the specific business type. Some businesses may be listed under more than one category.
How do I support my favorite business?
It’s easy to support your favorite business in the CHCH Business Excellence Award. All you have to do is visit chch.com/2016-business-excellence-awards and find the business you want to support under their category and vote.
You have until October 30th, 2016 to vote.
How do I vote for Niagara Inflatables?
We’re nominated in two categories for the CHCH Business Excellence Awards.
First for Entertainment – Children’s Entertainment as Niagara Inflatables & Games
Second for Entertainment – Indoor Play Centre as Stuffy’s Fun Station
Not only are we Niagara’s #1 Bouncy Castle and entertainment rental company, bringing you family friendly entertainment throughout the Niagara Region and Southern Ontario, we are already a multi-award winning company. Earlier this year we took home the 2016 FEO Supplier of the Year Award for Alternative Supplier and not to mention the thousands that we raise for charitable organizations. For example the over $1700 we raised for Boys and Girls Club, the donations we’ve made to Niagara Children’s Centre and giving back to children through our Stuffy’s Super Hero Campaign.
Please share the word and thank you for all of your support.
As another month comes to an end, it’s with great pleasure to announce Mary-Mariya as August’s Stuffy Super Hero. Mary-Mariya also known as M & M by her friends was nominated to be a Super Hero by Greg from the Niagara Conservatory of Music. Greg’s story informing us of M & M’s amazing talents in piano playing and singing was truly outstanding.
Not only is Mary-Mariya a talented individual, she “has been one of [the conservatory’s] biggest ambassadors” according to Greg. M&M helps with fundraising activities, selling tickets to events and volunteering.
M & M is also a selfless person. When it is her birthday, she asks her friends not for gifts, but for them to donate money to various causes. It’s these actions and her talents that make her part of Stuffy’s Super Heroes.
To celebrate M & M, we invited her to Stuffy’s Fun Station for a party for her and some of her close friends. Check out the gallery below of the first musical performance ever at Stuffy’s.
One of our most popular event types that we do are fundraisers and charity events. No matter the cause, fundraising is a challenge. Planning and executing a good great fundraising event takes a lot of planning and resources to make it happen. After 15 years of helping individuals, charities, not for profits, various organizations and ourselves doing countless fundraisers, we are sharing some tips on making your event a success.
1) Don’t wait until the last minute.
Too often we see organizers planning their fundraiser with only 1 or 2 weeks before the event date. What this does is, it leaves very little time to promote your event through media and get the items and attractions that you would want. This point would be recurring as you would see it ties into several of the other points down below. Give yourself at least a month to get your event organized!
2) Promote your event.
To raise funds any event requires foot traffic. Getting the word out about your event in advance will help maximize reach. Use as many channels as possible to promote your event. There are many free options to choose from. We suggest that event organizers can start with the press.
Newspapers are likely to do a write up about the event, include it in their events section, and distribute the information in the paper and online. Get a local radio station to talk about your event and possibly do a live broadcast on the day of. It’s sure to get you a lot of exposure.
Also, make sure to make a Facebook and an Eventbrite event. This will give you an estimated number of people attending. Keep in mind, only 30-50% of Facebook attendees will show up.
3) Target Families, especially children.
One benefit of a fundraising event is that it can provide a low cost entertainment for the entire family. You can either charge for admission, charge for your attractions or have a combination of both. When considering inflatables, you can have it all covered with your admission fee or do a ‘Pay per play’ model where a 3-5 minute ride on an inflatable would cost between 2 and 3 dollars. When doing this, make sure that you have entertainment for all age groups. Here are some recommendations.
Entertainment for toddlers.
What we like to suggest for children ages 2-6 are inflatables such as our toddler units. These bouncy castles for small children are perfect for those who are now getting their sea legs and not quite big enough to play with the older children. Toddler units usually have bright colours, interactives, small slides, and low walls. The low walls on these units are important as they allow parents to easily watch their children.
Entertainment for children.
There are lots of entertainment options for children. From bouncers, to obstacles, games and interactives as well as entertainers such as clowns and face painters, there is always something to entertain this demographic. Make sure then when you are promoting your event that you highlight your attractions as this would generate you the most foot traffic.
For Teens, Adults and All Ages.
Entertaining for this demographic while maintaining a family friendly atmosphere is sometimes a challenge. Some families may have teens and tweens that are ‘too cool’ for these ‘kiddie’ events, but by having some entertainment for them your fundraiser can truly be a full family entertainment event. Obstacle courses and interactives are a big hit among teenagers and even some adults.
Consider this, the standard rental price of a popcorn machine is $99. Serving 100 bags of popcorn would cost you $50. Selling each bag at a the low price $2/bag would net you $31.63. Now this does not seem like a lot but if you had a reasonable 800 popcorn sales throughout a day or weekend event, profits would be over $1000.
Tip 1: Don’t sell your fun food at the location with cash. Have a ticket sales booth and fun food machine operators will take tickets. It removes the hassle from operating and providing change where there are most likely line ups.
Tip 2: When renting a bouncer and a fun food machine, ask us about our packages for fundraisers. For example: We have our Mega Deal Combo where you rent 2 standard bouncers and a fun food machine and get 50 servings of fun food for only $499. That saves you over $70 on your machine, making your event even more profitable.
Volunteers are a great way to save money on your event. They allow you to make it bigger, the organizer can focus on running the event, and you save on staff costs. Send out your volunteer requests to high schools and local business organizations such as your local chamber of commerce. It never hurts to have too many volunteers. In a pinch, you can always hire staff one of our to operate a bouncer or fun food machine for you.
Note: If you are having your event at a public park, a school and some private establishments such as churches, you may be required to have some of our staff on site for insurance purposes.
6. Get someone notable.
Invite your mayor, local MPs, Councillors and local celebrities. By having these notables at your event, they will most likely talk about it before hand, increasing your exposure and bring a crowd. Point 1 is important here as they have busy schedules. Booking them early is important to having them come to your event. Have an opening ceremony where the Mayor discusses your cause and makes a presentation. You can even raise funds by putting them in a dunk tank and charging to throw a ball. This works especially well if they are a politician!
Hopefully these tricks and tips set you off on the right track to successful fundraising. If you are planning a fundraiser or any other event and would like us to help, make sure to send us a request or call Niagara Inflatables & Games at 905-646-JUMP (5867) and chat with one of our experienced event planners.
Your complete guide to summer Fun in Niagara and Southern Ontario.
We put on some of the biggest inflatable events all summer long and this is where you can find them. We will be updating this list with added events, and keeping you posted on changes. Make sure to come back often, or follow us on our social channels for updates as well. We’ve broken it down by Month for you. Subscribe to our newsletter and get free FunZone tickets.
July 29-August 1 – St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest
Montebello Park – St. Catharines (FREE ADMISSION)
FRI 29th: 12 PM- 9 PM
SAT 30th: 12 PM – 9 PM
SUN 31: 12 PM- 9 PM
MON 1: 12 PM – 9 PM Save on your ribs!
July 29-August 1 – St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest
Montebello Park – St. Catharines (FREE ADMISSION) FRI 29th: 12 PM- 9 PM SAT 30th: 12 PM – 9 PM
We would like to congratulate Ben on being June’s Super Hero. On July 8th, we held a surprise party for him at Stuffy’s Fun Station. Ben recently turned 10 and was nominated to be a super hero by Rachel, a family friend.
Ben’s story was truly compelling and we were so happy to make a day extra special for him, his family and his friends.
Welcome to the Hall of Stuffy’s Heroes Ben!
May’s super hero giveaway was awarded to the Niagara Children’s Centre. You can read about them in this post.
What does Canada Day look like for a bouncy castle company?
A lot of our customers start planning for Canada Day a year in advance. As you have probably read in the papers, there are lots of celebrations in your area and beyond. Here are some of the cities where we you can find us.
Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Port Colborne, Grimsby, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Mississauga, Port Credit, Waterloo, Cambridge, London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Guelph, Dryden and that’s not even all of it.
10 transport vehicles
99% bouncer inventory rental
2 phone operators
A lot of prep goes into making sure your Canada Day celebrations go off without a hitch. Make sure to find us at our FunZones.
Milton – Milton Fairgrounds – 12-7 PM
Oakville – Bronte Heritage Park – 12-8 PM
And from all of us here HAPPY and SAFE CANADA DAY!
Looking forward to Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017!
We kicked off Stuffy’s Super Heroes on May 29th with Niagara Children’s Centre at Stuffy’s Fun Station. We treated the ambassadors of the Centre’s Help Kids Shine Campaign to a bouncy party for their contribution to the campaign. What a great group of kids who truly deserve to be recognized for their efforts.
There isn’t much that we here can say here about the tragedy that is occurring in Fort McMurray that the press and media hasn’t and isn’t covering. Our thoughts and prayers go to the people and families affected by the disaster and our full support goes to the firefighters putting their lives on the line to reduce the further losses. May their efforts not be understated and wishing them a safe return to their families.
It saddens our hearts here at Niagara Inflatables & Games to see such loss. To help, we are donating 10% of proceeds on all rentals from now to the end of May, for events in May, to relief efforts being made by the Red Cross. We understand that not everyone may be in a position to make a donation themselves, but if you are, you can make a donation directly to the Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.ca/donate.
If you cannot donate, please spread the word as you may know someone who can assist those families in need. Even the smallest amount will help.
Inspired by Natalie Paramore‘s Snapchat via Tastemade, we had to share our favorites of these delicious snow cones for this summer. Due to the nature of Snapchat’s disappearing posts, we’re sharing the highlights of the snap story here. Thanks Natalie!
Well it’s not a space themed bouncy castle like our Star Wars Themed Bouncy Castle option, it’s not even something that we as Ontario’s Bounce House and entertainment rental company can offer. But it’s still SO COOL.
NASA is sending an ‘inflatable bounce house’ to the ISS soon. It’s part of an experiment to create new living space for future missions to other planets and to give ample habitation in long term space missions.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module or BEAM test capsule when inflated will provide a 10.5 by 13 foot space that can also withstand solar and cosmic radiation, space debris, UV radiation and all the other nasty stuff that comes with space travel. The TSSA rating on this must be nuts!
Here’s a video of how the ISS Space Arm will install BEAM.
Here’s hoping that this experiment is a success. We’re getting closer to bouncy castles on Mars. With that low gravity, kids are going to be jumping pretty high.
The new Star Wars Movie Trailer dropped today. It was announced that Disney will be releasing a new Star Wars movie every year starting with last year’s huge blockbuster success Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This year’s movie is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
It looks like this Star Wars entry is also going to focus on a strong female character, as we are introduced to Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones, The Amazing Spider-man 2) as she seems to be captured by the Empire and is on trial for her actions. We also see popular Star Wars character Mon Mothma, the leader of the Rebel Alliance in the original trilogy make an appearance and the final assembly of the original Death Star.
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker also makes an appearance in the trailer and by the end of the trailer he asks “What will you become?” as Jyn dawns an imperial uniform. The trailer raises a lot of questions, but with use of practical effects, we’re excited for this Star Wars addition.
Last week we saw the release of the ever so anticipated and ever so hyped, start of the summer blockbuster movie by DC Comics and Warner Brothers (That was a mouthfull), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Also a mouth full.)
Despite mixed reviews, Batman V Superman according to it’s first weekend numbers is setting a whole bunch of records and exceeding expectations. Domestically, BvS brought in $166 million and internationally over $254 million. Combining the two figures, it makes BvS the biggest opening weekend for any superhero movie and one of the largest opening weekend movies of all time. BvS only sits behind movies such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar, Jurassic World.
Among the mixed reviews however, there seems to be a consensus among a particular demographic which generally enjoys the movie. The under 18 and the under 25 crowd. On average these groups have given the 2:30 minute Zack Snyder directed film scores of A- and B+ respectively at the time of writing this post. Another positive is that parents are recommending the film to other parents as an option for movies to take their kids to despite the somewhat brutal nature of the scenes.
One thing is for certain, Batman v Superman is the definitive kick off to the DC Cinematic Universe and kids are going to be talking about Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman too for the next year until we see the Wonder Woman stand alone film released.
Fortunately we do have Batman v Superman units to satisfy your DC Fans bounce house needs. With Niagara Inflatables having the region’s largest inventory of bouncy castles, obstacle courses and party rentals, our Justice League Bouncy Castles and our Justice League Obstacle Course feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and the rest of the gang. To get more information on these units you can Rent a Bouncy Castle or give us a call at 905-646-5867.
This is big news. Disney’s Zootopia has just overtaken the longstanding and popular Frozen Franchise as it’s #1 opening weekend animated film. According to Box office figures, Zootopia took in $73.7 million domestically on its opening weekend and $232.5 million worldwide. This is higher than 2013’s Release of Frozen.
There are many reasons as to why this movie is becoming such a huge success. At the time of this writing, Zootpopia has a 99% Fresh rating on popular film ranking site Rotten Tomatoes. Frozen currently has a ranking of 89%. As time goes on, we will probably see the Rotten Tomatoes score even out, but 99% is still pretty impressive.
With the popularity of Frozen, we purchased not just 1, but 2 Themed inflatables and a themed panel. As Zootopia may be the next big thing for kids. We want to know your opinion on how we should treat this latest hit.
The FunZones are starting back in March. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for monthly updates on FunZone activities and other events in your area. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Let’s start with the news for March.
FEO Conference (March 2-4)
Back on February 19th we announce that we are a finalist for FEO in this blog post. The conference is running from March 2nd to 4th and Niagara Inflatables along with our sister company Grand River Inflatables will be in the FEO marketplace with our fab photo booth. If you are attending the marketplace and going through the passport program, you can use your photo printout as proof that you visited us. #Dare2BDifferent
March Break (March 14-18)
The kids are off for March Break from the 13th to 18th. Looking for something fun to do? Head to the Pen Centre for Bouncy Castle Mini Golf and a Rock Climbing wall. In support of Community Care. Don’t forget to bring your donation. Get more information on specific days and times on the Pen Centre Events page.
Don’t forget to set a reminder to change all your clocks on March 13th. Spring is here and we’re excited! Are you?
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Opens March 25)
We love super heroes and movies. The new Batman and Superman flick premiers on March 25th, perfect for the long weekend. If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you can watch the exciting movie trailer below. Planning a party around BvS? We have super hero bouncy castles available over the phone.
FREE PIZZA ALL MONTH LONG.
Not exactly, but you can get a free pizza when you book our party room for birthday in St. Catharines. You don’t have to have the party this month either, it’s good until Dec 31, 2016. If you want to claim this offer, claim it before it dissapears.
Get an additional party pizza when you book Stuffy’s Fun Station for a Birthday Party.
Another event season is upon us and there’s no better way to start it off. We are pleased announcethat Niagara Inflatables & Games is a finalist for this year’s Service Excellence Award: Alternate Entertainment Provider. (But you already knew that from the first line.)
From Festivals and Events Ontario “Each year at the FEO annual conference, [FEO acknowledges its] members’ hardwork through our annual Awards Program, highlighting the best in industry practices and the hard work and commitment of those who make the festivals and events industry in Ontario such a success.”
We are proud to be recognized as part of this industry and community in making Ontario a world class destination for events. Not only do successful events drive our local economy with over $2.3 billion contributed to our local GDP and employs over 55,000 people across the province, Ontario events are a key indicator of Canadian culture and social progress.
Being a supplier to over 15 of the Top 100 Events in Ontario and being named the Service Excellence Award winner in previous years, Niagara Inflatables is committed to delivering the best in inflatable rentals and entertainment.
Good luck to all the other finalists this year and here’s to another great year of events in Ontario.
It’s a big year for the Superbowl. This year is the 50th one! Here’s our list for the top 5 rented items for Superbowl Parties.
Number 5: 20′ Movie Screen
Take the biggest sporting event in North America to the next level. With a 20′ Movie Screen, it doesn’t get much bigger than that! Our movie screen not only plays movies, but it can be hooked up to any HDMI connection so that the game can be played live with big sound too. If you are planning a big party in a big location, this is the item for you. There’s only one screen available, so the earlier you book the better.
Number 4: Cotton Candy Machine
What would the game be without snacks? Sure you have the nachos, chips and dip all ready to go, but some people have a sweet tooth. Adding cotton candy to the mix has been growing in popularity over the past few years and is always a favorite with kids.
Pre-game like a pro. There’s no better event than the Superbowl to have this amazingly fun sports challenge. Who needs a pre-game show when you can run your own tournament before the game. Fast 1 on 1 action will get everyone excited for the game. Why not split your groups into teams and have a game outcome prediction based on your scores.
Number 2: Fantasy Football
Just like Tugga Touchdown, this pre-game activity is very popular around football sports events. At only 12’x 7′ x 10′ high the compact Fantasy Football game is where you can show off your own pigskin tossing skills.
Number 1: Popcorn Machine
Yes, this is our most popular rental for the Superbowl, and sporting events. Everyone loves popcorn and with easy pre-packs, there’s no chores of measuring or mixing. Bonus, we take care of the clean up when you rent a popcorn machine.
Looking to plan your own Superbowl party? Book an inflatable for an event in February of 2016 and get a free Popcorn Machine, Cotton Candy Machine or Snow Cone Machine rental with it.
It’s 2016 and an Olympic year. It’s hard to believe that one of our prominent promotional rental items was only invented 20 years ago. The Sky Dancer also known as “Dancing Tube Men” and “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Failing Tube Men” is often found in front of car dealerships and new restaurants.
This new video by Great Big Story tells the “Tale of Tall Boy: The Origin of the Inflatable Man.” It provides us with fun facts such as their first appearance in the 1996 Olympic Games and that they were created by Trinidadian artist Peter Minshall. (Niagara Inflatables fun fact: we have a Trinidadian on our staff!)
With the Olympic Games being an even bigger event than Toronto hosted PanAm Games in 2015, we can’t wait to see how our interactive fantasy sports games will be used in events alongside the Sky Dancer. Watch the video below and stay tuned for more fun history lessons.
This week is the IAAPA Expo down in Orlando Florida, and our team went down to check out what’s new and cool in the world of amusement rides and entertainment. There was a lot to look and and enjoy. Here’s what we found to be super fun and interesting.
VR IS IN!
Virtual Reality was everywhere this year. Many exhibitors had VR attractions, Rides that integrate VR into their rides or displays that were completely VR and interactive. Twitter is all a buzz from all the Virtual Reality abound at IAAPA this year. The question is, will it stick around?
Successful franchises always get turned into top rides. The popular “The Walking Dead” franchise looks as though it’s heading down that creepy road to zombie town as well. Not to mention all the other zombie related rides like zombie track paintball. As fans of the TV series, we’re looking forward to seeing this ride in action. We’re just hoping it’s closer to Canada.
In a world where things are getting bigger and badder, it’s nice to see that companies still see the value in producing smaller and more accessible activities. Airhockey, Pool, Ball Pong Games and the popular Giant Pac-Man.
Technology is making it easier to tailor entertainment experiences based on every individual’s prefernces. From gum ball machines that deliver personal marketing to you while providing you with sweet treat and rides that you “create” on your own, the bars are being raised. It may be soon where everyone has quite a different experience from everyone else.
Looks to be one of the biggest attractions of the Expo this year. Dubbed the Robocoaster is a giant robotic arm, similar to those used on assembly lines with a 2 person coaster seat on the end. Watch it and see for yourself.
Niagara Inflatables & Games is going to be in the Santa Claus Parades in St. Catharines and Thorold this year. Fill out the form below for a chance to win a ride in the one or both of the parades and two tubs of fluffy cotton candy.
The temperature is dropping and let’s be honest, fall in Ontario is pretty wet. So if you’re planning a party this fall or winter, it’s better to take it indoors. Here’s our picks for best halls around Niagara for Bouncy Castle Indoor Parties.
Here’s a sweet and easy Halloween Treat Idea! Make a cotton candy spider web.
What you’ll need is: Cotton Candy/Candy Floss Maker
Servings of white flavoured cotton candy
Cone or wooden spoon to get cotton candy
Bags or containers for servings
Set up your cotton candy machine and have your gummy spiders ready. You can gummy spiders in most grocery stores around Halloween in the seasonal or candy section. You can rent an easy to use cotton candy machine from a party rental store.
Once you turn on your cotton candy machine be ready to use the cone or wooden spoon to grab the cotton candy.
Layer the cotton candy in small amounts into the container adding a gummy spider.
That’s it! It’s a tasty treat for a Halloween party or to give out to trick or treaters.
by the way, you can add gummy anything to switch it up.
We have curated the internet’s best, unique and most comprehensive lists so that you don’t have to waste your time searching for them. After all you have party planning to do.
Holiday Party Tip List
Much like our corporate picnic post, this holiday party planning guide is less of a checklist,and more of guide on things to consider when planning. It weighs in on some important questions such as “Are families invited?” and “Should we do a potluck?”
We won’t spoil it here, however Your ERC’s article got it right with their number 10 item in this one.
This is what makes the difference between good company culture and great company culture. Their 10-step Holiday Party Planning Checklist is a great starting point for anyone new to organizing an event or a simple reminder to veterans.
Something for Large Companies.
Diversity is always a hot button in corporate environments. The larger your organization, the higher the probability of excluding one or more individuals or groups. Recognizing there are higher and higher levels of diversity in your business is important. Monster’s article (The job recruitment site) has their Diverse Workplace Holiday Party Planning Guide that touches on great points to consider.
That should do it for lists and tips to get you started on your successful holiday event planning. To put the cherry on top, here’s how you can get a Professional Santa Claus and an Instant Print Photo Booth for entertainment and memories. Two items checked off your list!
There’s lots to give thanks for. Celebrate fall with these two FunZones in October.
Oct 3- 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Port Colborne Public Library (310 King Street, Port Colborne)
With Vendors, Artists, Live Entertainment and your children’s entertainment provided by your choice for bouncy castle rentals.
Oct 9-12 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Balls Falls Conservation Area (3292 Sixth Avenue, Jordan)
One of Ontario’s largest Thanksgiving Festivals. With over 150 juried artisans, food vendors, demonstrators & entertainers participating in this four-day long annual tradition, there is always plenty to do, see, and explore at our flagship conservation area. For the 2nd year in a row we will also be hosting a Farmer’s Market where you can pick up local produce and VQA Wines.
We get it. It’s difficult sometimes to understand how big a bouncer is. Especially if it’s your first time renting one. You visit a ton different sites and browse through hundreds of bouncers and after hours of searching you’ve narrowed it down to two or three that you think would be best for your event. Sometimes that decision is tough, especially when it comes down to two similar units such as the ones below.
This past summer, we have taken special note of our customers’ decisions and feedback and this post is about to do some myth busting. Two of our most popular units are the 5-in-1 Themed Combo and the 6-in-1 Themed Combo. There is a pricing difference between these titans. Naturally one would think that the 6-in-1 themed combo would be the larger and higher priced. It turns out that the opposite is the truth.
The 5-in-1 Themed Combo is larger in all regards. It has a larger slide, more bouncing surface and higher ceilings when compared to the 6-in-1. The 5-in-1 is priced accordingly for this difference. With the 5-in-1 you definitely get more ‘bounce for your buck’.
What the 6-in-1 Themed Combo does offer is more activity in a relatively small amount of space. You could say it’s dense with fun and still a great option while on a budget. In the photo, you can see the 5 and 6 side by side. It’s clear that numbers don’t always matter, but size does.
Check on availability for either of these bouncer and request a quote by clicking BOOK NOW on the top left of this page.
If you still haven’t heard it, this is the post for you.
Your #1 choice for inflatable rentals has moved! Goodbye Elm Street and Hello Stewart Rd… Not to worry though, the move isn’t that far. Technically we are in Niagara-on-the-Lake now, but we are just off of Niagara Stone Road (Hwy 55) near York and Taylor.
Do some shopping at the Outlet Mall after stopping by.
Why the move?
Before we moved, Niagara Inflatables was in pieces. Literally. We were scattered between three different warehouses in St. Catharines. Arranging orders, pick ups, production of Fun Food was inefficient. Fortunately, we found a new home that can accommodate Niagara’s Largest Bouncy Castle Inventory and house the up to 40 employees that work here.
What’s the new place like?
The 4,500 sq ft facility houses the warehouse, production facility, sales office and parking for our fleet of delivery trucks along with customer parking, reception and a dedicated pick-up location. It’s bigger, brighter and more fun for everyone.
With any move, we are settling into the new place. With most systems installed and operations in full swing, Niagara Inflatables is still ready to help you with your events for the next year and years to come.
Further down the pipeline you can expect even bigger, FUNNER things from NIaG.
If you need to get directions our contact information on our website, Facebook, Google Maps and other directories have been updated. If you spot an incorrect address anywhere, let us know!
The kids are back in school and the holidays are just around the corner. With a great summer coming to an end, it’s hard to think of unique birthday and fall party ideas that will top the amazing summer parties and get togethers. We have some tricks and suggestions for you.
Make it a Hoedown!
It’s a classical fall party which will appeal to all ages. Many farms rent out their barns for such an occasion. With the barn option, you can take the party indoors if the weather is cool or rainy, thus ensuring a successful event no matter what nature says. If the party is closer to Halloween, have a pumpkin carving contest or make a scarecrow. Tractor rides on the farm are likely a fun option for kids as well.
The temperatures are dropping and you want to hold on the the outdoors for as long as you can. By hosting a drive-in in your own driveway with a Giant Movie Screen, you can bring lots of entertainment while keeping warm inside you car. Give it an authentic feel with a concession stand decked out with a full size popcorn machine.
Load on the maple syrup, Nutella, bananas, and all the other toppings you can think of. Or try and be colourful with rainbow pancakes. This is a universally fun way to have a party. This type of party is good in the morning, afternoon or evening and for all ages. I’m hungry just thinking about it. Are you?
Maybe one of the most obvious ideas, but it’s worth a mention PLUS kids love showing off their Halloween costumes! May as well get the most out of those cute outfits too. Run these any time in October with a Candy Apple Hunt or a candy trade party after Halloween. Make it extra spooky with a fog machine rental or fun with a bubble machine rental.
What is a Candy Trade Party? With Peanut sensitive children, this is a great option to have a post halloween party where kids can trade their peanut candies for ones that they can enjoy with friends that don’t have allergies. It also gives picky kids the opportunities to get what they really like. Set up some trading rules such as 1 pt for candies, 2 pts for mini chocolates and 4 pts for full bars etc. This just makes sure everything is fair.
Fun Fair Tips
With Back 2 School, fundraisers, meet the teacher days, orientations, new student welcome events, PTA groups don’t get a break. With so many activities and details to plan, use a reputable bouncy castle rental company for your Fun Fair. You know who we’re talking about 😉
Every year in Niagara, The Fun Express Train makes it way through Downtown St. Catharines for the Wine Festival Parade and The Meridian Grande Parade.
This year 6 kids and a friend up to the age 12 will be chosen based on their entries to ride our Fun Express train! Winners and their guest will receive 2 all day pass for the Niagara Inflatables FunZone valued at $40. (Parents can walk alongside the train in the parade.)
How to Enter to be in the Meridian Grande Parade
Step 1: Draw a picture showing why you love Niagara Inflatables or of you on one of our bouncers. Step 2: Write your First Name and Age on your drawing. Step 3: Write a short letter with your full name, your parent or guardian’s name, address and phone number explaining your photo. Max 100 words. Step 4: Mail your drawing and letter to us at 65 Stewart Rd, Unit 5, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0 before September 12.
Join us at the Merritton Lion’s Community Day on Labour Day and submit your drawing there.
Make sure you have your parent/guardian(s)’ permission to enter.
We will call you September 22-24 to let you know who wins. Pictures are judged based on creativity, reason and overall “funness”.
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. We have our list of September FunZones ready for you around Ontario and the Niagara Region. Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter for additions, times and updates on these great events.
Sep 5-6 Sudbury Ribfest (Sudbury, ON)
Downtown Sudbury comes alive with live entertainment, food, merchandise, car show, inflatable bouncy castles for kids, ribs and more! Best of all admission is free.
FunZone Hours Sat 11:00AM – 7:00PM Sun 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Sep 7 Merritton Lions Labour Day Community Day (St. Catharines, ON)
For the first time ever, Niagara Inflatables will be hosting children’s entertainment for the Merritton Lions Community Day on Labour Day following the Merritton Labour Day Parade. The Parade moves out at 11:00 AM and ends on Seymour Street. Want to ride The Fun Express Train and get Free FunZone Passes? Listen to 2DayFM 101.1 and 105.1 FM for your chance to win.
One of Niagara’s Largest Annual events held annually across Niagara, the Niagara Inflatables FunZone will be available at Montebello Park, St. Catharines in the heart of the action. You can also find us in the parade.
Kids up to the age of 12, mail us a drawing of you and your favorite bouncy castle along with a short letter why for a chance to ride with us on our Train in the parade.
Wrap up you summer with these COOL August Specials!
Play Day Special
Birthday Pricing on select inflatables for weekday (mon-thu) rentals. Even if it isn’t a birthday party. Get together with neighbours, friends or family and put together a Play Day to get the kids out of your hair. Great for afternoon fun.
Chill Out Special
Chill out with this refreshing summer package from Niagara Inflatables & Games.
Get a snow cone machine plus 25 servinggs of cool blue syrup and our fire brigade bucket challenge water dunk tank for $249+delivery and taxes. Upgrades available.
Throw an exciting, fun and refreshing back yard party, great for kids of all ages. Upgrades available.
MEGA Deal Combo
Rent two bouncers and a fun food machine with 25 servings for only $499. Valid Until Nov 30, 2015. Upgrades available.
Restrictions apply on all specials and combos. Subject to delivery and HST. Call for more details
Summer is almost over and your chances of getting in on the action at a Niagara Inflatables FunZone this year is coming to a close. Make sure to go to these events and get your jump on!
July 31- Aug 3rd- Rotary Ribfest St. Catharines
Did you catch it in last month’s post? This one is so big it gets two! Just kidding, it runs from July 31 to Aug 3rd in Montebello Park in St. Catharines. Food, music and fun all-in-one.
Need some spice in your life? Ya Mon! Jerk fest in Toronto (Centennial Park, Etobicoke) is home to the “So You Think You Can Jerk Competition” and more. You can eat, play & compete to win great prizes.
This is a free, all ages, community event showcasing more than 50 performances from world class performers from around the globe, artisan and food vendors and much, much more, in support of arts programming for children and youth. Happening Front Street Thorold.
Aug 22-23rd- Port Credit Buskerfest
Another busker event in case you missed Thorold. The buskers will rotate around Port Credit throughout the weekend to different performance spots — also known as pitches. Expect to experience side-splitting comedy, eye-popping acrobatics and mind-bending daredevil stunts!
Whether you business has been around for 50 years or is a new start up, a summer corporate picnic is a great way to show your employees appreciation at a different time of year than the December holiday season. Here are some tips, ideas and suggestions to make your company picnic a success!
Give your employees, friends and other invites ample notice as to when your company picnic will be. People take a lot of their vacation time during these months and may feel left out if you schedule your company picnic when you know that they are going to be away. Also, you wouldn’t want to run an event where no one shows up. The more the merrier. Also consider you schedules and their families. You won’t be able to please everyone, but giving ample notice and making consideration will lend to better turnout.
If you followed tip #1, you would have told people far in advanced about your upcoming family company event. As most are unlikely to mark this sort of thing in their calendars, it would be wise to remind them when closer to the event date. It’s up to you how you want to do this. It may be easiest to use your email marketing software to schedule reminders to your employee and company list. 1 month, 2 week and 2 day reminders are great options to consider.
#3 The invite list
Part 1: Knowing who is coming to your event is 100% necessary for proper planning. Of course your employees will be there, but ask yourself these questions. Is this open to their partners and/or family? Am I setting a limit to the number of guests? Do I want to open this up to loyal customers and their families? How big/manageable do I want this to be?
With those questions in mind you will be on the right track to planning your company picnic.
Part 1: Consider using an event invitation system such as Eventbrite or Eventjoy to manage your event and send it out via email. DO NOT USE FACEBOOK as your primary event management system. People often ignore their Facebook event requests and you won’t get a good turnout. You may use Facebook to give updates on the event such as entertainment, discuss topics such as potluck items etc.
#4 Planning (Organizers, location)
Depending on the size of your company and how many people are coming, you may need a company picnic committee to organize it. Consider getting one member from every department to assist, but keep it to a maximum of 4-6 people as you don’t want there to be too many hands in it and if they are organizing on company time, it would cost less with a smaller team. Have your committee choose a location off your property that has easy access, ample parking and proper accessibility. The last thing you want employees thinking of is work at this time.
It is a picnic after all! You have several options. 1)Cater your picnic– This is the best option for larger organizations where you don’t want to deal directly with having to organize the details of food such as prep, serving, clean up. 2) Book a food truck– These are all the rave these days and are great for outdoor events. Food trucks can either be catered or if you are on a budget have them sell their food on site. 3) Master Chef– Find someone or someones on your staff who are great at and love cooking for people. Of course you don’t want them to feel like it’s a work day, so keep this option for a small to mid sized organizations. Also, don’t forget to show your appreciation for helping out by giving them a special gift at the end of it all. 4) Potluck– The perfect option for a smaller business. Often done at Holiday Parties as with a smaller group this can be managed by that infamous Facebook group. Snacks… as always, providing picnic food such as cotton candy, popcorn machines and snow cones is a staple to your event. If you are running a sports tournament or company movie night, having these essentials are key.
Note: Make sure to cater for all dietary concerns.
Food goes hand in hand with the fun. Make sure to know your audience and have the appropriate activities for the different age demographics. Making your company picnic into a softball game? Try having a kids sports zone. Or try an obstacle course tournament where individuals and teams for best time and prizes. It’s a great way to build team spirit and have a blast.
Everyone is impressed by magic. Get an entertainer or impress with movie magic on an outdoor movie screen.
This is an often overlook aspect to company picnics and just like your workplace, safety should always be first. Have a first aid kit on site. Delegate someone who has first aid training as day’s safety officer. Have an emergency plan. It can be as simple as call 911. Rent from Insured inflatable companies that meet TSSA requirements.
For outdoor events in summer, make sure to provide a hydration station, shaded areas via tent rentals and even providing sunblock.
#8 Backup Plans
In case of weather, have a back up plan to re-schedule or re-locate. If you have your event at a city park, there may be an arena nearby where you can move your activities into. Research these alternatives when looking into your event location. If you have rented tents, they can provide you the shelter you need from rain and intense sun.
What is a picnic unless you have memories to go along with them? Make sure to capture these memories with a dedicated photographer. Preferably someone with experience in event coverage. As it isn’t always fair to have someone behind a camera all day and miss out on being in the pictures themselves. Hire a photographer. We recommend this event photographer.
Looking for a place to play in July? Here’s your list of Niagara Inflatables FunZones around Southern Ontario for you to enjoy! As always there are inflatables and games on site. Have Fun!
July 1- Bronte Canada Day Celebrations
Come to Bronte Heritage Waterfont Park between Bronte and Nelson Street on Canada Day from 11 AM-8 PM. Lots of activities and fun, followed by fireworks! Put on by the Bronte BIA.
July 4-5- Ridgeway Days Festival
Ridgeway Days are back and Saturday and Sunday kids can enjoy the Niagara Inflatables FunZone. 307 Ridge Road, Ridgeway. Of course there are lots of craft vendors and food options along with mascots walking the street on Saturday.
Bonjour! FrancoFest is happening in Hamilton with evening kick off on Friday July 3rd and Family Fun days with live entertainment at Gage Park on Saturday 4th and 5th from 2pm-11 and 1pm-10pm respectively. Besides Niagara Inflatables FunZone theres visual arts projects, puppet making and circus workshops for all all ages.
Well, it has been a super busy season so far! Thank you to all of our loyal customers! We are here for you whenever you need us for your events. Please remember that we price match all competitors, while still bringing you the most innovative products and the best customer service. We may be large enough to handle any event, but we are small enough to care!
Did you know that Niagara Inflatables employs 18 full time employees and 25 part time employees? We are a full time business dedicated to serving you, the customer! Stop by our office/warehouse to say hi! 33 Elm Street, St. Catharines.
Book a Bouncy Castle for this weekend (May 10-12, 2013) and receive a Solace Salon Gift Certificate good for two of the following:
Mini Mani, Mini Pedi, Mini Facial or Mini Massage
What better way to keep the kids entertained, and find a great gift for MOM? (trust me, the kids in the bouncy castle all day will almost be a gift in it’s own, but you will be the hero when you give her the Solace Salon Gift Certificate)!
It is a beautiful day today, with the sun shining and a gentle breeze. If you are thinking of renting a bouncy castle for your child this weekend, the weather forecast could not be any more perfect. With bouncers starting at $150 for the day, and free local delivery, give us a call today! 905-646-5867.
Today was our TSSA inspection day, and we are happy to say we passed with flying colors. We take the safety of our Bouncy Castles with the utmost importance. That is why we can proudly say we have been in operation since our start in the year 2000 with a 100% safety record.
We may take your bouncer away at the end of the day, but we will leave you with memories to last a lifetime!