If you have school aged children, it’s the time of year where you are either practicing your “saying no” skills or your calendar is getting full with volunteer commitments. Personally, my calendar is full and now I’m practicing the fine art of saying no gracefully. (Check out this article from Real Simple on 10 Guilt-Free Strategies).
If you find yourself on the school carnival committee, I’m here to help. Below are the top 5 rentals for school carnivals. These are tried and true – you just can’t go wrong with these classics:
I recommend getting a dual slide because kids like to race. Also, you can move more kids through in a given time.
Who wouldn’t love to dunk their teacher or the principal? Just make sure nobody is assigned to the station for more than about 20 minutes at a time. It gets old going into and getting out of the water.
Just like with the slide, I recommend getting a dual lane so the kids can race and you can move more kids through in a given time.
The most popular rentals are High Striker and the Milk Bottle Toss. Note: I think this is a great place to save money and put parents to work. Let them get creative with cake walks, bobbing for apples, face paint, etc. Check out these ideas on Pinterest.
Popcorn machines, Cotton Candy Machine and Funnel Cake Fryers are by far the most popular. Another fun thing to do is get a food truck to come to the school. I like doing this because it is one less thing the organizers have to worry about. Check out our recent blog on the Top 10 Austin Food Trucks.
To make your carnival unique from year-to-year, bring in at least one new thing each year. Here are a few of popular ones:
It’s like something you’d see on American Ninja Warriors
This will test agility. It’d be really fun to watch the teachers and parents do it.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We are always happy to help. Not only do we help others plan school carnivals, but also everyone on our staff has been on a committee for their kids school.