Monthly Archives: March 2013

Duck Pond for Kid’s Carnivals

Duck Pond for Kid’s Carnivals

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The duck pond is one of the most popular items at a carnival or festival. It is a simple concept and intriguing to little kids. I suggest this game for children under 6 years old. The duck pond game is one of the first carnival games that many of us played when we were younger. Pick up a duck, look at the number and the game runner gives you a prize. Everyone loves to win when they play a game at an event.

There is no skill needed for the game.That is why it is perfect for little kids. Everyone wins a prize. The prizes are usually small trinkets or toys. Winning a prize makes you feel special. Winning is character building and it encourages kids to feel good about themselves. Building self-esteem at an early age is a must. Anyway, child psychology is texted in books and online articles. I am going to stick to something I know about.

I have seen duck ponds made out of a large galvanized tub, small blow up pools, plastic pools, plastic sand boxes and giant coolers. Of course, there are professional made duck ponds and I personally like the duck pond manufactured by Twister Display.

When you set up the duck pond, have good signage, a water faucet, a water hose, ducks that float and prizes. Just remember if you set the duck pond up indoors make sure you have a plan to get rid of the pond’s water.

There are two ways to play the game. First, have 24 floating ducks, each duck has a number on it 1 – 24. The child picks up the duck and the game runner gives them a prize. I suggest getting a box of different prizes, we sell a prize box of 50 prizes. If the child plays twice, you need to notice the prizes they have already won and give them a different prize from the prize box.

Second way to play: Have 24 ducks, 12 ducks have numbers on the bottom of the duck and 12 are plain. The players pick up a duck and if the duck has a number on it they win a prize. If the duck does not have a number on it they win a consolation prize. Consolation prizes could be a piece of candy like miniature Tootsie roll or a piece of gum.

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Inflatables for kids and adults

Inflatables for kids and adults

cc4-cleanI am in the inflatable jumpy business and have found that inflatables are one of the favorite activities at a child’s birthday party.  A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, or recreation. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and possibly music and dancing as well – Wikipedia.

Bounce house units come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Bounce houses are for any age. The price for the rental of these items vary and a good inflatable company will have inflatable prices on their website. There is an inflatable to fit any budget. A regular size bouncer is generally 13′ x 13′ and the next size is the 15′ x 15.  Then you jump up to the combo unit,  it has a bounce area with steps to a slide. Moving up from there are bigger combo units then obstacle courses and giant slides. Slides can be dry or wet. During the summer months, water slides are popular and always tend to be the SHOW OFF item at a party. Picture this, you are sitting on your deck with a glass of ice tea, it is 86 degrees outside, you have sweat on your upper lip and on the nap of your neck, you are listening to the kids playing on the water slide – screaming, laughing and you hear the sound of running water — Yep, that’s right, you run into the house and get your swim suit on and you are on the slide having fun too. Water items are contagious, in a good way!

MutiColorCastleOne of the most important things about inflatables is getting people together and making good memories. Most kids love to socialize:  playing games, making crafts, cooking, swimming, camping, family gatherings, school festivals, church events, sports recreation, clubs and so many more activities. An inflatable brings kids together in a different type of activity; jumping, going through obstacle courses, sports interactive items and slides. Whatever the activity is, it is a great way for every one of every age to get together in a playful atmosphere. Kids and adults need time to laugh, expel their fun energy, relax and have a delightfully good time with friends and family.  Inflatables are safe. Go to my website, and find the and ARTICLE LOGO then click on the Inflatable Safety Article Read the rest of this entry

Soft Serve Ice Cream


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Ice cream is becoming one of Americas favorite dessert!

Soft serve ice cream is softer than regular ice cream It has been sold in America since the 1930s. I recently made home-made ice cream using my Kitchen Aide ice cream maker. The actual process of preparing the ingredients took about 1 hour then in the freezer overnight. The wonderful thing about home-made ice cream is that you can make so many different flavors. The home-made ice cream recipes usually makes about 1.5 quarts of ice cream. The ice cream maker above comes in a liquid mixture and the flavors are vanilla or chocolate. This ice cream maker makes around 2 gallons of soft serve ice cream. The machine takes about 2 hours to freeze the mixture and “wallah” you have ice cream for a group of friends or party guests. I have used this ice cream maker at my own home and the flavors were delicious and the clean up was easy.

In the 1900 there were 5 million gallons of ice cream made in America. In 2000 there were 1650 million gallons of ice cream made in the good ole USA.

Brain freeze or “Ice cream headaches” result from “quickly eating or drinking very cold substances. It is commonly experienced when applying ice-cream (or similar) to the roof of the mouth (palate) or when swallowing it. Typically the headache appears in about 10 seconds and lasts about 20 seconds although some people experience much longer lapses of pain, with the pain seeming to relate to the same side of the head as the cold substance was applied to the palate, or to both sides of the head in the case of swallowing. The most effective way to prevent it is to consume the cold food or liquid at a slower rate. Keeping it in one’s mouth long enough for the palate to become used to the temperature is also an effective preventative.”