Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne.
In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
B.A. Looney & Co. infuses parties, weddings, and special events with extra helpings of amusement, including live entertainers such as magicians, clowns, and costumed characters. The business also cultivates such popular party attractions as dunk tanks and photo booths. Meanwhile, its mobile food stand doles out popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy.
Chariot Photo Booths elevates mere parties to spectacular shindigs with lab-quality photographs produced within seconds. After entering the booth, up to 10 revelers (though Chariot booths have seen up to 20 guests at once) select a template and a photo style, then ready their grins and poses. A variable color display and interior speakers count down to five and snap three or four photos at once. Afterward, the booth speedily readies prints for each guest on request. An on-site attendant ensures that the booth keeps merrily snapping photos throughout the evening. And an online photo gallery even displays the hijinks after everyone heads home, allowing guests to feel famous or like the insects entomologists photograph for the university intranet. Party planners can also add other entertainment options to their celebrations, such as bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, and spacious tents.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's book detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ detailing the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.