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Since 2001, RA Photo Booth has enlivened birthday parties, weddings, and dances with DJs, photo booths, and LED visual effects. Inside mobile photo booths, high-resolution digital cameras capture snapshots, which partygoers can use to decorate their lapels or foreheads with a little scotch tape. Alternatively, their DJs can decorate party soundscapes as LED light fixtures embellish floors and walls with a virtually unlimited number of customizable patterns, monograms and messages.

In an effort to make events easy for hosts, RA will set up all the necessary equipment before parties start. In addition, the LED lights they use consume less energy than traditional light bulbs and can often run off a single outlet, which gives guests more room on the dance floor to imitate inchworms.

1221 34th Ave.
Astoria,
New York
US

Carnivals aren't the only place you can lick a snow cone or sink your teeth into a cloud of cotton candy. Thanks to Carnival Parties, event hosts can rent these concessions and other classic amenities for any occasion. The company's carnival games, for example, range from a beanbag toss to Tip-A-Troll, and its team of performers includes magicians and clowns. Meanwhile, a rainbow-hued inflatable bounce castle ensconces tots in a cushy space where they can safely leap and play.

5815 Fresh Pond Road
Maspeth,
NY
US

Event hosts hand the reins of an event over to the DJ every with every song that plays and every dance that erupts on the floor. The team at Circle of Life doesn't take that trust for granted. DJs with more than 15 years of experience in getting people moving gauge the crowd at each unique event and keep the party lighthearted and fun. Adding to the skills the team brings, Circle of Life also offers extra perks such as dance floors and lighting that can make events feel even more special.

14-52 119th Street
College Point,
NY
US

Scratch DJ Academy founders Rob Principe and the late Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC opened the academy in 2001 to lower the barrier of entry for learning its eponymous art form. Today, its talented faculty know that juggling beats can be harder than juggling irritated porcupines, and their skill at teaching the complex art has drawn media attention from the likes of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The academy’s instructors include Grandwizard Theodore, who began DJing at 13, and Rob Swift, who claims a resumé with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a collaboration with Herbie Hancock. Scratch offers a slew of courses and educational tours that cover topics ranging from the basics of music production to advanced digital DJing. It reaches more than 100,000 students each year and has taught future DJs from all 50 states and 35 different countries.

434 Avenue Of The Americas
New York,
NY
US

With bicoastal learning labs that give students complete access to mixing and sound equipment, dubspot is one of the country's foremost institutions for learning music and media technologies. The school's course list covers everything from DJing to sound design. Class sizes of 10 people or less ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one instruction, which is fortunate since the instructors have plenty of wisdom to offer. Their ranks include a Grammy-nominated producer and a sound designer for the Oscar-winning animated film Wall-E.

Even when they're not in class, students have access to the lab facilities six days a week. Those unable to attend courses in person at the New York or LA schools can also enroll online, an option which gives them access to instructional videos for up to one year or until their computer gets old enough to move out on its own.

348 West 14th Street
New York,
NY
US

Inplayables' inflatable wonderland includes slides, arenas, and bounce houses, where children can safely burn off pent-up energy while having fun. In addition to their open-play jump sessions, the staff summons princesses and cartoon characters for raucous, high-flying rock-star and princess birthday bashes that include themed activities. Other party packages reward energy-expending kids with pizza and activities, such as bubble blowing or face painting, all useful to take part in when preparing for a future in which every company is run by clowns.

220-13 Linden Boulevard
Cambria Heights,
NY
US