We all know that our first priority in putting on an event is that our guests enjoy themselves and have fun. You also need to decide if your intent is to raise money or if you simply want to entertain with a specific budget. Our games and prizes can be used for both purposes. Your intent will determine the type of carnival you should have. You can give out the same prize to all players or you can reward the winners with bigger prizes. You can give players many prize choices by having a redemption center carnival, or you can limit and simplify their choices by giving away prizes at each game. When we program a carnival, we assume your intent is to make a profit.
Common Myths About School Carnivals
MYTH: I will have no say in which games I get to use.
FACT: Fun Services has over 40 different games. You pick which games you will have at your carnival!
MYTH: I won't know how many prizes to get or which games to put them at. FACT: Fun Services will program all games and prize distribution. Whether you choose to use a redemption center or give away prizes at the games, the games are programmed for a profit and nobody walks away without a prize! You can come in and pick out your prizes or we can select them for you.
MYTH: I'll be stuck with leftover prizes I can't ever use again.
FACT: If you choose our FunFair Program, Fun Services provides all prizes on consignment. Your school only pays for the prizes that are used. We take back all the unused and unwanted prizes.
MYTH: I will have to charge a lot to play the games if I want to make a profit.
FACT: You set the ticket price for your carnival and Fun Services takes care of the rest. That's where our programming of the games comes in to play. Each game has specific odds of winning and we consider that when deciding the value of winning. For example, if you charge 25 cents to play a game and the winning prize is worth $2.00, had you decided to charge 50 cents for that same game, the winning prize would have been worth $4.00. The value of winning is directly relative to the price you choose to apply
Fact: Fun Services is your one stop carnival shop!
Fact: Fun Services has been the "Friend Raising" specialist for over 25 years!
Fact: If you're not using Fun Services for your Fun Fair, you're missing out!
Fact: If you call us today, we can start planning the best Fun Fair your school has ever had!
Fun Fair Responsibilities: Let's work together on your next event!
What Fun Services does:
What Your Group does:
- We supply the games, booths, tickets, game signs, and game supplies. You pay a discounted rate of $10 per booth and $10 per game (a 60% instant savings).
- We program the games with prizes based on what you decide to charge to play the games. We provide you with point cards to distribute to the players for tracking their winnings.
- We provide all Prizes on consignment. Our basic structured redemption center has 15 prize levels, with 4 selections at each level. That's over 60 different prizes for the players to choose from!
- Our arrival time will be approximately 2 hours before the start of the event, or at a time we have determined will allow us to complete the setup at least 30 minutes prior to the start of your event.
- We provide your volunteer booth workers with game instructions and inventory sheets.
- You choose the games and set the prices on each game. One game per 25 students is a good guideline. That means 25 carnival participating students, not 1 game for every 25 students enrolled.
- Your coordinate all booth workers and provide at least 2 adult volunteers to help unload, set up and tear down (redemption center).
- You supply tables for each game when needed.
- You supply one ticket can or box for each game.
- You supply 6-8 tables for the redemption center.
- At the end of the carnival you and your volunteers are responsible for all ending counts of prize inventory.
- No deposits are required, however, we ask for complete payment at the conclusion of the event.
We are one of the few companies in the nation that think School Carnival and Church Festival guests deserve a Redemption Center stocked with quality plush and fun novelties. We continually update and change our prize selection to insure that repeat and new customers always receive the newest items. No doubt about it - everyone is a winner at Fun Services event!
Fun Fair Questions and Answers
We have included answers to the questions we are most often asked about hosting a School Carnival.
Q: How much does a Fun Services carnival cost and how much money will my organization profit?
A: If your plan is to entertain, we have several packages ranging in price and quantity need. The prices of these packages is listed; you will have no surprises on your up front cost. If you go with full service and let us program your games, your carnival will be designed to make a 50% profit or better. However, the total money generated at your event is dependent on many different variables; mainly the attendance and participation. It is very difficult to compare two different schools. Two schools of the same size can put on two very different carnivals. Please note that Fun Services does NOT ask how much you made, then take half.
Q: How can we insure our profit level remains at 50%?
A: Running the games properly is the first step towards insuring your profit level remains at 50%. Following all rules and guidelines stated on each game sheet is essential! Giving players an extra chance, extra points, or changing the rules to make a game easier to win is a sure way to lower your overall profit margin. Another very important factor is to use adult volunteers in all areas of your event involving money or prizes. Never allow children to solely staff either the games or the Redemption Center. In those rare cases when a school makes less profit than expected, it can almost always be traced back to someone "giving" things away. Whether it's unearned points at the games or actual prizes at the Redemption Center, the result is less profit for all your hard work. Please note that less than 50% profit may be the result, but it is virtually impossible to lose money.
Q: How do the children earn prizes?
A: Most of our schools choose to have a Redemption Center at their event. However, you may choose to award prizes at the games. With a redemption center, players will use tickets to play the games and are awarded points on cards. A typical redemption center has 13-16 prize value categories with 3-5 prize choices per category. The prizes range in value from $0.05 to $15.00 and can be anything from a mini eraser to a large plush animal. The amount of points awarded at individual games is dependent upon the number of tickets required to play the game as well as the game's difficulty. The school sets the ticket price and Fun Services takes care of the rest. You will not make more money by charging more money/tickets to play games. Everything is appropriately adjusted to your school's ticket price.
Q: How do I decide between having a Redemption Center and giving away prizes at the games?
A: There is a misconception that by using a Redemption Center, with its higher value prizes, a school will lose money. If run properly, a Redemption Center will use the same total dollar amount of prizes as those carnivals giving away less valuable prizes at the individual games. There are two major differences between a redemption center and giving away prizes at the games; 1) The redemption center gives players the opportunity to "save up" their points and redeem them for the prize/s they actually want. 2) Awarding prizes at the games is simply immediate gratification; the child plays a game and walks away with a prize. However, the power of CHOICE is a great thing and that is why redemption centers are more popular with the children. The simplest way to look at it is would the kids rather get to choose from the entire selection of prizes (big and small) when they are done playing games or would they rather collect dozens of prizes of which they have less of a choice between throughout the course of the event? Whichever method you select, we program the games so that your profit should be about 50%.
Q: Can we use games and prizes that we own or add other activities?
A: Yes, of course! Many of our customers add games that a teacher or a staff member has built, cake walks, face painting and so on. We encourage having various activities as it will only add to the profitability of your event! Many schools use donated prizes at a raffle, silent auction or pocket lady. If asked, Fun Services can even incorporate your extra prizes in our programming of the games.
Q: How many volunteers will I need? How do i get people to help?
A: You will need a lot of volunteers to help organize, staff, and clean up after the event. Specifically, you will need volunteers for ticket sales, games, redemption center and concessions. Start with your teachers and/or parents. With parents, older siblings and former students may want to help as well. Next, call your nearest high school, often there are students looking for volunteer hours. Lastly, try grandparents. Remember, the success of your event relies heavily upon your volunteers, make sure that you trust everyone you have asked to help and that they know they will be held accountable.
Q: Will I be charged a delivery fee?
A: Yes, we have a delivery fee that starts at $50 and goes up depending on where you are located. The delivery fee includes delivery, set-up, tear down and take away. Our driver will remain at the event until things are up and running smoothly. Pickup of games and prizes also available at no cost.