Circus Time Announces New Attractions for Company Picnics in New Jersey

Pennsauken, New Jersey  – Todd Weinstock, owner of Circus Time Amusements, announced today that they have a new selection of attractions for company picnics in New Jersey.  These new games will enable the company picnic planners to offer unique events with attractions never seen before by their employees and their families.

Todd, says, “It’s important to our clients that we have something new to offer each year. Our relationship with our suppliers is so good that we hear about the newest in entertainment attractions long before our competitors. This allows us to offer the newest items to our clients before the attractions are even on the market for many other companies.

Two items that are sure to be a huge hit are the Cannonball Air Blaster and the New Batting Cage.  The Cannonball Air Blaster is 4-player game that allows participants to shoot their opponents with super soft foam balls. No explosions or loud bangs. The cannons run on a gentle, constant airflow making this game totally safe. The game can be turned into a competition by aiming at the provided targets to see what team of players can make the most targets. All ages will enjoy this amazing new game!  The game is especially good for team building activities, whether at an employee picnic or as part of a team building exercise.

The new inflatable batting cage will be a huge addition to events in New Jersey.  The pitching machine pitches safe foam Life Flite baseballs at speeds up to 85 mph. This batting cage is great for ages 8 and up.

Another new item for company picnics in New Jersey is the X-treme Board Combo.  This interactive game brings the best elements from the world of extreme action sports and puts it into one great game! Snowboarding, Skateboarding and Surfing come together in one great game.

Todd says, “Of course these games and our other new attractions aren’t just for company picnics in NJ.  Circus Time does events in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.   We own all of our own games and our deliveries and set ups are done by Circus Time employees who are fully trained in the operation of each item of equipment.  Safety is always our first priority!”

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Tips for Planning the Perfect Company Picnic in New Jersey

This is a 4 part series that will walk you through each step of planning the best company picnic your group has every had!  We make it easy…just follow these simple steps!

Summer is finally here and it’s time to reward your employees and their families with a relaxing company picnic. But a wicker basket full of sandwiches and potato salad served on a checkered tablecloth just won’t cut it.

This guide has been developed for your convenience in the hopes that it will help you save time, energy, and money when planning for your big day.

There are a lot of reasons to have a company picnic.

  • They build company morale
  • They show appreciation for employees and their efforts
  • They show commitment to employees and their families
  • They strengthen teamwork

But the number one reason to have a company picnic is to HAVE FUN!

Of course, having all that fun requires hard work, but if you follow these suggestions, you can save a lot of the headache and time involved.


Start with a notebook divided into sections for Budget, Location, Raffle Items, Party Favors, Food and Beverage, Invitations, Activities and Games and Entertainment. Even for the smallest picnic, having this notebook will make your job easier and keep all of your important info in one place.

Get your picnic committee together and decide who will cover what duties. It is important to have good communication with all of the committee members and to have all final decisions go through one key person.


If your employees’ families are going to be invited, the event will more than likely need to be held on a weekend. Make sure the date you pick isn’t a religious holiday and unless you want to encourage a mutiny, don’t plan to hold the picnic on a long weekend or when half your staff is away on vacation.


Determine who will attend your company picnic and attempt to put together an approximate head count of those that will be involved. While there is no “exact science” to do this we have found that on average about 80% of the people invited will show.

Multiply that number by 2.5 to account for spouses and kids, and you should have a number to work with that makes sense.

Limit guests to immediate family of the employee, or one guest if they are unmarried. This way you don’t have every Tom, Dick and Harry showing up.


The company will give you limited dollars to spend on your event and that budget will dictate most of your decision. Make sure to think of Food, Entertainment, Prizes and Giveaways, Location Fees, etc.

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Planning The Best Company Picnic In New Jersey

Planning The Best Company Picnic In New Jersey | Amusement Rentals for 2014The hot days of summer are definitely hovering over us and just the thought of planning a company picnic in New Jersey can make the day feel lighter. What better way to make the most of summer by getting your employees out of the office with a day of fresh air and outdoor fun? Company picnics and outings are a great way to keep employees rejuvenated from months of work and stress. Not only will the picnic revitalize and relax, but it will also harness team spirit, trust and camaraderie among employees and their families.

A brief yet informative article from Ezine shares some ideas in planning the best company picnic in New Jersey that might apply to your needs and requirements.

General Considerations for Company Picnics

Like any other type of event, you need to decide what you want your picnic to be like and how much you want to spend.

As with any event, it is important to keep the needs and tastes of your attendees paramount.

Allow yourself sufficient time to book your venue if the picnic is offsite. Demand for some venues is at a premium during peak periods. It is not uncommon to make reservations several months or more in advance of a given date.

You’ll need to plan food and beverages, and activities and entertainment and, in some cases, transportation to the picnic site.

Allow enough time so you can give your employees sufficient advance notice to include the picnic into their plans. This is especially important if you’ll be inviting family members or if it is held on a weekend.

Company picnics and company picnic ideas can range from the very simple to a pull-out-all-stops extravaganza. My observation is that people have a good time at both.

Do you want to have a theme? A theme is fun! Plus it makes it easier to organize food and activities.

It is best to pick your event date earlier in order to leave room for adjustments and for all employees to be able to plan ahead for the event. Many larger companies hold their picnics over 2 shifts so that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the fun. The same article from Ezine asks this question, “When do you want to hold your company’s picnic?”


WHEN do you want to hold you company’s picnic?

Here, companies hold their picnics beginning in June through early October.

Considerations such as your company’s workflow, availability of a desired venue, etc., will help you determine the date. Employees are less apt to be away on vacation in June or September, but they will really enjoy the chance to kick back in July or August.

There are pros and cons to weekday picnics versus weekend picnics.

Company picnics held during a workday will ensure a greater attendance for employees when they would normally be in the office. And, they don’t cut into precious personal time.

But spouses and children are generally more available for a weekend date.


Who do you want to invite? Is it the whole organization or is it by department only? Is it for managers only? Perhaps for staff and their families alone? Decide which one so you will be able to proceed with other equally important tips in planning the best company picnic.

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The date, venue, budget, number of participants, vendors as well as the selection of a working committee are just part and parcel of considerations in planning a company picnic. There are still other considerable tips that would arise depending on what you think would be best for your company and its employees.

If you want a spectacular company picnic this summer, Circus Time Amusementss is the place to go. Check out just a few of their offerings: the mechanical bull, interactive games, mechanical rides…and that’s just a start! With over 25 years of experience in the industry, it is also the leading and largest full service amusement rental company in the Tri-State area. In choosing Circus Time for your summer outing or company picnic in New Jersey, you can guarantee, “A Fun Experience in a Safe Environment”.




PT 2 -Tips for Planning Your New York and New Jersey Company Picnic- Location

Part 2 of a 4 part series that will walk you through each step of planning the best company picnic your group has every had!  We make it easy…just follow these simple steps!


If you have had your picnic at the same spot for more than two or three years in a row, consider moving. If you do decide to have it in the same location as before, consider moving it to a different spot on the event site. This will give your employees a refreshingly new feel to the annual event.

Try to find a location that can offer privacy. Many companies are now having the picnic on their own grounds, either in a grassy area or on the parking lot. However, if you do decide to have it off site, you should attempt to find a location that can be reserved. Who wants to police other groups and compete over ball fields and other facilities? Make sure that you have enough room for your group. It’s a picnic, so people will want to move around and kids will want to explore and run all over.

If you are having the picnic during a particularly hot month then finding a location with shade trees or large pavilions is ideal. You should also think about room for tents if you don’t have sufficient room in the pavilions in case it happens to rain. Canceling a picnic several hours before it starts is bad for morale, especially if your guests have cancelled piano lessons and other family plans to attend.

Make sure to plan ahead. Most public parks require a permit, which start at about $20. The permit will ensure the spot you have in mind is reserved for you along with picnic tables, fire pits or grills, and the like. MAKE SURE TO CONSIDER PARKING. You will want to have enough space for all of your guests’ cars and that space should be within a short walking distance. If this is not possible, you may want to consider a shuttle to help transport people to and from the event site.

Some companies choose to have their picnic at an amusement park. These events can be fun, but lose the group feel. It is hard to get everyone together with the large space and all of the activities. Having a smaller site with all of your guests in ear range of the DJ or bull horn creates the unity that these events are planned for in the first place.

We suggest that your entire picnic committee goes to see the event site. This will help establish in everyone’s mind a feel for the site and what activities would work with the space. This will also give everyone a chance to help come up with ideas to make the event an exciting one.


Get the committee together and decide the times of the event. Most picnics last between 3 and 4 hours. If you have people working who have to come in shifts, then make sure you allow the event to be long enough to accommodate these people.

Next, decide on any themes you may wish to have. Many people do not take the time to do this, but it can be a lot of fun. Some popular themes are Western Mardi Gras, Circus Big Top, Country Fair, Safari, Luau, etc.

You will want to decide on food. Your picnic can be catered, potluck or have your boss cook hotdogs and burgers on the grill. Remember, your budget will dictate what you can and can’t do. If you choose an entertainment company that provides turn-key event planning then they should have you covered on catering, if you chose.

Pt 3- Planning the Best Company Picnic in NJ – Activities & Entertainment

Part 3 of our 4 part series that will walk you through each step of planning the company picnic your employees will love!  We make it easy…just follow these simple steps!



It’s a picnic, so every one of all ages should have tons to do. This is, of course, our specialty. We look for ways to provide many different “zones of entertainment” for all ages.

Inflatable Games are a huge hit with the toddlers all the way through the college age group. Of course, many adults love to play and have a great time on them as well. We have a huge selection to choose from, so that all age brackets will have a fun and challenging time.

Carnival booths work great and offer a wide variety of exciting and challenging games. Just like at the fair! Prizes add a nice touch, giving all of your guests something to take home with them. Frisbee golf, volleyball, badminton, bocce all, croquet and other outdoor style games can be a very popular segment of your picnic.

For the crowd that does not want to actively participate in the more physical games, nothing beats bingo. You can choose from a simple set-up, or our deluxe bingo set-up that comes complete with a lighted display board and professional ball hopper. Prizes are what make this game so exciting, so make sure to pick some great ones.

Wal-Mart and other stores like it, have a ton of things to choose from that are inexpensive but have a very expensive look to them. These might include camping chairs, sleeping bags, coolers, DVD players, small TV’s, dart boards and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

For that extra spark of “pizzazz”, live entertainers can do the trick. This could range from face painters, clowns, magicians, stilt walkers and caricature artists to a professional DJ or band. They can come in handy if there is a delay in food preparation or a lull between door prizes.

Other activities that can offer a fun time might include a softball game, pony rides, boat rides and tours of the facility if applicable.

Another popular package that many of our clients choose is the classic picnic package. This is a series of old style picnic games like tug-of-war, egg race, water balloon toss, three legged race, centipede skis, and sack races. When we provide these games we also have ribbons and medals for all of the winners.

Pt 4 New Jersey Corporate Picnic Planning – Information Campaign

Part 4 of a 4 part series that will walk you through each step of planning the best company picnic your group has every had!  We make it easy…just follow these simple steps!


You need to start getting the word out about your picnic beginning approximately one month out. Don’t start signing people up too early though. If it is more than a month away, most people will probably just sign up for the heck of it.

There are many great ways that you can let people know about the picnic. Talk it up in meetings, put an article in the company newsletter, attach notes to payroll or put up posters or flyers in strategic locations all around the building. When you book with us, you receive a FREE Event Promo kit which includes lots of full color, customizable posters, prize samples and your own Event News flyers that has all of your picnic information as well as pictures of the games and activities offered.

Let people know about the prizes you will be giving away. “We are giving away _____ dollars and you must present to win.”

At most corporate events, prices or gifts are given away to reward employees, boost morale and show employee appreciation. It is not enough to just have several nice prizes or large cash rewards without announcing in advance what will be given away. The biggest mistake we think that companies can make in planning for an event is spending a ton on prizes and then not posting what will be given away well in advance of the corporate event.

We have had several clients struggle with attendance and they usually decide to cut activities for future events (and may end up not having future events at all) because of poor attendance. The ironic thing is that many of these companies have really great prizes but the employees don’t know about them.

Likewise, you can also do less on prizes if you really promote the event itself. The games and activities are great for the whole family, etc.

Raffles are another way to spark interest in the picnic. Many of our clients ask for donations from other companies and their vendors. It takes time to solicit raffle prizes, so it should be the job of the entire committee, not just a single person!

When you are a week out from the date of the event, do your best to get the word out and stir up interest. It is up to the coordinator and the picnic committee to get people to come to the event and the week before the picnic is the critical time to make the big push announcing the event.

If the event is to be held off grounds, make sure that everyone gets a map to the event site. Send e-mails that will serve as last minute reminders to every employee.


Get lots of sleep the night before the event. Show up to the picnic early and take care of any payment arrangements with your vendors or Entertainment Company right then. Now, take a deep breath and relax! You have worked hard to make this day special for everyone who attends and you should enjoy it, too!



Since the party starts when the invitation arrives, try some of these ideas to start excitement about the event weeks before the picnic date and answer any typical questions guests may have.

  • For added fun, invite your employees’ children and ask them to bring their parents.
  • Write the invitation using language that compliments the theme, such as words like “chow” or “vittles” for a western theme.
  • Include not only the date but the day of the week to avoid any confusion.
  • Include an RSVP date and reply information.
  • Designate it as a “rain or shine event” of if there is a rain date.
  • Include the start and stop times of the event.
  • When possible, help arrange a car pool service for people with transportation problems.



Many people assume that their business liability insurance will cover them during an off-site party. Depending on your policy, that might not be the case. You should insist that any vendors you have hired for your event are covered with a minimum of a $1 million policy. Your vendors should show their coverage on your copy of their service contract, as well as provide you with a valid certificate that shows this.

Above all, make sure that your company picnic is an event that will be looked forward to not only by your employees’ and their families, but also by yourself. After all, don’t you deserve a wonderful day in the great outdoors, too?

If you have any questions or ways that we could enhance your event even more please let us know. If we have the opportunity to work with you this year, we guarantee to make your event Successful, Memorable and FUN!