Bounce Rentals FAQ
If there is a 50% or greater chance for rain and you decide to cancel, you will get a full refund. Be careful to read the entire forecast. Most radio personal do not say what time of day the rain will come or for how long. Most of the time it will not rain during the hours of your party. Call the day before and let us know that you are considering canceling your rental. If the forecast is for scattered showers, we recommend you still take the moon bounce and let the party go on. If the forecast is for rain all day, we will encourage you to cancel your rental.
If it rains and winds are less than 15mph, leave the jump up. Once the rain slows down or stops, wipe down the inside of the Moon Bounce and let the kids back in. The kids do not care if it has rained – they just want to jump. Note: The vinyl gets very slippery when wet, so make sure it is dry. If winds are more than 15mph the jump must be deflated and covered with the tarp behind the jump.
- Does the moon bounce have a safety ramp? – If not, do not rent it! If they refused to pay the additional $200 for the safety ramp to ensure the safety of the participants, do not rent from them.
- What size is the moon bounce? – Get the largest size that fits in your yard. The more room the kids have to bounce, the safer everyone is. A 15×15 moon bounce is recommended whenever possible.
- How old is the moon bounce? – The newer units have better safety features, fire retardant vinyl, and re-enforced stitching. (If you rent a cheap moon bounce and it falls apart during your rental, you may be responsible for the expensive repairs.)
- What type of solution is used to clean the moon bounce? – What you want to hear is that they use a antibacterial disinfectant. If they do not know, they are not using one.
The moon bounces must be shut off if winds exceed 15 mph. No exceptions.
Absolutely! These guys work hard spending their weekends setting up and taking down the equipment. If the delivery person does a good job, let him know. Tips range from $10-$50 depending on equipment and difficulty of setup.
Moon bounces typically come in 3 sizes for backyards – 11×11, 13×13, and 15×15. Get the largest size that fits in your yard. The more room the kids have to bounce, the less likely they are to bump or fall on each other. When renting a jump, make sure you know the size you are getting and make sure you do not pay the price of a 15×15 jump when you are ordering a less expensive 11×11 or 13×13 jump.
It depends. You get what you pay for – Cheap moon bounces cost less and therefore are rented for less. The higher quality jumps with the latest safety features and better bounce cost more and therefore cost more to rent. If you want the convenience of having someone deliver, setup, give instruction, and remove the moon bounce, you will pay more. If you don’t mind giving up your time, there are rental agencies where you can pick up a moon bounce in your vehicle, set it up, take it down, fold it up, and drive it back – you will save around $20.
We used to do hourly rentals and found that almost all customers needed it longer. The party started later or guest showed up late and/or they did not get to use the jump as much as they would have liked. It is very rare that we come to pick up a jump after an 8 hour rental and it is not being used to the last minute. Renting a moon bounce should be the least of your worries during the day of your event. Having it show up late or setup or taken down while your guests are there can be stressful and inconvenient.
There must ALWAYS be someone supervising the moon bounce. The most important duties of an attendant are limiting the number of kids in the moon bounce at one time and making sure that the kids are all of similar size.
No food or drink, no shoes, no sharp objects, no visible metal zippers, no medical conditions including pregnancy, no wresting/roughhousing, no hanging on the netting, no flips, no Silly String or Sand.
Yes, the Moon Bounce will be secured with sand bags rather than stakes. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that the Moon Bounce be set up on grass whenever possible. It is possible that someone could slip getting into or out of the moon bounce and hit the ground. The cement is unforgiving when this happens. There is an additional fee for hard surface setups.
The Moon Bounce needs to be within 75 feet of an outlet. Longer cords can be used, but the blower will lose power, as the extension cord gets longer. The ground should be as level as possible. Nothing more than an 8-inch difference in height from one end to the other. If there is more than that, the kids will end up bouncing down hill and bump into each other.
We provide excellent customer service, a variety of products, and are very affordable. We are members of the Better Business Bureau, American Rental Association, and Association of Inflatable Rental Companies. Furthermore, we have been awarded the Illinois Party Rental Vendor of the year and nominated for the Midwest Party Rental Vendor of the year for the past three years. This says something about the satisfaction that we bring to our customers.
Cotten Candy Machines FAQ
Yes. The Cotton Candy machine can be placed into just about any vehicle. The easiest way to transport it is in the back or an SUV or Minivan. However, in can also be transported in a large car seat with the seat belt holding it in place. WARNING: Machine is made of metal and has many corners on it. You will want to bring protection for your car seats to prevent any damage to your seats.
An electrical outlet with 10.5 amps (1250 watts) is required to run the Cotton Candy machine. All concession machines come with a 3 foot cord. If you can not place the machine close to an outlet, a 12 gauge extension cord is required. If you do not own a 12 gauge extension cord, we can rent one to you to prevent any electrical problems.
Cotton Candy machines weigh around 30 pounds. Therefore, they must be placed on a sturdy table. A folding card table will NOT be sufficient. The best place to put a Cotton Candy machine is on a Cotton Candy cart that is specifically made for the machine. However, a counter top or commercial banquet table is also recommended.
No. The operator must be a minimum age of 18 years old. The Cotton Candy floss head gets extremely hot and can burn someone’s hand if they are not careful and it spins extremely fast.
Another great reason to rent from The Fun Ones is that you do not need to clean the machine. We will clean the machine.
Yes. However, we can not guarantee the performance of the machine since we have only tested it with our supplies.
- 1 oz. Tequila
- 1/2 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 4 oz. Margarita Frozen Drink Mix
- For a “Golden Margarita”, replace the Triple Sec with Grand Marnier
- 7 oz of ice
- 1 oz Tequila
- 1/2 oz Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 2 oz Margarita Frozen Drink Mix
- 2 oz Strawberry Frozen Drink Mix
- 7 oz of ice
- 2 oz IO Pina Colada Frozen Drink Mix
- 3 oz IO Flavor of Choice Frozen Drink Mix
- 1 1/4 oz Bacardi Silver Rum
- 7 oz of ice
- Strawberry, Mango, Raspberry, Peach, Banana, Guava or Passion.
- 2 oz IO Margarita Frozen Drink Mix
- 3 oz IO Flavor of Choice Mix
- 7 oz of ice
- Strawberry, Mango, Raspberry, Peach, Banana, Guava or Passion.
- 1 Bacardi Silver Rum
- 1/2 oz Hiram Walker Strawberry Liqueur
- 4 oz Strawberry Frozen Drink Mix
- 7 oz of ice
No company out there has better incentives to motivate the kids (just look at our inventory or rental equipment). We give your organization free equipment from our rental inventory to use for any upcoming events.
Absolutely! You can be one person trying to raise money or a group of 10 thousand. We have no minimum size restrictions.
No. There is no money needed upfront for this fundraiser. We provide free color brochures and order forms. You pay us after you sell the Cookie Dough and collect the money. You pay for your order with the money you collected.
Although extensive research over long periods of time has shown us that average float time of the balloons from local party stores if filled with 99% pure helium is 12.2 hours, we conservatively plan on up to 8 – 10 hours. Float time can vary significantly based on the level of inflation (under inflation, regular inflation or over inflation), size of balloon (9″, 11″ 18″) and external factors such as temperature and humidity. (Balloons float longer in colder temperatures and in higher humidity.) The Fun Ones recommends inflating balloons 1-2 hours prior to the event for the best results.
There are a few things you can do to help increase float time. First, be sure to tie a tight knot in the neck of the balloon. If you are attaching ribbons to the balloons, be sure to tie the ribbon below the knot. For special occasions that require prolonged float time, you can also purchase and add ULTRA HI-FLOAT® product to your balloons. ULTRA HI-FLOAT can extend the float time up to 24 – 48 hours.
As of January 2012, our helium rentals have been reduced to weekend or a week long rental. Our long term helium rentals have been suspended due to the shortage of helium in the industry. We will post when the suspension is lifted.
Margarita Machines FAQ
- Margarita Machine
- Operating instructions.
- Rolling Cart
- Mixing Jugs
NO. All you do is add the mix, water, and alcohol of choice…our machine makes the magic happen!
When we show up you will need to have these items ready:
- A smile on your face because this is going to be the best darn party you have EVER had.
- Electricity — DEDICATED standard 110 circuit with 15 amps.
- (This means NOTHING else should be on this circuit or else the margarita machine WILL NOT WORK. Pick a place that is within 6 feet of an electrical outlet. )
- NO EXTENSION CORDS!!! If you use an extension cord, it must be 10- 12 gauge and no more than 25 feet long! Any other cord WILL NOT WORK.
- Water (do not mix with the above item…NOT a good way to party!).
- Alcohol if you are having it in your drinks
- Before we arrive, go to your local grocery store and purchase 3.5 gallons of water (or put water in jugs at home).
- Put the water in the fridge…make sure it is ICE COLD when we get there.
- Also put your alcohol in the FREEZER if you have room (or else in the fridge will be just fine).
- The reason you will like having gone thru all of this trouble is that your drinks will be ready in a flash since all of your ingredients are already at about 35 degrees.
- If you leave everything out on the counter (tequila and triple sec) and then get the water directly from your tap, you will be starting with ingredients that are about 80 degrees.
- In case you are not following along…32 degrees is MUCH closer to 35 degrees than to 80 degrees….and 32 degrees is where things freeze and the party starts!
- When we leave, fill the water jugs back up and put them back in the fridge so you will be ready for round two!
The following chart shows how many machines and how much drink mix you will need for your event. Our assumptions are the party will last 3 – 4 hours, guest count is people over 18, and drinks are served in 9oz cups. History has shown that 70% – 80% of your guest will have a frozen drink if offered a choice. The other factor that comes into consideration is that when the party starts, that is when the highest demand is put on the machines. You will need machines that can keep up with the demand in the first 30 – 45 minutes of the party.
|Number of Guest||Machine Rentals||Cases of Drink Mix|
|Up to 50||1 machine||1|
|50 – 100||1 -2 machines||1|
|100 – 150||2 machines||2|
|150 – 200||2 -3 machines||2|
Oxygen Bar FAQ
An oxygen bar is a kiosk or place that offers non-medical oxygen mixed with various scents including aromatherapy. The air we normally breathe contains about 21% oxygen the rest is Nitrogen, Argon and other trace gasses. The oxygen in oxygen bars is between 90% and 92% oxygen allowing the customer to breathe 4 to 5 times the normal amount of oxygen. These oxygen bars give patrons an uplifted refreshed feeling as well as increased energy, detoxification and a general overall good feeling.
Our Oxygen bar can holds four Oxygen Delivery Stations. Each Oxygen Delivery Station serves one person up to four aroma choices — by bubbling the oxygen through an aroma water. The oxygen aroma delivery stations allow the participant to mix together each of the four aromas to create fun combinations.
Our rental agreements are customized based on each event. Most private parties are rented from three to five hours while Tradeshows, Conventions, and Business Events can last multiple days.
The oxygen made by oxygen bars is produced from a non-medical device called an Oxygen Concentrator. These devices are based upon a NASA created technology called Pressure Swing Adsorption that essentially filters out the Nitrogen, Argon and other trace gasses from ambient air. After filtering out these other components, the oxygen concentrator produces an oxygen molecule which is approximately 92% pure. This pure oxygen is delivered to the participant through normal breathing by a nasal hose sometimes called a Nasal Cannula. The remaining Nitrogen and other gasses are released back into the atmosphere. An Oxygen Bar includes scents and/or aroma therapy to further enhance the oxygen experience. Oxygen bars provide the recipients with an uplifted refreshed “energetic” feeling as well as increased energy, detoxification and a general overall good feeling. An oxygen bar offers a way for people to receive “non-medicinal” recreational oxygen therapy. Generally it takes 3 to 5 minutes to oxygenate ones blood, however, a 5 – 10 minute session is recommended.
Breathing higher concentrations of oxygen can have several affects; the most commonly reported affects are increased energy, an uplifted refreshed feeling, clearing of the mind, relief of toxic headaches such as the hangover, relief of stress and promotion of higher concentration levels. Oxygen is also a proven detoxifier and has anti-aging properties.
Yes, there is no law in the U.S. that prohibits oxygen bars from operating as long as the oxygen bars follow very simple guidelines set forth by the FDA. These guidelines include using NO medical equipment or medical supplies and making NO medical claims. Recreational oxygen falls under the Supplemental Act of 1994 that allows supplements such as herbs and vitamins, as seen on the shelves of health food stores, to be sold over the counter to perform different functions without being evaluated by the FDA. (That is why you see on all of these products, including oxygen bars, disclaimers that say “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA”). There are currently 100′s of oxygen bars operating legally in this country in several different industries to include, tanning, nightclubs, hotels, casinos, juice bars, health clubs, cruise ships, theme parks, salons, restaurants, malls, etc.
Nearly all Life is based on five basic elements — Oxygen, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Hydrogen and Carbon. The air we normally breathe today consists of approximately 21% oxygen, as well as, Nitrogen, Argon and other trace gasses. Unfortunately, our Earth’s atmosphere is changing due to pollution, burning of fossil fuels and overall destruction of the ozone layer. Based on ice-core samples and old amber samples, scientists believe that our atmosphere has changed from nearly 40% oxygen to today’s 19% to 21% Oxygen levels. Higher blood oxygen levels are believed to help us in many ways;
Oxygen enables our cells to regenerate, rebuild, and metabolize our food and water supply into energy (a car uses oxygen in a similar way). Everyday we breathe 20,000 times and our blood carries the oxygen that fuels our body to produce energy and clean out waste and toxins. Oxygen makes up approximately 90% each water molecule in our body. And, water accounts for nearly 65-75% our body’s mass. Interestingly, our brain makes up only 2% of our total mass; however, it utilizes 20% of the body’s oxygen consumption. As we get older, our lung’s capacity to hold air volume is reduced. Oxygen is clearly one of the most important elements for good health because it’s our primary source of energy. For example, try to hold your breath…eventually you will need to breath. It is estimated that approximately 85% to 90% of our energy comes from oxygen, while the remaining 10% to 15% comes from food and water. For this reason, you can live with out food and water for much longer in duration than you can hold your breath!
On a longer term basis, oxygen is believed to flush toxins and impurities out of our blood, preventing diseases from growing in our bodies. Here are some reported affects of oxygen:
- Improves poor concentration and sharper thinking
- Enhances alertness and memory retention
- Supports a healthy immune system and promotes healing
- Toxins elimination is believed to help slow down the aging process
- Calms your mind (especially when combined with Aroma Therapy)
- Speeds up the body’s recovery after physical exertion
- Provides a natural “aspirin free” assistance for eliminating headaches and migraines
- Less tendency for hangovers – when imbibing alcohol
- Promotes positive attitude and relieves feelings of depression
- Assists digestion, cell metabolism, assisting weight-loss efforts
- Enhances athletic performance, endurance, and recovery from muscle stiffness
- Improves sleep patterns and lessens sleep disorders
- Oxygen gives you energy!
While sitting at the Oxygen Party Bar, you may not immediately notice or feel any different; however, please be assured that the oxygen is doing it’s part to help your body be more energetic and be prepared for cellular function.
One of the most important and influential human senses is our sense of smell.
For many reasons, Aromatherapy is among the fastest growing fields in alternative and holistic medicine. It is sometimes used in clinics and hospitals for treatment of pain relief, for labor pain, for relieving pain caused by the side effects of the chemotherapy, and for the rehabilitation of cardiac patients.
Aromatherapy has been used for over 6000 years. The Chinese were perhaps the first culture to use aromatic plants for well-being. They burned incense to create harmony and balance. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used aromatherapy for various reasons, including everything from bathing, massage, and embalming their deceased. For example, Hippocrates, who is sometimes referred to as the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy baths and scented massage among his treatments. Hippocrates also used aromatic fumigations to rid Athens of the plague.
In the 1920′s, a French perfumer – Rene Gattefosse – coined the term Aromatherapy.
The use of aromatherapy is a personal and lifestyle choice – one that can bring pleasure, beauty, calmness, vitality, and well being to the user’s life. Many of us can remember or associate an unforgettable experience because of a partner’s perfume or cologne, food, or some other memorable aroma that left a lasting impression.
Our Oxygen Bars use an aroma delivery station as part of the overall experience. See pictures in our Photo gallery located to the left. Our sophisticated delivery solution allows the participant to mix from up to a choice of four different aromas (depending on the delivery equipment).
Pig Roast FAQ
First, supermarket cuts, such as chops, ribs or hams are cut from large pigs, not roasting size pigs. So, supermarket pigs tend to have fat along the outer pieces. Roasting pigs are much smaller and have not been “fattened”.
Bacon or ham purchased in a supermarket have been “cured” in salt and smoked, that is why the ham and bacon are pink and salty. A roasted pig will be white in color because it fresh and has no additives.
A pigs skin is very thick and blocks almost all the smoke from penetrating the meat. The meat will have only a hint of smoke which gives it the traditional flavoring.
Popcorn Machines FAQ
Yes. The popcorn machine can be placed into just about any vehicle. The easiest way to transport it is in the back or an SUV or Minivan. However, in can also be transported in a large car seat with the seat belt holding it in place. WARNING: Machine is made of metal and has many corners on it. You will want to bring protection for your car seats to prevent any damage to your seats.
An electrical outlet with 10.5 amps (1250 watts) is required to run the popcorn machine. All concession machines come with a 3 foot cord. If you can not place the machine close to an outlet, a 12 gauge extension cord is required. If you do not own a 12 gauge extension cord, we can rent one to you to prevent any electrical problems.
Popcorn machines weigh around 70 pounds. Therefore, they must be placed on a sturdy table A folding card table will NOT be sufficient. The best place to put a popcorn machine is on a popcorn cart that is specifically made for the machine. However, a counter top or commercial banquet table is also recommended.
No. The operator must be a minimum age of 18 years old. The popcorn kettle gets extremely hot and can burn someone’s hand if they are not careful.
Another great reason to rent from The Fun Ones is that you do not need to clean the machine. We will clean the machine. The only thing that we ask is that you wipe out the bottom of the machine and dump the kernel tray so that popcorn is not spilled during transportation.
Yes. However, we can not guarantee the performance of the machine since we have only tested it with our pre-measured kits.
Tent Rental FAQ
There are 3 types of tents to choose from Canopy, Frame, and Pole.
- Canopy Tents are lightweight and are designed to provide shade or protection from light rains. Perimeter staking is required and center poles every 10 feet are required. Our canopy tents allow solid and windowed side walls which is an important factor when choosing a company in Chicago to rent from. Most rental company tents are of lower quality and can not support side walls. If there is a chance for rain, having the option to install sidewalls is invaluable. Ideal use for canopy tents are backyard parties and forest preserves when there is less than 100 people. Canopy tents are for grass setups only.
- Frame Tents are made of a reinforced vinyl or vinyl coated canvas stretched over an aluminum frame. Since they have no center poles, the inside area is unobstructed. Minimal staking or weighting (if any) is required and they are perfect for installation in areas where staking is not practical, i.e. parking lots, patios, decks, driveways, etc. Ideal use for frame tents are Information booths, Vendor booths, Walkways, Presentations Seating.
- Pole Tents is supported by perimeter poles and center support poles. Pole tents require staking around the perimeter of the tent. Center support poles every 15 feet. (Be sure you have an additional 8′ to 10′ of space in addition to the tent size for staking.) Pole tents can be setup on grass or asphalt. For large events around Chicago, pole tents are usually the tent of choice.
Select a level area and make sure that you are not placing it in a low area where water will flow or accumulate if it should rain. If staking is required, be careful of the unseen underground factors that may affect the tent placement, i.e. sprinkler systems (checking the sprinkler timers is not a bad idea either), gas and water lines, and telephone and electrical conduit or wires. In most municipalities the local utility companies will be happy to visit the site and mark the locations of their pipes, wires, etc. If electrical service is required to the tent for lighting, etc. try to locate the tent in an area where power can be easily accessed and run to the tent. Electrical generators are also available for areas where electrical power is not readily available.
- Sidewalls – Solid and windowed sidewalls are available on all of our tents. Windowed sidewalls offer an upscale appearance and will not require additional lighting during the day.
- Fans/Air Movers/Heaters/Air Conditioners – Depending upon the expected ambient temperature, these options can greatly increase the level of comfort. (Tent sidewalls are needed when either of these options are used.)
- Lighting – Lighting can be used for practical application (like to see what you are eating) or to create a desired effect or mood. Lighting is required when solid side walls are used. (unless you are doing a haunted house…)
Our prices include setup and tear down on all of our tent, table, chair rentals. Most companies charge extra. Delivery/Pickup charges are NOT included and are based on the distance to the delivery location.
We setup the day before your event and take down the next business day. For example if you event was on Saturday, we would setup Friday and tear down on Monday. Don’t take the chance of the tent still going up while the guests are arriving which leaves no time for the you, the caterer or band to set up the area prior to guest arrival.
We carry a 3 million dollar liability policy should any of our equipment cause damage or injure someone.
Party Tents have not changed much through history. Wikipedia has the definition as: A party tent is a temporary shelter consisting of fabric or other materials draped over or attached to poles and supporting rope. First used as portable homesteads by nomadic people, tents are now more often used for recreational camping and temporary special events.
When we say tents haven’t changed much, we mean fundamentally there is still fabric being stretched to provide shelter. The tents we rent in Chicago and throughout the country now come in a variety of types of party tents including pole tents, frame tents and clear span structures the basic idea remains the same. Imagine 100’s of years ago a special event like a grand wedding was taking place in the town and no building was big enough to hold the guests. The solution was “Tents”!
When you look back to old movies you see tents used in old rodeos, by Indians and of course the circus. What would a circus be without the atmosphere of the Big Top? Elephants still assist the workers in putting up the large center poles of the Big Tops all over the world. Where will tents be in the next 100 years? Probably not much different is our guess, just doing their thing: providing shelter from the elements while the guests inside enjoy the gala.
You are required by law to contact JULIE at least 48 business hours prior to installing the tent. JULIE, Inc. will notify local utility companies who will send a locator to mark their underground facilities using paint and/or flags. Once marked, you will know the approximate location of buried utility lines and can install your tent safely. If we are installing the tent we will contact JULIE, but we also need to give them 48 business hours to do the utility locates on your property. The call to JULIE and the services are free. Dial 811 or 800-892-0123.
Wedding or Garden Party
The typical wedding or garden party under a tent will require space for guests to be seated at round tables, as well as space for buffet, head tables, bars and dance floor. Although every party has unique requirements, the general rule for this type of party is to allow 18 square feet per guest.
Since there isn’t the need for as much furniture at a cocktail party, minimal seating, smaller food stations, etc.) the space allowance can be reduced to 10-12 square feet per guest.
Ceremony or Row Seating
For wedding ceremonies or public assemblies, one must allow for the chairs, space between the rows, aisles, and space required for the podium and/or stage. The suggested allowance is 8 square feet per person.
Please remember no two functions are alike. Each event deserves to be looked at individually. Be sure to check with the caterer or band for any special needs.
One 5′ Round table with 8 to 10 chairs, consumes 100 sq. ft.
- 5′ Round table seats 8 comfortably
- 6′ Round table seats 10 comfortably
- 6′ Rectangle table seats 6 to 8
- 8′ Rectangle table seats 8 to 10
This chart will give you a guide to how many people fit under a tent with 3 different seating arrangements. The first arrangement is a Formal Sit Down arrangement that utilizes round tables. The round tables are typically used for weddings and black tie events. It is not uncommon for casual events to use round tables since round tables allow eye contact with every person sitting at the table. The second arrangement is the Cafeteria Style arrangement that utilizes rectangle tables. The rectangle tables are 8 feet or 6 feet in length.
|Frame Tent Size||Square Footage||Formal Sit Down Round Tables||Cafeteria Style Buffet Tables||Cathedral Seating||Stand Up Cocktail|
|15′ x 15′||225||24||24-32||50||40|
|20′ x 20′||400||32-40||32-40||50||60|
|20′ x 30′||600||48-60||64-80||75||80|
|20′ x 40′||800||64-80||96-120||100||100|
|20′ x 50′||1000||80-100||125||125|
|20′ x 60′||1200||96-120||150||150|
|30′ x 30′||900||72-90||112- 130||110||110|
|30′ x 40′||1200||96-120||96-120||150||150|
|30′ x 50′||1500||120-150||120-150||185||185-200|
|30′ x 60′||1800||144-180||144-180||225||225-275|
|30′ x 70′||2100||168-210||260||260-300|
|30′ x 80′||2400||192-240||300||300-350|
|30′ x 90′||2700||216-270||335||335-400|
|30′ x 100′||3000||240-300||375||375-425|