February 22, 2013
As suppliers of entertainment for corporate events, our focus is usually on the performers – be it musicians, magicians, comedians or circus acts. But there’s more to entertainment than entertainers (if that makes any sense) and a lot of the time, what we provide at an event is the means for the guests to entertain themselves. So in today’s post, we’re looking at Interactive Entertainment Ideas for corporate events and private functions.
As anyone who’d been at an event featuring vintage arcade machines will attest, there’s nothing that brings out the kid in an event guest like an old school arcade cabinet loaded up with all of the old coin guzzling favourites. While you can pay to download old 8-bit games on your phone or modern console, nothing quite recaptures the feeling of grasping a joystick and playing on one of these classic gaming machines.
If I can keep things nostalgic for a moment, remember all those novelty board games from your childhood? Scalextric, Operation, Jenga... that kind of thing, remember them? Now imagine them, but bigger. Harking back to a time before apps and facebook games and Calls of Duty, these giant versions of kid’s favourites remind guests of a time when the most exciting thing in the world was the feeling of pulling a tiny bone out of a man with a flashing red nose.
Some believe Karaoke to be a public performance, something to be done in crowded pubs overseen by a man with a microphone encouraging guests to make a public spectacle. But for others, Karaoke is an intensely private experience more suited to enclosed spaces and a few trusted companions. For those people, we suggest taking that booth and putting wheels on it. Karavanaoke brings the Karaoke booth experience to any event through the magic of caravans. If your trembling fingers aren’t already jamming the phone keys trying to “BOOK THIS NOW” then you’re probably the first type of Karaoke person.
So far our suggestions have been plenty interactive, sure, but only for one or two people at a time; enter Race Nights which allow a whole room full of people to participate in the evening’s entertainment at once. Recapturing the thrill of spending a day at the races, Race Nights let guests bet on pre-recorded horse races with bookies, prizes, costumed jockeys and more. It’s also a fun way to introduce some competition into an event – all for fun of course.
The ever popular photobooth has long been a fixture at events, offering guests a memento of the evening as well as the opportunity to climb into an enclosed space and pull faces. Photobooths come in all shapes and sizes, from themed booths in the shape of cars and taxis to dressing up booths complete with costumes and props, there are endless opportunities to make a photobooth fit the theme of any event.
Our health and safety record being what it is (and what it is is excellent) we’re not generally in the business of encouraging flying projectiles at our events – flying laser projectiles are fine though. Our laser archery stands are the perfect way to make your guests feel like a sort of techno Robin Hood with none of the inherent danger that would normally involve. Similarly, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting makes guests feel like techno-Robin Hood has been given a gun and told to hunt Clay Pigeons.
We’re pretty big fans of Digital surfaces like the Graffiti Wall and Graffiti tables, which accounts for why the wall has turned up in a few of our recent blogs. Before the invention of the Graffiti wall, corporate event guests were constantly ‘tagging’ historic venues, painting Banksy-esque murals on centuries-old masonry and creating massive cleaning bills. These days guests can create their own works of art using Infra-Red spray cans, the pictures can even be printed off or emailed from the event.
For more ideas or information on hiring interactive entertainment for corporate events, weddings and civil ceremonies, head over to our contact page and get in touch.
By Garreth Owen