Inflatable Accommodations for Rugby World Cup

inflatable hotel Rugby World CupWith the Rugby World Cup coming up soon, fans from around the world will be flocking to the UK to attend matches. Comfortable accommodations can be hard to find for the thousands of fans who want to attend. Many people are finding hotels booked or out of their price range. Pop-up facilities are another attractive option that will be available for this year’s World Cup.

The Snoozebox Rugby Hotel will be available from September 19 to October 19 to provide accommodations for rugby fans. The pop-up hotel offers guests two options: an en-suite Snoozebox room or an inflatable Snoozy sleeping pod.

The Snoozebox rooms come with a double or single bed, toilet, shower, free wi-fi, a flat-screen TV, linens, bedding, towels, toiletries, and electricity. Snoozy inflatable sleeping pods allow guests to stand up, which is not possible in a traditional tent. They also come with showers and toilets. The hotel will feature a Snoozebox Social Hub, which will show live screenings of Rugby World Cup matches, and a bar and guest lounge.

The portable rooms are often used at events such as festivals. The pop-up hotel has also been used at Silverstone, the Ryder Cup, and Glastonbury.

The pop-up rooms won a Good Design Award Trophy earlier this year. Snoozebox was one of seven projects that were nominated to receive the award. Other contenders included Uber and Tesla Motors.

Players themselves have also been taking advantage of inflatable accommodations. Players with the Swansea FC recently received 30 inflatable pods to encourage them to take breaks to rest between their training sessions.

Why Are Giant Rubber Ducks Controversial?

Rubber Duck controversy“Rubber Duck,” a giant inflatable sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has delighted residents and visitors in cities around the world. Despite its universal appeal, the inflatable duck is controversial.

“Rubber Duck” was first showcased in Saint-Nazaire, France in 2007. Other rubber ducks were put on display in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Canada, and other countries in subsequent years. People came by the thousands to see them and take pictures.

Rubber ducks have been around since the end of the late 19th century. Shortly after rubber was introduced to the market, several people decided independently to fashion it into ducks. A variety of toys and hunting decoys were invented, but none had much commercial success. In 1949, Peter Ganine secured a patent for a rubber duck that squeaked, floated, stayed upright, and smiled. Millions were sold.

Ganine’s yellow rubber ducks became synonymous with childhood because they were associated with bathtubs. Primary colors, smiling faces, and baby animals induce feelings of happiness in people’s brains. They also became popular for the squeaky sounds they produced. The rubber ducks do not have any real political or cultural associations, but are rather a blank slate. People can add whatever meaning they want by decorating them or using them to symbolize other things.

Hofman relies on the size of his sculptures to make a statement. By making them so large, he makes humans seem smaller, which he hopes takes away people’s egos and helps them communicate better.

Some people dislike the ducks precisely because of their ubiquity and broad-based appeal. Critics say the ducks have nothing to do with the unique history or character of the many cities where they are displayed and that they are generic and feel like advertising.

Hofman’s rubber ducks are also controversial because he enforces copyright over all rubber ducks when his inflatables are on display and has been known to sue people for infringement and to take his ducks away. Critics say this deprives local businesspeople of revenue.

Inflatable Maze Delights Boston Residents

Pentalum inflatable maze BostonSouth Boston’s experimental park, The Lawn on D, brings attractions that draw in residents and visitors of all ages. The park has hosted activities including yard games, public art installations, food trucks, and craft brews. From May 28 to 31, The Lawn on D hosted Pentalum, an inflatable maze consisting of five domes. It refracts light to provide a sensory artistic experience for anyone who enters.

Architecture firm Architects of Air, based in Nottingham, UK, designed and built Pentalum. Artistic director Alan Parkinson has been experimenting with inflatable structures since the 1980s.

Pentalum was built completely by hand. Parkinson created a plan, and the workshop made a template. Workers cut thousands of meters of fabric and glued them together by hand over a period of five to six months. The maze is 168 feet long and took 10 people an entire day to erect on the 2.7-acre site.

Architects of Air’s goal is to make its luminaria as inclusive as possible. They draw in visitors of all ages, from babies to senior citizens. Many people are touched by the experience of the luminaria. People of all ages, and some with developmental disabilities, find it soothing.

The luminaria are beautiful regardless of the weather. On a cloudy day or when the sun is setting, the changes in lighting can create amazing visual effects.

Architects of Air has created only five inflatable mazes that are scattered around the world. Pentalum is the only one in the Americas. Each has unique characteristics. Some are set up at organized events or private functions.

Part of the name of the exhibit is based on the prefix “pent,” which refers to the five domes. All of the names of the luminaria are based on members of Parkinson’s family, the structures themselves, and features of the structures. The others are named Aboria, Miracoco, Mirazozo, and Amococo.

Up & Go Celebrates UK Launch with Inflatable Course

Up Go inflatable obstacle courseUp & Go, an Australian company that produces breakfast drinks, is promoting its recent introduction into the UK market by setting up an inflatable Sydney Harbour Bridge assault course. The inflatable obstacle course will be on London’s Southbank from April 22 to 26.

The Up & Go Bounce Off is a timed obstacle course. Contestants will compete on hurdles, tunnels, punch bags, a trampoline bridge, and a ball pit. They will fight for positions on the leader board, and the competitors with the fastest times each day will be awarded prizes.

The bridge will be 25 meters long and eight meters high, which will make it the largest inflatable bridge ever built anywhere in the world. It will be accompanied by an inflatable version of the Sydney Opera House to celebrate Up & Go’s Australian roots. The site will also have beverages, bean bags, and published race times.

Photographers will be present at the contest each day to capture images of the competitors. The pictures will be able to be shared instantly on social media.

The inflatable obstacle course will travel to several university campuses throughout the UK, including Portsmouth, Leicester, Nottingham, and Kent, in May. Students will be able to compete against students at other universities, and the winners will be awarded a trophy.

Up & Go’s goal is to encourage its customers to be active in the morning and throughout the day. They decided to use the Up & Go Bounce Off to launch their brand in the UK, celebrate their Australian heritage, and promote friendly competition.

Children’s Health Event Features Inflatable Brain

inflatable brainThe 14th Annual Child Health & Safety Day held in Canon City, Colorado on Saturday, September 20 featured a giant inflatable brain designed to educate children and the public.

The inflatable brain was 18 feet long, 14 feet wide, and 12 feet high. Visitors to the event were able to walk through the inflatable structure to learn about the real human brain, which measures about 6.5 inches long, 5.5 inches wide, and 3.6 inches high.

The display included information about the brain’s structure, function, ailments, illnesses, lobes, and trauma. It demonstrated the effects of conditions such as dementia, tissue death, arterial cerebral aneurysms, blunt force trauma, bruising, and hemorrhagic stroke.

Event organizers believed it was important to have the inflatable brain on display because children are curious about what is going on inside their own bodies. Older children were able to learn how to protect their brains and prevent them from getting injured.

This was the first year that the inflatable brain was included at the Child Health & Safety Day event. It was designed to reach out to the community and educate parents and children in a fun, interactive, and engaging way.

Families who visited the event and walked through the inflatable brain found it interesting and informative. They enjoyed looking at the pictures of the inside of the brain and learning about how it works and responds to diseases or trauma.

The event included many other attractions and activities for the whole family. Visitors were interested in participating in the other exhibits and activities and hearing more about various aspects of health and wellness for children.

Albuquerque Hosts International Balloon Fiesta

mass ascensionThe 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was held from October 5 to 13. The event included 554 registered balloon teams, with 97 special shape balloons and five gas balloons. The participants represented 18 countries from around the world and 35 U.S. states.

An estimated 856,000 people attended the nine-day event, a significant increase over last year that is attributed to good weather and the introduction of the Music Fiesta, a country music concert featuring several big names on the last Saturday of the Balloon Fiesta. Film Fest winners were announced after the concert, with first prize going to the University of New Mexico.

balloon glowsFive teams, all Americans, participated in the America’s Challenge Gas Race, in which the team that travels the farthest distance wins. The winning team from New Mexico traveled 1,425.87 miles. A $10,000 prize was awarded in the hot air overall competition.

The Fiesta began as a gathering of 13 hot air balloons in 1972 and has grown into the largest balloon event in the world. Gas balloons began participating in 1981. In 1993, the Balloon Fiesta hosted the 37th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, the world’s most prestigious gas ballooning event. In 1994, it held the 8th World Gas Balloon Championship. The following year, Mark Sullivan, winner of the Montgolfier Diplome, one of ballooning’s top honors, founded the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race. The Balloon Fiesta hosted the Coupe Aeronautique again in 1999.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is held for nine days in early October at Balloon Fiesta Park. The 43rd event will be held from October 4 to 12, 2014.

Come Visit Inflatable 2000 at IAAPALOOZA 4!!!

Inflatable 2000 will be at the fourth annual IAAPALOOZA located in Orlando, Florida. The event will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 6pm to 9pm. The IAAPALOOZA is a part of the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions represents over 4,000 members in 93 different countries. Founded in 1918, the IAAPA is best known for its Attractions Expo every year. The Attractions Expo brings the top amusement and attractions vendors from around the country. Inflatable 2000 will be at the IAAPALOOZA portion of the expo this year. There will be free food and drinks and a raffle prizes during the trade show.

Show your support for Inflatable 2000 by visiting them this year at the fourth annual IAAPALOOZA! Come check out all of their newest and best inflatable products while enjoying beautiful Orlando, Florida. The Attractions Expo will run from November 17th through the 22nd. You can check out the IAAPA website for a full schedule of events.

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The American Inflatable Road Show in Austin, Texas

The American Inflatable Road Show

The American Inflatable Road Show will be in Austin, Texas from April 24th to the 25th. It is a trade show designed specifically for companies in the inflatable product industry. The leading inflatable companies will be at the AIR show to show off their inflatable slides, bounce houses, and promotional products.

The American Inflatable Alliance sponsors the AIR show and was started in 2012. It is the only trade show dedicated entirely to inflatables and the inflatable industry. Visitors will be able to see the most creative inflatables that companies from around the country have to offer. There will be many inflatable products that people can try first hand to understand the excitement they offer.

The country’s biggest inflatable companies, like Inflatable 2000, will be on hand in Austin for the show. Inflatable 2000Inflatable 2000 is the world’s leading source for amusement inflatables, promotional inflatables, tents, banners, and more. The inflatable company has worked with many large companies and organizations such as NASA, Disney, and 20th Century Fox Films to create custom designed inflatable products. Inflatable 2000 also works with many smaller businesses to create custom inflatable products that they can use to effectively brand their services or products to their target audience.

The American Inflatable Road Show was created to bring a series of regional shows to various cities across the country. The AIR Show in Austin will feature the leaders in the inflatable industry and is designed specifically for those in the market for inflatable products. There will be a wide variety of businesses that use inflatable products at the show, including event companies, backyard rental companies, and anyone company that features inflatable play structures.

The AIR Show will be held at the Austin, Texas Convention Center and there will also be educational seminars, exhibits, and safety training. Doors will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:30 am. The show will close on Thursday, April 25th at 3:00 pm.

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Inflatables Entertain Members of Boys and Girls Club

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The members of the Hudson High School Explorer’s football team came to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland to help the kids have a good time for the holidays. Along with around 30 football players, family members and friends also came to volunteer. The event, called “Holiday Games Day,” was organized by Marylee Maendler and other parents. The mother of a sophomore football player, Marylee brought in treats, games, a photo booth, and inflatables to make it a memorable day for the members of the club.

Organizers collected cash donations to raise money for the event. They rented inflatables that made an obstacle course. The photo booth was set up for free unlimited photos and there were different accessories for the kids to dress up in. Inflatable Obstacle CourseJoAnn fabrics donated over 140 blanket kits for the kids, so they could make their own blankets and bring them home with them. The children got to play on the inflatables, do lots of crafts, and take all the pictures they wanted with their friends and family.

Marylee and the other organizers were not sure what to expect at first, because it was their first time doing the event. A snowstorm hit the day before the scheduled date, so they were unsure how many kids would make it. To the organizers surprise, about 120 kids from the club made it to the Holiday Games Day and they had a great time.

Even though it started out as a football-sponsored event, about 40 businesses and families were responsible for the success of the first Holiday Games Day. The day came to conclusion when the volunteers handed out 200 gourmet cupcakes to the kids that were donated by Main Street Cupcakes, a local bakery. The whole day was a great experience for the football players and the members of the Boys and Girls Club.

Inflatables to Bring Families to Your Event

If you are a charity organizer or simply a volunteer for your children’s school, you know how difficult it can be to get people excited for your planned events. Be it a small carnival with proceeds going to charity or simply a fun run, it can be hard to get people to attend, much less have a good time. Keeping this in mind, consider the effect that inflatables can have in these situations. By having one or two exciting inflatables at your event, families will have an excellent time. Here are some inflatables that are great at these functions:

Boot Camp Challenge – Some of the best inflatables available for events are those rooted in competitions between people – the competitive spirit is particularly alive when you pit mom vs. daughter or father vs. son. The Boot Camp Challenge is a perfect inflatable battleground for determining a winner in these matchups. Featuring several different types of obstacles like vertical pillars and lazer beams (elastic – not real lasers!) the Boot Camp Challenge is a great addition to your event’s entertainment!

The Lagoon of Doom – Here’s a particularly special inflatable that will get the whole family involved in the activities. Pick a pair of people and put them on the spinning log in the middle of an inflatable swamp. Whoever can stay on the log for the longest wins and the first to fall gets attacked by an inflatable alligator or two. So spin as quickly as you can to knock your family off the log!

Heavy Hitter – This inflatable is more a game of skill than it is of knocking over your mom or dad. A column of air balances a tee ball in front of the batter to swing at. If the batter can hit it into one of the target holes in the backdrop, they are the true home run hero! Better yet, this inflatable will actually return the ball to its original position!