Hollywood Park Family Fun Day

There are simply not enough events that bring together activities that both parents and children can enjoy alongside each other. Usually scheduled fun days either focus entirely on kid’s activities or adult activities, but usually they aren’t mixed!

Well, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, is looking to change this trend with its Family Day this Sunday, October 17th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During most days, Hollywood Park is a premiere race track that opened in June of 1938, which was also the inaugural year of the Hollywood Gold Cup, which would come to be known as Hollywood Park’s signature race. According to the Hollywood Park website:

“The legendary Seabiscuit was victorious in 1938’s inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, the track’s signature race which would be won 11 times by Thoroughbreds distinguished as Horse of the Year: 1938, Seabiscuit; 1940, Challedon; 1951, Citation; 1956, Swaps; 1957, Round Table; 1971, Ack Ack; 1979, Affirmed; 1987, Ferdinand; 1990, Criminal Type; 1995, Cigar; 1998, Skip Away.”

This Sunday will be quite a day for all of the family to enjoy. While parents take turns betting and watching live horse racing from the stands, the kiddies will be able to enjoy a number of activities – from inflatables to pony rides to face painting. While the Family Fun Day activities start at noon and last until 4, make sure to get to the park before 1 p.m., so you can take part in the live horse racing that’s taking place!

A quick reminder as well, there will also be fun at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, coming up this weekend, October 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This event is taking place at the Juan Bautista de Anza Park, right off the 101 Freeway. Besides pumpkin themed activities, there will be pumpkin beer and baked pumpkin goods! Southern California events just don’t get any better!

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, Southern California

I think I’ve made it clear that rides, inflatables and other amusement related activities are totally awesome in this blog. If you disagree, I will tell you again: inflatables and rides are awesome. Now we can move on. My love of these things causes me to look for fairs that celebrate the harvest season, with themes about Halloween, apples and pumpkins. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to go to these types of events because they have rides, inflatables and really delicious food (made from apples and pumpkins!).

One such festival is the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, which is coming up on October 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This festival, an annual tradition in Southern California events, is set up at the Juan Bautista de Anza Park on 3701 Lost Hills Road, right off of the 101 Freeway. The major focus of this festival is (what else?) pumpkins in all shapes and forms: there’s a pumpkin patch, pumpkin foods, pumpkin beer for dad, pumpkin crafts, a professional pumpkin carver and baked pumpkin goods. Is there anything better in the fall?

Also included in the price of admission are the rides and games that your kids can handle. There’s a free fun carnival zone for games and a plethora of rides for you and your kids to enjoy, from inflatable rides and obstacle courses, to a giant slide and musical swings! There are also bands playing all weekend and contests for all to participate in:

– Kid’s and Adult’s Pie Eating Contest
– Mummy Wrap Contest
– Seed Spitting Contest

Finally, if you’re a car aficionado, check out the lineup of classic cars and cars from Hollywood movies. You can bet I will be there!

Competitive Inflatables

There is nothing like a little healthy competition to get your adrenaline pumping. Competitive inflatables can be an excellent way to build team unity, but are also an effective form of exercise for school functions and activities. Adding the element of a contest or “battle” to the enjoyment already implicit with inflatables just amplifies the joy that children (and even adults) will experience.

Inflatable 2000 offers a myriad of various obstacle and game inflatables, including:

Race to the Top – Strap on protective head gear – this inflatable is one crazy team challenge. Two to four players enter and each line up at one of four lanes. Each player must climb up the inflatable by rope and grab one of two colored batons matched up to their respective lane. Once obtained, the baton must be placed at the starting position along a strip of Velcro. The second baton must be retrieved the same way and returned the same way as the first. The first person to return both batons is the winner – you can customize the game to make it the first team to return the batons wins. The mountain can be made more difficult for older kids or adults by adjusting the air pressure.

Gladiator – If you’re looking for a good old fashioned obstacle course, you won’t find many better than Gladiator, a perfect inflatable for timed challenges. Contenders enter the giant Coliseum ring up a difficult curved climb against the humongous gladiator figure and slide down into the action. Never mind the other team – pop-out obstacles are the main competition in this arena. You might want to face the lion’s mesh belly, if you can stomach the pressure.

Justice League Double Challenge – The Justice League Double Challenge is an inflatable focused on true comic book heroes, like Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern. Two kids must make their way through respective sides of the inflatable, dodging pop-ups and quickly speeding through crawl spaces. Featuring a center climb slide, the opponents exit on different colored slides.

New Guidelines for Inflatable Bouncy Rides Being Looked At

Bouncy rides have become a staple of any good children’s party.  Kids really enjoy being able to bounce around on their favorite type of house or even cartoon character.  Who are we kidding – adults love them too!  But recently, some concerns about inflatable bouncy house safety have called the lack of restrictions surrounding bounce-style rides into question.

These matters aren’t entirely unfounded – as recently as this past April, three young children (ages 2, 5 and 7) in El Paso, Texas, were injured when a bounce house they were playing in, was blown up ten feet into the air and across the street from their yard.  This article says that at least two of the children were seriously injured because the house was not tethered properly to the ground.

A group in Wichita, Kansas, is currently looking to put an ordinance into place that would circumvent major safety concerns about the security of such bouncy rides.  The current ordinance only covers companies that rent or permanently own inflatable bounce rides at events, but as more families begin to own inflatable amusement rides, officials believe that a new set of rules and provisions should be put into place.  Some of these would potentially include:

  • Inflatables would have to be inspected several times a year – not just once.
  • Training measures would become much stricter – non-profit groups that own bouncy rides and families that would privately rent inflatables would have to receive training, even if professionals would be running the rides.
  • Ride inspections would have to be more specific and connected to a harsher set of guidelines.
  • Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be banned from getting on such an inflatable.

These new rules may not be a bad idea, if only to remind people to be safe when operating such rides.  So remember to always have safety concerns on mind when holding an event featuring a bouncy castle or Spongebob Squarepants.  First comes safety, then comes the fun!