Non-Game Carnival Booths for Your Big Fundraiser
Springtime is carnival and festival time, and for many schools and nonprofits, those are the largest fundraisers of the year! In addition to the bean bag toss, baseball throw, cola ring toss and other novelty carnival games, consider having non-game carnival booths that add tons of fun and still help boost profits.
6 Non-Game Carnival Booths:
1. Sand Art Booth: Kids of all ages LOVE sand art. With small fun-shaped bottles and colorful sand, this carnival booth can boost your fundraiser profits and leave carnival goers with a fun keepsake. Tip: Have children funnel and fill their sand bottles over paper plates so extra sand can be put back into containers and not thrown away.
2. Face Painting Booth: It's not a carnival if kids aren't running around with cat faces and butterflies painted on their cheeks! Make sure your face painting booth is set up with a poster or two of designs available for kids to choose from, lots of rinse water, paper towls, and of course, washable paint and brushes. A simple and inexpensive alternative is temporary tattoos - you can buy these in bulk, they are super simple to apply and often take less time which means less kids wait in line!
3. Photo Booth: Consider renting a stand-up photo booth for your carnival; photo booths are super fun carnival activities for kids to take part in with their friends and their family! Or try a more inexpensive alternative by setting up your own; fashion a background with a colorful sheet or simply drapes hung up on a wall. Give "models" fun props like jumbo sunglasses, feather boas, and fake moustaches.
4. Art Exhibit: SchoolCarnivals.com has a great idea for featuring student art at your big fundraiser! Line the hallways or an exhibition room of your indoor carnival with the art (and include tags with student name and grade), or feature in their own tent at your outdoor carnival.
5. Guess How Many: Whether it's a jar full of jelly beans (great for Spring), candy corn (great for Fall) or even simply buttons, filling a large jar and having carnival goers guess how many pieces are in there makes for a fun carnival booth everyone can take part in. Have players right their answer on a piece of paper and announce the winner in a big way towards the end of your event!
6. Game Scores Booth: We love this idea from CarnivalSavers.com - set up a booth for all the "dads" to visit with current sports highlights and game scores from that day. This booth is great for March Madness (Spring), Baseball, and Football seasons (Fall). Get your hands on pennants for participating teams and have chalk or whiteboards updated with games and scores.