I get a lot of questions about our giant games range so I've decided to put up a small FAQ here.
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Should you choose a supervised or unsupervised session?
We have two options for our giant games range. Supervised sessions or free hire.
Our giant games are not too complicated. Most people working regularly with children are aware of how to play games such as Scrabble and Snakes and Ladders.
We don't structure our giant games sessions. Both session types allow for free play by children, so there is no difference in the way that a supervised session or a hire only would run. That doesn't mean that there is no reason to choose a supervised session, however.
The benefits of choosing a supervised session are as follows:
1. Risk - As a hirer, you have full responsibility for supervision of the equipment and participants. Each giant game costs thousands of dollars to produce, and causing damage to one of the mats or custom equipment could be expensive. There have often been times we have given comprehensive safety instructions to a supervisor on duty during drop off, however by the time we return, several staffing changes have taken place, and we find children using the equipment in a manner that may cause damage or injury. Unfortunately certain people can be far less rigorous with ensuring the safety of equipment in which they have no personal financial interest or consequences.
Our staff know the intricacies of the equipment, the weight limits, the do's and dont's and the capacity and take full responsibility for the equipment in supervised sessions.
That said, all equipment is commercial grade and capable of withstanding the demands of large groups. In the two years we have hired out giant games in their current forms, there have only been two instances where minor damage has occurred.
2. Engagement - Our staff run hundreds of sessions of giant games each year and we have an excellent understanding of how to keep kids engaged after the initial excitement wears off. We know how to adapt rules to suit different agegroups, group sizes or timeframes and we have some creative ideas on how to use the equipment in different set ups to increase the variety on hand. Plus we are always on hand to remind participants of scoring rule clarifications.
3. Time flexibility - The games take up a huge amount of space, and must be kept sheltered from weather. Hires are almost always dropped off and picked up only at the beginning and end of the day. Sometimes it's not convenient to have such a large equipment set up left in place all day, and you want to make sure the equipment arrives and departs within a certain timeframe. In this case it is better to choose a supervised session, in which case you can guarantee that the equipment will be packed up and out of the way immediately after finishing the session.
What are the space requirements?
The giant games range in size from smaller 1 x 1m sized giant games to our custom creations up to 10 x 10 metres in size. Several games are indoor only, but all must be kept sheltered from weather and must be returned clean and dry.
Exact games depends on location and number of children in attendance, but a standard set up for a group of 30 children includes 1 main game (snakes and ladders, trouble or monopoly fitness), 2 secondary games (guess who, cluedo, candyland, scrabble or twister) and 3 smaller games (pick up sticks, jenga, connect 4, battleships
The games and size requirements are as follows:
Snakes and Ladders 8 x 8 metres - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud) , Equipment does involve minor climbing so soft landing surface preferred for safety reasons. The weight of the equipment means it is resistant to wind but must be moved immediately in case of rain.
Trouble 8 x 8 metres - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud), Any surface. Cannot be played in wind. Equipment will not be damaged by rain, but needs to be dried if wet.
Monopoly Fitness 10 x 10 metres - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud). Gameplay involves exercises so soft surface preferred for safety and comfort. Cannot be played in wind. Equipment will not be damaged by rain, but needs to be dried if wet.
Guess Who minimum 5 x 10 metres - Indoor only
Scrabble 6 x 6 metres - Indoor only
Candyland 5 x 8 metres - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud). Spinner not suitable for use in windy conditions but can be replaced with dice if necessary. Cannot be played in wind. Equipment will not be damaged by rain, but needs to be dried if wet.
Cluedo 5 x 8 metres - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud). Cannot be played in wind. Equipment will not be damaged by rain, but needs to be dried if wet.
Twister 4 x 4 metres - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud). Cannot be played in wind. Equipment will not be damaged by rain, but needs to be dried if wet.
Battleships, Jenga, Connect 4, Pick up sticks less than 1 x 1 metre each - Outdoors OK (no dirt or mud). Equipment cannot get wet. Connect 4 cannot be played in wind.
How long does it take to set up and pack down?
Giant games is a large equipment based workshop, with a lot of components. The set up time depends on the parking and access available, but generally takes 30 - 45 minutes if there is a place to unload within 20 metres of the setup location without any impediments to trolley access. If the location is further away it could take up to 1.5 hours.
If there are any major access impediments (stairs, narrow entrances or lack of suitable parking) please discuss with us prior to booking as the session may not be suited to your location, or cost may be increased to allow for extra staff to help lift equipment in places where trolleys cannot be used.
The space where your session is to be held will not be accessible during set up or pack down as heavy equipment needs to be moved around.
Please ensure set up and pack down time is allowed for when booking giant games sessions as access delays could affect play time available.
How long does a session run for?
1. Supervised sessions
Playtime for a half day session is generally 1.5 - 2.5 hours depending on access. For a morning session we aim to arrive at 7.30am in order to have the equipment ready by 8.30am for free play. We commence pack up between 11 and 11.30am depending on access with the aim to leave prior to 12pm
Afternoon sessions have expected arrival at 12.30pm, ready for play by 1.30pm. Pack up commences at 4pm to leave by 5pm.
The giant games can have approximately 50 - 60 children playing at one time. Younger children will generally play for a maximum of 60 - 90 minutes and older children will generally play for a maximum of 90 - 120 minutes.
If you anticipate more than 60 children in attendance, we would suggest booking an afternoon session, as the session can always stay set up for longer if needed to allow for 2 groups
i.e 1.30 - 2.30pm for younger students then 2.30 - 4.30pm for older children.
2. Hire only sessions
Hire sessions may be half day or full day, depending on the size of the group and our bookings schedule. Our instructors will generally drop off equipment first thing in the morning, run workshops throughout the day and pick up the equipment their other bookings are completed. This helps us keep costs down on hires.
Groups of less than 40 are guaranteed a half day session, but may be designated full day if staff have other bookings. Groups of more than 40 will be booked in for a full day hire. Full day hire pick up is between 3pm and 5.30pm.
3. Commercial sessions
Multi day supervised sessions in single locations such as events or commercial and retail premises allow for 6 hours of supervised hire with one staff member, including a 30 minute break.
How much does it cost?
$13 + GST per child per half day session. Minimum charge $429.
Bookings of more than 60 will be offered extra time depending on expected and final numbers.
Per child hire sessions:
$10 + GST per child per half day session. Minimum charge $330.
Number of games and hire length will be customised to suit your group
Private hire - small groups or events such as weddings or birthday parties -
Standard kids package $300 + GST (1 main game, 2 medium games, 3 smaller games);
Small package $150 + GST (1 medium game plus 3 smaller games);
Individual Games from $50 + GST
Commercial fixed rate daily hire:
$790 + GST - 6 hour hire of standard package (1 main game, 2 medium games, 3 smaller games)
Commercial multi - day hire:
$790 + GST per weekday includes 1 staff member for 6 hours, with 5.5 hours maximum event time.
Extra staff $250 + GST per additional supervisor per day.
Weekend/ Public holiday rate add $150 + GST per day
Please contact us with details of your event, expected attendance and fundraising goals. Rates commence at 25% of revenue raised.
What are the terms of hire?
Please see our terms and conditions tab in the above menu