Everyone loves Summer, but nobody loves Summer as much as kids. Most of us can remember that jittery feeling of waiting, months on end, for the hours of sunlight to get longer to have that extra bit of time after school to spend with our friends.
It's no surprise, then, that events and parties for children skyrocket in the months of June, July and August.
The range of delightful, outdoorsy activities that youngsters can revel in are virtually endless.
So if you've been tasked with organising a party for kids, take a look at our list of must-have kids party rentals. They could be what takes your party from being 'great' to 'unforgettable'!
1. Inflatable Water Slide
Ah, the joys splashing around in water on a hot day have no bounds! Water parks are notoriously overcrowded and too noisy for many parents to bare, which is why hiring an inflatable water slide can be just the smartest thing you can do to keep the kiddos endlessly entertained.
2. Traditional Cotton Candy Cart
Tasty treats are integral to any event, and a kid's party is certainly no exception. Sure, pumping kids full of sugar is hardly a good idea, but cotton candy is totally worth it. Plus, these awesome cotton candy carts are a real eye candy (sorry not sorry)!
3. Ball Pool Pit
The great thing about ball pits is that they're a weather-proof solution and a real success year-round. Plus, they're loved unanimously by babies, toddlers, and even pre-teens.
4. Native American Tipi
Whether a part of a greater Native American theme (that kids adore, by the way), or as an individual prop piece, a tipi is a fun little addition to any children's party. It can also double-up as an extra hiding space for a riveting round of hide and seek.
5. Popcorn Machine
If you're going for a Hollywood theme, or simply looking to have a fun snack pit-stop, a popcorn machine is your best friend. Easy to use and totally hassle-free to set up, hiring one for a kids party is truly a no-brainer.
6. Bouncy Castle
Bouncy castles bring off-the-charts levels of delight to kiddos. If you hire one through Rentuu, you'll have the benefit of it being set up and dismantled for you, so you needn't worry about the faff of the set-up.
7. Confetti Cannon
Kids are known to love all things that sparkle and glitter, and what's a party without confetti? You can use a confetti cannon as part of a 'cake giving' ceremony, or blast it off as a surprise at the end of the party. Whatever you choose to do with the confetti, we can guarantee that it'll be a real hit.
8. Projector/Inflatable Movie Screen
Open-air cinemas are all the rage come the Summer months, and it's easy to see why. Getting kids to sit still in an indoor screen is a mission and a half in itself, and an inflatable outdoor screen gives your clients the opportunity to enjoy a cinema experience on their own terms. Combine the inflatable screen with the popcorn making machine and you've got your clients one memorable evening!
9. Mobile Climbing Wall
Yep, they really do exist! If you're dealing with an active crowd (and let's face it, most kids have the energy levels of a small feral animal), a climbing wall is guaranteed to keep them busy AND wear them out at the end of a long day. Believe us, the parents will be super thankful if you manage to achieve both tasks!
10. Bubble Machine
If you only hire one thing from this list, make it a bubble machine. Seriously. Kids love the stuff. They also never tire of them. You could keep a bubble machine going for three hours, and that'll be your children's party event all set. Just make sure to stock up on enough bubble making liquid if you do -- the stuff runs out fast.
11. Fancy Dress Costumes
Make-believe is one of the most magical things about being a child, which is why fancy dress is such a no-brainer if you're looking for an easy way to spruce up a kids themed event. The range of fancy dress available for hire is endless, and it's entirely up to you whether you decide to stick to a theme, or go for a pick-and-mix approach. One thing's for sure: the kids will have a blast regardless!
12. Giant Rubber Lego
Who doesn't love a good lego?! Watch the parents join their kids in lego-building action with these awesome, ginormous building blocks. If you're hiring entertainers, you can get them to set up a lego-based competition: put the kids into teams and see who can build the snazziest castle, etc. The variations are endlessly fun!