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While we’ve previously covered the ‘90s, what about the ‘80s? The 1980s were a decade of big hair, colourful clothes, and iconic music. They were also a decade of great carnival games. 

For many people, a trip to the carnival is a nostalgic journey back to their childhood. The sights and sounds can bring back happy memories of birthday parties and evenings spent playing games and riding rides. From the classic bottle ring toss to the always popular dunking tank, these games were a staple of any good carnival. And while some of them may seem dated, they are still just as fun today as they were back then. 

Even if you haven't been to a fair in years, there's something about the atmosphere that can make you feel like a kid again. So here are five of the most popular 1980s carnival games that are sure to get you reminiscing about the past.

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1. Buzz Wire 

The Buzz Wire carnival game is a classic test of nerves and hand-eye coordination. Players must guide a loop of wire through a winding course without touching the sides or letting the wire touch the ground. The slightest mistake will set off a loud buzzer, resulting in an embarrassing forfeit.

This nerve-wracking game has been thrilling players for generations and its popularity shows no signs of waning. The challenge comes from trying to manoeuvre the loop around all the bends in the wire while also keeping it steady.

For many of the older folks, the Buzz Wire game conjures up nostalgic memories of childhood carnivals and fairs.

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2. Whack A Frog

Whack A Frog is a crowd favourite that will evoke nostalgic memories.

The carnival game's objective is to use a mallet or other blunt object to hit a frog as it pops out of one of the many holes in the game board. Each time a frog is hit, it disappears into the hole and another frog pops up in its place. The goal is to hit as many as possible in a given amount of time. While the game may seem simple, it requires quick reflexes and good aim. 

For many, the appeal of the game lies in its ability to provide a moment of light-hearted fun after the end of a day. Whether you're five or fifty-five, whacking those frogs can be strangely satisfying. So next time you're at the carnival, be sure to give it a try!

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3. Milk Can Toss

Who can forget the beloved 1980s carnival game Milk Can Toss? It was simple yet challenging that often resulted in laughter and good-natured competition.

Players are given three softballs or beanbags and have to knock down a certain number of milk cans that are set up in a row. You need to have the perfect combination of aim, power, and accuracy to make your shot. 

Though the game is no longer as popular as it once was, it remains a fond memory for those who played it before.

4. Ring Toss

Ah, the Ring Toss carnival game. A classic test of accuracy and aim that has been around for years. 

Anyone who's ever been to a fair knows the appeal of this addictive activity. It was a staple at every carnival and it was always a crowd favourite. 

The objective is to toss a ring onto a peg and it can be played alone or in teams. It's definitely a game that brings back fond memories of childhood nights spent at the local fairgrounds.

5. Bullseye

Darts, also known as Bullseye, is a game where players take turns throwing three darts at the board. The game can be played alone or with friends. The closer you get to the bullseye, the more points you score. 

The instructions sounds simple - throw darts at a target and score points. However, it’s difficult to maintain a steady hand as well as focused aim and coordination to hit the bullseye. Once you sink a perfect shot though, the satisfaction is unmatched. 

Today, darts are still enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels.

6. Shoot the Duck

Other than darts, Shoot the Duck was another popular accuracy-based 1980s carnival game that everyone loved. To play, simply aim the gun at the duck target and see if you can make the shot. The game was both fun and challenging, and it often resulted in some hilarious misses.

For those who feel nostalgic, it's still possible to find Shoot the Duck at some carnivals in Singapore. So, the next time you're looking for a bit of fun, be sure to give this classic game a try.

Turn Back Time With The Carnival Fair

There's something special about carnival games from the 1980s. They're nostalgic, they're challenging, and they're a blast from the past.

Wish to turn back time and experience the excitement of carnivals all over again? You can do so with The Carnival Fair! We are Singapore's leading birthday party planning and carnival game equipment provider. Check out our carnival games that are available at wholesale prices now! 

Over the past five years, we’ve hosted many fun carnivals, birthday party celebrations, and fairs for individuals as well as companies. Feel free to contact or WhatsApp us to find out more about our equipment, services, and packages today! 

National Day in Singapore is celebrated every year on August 9th to commemorate the country's independence from British rule. As we celebrate this special occasion, why not also add some Singapore-inspired fun and games to the mix? Here are six ideas from The Carnival Fair that are sure to get you in the spirit of National Day during your event!

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1. Iconic Dragon Playground Bouncy Castle

Every Singaporean is probably familiar with the iconic Dragon Playground in Toa Payoh. Built in 1979, it is one of the few remaining playgrounds from that era that is still intact today.

Our Dragon Playground Bouncy Castle is available for rental for any carnival games or events in Singapore. Towering at a height of four metres and fitting up to 14 children, it contains climbing walls, tunnels, and a giant slide for hours of entertainment. 

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2. Glitter Glue Tattoo

For National Day, why not try getting a Glitter Glue Tattoo? We have Singapore-inspired designs, such as the lion, crescent, and stars. All you need is a sticky sheet and a few different colours of glitter. Simply paste the sticky sheet to the desired area on your skin and then sprinkle the glitter over top. Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry, and then you're ready to go! If you love this idea, check out our other fun event activities suitable for both kids and adults alike.

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3. Photo Booth

A photo booth is a fun, unique way to capture memories of your event day. Gone are the days of grainy prints and low-quality photos. Modern photo booths use high-resolution cameras and professional-grade printers to produce stunning images that guests will be proud to display. Best of all, the pictures can be printed out or shared digitally on the spot.

To put a uniquely Singaporean twist, design some photo booth props such as iconic Singlish phrases like “Bojio”, “Toh”, “Chope”, and “Lepak” to use at your photo booth!

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4. Ball Pit

There's something about a ball pit that just screams fun. Maybe it's the fact that you can dive right in and start playing without having to set up any equipment. Or maybe it's just the way the colourful balls create a festive atmosphere.

Ball pits are also sensory havens for children – the soft balls provide tactile stimulation, while their different colours can be visually stimulating. Fill the rented pit with red and white balls for the ultimate show of patriotism this National Day!

5. Live Food Station

Live food stations are a great way to serve fresh food at your event or party. In light of National Day, go for classic Singapore snacks such as the spice-laden Kacang Puteh, sweet Tutu Kueh, or chewy Muah Chee

Everyone knows that Singapore’s weather can be real hot. Beat the heat with cool snacks like the colourful Ice Kacang or Potong Ice Cream that comes in various local flavours like red bean or durian. 

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6. Old-School Singapore Games

Today, many traditional local games are being forgotten as people turn to digital forms of entertainment. However, the simplicity of these classics is what makes them so special. So, why not round up some friends and have a go at these old-school games the next time you're feeling nostalgic?

Start with Five Stones where the objective is to throw one weighted stone into the air and catch it with the remaining other four stones. Another classic is Marble Balls, also known as goli, where you must hit your opponent's marbles with your own. For something a little more physical, go for Chap Teh, where players use their feet to keep a feathered shuttlecock in the air. Alternatively, try your hand at Pick Up Sticks or Congkak, which require you to test your strategic thinking skills. 

Whatever game you choose, you're sure to have hours of fun reliving your childhood memories.

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Celebrate And Have Fun This National Day

National Day is also an opportunity to reflect on the country's achievements over the past year and to look ahead to the future. 

Whether you’re throwing a birthday party or planning a road show, we hope the above ideas will inspire you this coming National Day. Do check out our blog and portfolio for other event ideas. Contact us to level up your event now!

The June holidays are a great time to spend some quality time with the kids. However, it can be hard to think of ways to keep them entertained for an entire month. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Singapore, whether you're looking for some outdoor action or indoor fun. Check out these activity ideas to get you started!

Outdoor Activities To Do In Singapore

Singapore is a nature lover's paradise, with its diverse landscapes and abundance of wildlife. Here are three outdoor activities to do with the kids during the June holidays. 

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1. Check out the different playgrounds 

Singapore is home to a wide variety of playgrounds, each with its own unique features. From traditional playgrounds with swings and slides to more modern ones with interactive games and equipment, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

For thrill-seekers, there's the playground at Jurong Lake Gardens, where you can zip down slides and swing from ropes. For kids who enjoy some wet and wild fun, consider bringing them to the Coastal PlayGrove at East Coast Park and Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East in Yishun. 

With so many different playgrounds available, there is no excuse not to get out and explore them with junior! 

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2. Hike around nature parks

There are several nature parks located around Singapore that offer daddies, mummies, and kiddos the opportunity to hike and explore the local flora and fauna.

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to a diverse range of plant and animal life. Singapore’s tallest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, is also located there, which provides hikers with a challenging workout. Another popular nature park is Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, which is known for its mudflats and mangrove forests. The park is also a haven for migratory birds, making it a perfect spot for birdwatching. For those looking for an easy hike, the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a great option where you can take in the sights and sounds of nature. The park offers a Tree Top Walk that takes hikers through the forest canopy, providing stunning views of the greenery below.

Whatever your fitness level or hiking experience, there is sure to be a nature park in Singapore that is perfect for you. So, get out there with junior and explore the amazing outdoors on offer in this vibrant city. 

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3. Go for a camping trip

For those who love the outdoors, camping is a great option. Did you know that there are many camping spots around Singapore that are perfect for a weekend getaway with the kids? 

The most popular camping spot would be East Coast Park. With its long stretch of coastline, it is perfect for a variety of outdoor activities. Visitors can go for a swim in the ocean, cycle to the Jurassic Mile, or simply rest by the beach. The park also has plenty of other amenities, including BBQ pits, picnic areas, and a playground.

If you're looking for a rustic island experience, you can consider bringing the kids to Pulau Ubin, Lazarus Island, and St John’s Island. Camping is truly one of the best ways to teach the kiddos about nature. There are so many things they can learn while they’re out in the wilderness, away from the comforts of home. They can learn to pitch a tent, cook their own food, and find their way around using a map and compass. They’ll also get to experience first-hand the beauty of nature.

Do note you’ll need a permit to camp overnight and this can be applied from NParks.

Indoor Activities To Do In Singapore

Even though Singapore is small, there is still plenty to do indoors when the weather is hot and humid or when it's raining outside. Here are three indoor activities to do with the kids during the June holidays. 

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1. Visit the local museums for free

Museums are a great way to learn about Singapore’s rich heritage and culture. 

The National Museum of Singapore is a great place to start, as it offers an overview of the country's history, culture, and art. This museum chronicles the country's history, from its earliest days as a British colony to its present-day status as a global financial centre. You'll see exhibits on everything from the Singapore Sling cocktail to the city-state's iconic architecture.

If you're more interested in art, the Singapore Art Museum is a must-see. This museum features collections of both traditional and contemporary art from all over Asia.

From the National Gallery Singapore to the Asian Civilisations Museum, there is much to see and explore in the different fields like history, art, science, and technology. Even better, all museums in Singapore are free to enter for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents!

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2. Get your game on at arcade centres

There's nothing like a good arcade to get the kids (and adults) excited. With all the flashing lights and loud sounds, it's hard not to have a good time. 

For a classic arcade experience, you can't go wrong with Timezone. They have locations all over Singapore, so you're sure to find one near you. They have a wide variety of games, from old-school favourites to the latest and greatest releases that will put you right in the middle of the action. If you want to take a break from playing, there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained, like air hockey and foosball. You can even challenge your friends to a game of darts or basketball.

If you're looking for an arcade with a bit more of an edge, Virtualand is worth checking out. They have a smaller selection of games but are known for their racing and rhythm music games that are sure to get your heart racing. It is often touted as the best authentic arcade in Singapore!

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3. Throw a house party 

If you’re a homebody, how about celebrating the June holidays by throwing a house party in the comfort of your own home. Not only is it a great way to gather your family and friends together, but it can also help to spread holiday cheer.

When you’re planning your house party, check out The Carnival Fair, a one-stop carnival game rental provider in Singapore. From classic carnival games like Coin Toss and Feed the Clown to exciting fringe activities like balloon sculpting and airbrush tattooing, we have something for everyone. 

Create Special Memories With Your Child During The June Holidays

There are endless possibilities for fun during the June holidays. Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is that you make some memories together as a family. The June holidays will be over before you know it, so make the most of them with your little one.

Ah, the 1990s. A simpler time when all you needed for a good time was a can of Coke and a few cents for the games at the local carnival.

Carnival games were a staple of their childhood for many of the 1990s kids in Singapore. During those times, game stalls and amusement parks popped up all over the island. While some of these carnival games have since faded into obscurity, others remain as popular as ever.

Whatever the reason, carnival games were always a favourite among ‘90s kids in Singapore. Here are the top five traditional carnival games that every ‘90s kids in Singapore would remember.

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1. Fishing

Many carnival-goers enjoy trying their hand at this Fishing Game. The objective is to use a pole to hook up the plastic fishes/ducks that are floating in a pool of water. There are many variations of this game, such as catching a set amount of fishes/ducks within the time limit or reeling in a special-coloured fish/duck.

While it may sound easy, it’s actually rather hard to win a prize as you’re competing with so many other individuals. It is truly a test of your skill and luck if you can reel in a prize!

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2. Bottle Ring Toss

Another classic carnival game, the Bottle Ring Toss required players to throw a ring onto a peg. The challenge was to get the ring to land on the bottle without bouncing off.

The anticipation of tossing, finally seeing the ring fit around the bottleneck, followed by the collective cheers of the crowd when someone finally succeeds is truly addictive. Even if you don't win, it's still enjoyable to watch the ring bounce off the bottles and land in all sorts of interesting positions.

So, the next time you pass by a carnival in Singapore, be sure to give this traditional carnival game a try!

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3. Feed the Clown

Feed the Clown is another popular traditional carnival game. Players must use their aim and accuracy to throw a fixed number of balls, and each ball that goes into a clown's mouth counts as one point. This game is simple but addictive, and it's easy to see why it was (and still is) such a hit with carnival-goers of all ages.

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4. Ball Pits

Ball pits are a staple of any good carnival. What could be more fun than diving into a sea of colourful plastic balls? Many ball pits also have slides or other obstacles, making them even more exciting to play in. From medium ball pits that can fit 10 children to mega ball pits that can fit 30 individuals, they are truly the ultimate way to have fun.

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5. Bouncy Castles

Bouncy castles are one of the most popular attractions at carnivals and fairs in Singapore. Often resembling a castle or other fun themes like dinosaurs, they are large inflatable structures filled with air, which makes it possible for children to bounce around on the surface—just like a trampoline! Sometimes, they also come with slides, obstacle courses, and ball pits.

Bring Back the Nostalgia With The Carnival Fair

From shooting hoops to knocking down tin cans, a carnival is definitely not complete without these classic games that were a blast to play! There is always something magical about them that set them apart from other childhood games. Perhaps it was the vibrant colours and festive music of the carnival that made them so inviting or the promise of winning a prize that was just out of reach. What other games do you remember?

While the times may have changed, the appeal of these carnival games remains strong. At The Carnival Fair, we offer a wide variety of games for rental in Singapore, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Whether you're looking for traditional classics like bouncy castles and ball pits or something more modern like arcade machines and fringe activities, we have you covered at wholesale prices, with no third-party fees. All our equipment is also cleaned and sanitised before being delivered.

Contact us at 9099 4415 to enquire more about our products today!

Jump into a world of colourful excitement with ball pits! Perfect for parties and playtime, these pits are filled with bright balls that can provide hours of entertainment for children of all ages.

Here are four reasons why you should rent a ball pit for your next party or event in Singapore!

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1. Encourage active and imaginative play

There’s no doubt that ball pits encourage active and imaginative play.

Play is essential to children’s growth and development. Active play is especially beneficial, as it helps kids to get moving. Through chasing one another and hiding from each other inside the ball pit, they learn how to interact with others and explore their surroundings.

Physically active kiddos are more likely to develop strong gross motor skills. These skills help children climb, run and balance better, which is essential for other physical activities such as sports. Muscle strength is also improved, leading to greater overall fitness.

From boosting their physical health to enhancing their cognitive development, there’s simply no downside to letting kids have some fun and get moving in the ball pits. With so many brightly-coloured balls bouncing around, the kids can truly let their imaginations run wild!

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2. Safe space to explore

Another benefit is that ball pits provide a stimulating yet safe environment for playtime. The balls are incredibly soft and squishy, which can help to cushion any impact from falling. For example, younger children such as preschoolers and even toddlers who have not mastered walking properly can play safely. Older kids are also unlikely to get injured even if they are roughhousing.

The four sturdy walls of the ball pits keep the kids safe and contained. With plenty of room to run, jump, and explore, your children can let off some steam and have hours of fun!

Ball pits are also perfect for indoor and outdoor play, no matter rain or shine.

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3. Customisable, with fun add-ons

The ball pits also come with different add-ons such as tunnels, slides, and floats to keep both the little ones and older kids occupied. Everyone will love crawling through the tunnels, sliding down the slides, and playing with the colourful floats, all while surrounded by their multi-coloured balls.

These structures may seem like simple fun, but they can provide a host of developmental benefits. They improve children’s hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and overall sensory development. For example, the Tunnel Gym Set is great for keeping the little ones happy and busy. The soft, padded mat is safe and comfortable to play on, while the attached tunnel with bright colours encourages crawling and engagement.

Other add-ons such as the kids’ slides further improve their balance and coordination.

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4. Different ball pit sizes available

From mini, portable netted ball pits (2.4m x 2.4m x 0.6m) that can fit 4 children to humongous mega ball pits (20m x 20m x 0.6m) that can fit 30 individuals, ball pits are highly versatile. They can be customised to suit the number of guests you have.

Whether you’re throwing a small, intimate gathering or a large, grand carnival fair, it's an excellent way for children to meet new friends and have some fun!

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How to Choose A Ball Pit For Rental in Singapore

It can be difficult to decide which ball pit is suitable for you and your guests. With so many different shapes, sizes, and colours available on the market, how can you ensure you chose the best ball pit for rental in Singapore? Here are three tips to help make your decision easier.

Firstly, determine the number of individuals who will be attending your event. You can then decide on the size of the ball pit. They come in a variety of sizes, so make sure you pick one that will fit the number of attendees you have as well as your desired location.

Next, consider the activities that you want your ball pit to have. Some come with built-in features like slides, while others are just structures filled with balls. Be aware that this affects the rental price as well.

Lastly, consider engaging a party vendor in Singapore. A reliable vendor can supply a variety of quality ball pits and provide valuable advice on which type of ball pit to choose that best suits your event.

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Dive In and Have Fun With The Carnival Fair

It's hard to resist the allure of a ball pit. With so many colourful balls and fun structures to play with, your kids will be entertained for hours on end.

The Carnival Fair is a one-stop company specialising in carnival games, including ball pits. Choose from our different types of ball pits, such as the Mini Red Brick Ball Pit, Medium Red Wall Ball Pit, or the Giant Blue Ball Pit at wholesale prices, with no third-party fees. Our best-selling ball pit is the vibrant and colourful Rainbow Ball Pit that all kids love to jump, tumble, and play in.

So why not contact us at 9099 4415 to rent a ball pit today and let the good times roll?

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