Healthy School Fundraiser Ideas

– Campus Bake Sales, a primary source of school fundraisers, are facing a major challenge when kids return to school this fall.

– The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, changed the nutrition standards of more than 30 million kids.

– These standards were applied to vending machines, snack carts as well as to school fundraisers.

– States were given the option to determine how many “bake sale” fundraisers would be allowed that did not meet the accepted nutritional standards.

What should the PTA for elementary aged kids do? Searching for a local recreation fitness place that encourages parents and children to have fun together is a great way in keeping kids healthy and physically fit. Scooter’s Jungle offers fundraisers that meet the nutritional standards as set forth in the HHFKA legislation. Check it out at our website and ask our local management how we can make your next fundraiser worry-free, healthy and FUN.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! How do I say?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Since we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary, and Scooter LOVES to celebrate birthdays, we thought it would be fun to look up how to wish someone a happy birthday in other languages.  So, here are some ways to say words of cheer for a birthday celebration.  Maybe you have someone special in your life who would appreciate hearing those joyful words in their native tongue.

Spanish – “Feliz Cumpleaños!”

  • Pronounced:  fuh-leez coomplee-anyos

Chinese (Cantonese) – “Sun Yat Fai Lok!”

  • Pronounced:  sàang yaht faai lohk

Italian – “Buon Compleanno!”

  • Pronounced:  bwohn com-play-ah-no

Japanese – “O-tanjoubi  omedetou gozaimasu!”

  • Pronounced:  oh tan jo bee oh meh deh toe go zha ee mas

Tagalog – “Maligayang Bati sa iyong kaarawan!”

  • Pronounced:  mah lee guy yong bah tee sah eeyong kah ah da wan

French – “Joyeux Anniversaire!”

  • Pronounced:  zhwa-yeuz ah-nee-vair-SAIR

Vietnamese – “Chuc Mung Sinh Nhat!”

  • Pronounced:  jook mung shin nyaht

German – “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!”

  • Pronounced:  ah lays gootah zoom gehboorst tahg

Korean – “Saengil chukha Hamnida!”

  • Pronounced:  Sen hill chook kah hahm nee dah

Russian – “S dniom razhdjenia!”

  • Pronounced:  suh din yome rohz deen yeh

Hawaiian – “Hau’oli la hanau!”

  • Pronounced:  how oh lee lah hah now

Farsi – “Tavalodet Mobarek!”

  • Pronounced:  tah vah loo det moo bah rek

Irish (Gaelic) – “Lá breithe sona duit!”

  • Pronounced: law bre-heh hunn-ah dwitch

If you can’t find one you’re looking for on our list, here’s a great website that lists birthday greetings in many different languages and dialects.

https://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/birthday.htm

How much fun is that?  Do you have a favorite?

About Scooter’s Jungle:

Scooter’s Jungle is your neighborhood destination for private family fun in a safe, clean and active tropical-themed setting. Our award-winning facility offers worry-free birthday parties, open play, school fundraisers, team events, and fresh homemade pizza. Plus, our perfectly-sized equipment allows kids and parents to play together creating an active, memorable, and fun-filled experience where everyone is treated like jungle royalty.

A Fun Way to Fundraise

In today’s economic times, fundraising is more important than ever. But the fundraising options out there are pretty tired – how many rolls of gift wrap or candy bars does a person really need? Why not try something that puts the “fun” in fundraiser – an event at Scooter’s Jungle.

Scooter’s Jungle has a fundraising program that has raised thousands of dollars for local schools and organizations.  The Valencia location alone has raised more than $40,000 in the past four years.

Setting up a fundraiser at Scooter’s Jungle is easy.  Simply call and schedule an event and sell tickets, both advance and at the door. Your organization then gets a percentage of those proceeds (50% of pre-sales and 30% of day-of sales). Additionally, Scooter’s Jungle discounts pizza for the event, and the organization gets a percentage of those profits ($12/pizza), plus all profits for any other food it chooses to sell on site, such as baked goods or drinks.  Each school needs to provide at least six but up to 10 volunteers for the night of the event to check in pre-sold tickets, collect funds for “night of” purchases, sell the pizza and clean up the pizza area. Two volunteers will also be needed to help Scooter’s Jungle staff supervise the play arena.

It’s a no-brainer! Instead of going door-to-door, get your friends, family and community together for a fun event that benefits your cause.

Scooter’s Jungle’s Fundraising Program:  Any community organization including local schools, sports teams and others can participate.  Simply schedule an event at Scooter’s Jungle and sell tickets, both advance and at the door. The organization then gets a percentage of those proceeds.  Additionally, Scooter’s Jungle discounts pizza for the event, and the organization gets a percentage of those profits, plus all profits for any other food it chooses to sell on site, such as baked goods or drinks.  Scooter’s Jungle has helped to raise thousands of dollars for community schools and organizations.  For more information, log on to http://scooter.coalitionteam.com

About Scooter’s Jungle:

Scooter’s Jungle is your neighborhood destination for private family fun in a safe, clean and active tropical-themed setting. Our award-winning facility offers worry-free birthday parties, open play, school fundraisers, team events, and fresh homemade pizza. Plus, our perfectly-sized equipment allows kids and parents to play together creating an active, memorable, and fun-filled experience where everyone is treated like jungle royalty.

Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500®

birthday party venues for boysEach year, Entrepreneur magazine compiles its annual Franchise 500® listings.   We’re pleased to appear in their Franchise 500® 2013 Directory which can be found in the January issue, out now.  Check us out on page 172.

About Scooter’s Jungle:

Scooter’s Jungle is your neighborhood destination for private family fun in a safe, clean and active tropical-themed setting. Our award-winning facility offers worry-free birthday parties, open play, school fundraisers, team events, and fresh homemade pizza. Plus, our perfectly-sized equipment allows kids and parents to play together creating an active, memorable, and fun-filled experience where everyone is treated like jungle royalty.

A Day in the Magic Kingdom – Disneyland or A Romp at Scooter’s Jungle?

kids birthday party locationsThe Happiest Place on Earth. You can’t miss it. It’s a very familiar phrase displayed on a very familiar sign, outside of a very familiar amusement park, and everyone who passes that sign on their way in can’t help but smile. No doubt, if you were somewhere else in the world, nowhere near that very happy place, and someone said that phrase randomly without reference, you would know exactly where it came from. Of equal certainty, it is one of the premier destinations for family fun in the world and has been since its opening in the summer of 1955. According to a survey taken in February of 2012, the park boasts that more than 600 million guests have walked into the Land of Mickey. Without question, that’s A LOT of happy! Recently during a family gathering, I was talking to my grown nephew, who is the father of three very rambunctious boys aged 4 to 10. He mentioned that their middle son was about to celebrate his 7th birthday, and they were talking about Disneyland. He was said how much everyone loves it but that he wasn’t looking forward to the expense. His son was also asking if he could bring a couple of friends. This is a reasonable request from a child, of course. Who doesn’t want to have friends there when you celebrate your natal anniversary? Unfortunately, at $81 to $87 for a one-day child’s ticket and $119 to $125 for a one-day adult’s ticket, that becomes quite restrictive. So they had to put conditions on their son’s outing and limit it to their little family only, no friends. Well shucks. No friends? No other family? No presents? Ah well, presents aren’t everything, but no friends? That’s not so happy of an idea. Especially to a 7-year-old. I asked him if they’d ever thought about having his birthday at Scooters Jungle. He said he hadn’t, but he wasn’t sure he wanted all the “bother” of doing a party when Disneyland would be so much easier. I asked him what kind of “bother” specifically he was referring to. He said, “Oh, you know, getting everyone ready, doing food, party favors, balloons, cake, all that stuff. Not to mention that by the time we paid for all that, plus all of their friends, it would cost way more than taking the family to Disneyland.” I kinda love a challenge, and so I asked him if he’d care to do a quick comparison with me, just out of curiosity. He shrugged his shoulders, smiled, and said “Why not? I’d love to check it out myself. Let’s do this!” So I quickly grabbed a piece of paper, sat down next to him, and jotted down the pros and cons or more to the point; a Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom vs. Scooter’s Jungle birthday party showdown. He got out his laptop, and we went to work using their website and http://scooter.coalitionteam.com.

Magic Kingdom Scooter’s Jungle Childrens Party
Tickets $613.00 (3 kids, 2 adults) Base Party price includes 22 kids & 20 adults; $299 weekday/$369 weekend. You provide cake.
Parking $15.00 Free
Food $160 to $200 Super Party price includes Base Party fun PLUS 6 Pizzas, Unlimited soda or punch, Balloon Bucket Rental$379 weekday/$449 weekend
Souvenirs/Treats $20/kid ($60.00 total) OTT Party price includes all of the above PLUS 22 Fun Bags party favors, Memory TShirt & Banana Monkey for Bday child. $445 weekday/$515 weekend. You provide cake.
Time Investment All day (lots of it standing in lines) 2 ½ hours. No lines. All Play. Fun, Giant Inflatables and MORE. Ping Pong, Air Hockey, Games run by staff members.
Staff Sorry, you have to do ALL the work. Package includes amazing staff people who do ALL the work from start to finish; unload your car, check-in guests & gifts, play games, monitor safety, serve food, clean up, load your car. YOU get to play too, NO WORK for Mom & Dad.
Total So Far $848.00 (ouch!) $515 OTT Package weekend price. (Plus cake expense)
Savings (Estimate) ——————— $333.00

When we were done, my nephew and I were both equally surprised. Even though we used the “conservative” numbers on the amusement park prices and the highest party option that Scooters Jungle offers, we still estimated a savings of over three hundred dollars. Let’s go one step further and say that you averaged that cost out. He’d be spending approximately $169.60 per person (5) for the Magic Kingdom versus approximately $12.27 per person (42) for a Scooter’s Jungle inflatable party. I finished off the conversation with my nephew by adding that there’s absolutely no question that memories created at both places would be priceless. But I have to say that having 20 friends at your birthday DEFINITELY constitutes a party. Not to mention, our whole family would be able to come and celebrate with them: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmas, grandpas as well as friends. I asked him how he felt about all this. He smiled and said; “You had me at THEY do all the work!” At that particular moment, I’m pretty sure my little soon-to-be 7 year-old great nephew was the happiest kid on earth.

The Small Business Gears That Keep America’s Engine Running – Small Business Saturday

The madness has begun. Having forgotten an important “Honey-Do” on his way home from work last Friday, my husband walked into the house without the milk I asked him to stop for. No worries. I jumped in my car to make a quick trip to the corner market. It just so happens that I have to pass a large shopping mall near our house. Now mind you, we haven’t hit Thanksgiving week yet, but the holiday advertising descended upon us with a vengeance before we had even walked out of the stores with our Halloween candy. Still, as I headed for the Mom-and-Pop store on the corner for my milk, I noticed a line of small tents on the sidewalk outside of the well-known electronics super-store. I know that I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. As a result, my gawking and slowing down caused the driver in the car behind me to honk me back into the moment. A line of shoppers, gearing up for consumerism battle on Black Friday, which at this point, was a week away. After years of seeing this spectacle, you’d think I’d be used to it. But it still causes me to shake my head in amazement.

When I got to the little market for my milk, I asked the store owner if he’d seen the line of campers that had already formed. He laughed and called them “squappers”, a mash-up of the words “shoppers” and “squatters”. He remarked that they were a bit late in starting this year. Last year, they were lined up by Veteran’s Day. Yes, the mall parking lots were already filling, the shopping shuttles had begun. “But,” he added, “I have to say, I wouldn’t be one bit bothered if they were lining up outside my store. Business is business and I’d be a happy man if they were shopping here.” I nodded in agreement. Yes, if I were the owner of a small business, I guess I’d be pretty happy too. In an article called “America Runs on Small Business”, Small Business Advocate and Counselor Mike Clough writes:

A recent study by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy counted 26.8 million businesses in the United States. Of those, 99.9% have fewer than 500 employees and as such are considered small businesses. This means that only one-tenth of one percent have more than 500 employees. Yet, more notable is the fact that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 98.2% have fewer than 100 employees. And if you are impressed with that number, you may be amazed to learn that in the same report it states that 89.3% of the businesses in America have fewer than 20 employees! Bear with me for just a moment more as I drive this point home. Even more amazing is the fact that 78.6% have fewer than 10 employees and 60.8% have fewer than 5 employees.

It doesn’t take much to see that small businesses in America are much like that favorite childhood story about the little engine with the optimistic mantra; “I think I can.” They’re the job creators and the economy boosters. That’s one of the very reasons that last year, I did all of my holiday shopping at local small businesses, both brick-and-mortar and online. I’m committed to doing that again this year, and I’ve encouraged friends and family to do the same.

Since 2010, American Express has promoted Small Business Saturday; the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. This year, Small Business Saturday fell on November 24th. Last year, a consumer survey showed that over one million people joined in to Shop Small in their local communities. One million people…if you could imagine that number as a line of tents outside your favorite Mom-and-Pop store, you can easily imagine how that could help drive the economy, and keep small businesses running in America. Happily, we don’t have to line up or pitch tents for days on end and become “squappers.” That’s one of the joys of shopping small. We can easily frequent and patronize our small businesses close to home – small family businesses like Scooter’s Jungle. A gift certificate for Open Play or Toddler Time would be a great gift for the holidays and an awesome way to support small business.

You can find out what small businesses in your community participated in Small Business Saturday by visiting www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/. Join the one million from last year and help keep those small business gears turning America’s engine.

Scooter’s Jungle Opens SECOND Southern California Children’s Franchise: El Segundo, CA

Monkey Style, Inc. OPENing New Scooter’s Jungle Kids Birthday Party Franchise in the South Bay, Los Angeles, CA
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.–(March 17, 2011 via BUSINESS WIRE)–Orange County, CA based SJ Franchise, LLC. today announces Opening Day of its second Scooter’s Jungle children’s franchise in El Segundo, CA, on Thursday, April 21st with immediate job employment positions available at Scooter’s Jungle, El Segundo.

Scooter’s Jungle has been at the forefront of the indoor inflatable family fun destination industry since opening its first birthday party places in 2002 and now has 3 award winning locations in Southern California, with signed agreements for additional franchised units:

  • Orange County, CA: Aliso Viejo, Placentia
  • Los Angeles County, CA: Valencia, El Segundo
  • Ventura County opening soon

Owned and operated by the Wakita family, Monkey Style, Inc. also has a development option to open additional locations. According to Mark Wakita, president of Monkey Style, Inc., “Children’s party facilities are a growing business as parents are busier these days and have less time to plan and host a party. Scooter’s Jungle offers a level of service
and high quality products, focusing on Private Birthday Parties, that are different than what’s available for parents in the family entertainment industry. We look forward to bringing Scooter’s Jungle to the South Bay community of El Segundo,” said Mark
Wakita.

“We are excited to welcome Monkey Style to the Scooter’s Jungle brand,” said Scott Diener, CEO of SJ Franchise, the development arm of Scooter’s Jungle. “The Wakita family’s passion for this children’s business opportunity makes them an ideal
franchisee to bring Los Angeles an exciting and FUN family entertainment to new communities and provide new jobs by entrepreneurs.”

“Managing our company owned stores for almost 10 years has given us an insight into Indoor Party Planning that most Franchisors have not been exposed to,” said Sharon Diener, Founder and owner of 2 current locations.

Scooter’s Jungle is the party destination for private family fun in a safe, clean, creative environment offering worry-free private birthday parties, open play, and community events. Our award winning facilities offer the best equipment for kids and parents to play together for an active, memorable, and fun filled experience where everyone is treated like Jungle Royalty.

For more information about Scooter’s Jungle, please visit http://scooter.coalitionteam.com and www.scootersjunglefranchise.com.