Family Behind the Scenes
When you hire us, you hire a family. We don’t just bring the family attributes to the customer, they're engrained in the business. We know that a successful event depends on happy people behind the scenes. We take care of you by taking care of our people. A team that functions as a family creates the FUN results you're looking for.
"This excellent family owned and operated business has one of the BEST selections of carnival games, party activities and special event activities I have ever seen. Eric, the owner, was more than generous with his time and expertise in choosing the right activities for an event I had for over 150 girls and boys. Eric and the team helped me load and unload my games, and were completely flexible, working around my schedule for pick up. I could not be more impressed! Highly recommend you use Fun and Games for next event."
It all started when…
In 1987, we purchased a fixer upper house in Walnut Creek, California. My wife, Sandy, and I worked on this place every weekend for almost a year. We seldom saw our friends or family at all during that time. Sandy decided to make up for it by having a huge party for our son, Eric Jr's, 3rd birthday and invite everyone we knew to a Backyard Carnival! She spent months painting appliance boxes and making games out of cupcake pans and fishbowls. She purchased little trinkets as prizes and even found a tape of Merry-Go-Round music for atmosphere. Everyone we knew was invited and Sandy recruited some of our friends and family to help run the games for the kids. The party was a huge success! Even months after the party was over, those that attended would comment on what a great party that was and it became clear that this was something people really enjoyed and felt was special. Right then is when the light bulb went on, and that was the beginning of Backyard Carnivals LLC, now DBA The Fun and Game Experts.
I spent my free time for the next year designing and building kids games and booths that would be durable, fun, cute and could be easily transported by a small trailer. When I finished building the games I wanted to test them out, so I offered to let my son's school use them for free as a fundraiser. The school made money and everyone loved it so I decided to try the games out again, but on a larger scale. I called one of the local Chambers who hosted a 4th of July event for 30,000 people to see if they’d be interested in renting my games. As it turned out, they were getting criticism for not having enough attractions for kids so they said yes! The event was so successful that people stopped by their office the following week to thank them. They were our first paying customer and are still a great customer to this day. In no time at all, the first set of 10 games were rented out every weekend. I spent the next winter building more games and buying our first inflatables.
Since then, we have continued to grow and now have hundreds of games and have been a part of thousands of events. We changed our name to "The Fun and Game Experts" to more accurately reflect what we do and our customer base. Our son Eric Jr. now 32 has completed his degree in Business/Entrepreneur Management at Chico State and works for an internet company, but still helps out in the family business on busy weekends. Our daughter, Amanda, born just one month after our official launch, is now 26 and has completed her BS in Kinesiology. She is in charge of HR, manages our office, as well as events. She loves our company, customers and staff and her effort reflects that at any event! She is also a recent new mom so our baby grandson, Roman, will soon be in charge of research and development of our new children's game acquisitions.
Our top priorities at each event are safety, customer service and FUN. That is why the majority of our business comes from returning customers continuing to trust us with their events year after year, and referring The Fun and Game Experts to anyone who is ready to party!
Eric Sossamon Sr.
HOW WE SUPPORT YOU
Proudly serving Contra Costa County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area since 1992
We know that organizing an event can be a daunting task, especially for coordinating large events in the Bay Area. You're looking to hire the best of the best to make this task easy, efficient, and extraordinary. Well, you've found us! We have the experience, the heart, and the expertise to get you exactly what you need.
We've provided the amusements and games for some of the largest and well known companies in the Bay Area as well as local Festivals. We specialize in providing games and fun for corporate picnics, school and church events, community festivals and large private functions where the focus is on providing the ultimate in fun.
Our primary service area is Contra Costa County and Southern Alameda County however we will travel anywhere in the San Francisco Bay area for large events. Our large Inflatable/Interactive games (Bouncy fun, Extreme Fun, Slide/Obstacles, Sports) come with a trained staff person to deliver, set-up and operate the game during your event.
We are fully insured and safety and fun are our main objectives. We are a total event company dedicated to providing amusements you will be proud of and your guests amazed with. Many of the carnival games can be rented as a package for a large event or you can rent games individually.
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Since we are the experts in fun and games, many dates are reserved up to a year in advance. Make sure to inquire early if you want to include our services in your next event.
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