Set up for Nylon Zoo

Set up and take down of Nylon Zoo

How long is set up: The whole set up is approximately in an hour and half. It is helpful to have a few strong armed individuals to hammer in the stakes for the costumes.

Space for site: The Nylon Zoo site is sectioned off by a gate. The space required for the whole event in approximately 30′ x 40′, unless the op-up tent is used for hanging costumes. then it is more like 20′ x 40′. The costumes can either be displayed on hammered in stakes on a grassy area in front of inflatable.

If I must set up on pavement, or on a grassy area that prohibits hammering tent pegs or stakes into the ground, I require 8 weights for each inflatable and four for the tent.

Using a tent: Depending on the layout and the surface the Zoo is placed on, the costumes can also be hung under the tent. I bring a costume stand and I use bungee cords as well.  The 10 x 10 pop-up tent (or larger) is also helpful if it rains or shelters from the heat in the hot summer months.  The tent acts as an opening to the site. A nylon zoo banner is hung over the entrance.

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I need to be close to a power source otherwise the festival must supply a generator. If possible, the inflatable should be placed under, or near, a shady tree and preferably on flat ground.

I’d like to be placed in a fairly quiet area. If this is not possible, I will bring my mike and PA.

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A sandwich board stands to the side of the entrance, On it is information about the zoo and there is a space at the bottom of the poster to place the time for the next event.

Inside the Inflatable

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You can fit up to 45 audience members into most of the inflatables.


Two Volunteers.

The best helpers for the day stay with me the whole day(if possible) and it’s great if they love to play with children, wear costumes and like to sing and to dance.

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 I never leave the site unmanned.

If  I am on break, I need someone to sit in the front of the site under the entrance to welcome everyone passing by, and invite to them the next show. I love it when my helpers are comfortable enough to say hi and make everyone at the event feel at home.

Duties for Volunteer 1

Opens and closes the gate to let audience in and out during costume dressing, the parade and when the story is in session

Counts line up and helps form the direction of line

Helps put costumes on and take them off when we return from the parade

Hangs costumes up while story is on

Opens the zipper for the inflatable when story is finished and directs audience exiting

Changes times on poster for the next show

Prevents waiting parents from chatting near the storyteller inside inflatable

Answers questions as people pass by when storyteller is busy with story

Keeps an eye out for any children who go behind inflatable where the fan and plug is

Duties for Volunteer 2

Counts line up and helps form the direction of line-up

Helps put costumes on and off participants

Goes with me on parade, helper is at the end of the parade so he/she can

watch that none of the little children get left behind

Helps me make a circle for the costume dance

Holds opens the zipper open of inflatable for audience to enter

Goes inside inflatable with me to supervise and stays at the end of the story

Take Down

First we remove the tent pegs are in around the edges of the inflatable (or weights). Once this is accomplished,  it takes 3 minutes to deflate the inflatable and stuff it into it’s bag. They the stakes are assembled and placed into a bag, closing down sandwich board, decorations and then load it all in to my car.

The Costumes

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NZ FC BIRD ON 15Putting on the costumes is fun and easy.

I love making each transformation form child (or adult) to animals or plants special and magical.

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Transport by air

Nylon Zoo Equipment: I bring with me the inflatable of your choice, a full of costumes a sandwich board and zoo banner.

The Inflatable is rather light and easy to transport and fits into a 3 foot nylon bag so it doesn’t require much space to store. The bag weighs around 20 lbs.

The costumes  are in another nylon bag (weight: 20 lbs). I  bring 35 – 40 costumes depending on attendance expected and the size of event.

The Fan 

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When does the site open?

Do I require a parking pass?

Where do I unload?

Is there a contact cell phone number I should have on hand?

If the festival is two or more days, and if so, is there storage available overnight on site?