Our quotes are made on an individual basis and change based on what type of service is requested and traveling distance. As a result here are some outside-the-box ideas to help you get the most for your money.
MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES IN THE SAME DAY: Consider booking us earlier in the day for a few hours in classrooms as guest presenters, or extend your event duration. After the first two hours the charge per event hour drops significantly. While we don't recommend extending a Family Gizmo Night past two hours it may be a Gizmo Day at school rotating every class through to promote the evening would work well to generate interest. Regardless if we travel to your school we will only charge the travel expenses once per day stretching your dollar further.
CONNECT WITH OTHER SPONSORS/SCHOOLS: Consider partnering with other schools in your area. Having us run multiple events at different schools in one area over consecutive days can help drive the cost per event down. Sometimes staying overnight in a hotel room is a lot cheaper for us than paying time and mileage when traveling a significant distance and we will pass this savings directly on to you. OR another option is to partner with another school and run one event inviting volunteers and families from both schools. Family Gizmo Nights work great this way. We can even split the bill between the schools if needed.
DONATIONS AT THE DOOR: It is a little known secret that Glen's Gizmos has the ability to accept payments at events from individuals. In fact we do this to make Family Gizmo Nights more affordable to sponsor organizations. It works like this. If your event is going to cost $850 total including travel you will be required to pay half of this up front as a non-refundable deposit. After that you can assign a volunteer at the event to staff a table at the entrance and collect donations from families in cash, checks made out directly to Glen's Gizmos, and credit/debit card payments which our handheld card reader can process directly for you. The credit card reader is only able to work if the school has wireless internet or a good Verizon wireless connection. These payments are not tax deductible as a service is being provided. In the past we have recommended a $5 donation per person and up to $25 per family. Generally we discourage having a mandatory payment at the door because it makes it difficult for some families to attend. The event sponsor (ex: school) then pays the remainder of the bill. If more than the amount billed is given it will be saved as a credit for the next Glen's Gizmo event funded by the same sponsor or school. Families need to know in advance about the payment at the door, be sure it goes out in the events publicity information.