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Family Bingo Night

11 years 3 months ago #148340 by LUVMYKIDS
Replied by LUVMYKIDS on topic RE: Family Bingo Night
We did our bingo in conjunction with a free family game night, so there was no charge. We did offer pizza and drinks at a nominal cost. Ours is a K-5 school and since it was a FAMILY night, the folks played as a family. Each parent and child got a bingo card and the parents helped their younger children play. The first year we did it, I didn't know how it would go over, but everyone loved it. Bingo has that universal, multi-generational appeal!

You do have to watch your state for gambling rules/regulations. Since we weren't charging anything we were fine, but every state has it's own regs. If you discover that you need a gambling license, check with your school district to see if they already have one. They may allow you to operate the bingo night under their license.

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11 years 3 months ago #148359 by Natashe H.
Replied by Natashe H. on topic RE: Family Bingo Night
Our school just had our family bingo night end of last month and it was a HUGE success!!! We charged $2 for 8 games (which we put into little packets ready to go) and we had potato or hotdog with chili and fixings for $1.50 a person or $5 for a family of 4-6 people. Once people came into the bingo room and saw the awesome prizes we had they went back out to get more bingo cards!!!
11 years 2 months ago #148408 by Natashe H.
Replied by Natashe H. on topic RE: Family Bingo Night
We rent our cards and spinner from a local party store. Less than $100 for 500 slide cards and spinner. We call #s from the stage with microphone. Families pile everywhere in and around the room to play. We sell pizza and pop very cheap. We get donation of big prizes - tickets to local events etc... and buy some cheap toys and books. All kids put their name in a drawing when they come in - to help more kids win - we also draw names throughout the night to come choose a prize.

success = tons of families come out to play
added bonus = profit is around $1000
11 years 2 months ago #148410 by Natashe H.
Replied by Natashe H. on topic RE: Family Bingo Night
We do Candy Bar Bingo at our school to get in you have to bring one large candy bar! It is a ton of fun! Our 6th grade students actually run it(with help from parents) they call the numbers, run concession and it is alot of fun!!
We printed boards from online and photocopied them, Bough our Bingo game from Target for about 25.00.
The only $ we make is from the food we sell. That way it really isn't gambling!!
11 years 2 months ago #148462 by Natashe H.
Replied by Natashe H. on topic RE: Family Bingo Night
Hey all! We do this as a part of our free family nights for the year and do not charge anything for the bingo game itself. We play with a $10 bingo set (cage and balls) and then I just buy three packs of Bingo cards from Wal mart in the party section. We use cheerios as markers and the kids have a blast. Our prizes are usually small carnival type prizes that have been donated and then we sell hot dogs and nachos, licorice and drinks. Popcorn pre popped is another huge favorite and it can be purchased at Sam's Club - 30 bags for like $6 so we sell it for .50c and again - the kids go crazy. Plus it brings the family together for cheap! Good Luck!
11 years 2 months ago #148465 by cre8yrdrmz
Replied by cre8yrdrmz on topic RE: Family Bingo Night
Our school has done Bingo Night for many years. We are in Connecticut and the regulations are pretty strict. For example, there is a limit on the value amount for the Bingo prize, specific signs needed to be posted at certain locations, everyone who works that night, except the food people, need to register with the state, a representative from the state comes the night of the event to make sure that we have done what we are supposed to and a report needs to be submitted with-in 10 days of the event. One year the report was late and the gaming commission wrote us asking where it was. There are also registration fees that need to be paid to the State. We do all these things because we choose to have our Bingo night be a fundraiser. Last year we netted close to $2,500.

Recently, Connecticut passed a new law allowing another Bingo option that has less regulations associated with it. Under these circumstances the organization needs to be a school/PTO(A) and they may only charge a nominal fee for entry, $1.00 or so. This allows the school to have the Bingo night as a family fun night and not a fundraiser.

Check with your state's gaming commission or commissioner of special revenue.

As far as supplies, there are many Bingo Supply places on the internet. Good luck.
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