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Resident Events is a resource for property management professionals to find, share, and rate community events and apartment party ideas with each other!  Need some community event ideas?  Just take a look around!

4 days ago
Video Game Tournament Fundraiser 4 days ago

Remember those long days of video games? The lazy summers and relaxing weekends? Or how about the classic 80s gaming movie The Wizard?

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While your tournament may not be as exciting as a bunch of screaming tweens seeing Super Mario Bros. 3 for the first time, you can still have plenty of fun!

Recapture that competitive spirit with a video game tournament fundraiser!

Think your residents have what it takes to beat the competition playing all the old school favorites? Let’s go!

Gaming systems

If you have consoles of your own you can loan to the event, great!

However, if you don’t have systems you can use, you’ll need to hunt them down at a local electronics rental shop.

It’s up to you which brand you want to use, but I recommend going with either Xbox or PlayStation. Alternatively, a Nintendo Wii can be another fun choice for two- to four-player tournament play.

No matter which console you choose, it goes without saying that you’ll need a space where you can set up televisions, consoles, games, and equipment.

Organizing the tournament

Get ready to battle!


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Ensure that participants sign up ahead of the event so you can plan accordingly. Download the PDF needed for the number of registered participants. To fundraise, collect an entry fee.

You can also use this as an opportunity to collect other kinds of donations as well – like children’s toys for Christmas, or canned goods to donate to a local food bank.

Whatever you choose, be sure to cover the cost of a prize for the tournament winner! You can even give away something like a discount on one month’s rent!

Give any fees you collect from residents right to the charity of your choice.

You can also make it easy for participants to sign up sponsors. Use websites like Sign Up Genius to help players sign up their friends and families.

Supporters can pitch in and donate a certain amount of money for each round participants make it through the competition.

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This will give participants an added incentive to play hard!


The best games for tournament involve quick scenes that can be battled in four-player mode.

However, before you choose your games, decide whether this is an adult only or child-friendly event. Be sure to read age restrictions on games and plan accordingly.

Here are a few ideas of games that may work well for a tournament:

·         Mortal Kombat – Mature 17+

·         Call of Duty – Mature 17+

·         Halo –Mature 17+/ Teen/Everyone (be sure to choose the right game for the age of your audience.

·         Street Fighter – Teen

·         Guitar Hero – Teen (for Lyrics)

·         Need for Speed –Teen/Everyone

·         Rock Band – Teen/Everyone

·         Mario Kart – Everyone

·         FIFA – Everyone



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You can also use longer single player games and set a time limit for players to make the highest score possible in 10 minutes.

Depending on how many residents sign up, you can move players through an elimination-style tournament or adopt a more elaborate system for fewer players.


These tips should have you planning the best game tournament ever!

While you may be missing the elaborate movie set props, your residents are sure to have a blast!

1 week ago
Pumpkins Fall Storytime Songs and Crafts 1 week ago


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Pumpkins, leaves, and rain… oh, my!

Fall is certainly upon us!

Looking to put together some fall fun for your community’s youngest residents? Plan an exciting story time and craft on a very small budget. Check out these great crafts, books, and rhymes for fall!




Everyone loves these simple chants and songs. Sing along with the kids and get them moving!


**TIP** Use simple props like scarves or finger puppets, or just use your hands and arms to lead the children in song.


Here are some lovely librarians singing the classic fall favorite: the Five Little Pumpkins song.



Here’s another easy to follow along Pumpkin chant.


This song uses some small scarves to highlight the changing seasons, and sometimes unpredictable weather!


This song even incorporates sign language into the hand motions to help children become more literate in using hand signs to communicate!


Big thank you to Dana and Lindsey. They are the children’s librarian duo behind the Jbrary site where I found these songs. It’s packed full of fantastic resources!




Take advantage of your local library to hunt down the perfect fall reads with everyone’s favorite: Pumpkins!


Here are some of our top titles collected by a former children’s librarian. You can check out her long list of fall-themed children’s books over on Rebecca’s blog - Sturdy for Common Things.


  • Mystery Vine: A Pumpkin Surprise by Cathryn Falwell
  • Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
  • Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson, photographs by Shmuel Thaler
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum
  • It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern




You don’t have to plan a craft that breaks the bank! Here are three simple crafts that are loads of fun and easy for little hands to do!


How easy and fun are these “pumpkin” paint stamps? All you need is a bag of apples, orange poster paint, and paper!


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No two toothy pumpkin grins will be the same with this paste-together jack-o-lanterns project.


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Do you have rocks somewhere in your community? With some orange paint and sharpies, you can turn them into fun fall decorations.



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You can also hold a pumpkin coloring contest this pumpkin printable available from Art with Jenny K.


No need for your average orange pumpkins here! Get out all the paints, markers, crayons, and pencils to let the kids’ abstract creativity shine through!



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With all these ideas and resources you’ll be able to create a fun-packed pumpkin-themed fall storytime and craft for your community’s youngest residents!

2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Halloween Haunted Treasure Hunt 2 weeks ago

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It’s ghosts and goblins time! Are you brave enough to stick your hand in a bowl of goo and grab a clue? Are you ready to hunt for bats in the trees?

Your residents will have a blast running around your community property in search for clues. The best part? All the clues will lead to the ultimate haunted treasure!

Get ready for clues like…

“Out in the dark and under a tree
Look for a graveyard skeleton key
Don't be afraid of guts and goo
For on that key is your next clue”

This Halloween, a “haunted” community scavenger hunt is a creative and exciting way to bring everyone together.




The key to a successful scavenger hunt is in the clues and prep. Thankfully, we’ve taken the hard work out of creating clues. Below you’ll find the easiest way to get your residents from start to finish!


This scavenger hunt requires quite a few props and preparations. Make sure you read over the full instructions which include printable and editable cards and prop ideas here.


***TIP*** Wrap the printed clue cards in plastic wrap to keep them dry. You can also place them in small zipper bags to protect them from the elements (especially if it’s damp out!)


Other props for your haunted treasure hunt



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In addition to setting the scene with spooky props and clues, make the grand finale super exciting with a haunted treasure chest! It’s great fun to have a treasure chest full of candy at the end of the quest. Make sure you pack it full of treats for a big and tasty finish!

Depending on how many kids are participating, you may need to pass out quite a bit of “treasure” candy at the end.


You can purchase a  treasure chest if you are short on time. Or you can make one yourself using a cardboard box: follow this Instructables tutorial.

Here’s a step-by-step video tutorial as well.

***TIP*** Pack your treasure chest full of individual candy packs. This ensures all the greedy goblins (I mean kids) get an equal share in the treasure booty!


Here are ideas of “treasure” candy to include:

  • Chocolate coins
  • Candy necklaces
  • Candy rings
  • Other snack-pack sized Halloween treats


Include as many small packs as there are children pre-registered for the scavenger hunt. You may also want to make up enough goodie bags for latecomers or extra unregistered friends and siblings!


Remember to check out other Halloween decorating ideas and events on the blog like these easy-to-make glowing eyes, and the Smash It, Don’t Trash It, Pumpkin Smash.


With a bit of pre-planning (and some spooky decorating) your community can be transformed into the background for an exciting haunted quest!



Happy treasure hunting!

3 weeks ago
Building a Community Aquarium 3 weeks ago


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Have you ever wanted to set up an aquarium in your community?


Get your residents involved in setting it up and participating in the process.


How to choose a saltwater or freshwater tank?

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a freshwater or saltwater tank. To help you make a decision, you can buy (or borrow from your local library) a book like Aquariums: The Complete Guide to Freshwater and Saltwater Aquariums.

After you’ve made up your mind about what type of tank environment you want, you can decide size, placement, fish, décor, and your daily maintenance schedule.


Getting residents involved


In addition to helping make decisions about what type of fish to include, you can involve residents in polls to determine tank size, placement, and other variables.

Plan to set up and prepare the tank over a few days. Once installed, the tank needs to reach the proper temperature and water quality for your chosen fish.



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You’ll need to leave time to ensure that the tank systems are working well before you purchase and add your fish.

Installing your aquarium


For those interested in physically helping set up the tank, you can involve residents in many ways:

·         Assist older children and teens with installing the tank pump and cleaning systems.

·         Have residents add gravel.

·         Have residents add tank safe statues and other decorations.

·         Enlist the help of long-armed residents to add any plants.

·         Helps older children safely add the fish.


When considering a theme that will have massive crowd appeal to both current and potential residents, consider putting together a Bikini Bottom themed aquarium, or even a Super Mario themed tank.


Resident-made decorations


In addition to the themes mentioned above, you can allow residents to create a collaborative mural behind the tank.



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You can either hire a local mural artist to coordinate a professional (and more permanent) project or have residents create a fish mural on rolls of paper for a more temporary solution.



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You can also paint and decorate the lid of the tank itself as a fun collaborative community project.


Welcome party


Throw a welcome home party for your new fish residents!



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After the fish are safely added to the tank, throw an ocean or freshwater themed party to announce their arrival.


***BONUS*** Encourage residents to name the new arrivals and hold a vote to decide their new names.


You can pass out goldfish cracker snacks, watch fish-themed movies (Finding Nemo is always a crowd favorite) and participate in fish-themed crafts.



Have a great time welcoming your new community residents. Pretty soon they will feel right at home.

4 weeks ago
Child Safety Event 4 weeks ago


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Planning and organizing a month full of baby and child safety activities in your community is a great way to keep residents healthy and safe.

Here are a few ideas of activities to arrange and include.


Car seat checks


Local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and sometimes hospitals, offer free car seat checks periodically within their communities.


Arrange a day to have a safety-certified car seat inspector come to your community and assess car seat safety for residents. Or you can also share the video below as a refresher, or for those who are unable to attend the live event.



***TIP*** Car seat inspections in your community should be voluntary but highly encouraged.

Inspections, installations, and reinstallations if needed, will all ensure that parents have their car seats installed correctly. A car and booster seat safety drive will also ensure that parents know how to properly seat and buckle their children.


Home safety training


Team up with local home visitor or child advocacy agencies to offer home safety classes in your community. Encourage parents - especially new parents and those with small children - to attend.


Home safety checklists


Along with your monthly newsletter, you can give out home safety and child safety checklists to residents. You can mail these out with a bill, post them to doors, or email them out to residents.


To encourage participation, invite residents to complete all the items on the list and agree to a safety inspection from a member of staff to qualify for some kind of safety prize.

As prize giveaways, you can organize raffles for a wide range of safety prizes like new car seats, baby gates, baby monitors, electrical outlet covers, doorknob covers, drawer latches, and other smaller safety supplies.

Print out this
SafeKids Worldwide home safety checklist or as for free pamphlets and guides from your local Department of Health.


You can also use any checklists you find online as inspiration for creating a unique checklist for your community.

Post safety signs around your community


While you’re in the spirit of safety - take a walk around your community and inspect any safety signs and equipment.

Are all your community’s signs legible and in good repair? If not, fix, replace, or even add additional signage as needed.


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Inspect playground equipment, depth of bark under playgrounds, pool gates, and other common areas for hazards you may have overlooked.


Ignoring all these things is both unsafe for residents and can open you up to lawsuits as well – so be careful!


Child safety social media campaign


Make a habit of scheduling daily child safety tips to your social media accounts. Remind residents of ways to keep their children safe in your community year round.

This can include reminders about pool safety, gate safety, helmet usage, and parking lot speed-limit reminders.  (Note:  In order to not be discriminatory, make sure that all signs that have rules associated with them apply to ALL residents - not just children.)

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Offer free courses

Share links to free online safety courses like those offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC offers a free
Heads Up concussion training course for parents, teachers, coaches, and other caregivers.

Sport Safety International also offers a free 20 min.
online course about heat safety which is a great refresher course for parents and caregivers to take every year.


Remember, if you take a full month to focus on resident safety issues, you will raise more awareness and get more interest in your ongoing activities and events.

However, safety comes first year-round, so consider making this a recurring event with your residents every few months.



Have fun and stay safe!

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