April 24th & 25th
Pump IT Up
9665 SW Allen blvd #110
Beaverton, OR 97005
We are inflating our schedule at Pump It Up to get twice as much air time as before! Grace your ears with the music of EarVelvet at this fursuit- kigu- and inflatable-friendly event. Friday is all about the bounce houses. Saturday, we will use a portion of the space for other activities, such as Bowling for Bucks, Fursuit Games, or other appropriate silliness. If you would like to join us, the cost is $20 per day you attend and you may clicky this registration form link and register early.
A quick description:
Arena A (one of the arenas, with 3 bouncy castles)
Arena B (the other arena, with 2-3 bouncy castles)
Party Room A (used for changing space / headless lounge)
Party Room B (Merch sold here before the pizza party)
NOTE: The inflatable toys are privately owned (not by Get Out The Float)
Friday, April 24th:
9:00pm (or earlier) Setup
9:30pm Check-In Begins, Store Opens (Party Room B)
10:30pm Store Closes
11:00pm Pizza Party (Party Room B)
12:00am White Light in both arenas for fursuit photographers
12:30am Pack Out
1:00am Leave Building
Saturday, April 25th:
9:30pm (or earlier) Setup
10:00pm Check-In Begins, “Bowling” Team Sign-Up (Lobby)
10:00pm Store Opens (Party Room B)
10:30pm Bowling for Bucks or TBD (in the arena with the biggest slide)
11:00pm Store Closes (Party Room B)
11:30pm Pizza Party (Party Room B)
12:00am Fursuit Games or TBD
1:00am Pack Out
1:30am Leave Building
we are good at taking brain breaks and kinda-sorta forgot to post about this
Coming up very soon is the Bouncy House of Representatives. It’s a mix of music (by EarVelvet), bouncy castles and fursuits. This is where The Pool Party (which became Get Out The Float) began, so long ago. Registration is open! The cost is $15/person.
Fri July 12, 2019
9 pm: Setup & Pump It Up in Beaverton, 9665 Allen Blvd Suite 110 Beaverton, OR 97007
9:30 pm: Event begins
10:00 pm: Any food orders (at your own cost) placed w/ Pump It Up
11:00 pm: Food delivered
12:30 am: Wrap up & pack out
1:00 am: Go poof in a puff of logic
Sat July 13, 2019
TBD: The hotel pool is mostly shaded, so event organizers may be found floating there. There is another group that is in the process of organizing something for this day. Keep an eye out for updates here and via Twitter!
Hotel Details for July 12th-14th, 2019
Comfort Inn of Beaverton
13455 SW Tualatin Valley Highway
Beaverton, OR 97005
No room block – make your reservation using your best discount available. To be placed near the rest of our group, make sure to add “Get Out The Float” to your room’s special instructions while reserving your room.
get out the float 2019
Please clicky on our link to go to our registration form; what follows are a few additional details about some stuff found on the form.
- Fursuit Friendly Areas & Events:
- Sandpiper Room, Best Western Ocean View Resort (+headless lounge)
- Fursuit Walk (Saturday), (+headless lounge at Carousel Mall)
- Chisholm Community Center (Sunday) (+headless lounge)
- Inflatable Friendly Areas & Events:
- Sandpiper Room, Best Western
- Chisholm Community Center (Sunday)
- Sunset Empire Pool (Sunday)
- Exceptions: Some events exclude fursuits and inflatables by their nature.
- Fursuit Walk excludes inflatables
- Sunset Empire Pool excludes fursuits
- Laser Tag excludes fursuits and inflatables
What does it mean that an area is fursuit friendly? In part it means that we have headless lounge nearby and that you are likely to find help from a handler or attendee if you need some quick help. Those in the area should generally know fursuit etiquette (excluding the public).
What does it mean that an area is inflatable friendly? It means that the area is reserved for private use. Inflatables are prone to being badly damaged or destroyed outright by singular acts (such as jumping on them), the general public seems less cognizant of this than furries. Inflatable etiquette is not common even among furries, but is more prevalent. Inflatable friendly areas also have access to electricity and Airheads Anonymous (or toysitters) who will direct setup and packout of the toys.
Pooltoys by the Poolshore is our first event by the beach and now that our hotel is on the beach itself, it’s time that we had that little talk.
Fursuits: fursuit etiquette in our fandom is one of the bastions of a well-informed community. Were we to ask you to tell us what constitutes good fursuit etitquette, we would get largely the same answers. This is because the furry community is pretty knowledgeable sometimes. Shocking! Some of our fursuiting will take place in public, where most people on the street have no idea about these things or what furries are; or even that the costumes cost more to make than fifty to one hundred dollars. With that in mind… we ask that every member of our group watch out for each other and be safe. Like with any public fursuiting you should always arrange having a handler around to help you better interact with the public, and also to keep you hydrated and safe from obstacles and dangers moving or otherwise.
The Beach is right next to our hotel. We haven’t planned any specific beach outings this year because there is a high chance that the weather will not cooperate in mid-October. That said, the beach is open, and ask that you stay safe out there and be prepared. Jumping on a pooltoy in the ocean without proper preparation could result in you or your pooltoy getting swept out to sea, never to be seen again. You can think of rip currents as a good way to Rest In Peace.
- Think about what to pack; lots of rope (100′ or more), anchors (such as a 5 gallon bucket), battery powered air pump, tarps, pavilion, water & sunscreen, among other things.
- Use the bucket, sand, rope and a friend on the shore to anchor your pooltoy and to make sure nothing happens to your anchor. Anchor buddies are important.
- Public Displays of Pooltoy: it is a public beach, your anchor buddy will probably also get to toysit for you and answer questions from the public, such as where to get them / how much they cost.
- The Pool Party isn’t prepared to include the beach as a part of our events this year.
The Carousel located in The Carousel Mall will be in use by our group on Saturday, Oct 14th in the early afternoon; before our group begins the return trek to the hotel. There are some particular things you should know:
- If you are in fursuit, you may need help from your handler and/or carousel staff to get you seated on the carousel.
- A lot of small kids are present. Sometimes the carousel operators will have just members of our group on the carousel, we may also be mixed with the public on some runs.
- Each member of our group has two carousel rides included in the cost of registration – whether you are in suit or not. While our group is at The Carousel Mall is the only time to get these rides, special circumstances notwithstanding.
- The conference room on the 2nd floor of the carousel mall is our headless lounge and we will have fans, water and privacy. The conference room may be air conditioned, but the main mall does not have AC.
- The carousel can only accommodate about 15-20 of us per run; this is likely the last year that our group is small enough to use the carousel, because of limited space.
Inflatables are perhaps what we are known best for, but they are also something even many folks in the community know little about. Like fursuits, inflatables aren’t as expensive because of volume. The price per inflatable that one of our Candiderps usually brings are toys priced between $50 an $1500 each; acquired over many years. At this time, The Pool Party does not own its own toys; all inflatables brought to our events are privately owned. Inflatables are generally durable; they can usually support a lot of static weight. Dynamic weight (such as jumping or flopping on them) they are pretty bad at; unless the inflatable is a bouncy castle and designed to be jumped on. Some notes on inflatable etiquette:
- Inflatables are a bit skittish and don’t like being in environments they don’t feel safe in. Damage to their inflatables (due to accidents or callousness) is the biggest reason why those who own toys don’t take them out in public.
- Find the owner of a toy and get their permission before using a their toy. The owner should explain any limitations (such as no shoes, no sharp objects in pockets, badge clips, or “don’t sit on the toy between it’s shoulders, as one of the front legs might rip off”).
- Whether on land or in the water; jumping on toys is one way to see seam splits in a split second.
For our second year in a row, The Pool Party has an actual pool to ourselves. If you ask “why didn’t we think of this sooner?” Well, we’re professional airheads!
- You cannot enter the pool deck (the walking area around the pool) until after you have showered, unless you are carrying in pooltoys and airpumps and will shower before you get in the water. Showering is a must.
- Bring pooltoys, airpump & about a 10′ extension cord. Almost all outlets are elevated (about 7-8′ in the air), and a lifeguard will bring a ladder to get you plugged in. We will primarily be inflating toys beginning at noon, and deflation will begin between 5-6 pm, depending on how much work there is to do.
- Pooltoys may go in either pool (but not the hot tub). Pooltoys may only be ridden in the deep end of the main pool. Inflatable games (that do not involve riding) will happen in the wading pool, and pooltoys arranged for photos will be done in the shallow end of the main pool.
- The lifeguards have the final say about what toys are allowed in the pool. Size and shape of the pooltoy are important considerations. Tall toys can obstruct their view of the pool, where as flat toys could trap someone who is out of view, beneath. The pool-owned inflatable will be up in the beginning and will get put away when we go on break for a meal (or rest).
- Follow the instructions of the lifeguards and the rules of the pool to the best of your ability.
- For those not using the pool, know that the showers are available until about 6:30pm in case you’d like to wash up before the long drive home.
If you have any questions, you may reach out to us or to either of our candiderps; Darkk & Baphnedia. ^_^