Gadgets and Gizmos Carnival and Concert Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost?  It’s FREE!*  The Carnival and Concert have been provided by New Hope Church members and local sponsors as a gift to our community!  New Hope is for the families in our community!  (*Food Trucks will be on site for purchase)

When can I arrive?  The Carnival begins at 10:30am Sunday July 16th and games and inflatables will be open until 2:00 p.m.  Please come at any time, like an open house.  A fantastic concert will be from noon through approximately 1:00pm!

Where do I arrive?  New Hope members are asked to park on side streets around New Hope, leaving the parking lot available to guests.  (NO PARKING along American Drive)  New Hope is located at 1850 American Drive, Neenah.

What do I need to do first?  Please go to the balloon arch upon arrival.  Here you will sign a wavier and your child will receive a wristband that will allow them to play all carnival games and participate on all inflatables. (Children without a wristband will not be able to participate.)  Please also make sure to write your cell phone number on your child’s wristband.  Children are in the care of their parents during the Carnival and Concert.  A map will also be available at the balloon arch.

What can my family do at the Carnival?:  Inflatables, water slide, petting zoo, fire truck & police car, carnival games, S.T.E.A.M. fun and more will be ready and waiting for your family!

What about food?  We are excited to offer food for purchase from these great food truck vendors:

  • Anthony’s Concessions Lemonade Stand
  • Dog Haus
  • Kona Ice Fox Cities
  • The Knotted Cone Gelato Co.

Can I bring food?  Yes, you are welcome to bring food and water for your family. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy a picnic lunch on our grounds.

Should I bring a stroller? You are welcome to bring a stroller or wagon.  However, the carnival is on grass and somewhat ‘bumpy’ … just as a heads up!

Sunscreen:  Please bring it!  The carnival is outside!

Rain Plan?  If it rains …(please oh please, don’t rain!) … the carnival and concert will be moved indoors.  Some carnival games may remain under the big tent.

Bathrooms:   Located inside New Hope.  Please enter the ‘Worship Center’ doors and take a left.  A volunteer will be in the building to direct you to the bathrooms in the Commons.

First Aid or Need Help?  Please visit the balloon arch. Event volunteers will be wearing name tags and a blue volunteer shirt so you can easily identify them.

Do I have to pre-register for the Carnival and Concert? No!  Everyone is welcome! You will need to sign a waiver before enjoying the games and activities. If you’d like to save time and get to the fun quicker, waivers will be available to complete ahead of time during VBS Camp.

Do you have to attend New Hope to participate?  No, everyone is welcome!  Please join us!

Where is New Hope located?  1850 American Drive Neenah

Can I make a donation?  The event is free, but donations can be made to volunteers at the balloon arch.

What is the Summer Concert?:  Please make plans to join us as we celebrate our Gadgets and Gizmos Weekend with an outdoor Summer Concert lead by some of the amazing New Hope band members. (Have you heard of New Hope’s Advent Concert that sold out the Performing Arts Center in November of 2016?  Some of the band joined with other musicians will be playing at our summer concert!) Bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up under the big tent for our Summer Concert.  Everyone is welcome!  Free admission!  The concert will last approximately 45 minutes.

I’m a New Hope member. How can I help? Volunteers are needed to help with set up, manning booths, and clean up after the carnival. Click here to see a list of our needs and sign up! 

More questions?  Please contact us at events@newhopeconnect.org .