A New Market Is Found In Fun Size Equipment

Crystal Nicholls was inspired to create the Fun Size Equipment Company for her two boys - now, she gets inspired by each customer she meets.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Fun Size Equipment offers unique and exciting construction experiences for the whole family. Company founder and owner Crystal Nicholls got inspired by her two sons and their interest in construction work equipment. “Really, it was their love of Blippi and his ‘The Excavator Song.’ I saw them just come alive with interest,” Nicholls shares. “I also loved the fact that they were seeing value in something that wasn’t unrealistic – like superheroes – but in something they could actually learn how to do.”

A customer finishes smashing his pumpkins and pivots to begin lifting bowling pins all on his own.
A customer finishes smashing his pumpkins and pivots to begin lifting bowling pins all on his own.

Nicholls quickly realized she had stumbled upon a niche market. “There really isn’t much in the world of ‘play construction’ unless you know someone who can give the kids a ride along on professional equipment,” Nicholls observed, so she took the initiative and created a business. Nicholls owns a set of completely kid-friendly and safe play construction equipment. “All of the tracks have been removed so it’s completely safe,” Nicholls explains. “The top and boom of each piece but you learn the controls without the danger.”



Fun Size Equipment is also completely mobile and takes great care to create safe event spaces wherever they go. “We host all our events outdoors. I am there to wipe down all the surfaces between each individual who uses the equipment so we can have fun, stay healthy and be protected,” Nicholls says.

One of the most surprising things for Nicholls was the range of clientele she has uncovered. “Even though I originally thought of this to answer the needs of children, we get customers of all ages!” Nicholls exclaims. Fun Size Equipment has done School Fundraisers and Birthday parties as well as Corporate and Church Events. “My goal is flexibility. I can customize the experience so the event is successful for each individual customer.”

A father assists his child with a stacking challenge using the 450-EXC.
A father assists his child with a stacking challenge using the 450-EXC.

Nicholls’ favorite thing to watch is the bonding that happens between coworkers or family members. “It’s a great team-building activity,” Nicholls smiles. “Moms and Dads who work with this equipment in the real world can teach their kids how to use it. It’s wonderful to see families working together.”

Nicholls says she hopes to continue to expand her business to a wider market. “I’d love to add other trades into the mix. Kid-friendly and safe ways to learn plumbing, home building, construction – you name it!” Nicholls says. “Of course, I’d want to work with real professionals in each field to achieve that goal. Technical expertise is very valuable and I want to highlight both its necessity and interest as a field of educational play.”

Fun Size Equipment is educational and exciting at the same time! Interested parties can arrange a party or event with Crystal Nicholls and her team by calling (704) 918-5021 or by visiting www.funsizeequipment.com

Fun Size Equipment brings activities like this ball pit for kids to practice lifting and moving materials in an entertaining way.
Fun Size Equipment brings activities like this ball pit for kids to practice lifting and moving materials in an entertaining way.
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Kourtney received her BA from the University of South Carolina in 2009. Her true love is storytelling. She loves literature, film, music, drama, and dance for the unique ways each fine art can tell a story. She is married to Tyler, the best part of her own story. She loves Jesus, her 16 nieces and nephews, her three cats, her church and Life Group, doing celebrity impressions, hot cocoa, Oreos, PB M&Ms, and Disneyworld.