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Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

3 floors

8 lane bowling alley, small roller rink, fooseball, ping pong, pool, air hockey, grill selling food items, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, etc...

11 pm friday to 7 am saturday. VERY cost effective and we have 150-300 in attendance.

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Two ideas that have worked for us consistently have been:
1) involve as many churches as possible (share the burden of carrying the load and I always found this was one event that was definitely positively impacted my numbers).
2) keep the night full with no "down time" or "free time." have something or mutliple things scheduled every minute.

1 thing we consistently did that the kids loved was NERF gun wars. We would setup the gym similar to a paintball gun course and use NERF gear.

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we kinda quit doing lock ins as well, but i will probably do one over the summer as an outreach. We play romans v. christians (underground church) and i do alot of scavenger hunts at wal mart of the mall, lots of ideas for those at http://www.diva-girl-parties-and-stuff.com/ scavenger-hunts.html otherwise, we do a lot of high energy fun stuff and i always include a surprise trip to the sanctuary in our church where i will have a 'come to jesus' sermon prepped with an optional prayer time afterward for kids who need to talk.

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I hate lock-ins. Sorry, had to say that first.

We have an annual holiday lock-in in early December (to beat the Christmas rush and avoid vacations). We rent the local YMCA for the night. That means we can have a time of swimming, and three gyms in which to play. We always have a big game of touch football, a volleyball game and some basketball games going on. In the lobby some are playing card and board games while we set up video games in another room.

About the only real activity that everyone does at the same time is our White Elephant gift exchange.

What I like about the Y is it keeps students active with a constant variety of activity. If you don't like this, you can always try out that. And unlike other lock-ins, time flies by.

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A huge success has been "underground church". I had some difficulty keeping up with everyone because the premise of the game is go hide with people in a dark corner. If you have some ideas on how to control that part it really is a blast.

I agree with Tim on the big contest. That has worked well also.

Lastly, one church I was at was in a military town. We did a lock-in called boot camp and had a huge water war the entire night. Thousands of water baloons, buckets, etc.

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My lockins are usually an on-going competition between teams all night long, with a big prize in the morning for whichever teams has the post points. See my video for details.

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