Most malls, playgrounds, parks, and indoor play areas feature one or more bouncy castles or inflatables. This type of play equipment never fails to attract hordes of kids (and sometimes, even teenage cliques and grown-ups) any time of the day.
After all, there’s no room for boredom in this “magical inflatable” where kids can slide, climb rope ladders, go through tunnels and, of course, bounce around. Children can also do other tricks inside a bouncy castle such as ricochet off the walls and do somersaults.
And because inflatables can give kids hours of pure fun, you may want to consider hiring one on your child’s next birthday party.
A Must-Have for Children’s Birthday Parties
If you want to have the perfect star attraction for your child’s birthday party, investing in a jumping or bouncy castle rental is a great idea. With an inflatable, you can make your child’s party more fun, exciting and memorable.
Below are the specific reasons why you should hire a bouncy castle for your child’s birthday party:
1. It prompts kids to play outdoors
Most kids today don’t spend enough time outdoors since they are always glued to a screen. By hiring an inflatable for your kid’s party, you will get the children outside where they can enjoy the warmth of the sun and fresh, natural air.
In addition, the little ones will get some much-needed exercise from bouncing, running, crawling, and moving around the bouncy castle. They will get a great workout without knowing it since they will be too busy having fun in the inflatable.
2. It encourages imaginative or pretend play
A jumping castle does not just provide little ones a chance to expend their energy; it also encourages them to be creative and imaginative.
If you rent a bouncy castle, children can play knights and princesses. There are also racetrack-inspired inflatables where kids will definitely have fun pretending they are race car drivers.
3. It is a cost-effective play equipment
An inflatable castle does not require special machinery and professionals to set up and run. As such, you can afford to rent one even if you are on a budget.
4. It is easy to install
Bouncy castles can be placed on any flat space. If you have a lawn, simply find an area that is flat and even. The inflatable can then be properly and securely installed on this spot within a matter of minutes for children to enjoy for hours on end.
5. It is a safe type of play equipment
Finally, bouncy castles are inherently safe. Any accidents (and they are minimal) reported taking place in bouncy castles are not due to the equipment but involve boisterous play and overeager kids.
These accidents can be easily prevented as long as there are attentive adults around.
Ensuring Children’s Safety In and Around Inflatables
Although bouncy castles are safe for kids to play in, you still want to minimize all associated risks. After all, the last thing you want to happen during a birthday party is to see a child getting hurt at play.
Below are important tips to keep kids safe at all times while inside a jumping castle:
1. Adult supervision
You can hire staff from the bouncy castle rental company or ask other parents or grown-ups to take turns looking after the kids. It is important that the overseer spot troubles immediately and put a stop to rowdy and possibly dangerous behavior in and around the inflatable.
2. Crowd control
If your child has plenty of young guests, limit the number of children inside the inflatable. By doing so, it would be easier to prevent bumps and bruises when the kids jump and land on something that’s not quite stable.
This also means following the load capacity of certain areas of the bouncy castle. For instance, if the slide can only bear two kids, make sure that there are never three or four children sliding down simultaneously. This will help prevent the inflatable from bearing too much pressure that can lead to burst seams.
3. Weather watch
Lastly, once it gets too windy, too hot or when it looks like it will rain heavily, get the children off the inflatable immediately.
If you’re running out of ideas for your child’s next birthday party, consider renting a bouncy castle and build your theme around it for a really fun and extraordinary celebration.
In 2008, Managing Director and Founder of The Big Moo Events Lorate Hamzeh left a successful career in Human Resources to venture into the niche market of children’s entertainment. By introducing the UAE to Singing Telegrams, Lorate attracted the attention of the children’s entertainment market with a collection of fun mascots. Within a year, Lorate added children’s entertainers and bouncers to the company’s ever-growing list of services, and the rest is history.