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Are bounce houses safe?

Bounce houses can be safe if operators and parents take proper precautions. Before renting from a company, confirm they are a legitimate company and hold any licenses and insurance required by your state. Ask to see reports of bounce house safety inspections provided by third parties, to make sure the equipment is in good operating condition to prevent injuries. If the rental company does not provide a staff member to oversee the bounce house for the duration of the rental, make sure you are properly trained on how to oversee the equipment. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for parents to help keep their kids safe when using a bounce house:  

  • Follow guidelines for safe installation including anchoring. Position away from fences, greenhouses, branches, etc., which would be dangerous should a child fall onto them.
  • Consider limiting use to children 6 years of age and older.
  • Have kids take off footwear, eyeglasses and jewelry before playing.
  • Take sharp objects (pens, keys) that could cause puncture injuries out of their pockets and hands before playing.
  • Don’t let kids of significantly different sizes into the bounce house at the same time. Smaller kids can get hurt by colliding with or falling under an older child.
  • Heed the height and weight regulations of the inflatable.
  • Food, drink, bottles, glasses, etc., should not be taken onto the bounce house.
  • Supervision should be maintained all the time. Supervision means watching constantly, not just being in the area.
  • Do not allow children to push other children off the inflatable. If it is a flatbed, this is especially important to avoid broken arms and legs. If the bounce house is walled, don’t let kids bounce against the walls and crash into one another — this can result in collision injuries.
  • Don’t exceed the maximum number of children at one time in the bounce house.
  • Don’t let kids climb onto the outside walls. Flips and rough play should also not be allowed.

What is a bounce house?

Bounce houses, inflatable castles, moon bounces, inflatable slides and jumpy castles are all large-scale inflatable houses made for interactive entertainment. Commonly intended for children, bounces houses are made of PVC or other durable materials such as nylon or vinyl that when look like a house or castle when inflated. Rental companies deliver bounce houses to birthday parties, festivals, fairs and other events. The companies have industrial-grade blowers that fill the large structures with air to make them bounceable. A common size for a bounce house might be 15 feet by 15 feet by 13 feet. Bounce houses often have a flat, inflatable bottom pad and inflatable walls so that kids can jump and bounce without being hurt, along with a netting door and windows so that kids can see out and adults can see in. Bounce houses are suitable for both indoor or outdoor events, depending on the venue. For large events, rental companies often have a staff member who stays with the structure to monitor safety and keep it properly inflated. There are also wet/dry bounce houses with slides that you can hook up to a hose on hot summer days. A bounce house can be a fantastic addition to a party with kids, keeping them both entertained and contained.

How much does bounce a house cost to rent?

Bounce houses are a fun way to keep kids entertained during birthday parties and other events. The national average cost for renting a bounce house ranges between $160 and $200. Cost will be affected by the size, design and functions of the bounce house you rent as well as the length of the rental. A three-hour rental will likely cost less than an eight-hour rental. Many rental companies offer fun additions like popcorn machines or cotton candy makers, and provide packages with discounts on multiple items. Another item that you may want to rent with your inflatable is a generator to keep the bounce house inflated. Here are some examples of average inflatable rental costs, packages, and common add-ons that many companies provide:

  • Bounce house, 10x10x13-foot: $95.
  • Bounce house, 15x15x13.5-foot: $125.
  • Wet/dry slide, 14-foot: $150.
  • Wet/dry slide, 20-foot: $250.
  • Combo bouncer and slide, 24x10x13-foot: $140.
  • Combo bouncer and wet/dry slide, $175.
  • Folding chairs: $1.50 per chair.
  • 6-foot folding table: $8.
  • Snow cone machine: $45.
  • Popcorn machine: $55.
  • Cotton candy machine: $55.
  • 2300-watt generator: $75.
  • 3000-watt generator: $100.
  • $299.95 package: includes a 20-foot dual slide ($250), table ($8), 10 chairs ($15), and a popcorn machine ($55) — $29 savings.
  • $450 package: includes a double water slide ($350) and bounce castle ($130) — $30 savings.
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Everything you need to know about renting a bounce house for your event.

Entertainment can make or break the success of an event. Renting a bounce house or giant inflatable for your child’s party is almost always a hit. Rental companies handle the setup and takedown, so you don't have to worry about tackling this huge task.

Many bounce house rental companies also offer a variety of other fun party add-ons. If you think your guests will enjoy the interactive and joy-inducing excitement of a bouncy house, it’s sort of a no-brainer. 

Bounce house rental services.

When you rent an inflatable, the company's bounce house experts handle the setup. They may also offer:

  • On-site troubleshooting and supervision during your event
  • Post-party cleanup of the bouncy house rental
  • Generator operation in areas without access to electricity
  • Tables and chairs
  • Safety equipment
  • Add-on games and activities like climbing walls, concession machines and carnival games

Types of bounce house rentals.

When shopping for a bounce house for rent, you may come across the following options:

  • Inflatable water slide
  • Inflatable castle
  • Dance party bouncer
  • Obstacle course
  • Toddler inflatables
  • Moon bouncer
  • Slip and slides
  • Inflatable dry slides
  • Bounce house slide
  • Mega yard games
  • Interactive bounce houses (boxing ring, basketball game, velcro walls, etc.)

If you have space and your budget allows, consider adding more than one bounce house or a similar activity to keep your guests entertained throughout your event. 

When to rent a bounce house.

If you plan a lively get-together, even if it isn't kid-centric, a bounce house could take your party to another level. Here are a few types of parties where an inflatable will impress your guests:

  • Birthday party
  • Holiday party
  • Family reunion
  • Fundraiser
  • School event
  • Company event

Whether throwing a kid's birthday party in your backyard or planning a corporate team building activity, a bounce house is guaranteed to be a good time. 

Questions to ask bounce house rental companies.

Here are a few questions to help you find the best bouncy house rental:

  • Are you insured, bonded and licensed?
  • When was your last safety inspection?
  • Can you provide me with references from past customers?
  • How much time will you need to set up and take down the bouncy house?
  • Do you need access to electricity or water?
  • How many people can your rental accommodate?
  • Do you charge extra for cleaning after the event?
  • Is there a weight or height limit?
  • Will there be an employee on-site to handle any problems or issues with the bouncy house rental?
  • Do you rent bounce houses by the hour or by a block of time? 
  • What is your cancellation policy?

How to choose the best house rental near you.

To find the right bounce house rental near you, check with entertainment companies to see if they provide this service. Before you hire anyone, read bounce house rental company reviews online and check their ratings. Find a company that has a good reputation in providing safe bouncy house rentals and ask for a cost estimate.

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