Kiddie Toys Blog Kiddie Toys Blog

24Jun/110

Bounce House/Club House

One of the great dreams a kid can have growing up is the hope of one day having their own personal club house or tree house in their backyard. The clubhouse can be used by the child and all of their close friends, and can act as their own personal escape from the world and its worries. Unfortunately, club houses and tree houses are not always given the chance to be created.

In order for a club house to be built in the yard, you would first need enough space in the backyard for such a structure to fit. Creating a small-scale house for children to safely use on a daily basis requires the parents to have some knowledge of construction, as well as the ability to put it into practice. Tree houses are even more difficult to build, as they require a tree in the yard large and broad enough to allow for construction to take place on its branches, in addition to being strong enough to support the combined weight of all its users at any given time. This is another scenario where bounce houses are a worthy alternative to stress, and can make some of those club house dreams come true.

Bounce houses are top-notch sources of excitement and recreation, and can prove to be more worthwhile than a club house or tree house. Unlike the club houses, which require physical strength and knowledge of a specific craft to come into creation, bouncers only need enough space for a safe set-up; from there, it’s only a matter of reading an instructional manual. There’s no real need for extensively planning out procedure as you likely would need to for a club house. However, jump and club houses both share many common ideas. Like club houses, bounce houses have strong ties with a child’s imagination. Tree houses can be a safe haven for best friends to gather after school or on weekends to catch up or hang out. But, they can also be a source of great entertainment and fantasy. Children inside of a tree house can pretend they’re in their own personal fortress, safe from the rest of the world, or in a castle or airplane high in the sky. Bounce houses allow for much of the same behavior to take place. Friends can gather in the main bouncing area just to hang out, and with the right theme, children can believe they’re on a wild jungle safari, or sailing the seven seas in search of buried treasure. Inflatable structures like a bounce house are more than capable of being a worthy alternative, or even a companion, to the imaginative world of the club house.

There are even specific bounce houses that appeal directly to the idea of having your own personal club house. This can be seen in bouncers like the Kidwise Clubhouse, which contains multiple climbing and bouncing areas, in addition to multiple slides inside and outside its walls. These features allow children to imagine themselves in a remarkable safe location which is theirs to explore, while at the same time allowing them to bounce, slide, and soar through the air simultaneously. The bouncer’s green and brown color scheme creates the imagery of a tree house in the yard, only without all the hard work that goes into creating such a structure. Wonderful, imaginative themes such as these are another source of proof that bounce houses are an absolute treasure.

Filed under: Tradeshows No Comments
22Jun/110

Your Pets And Your Bounce House

Bounce houses are well-known for creating incredible, memorable entertainment. All types of inflatable devices are blown up in backyards, public parks, and local neighborhood areas from the first day in spring to the last days of autumn every single year. Because bounce houses and moonwalks are highly popular among families and suburban environments, owners of bounce houses often have some kind of animal in their care as a pet. While pets are certainly to be beloved and cared for their owners, there sadly is no place for a pet around any inflatable device.

Regardless of the type of pet you have, such as a cat, a dog, a bird, or even some kind of reptile, allowing them near, or even inside your bounce house would be inadvisable. The tricky thing about the whole scenario is that when you begin to set up a bounce house in your yard, it may be hard to keep pets away from the massive inflatable structure. Dogs or cats might become curious, and could sniff out and explore the bounce house to try and figure out what it is. It is very important, however, to keep any pets away from a bounce house, both to protect the safety of the pets and the bounce house itself. It is a certainty that the lives and safety of the animals is absolutely essential and must be preserved at every opportunity.

Placing an animal inside of a bounce house can lead to immediate disorientation and confusion. To be picked up and placed on a shaky, constantly moving ground with no easy way out will not be a very entertaining time for a dog or a cat. Smaller pets, such as a bird, gerbil, hamster or mouse can end up getting lost in the elaborate, complex designs of a bounce house. It doesn’t matter how big or small you think your inflatable device is, because to your small pet, it looks absolutely massive. Smaller pets definitely run the risk of being lost and disoriented while within the oxford cloth or vinyl walls. If users of the inflatable device are not careful, they can accidentally injure their pets while bouncing around inside of the structure. If a bounce house was to collapse, or some other accident was to occur while pets are inside the structure, the animals would become frightened, and panic. The experience could inadvertently traumatize the animal.

By this same reasoning, keeping pets out of bounce houses will also protect the bounce houses themselves from injury or damage. The most popular pets in America are dogs, cats, and birds (and, it’s safe to assume, if you are a bounce house owner with a pet, it’s likely one of these three). All of these animals have sharp claws, feet, or talons as a vital part of their bodies. All inflatable structures are susceptible to deflation by puncturing, and all animals placed inside of an inflatable structure will likely have their claws out due to fear and confusion. Keeping pets out of and away from bounce houses will avoid the chance of the claws puncturing the walls of the bounce house in an attempt to explore, or, more likely, escape.

Your pets will likely remain curious about the events of your bounce house party, especially with a large gathering of people in their yard and the presence of a giant inflatable device. To keep your pets happy and at ease, it would be a good idea to seek out help. One of the ways fellow parents or responsible adults can help out is by taking turns in supervising the pets for the day. Dogs, cats, and other pets love attention, and since they won’t be able to get it playing in a bounce house, they can still get their attention and care from their loving owner.

Filed under: Tradeshows No Comments
22Jun/110

Proper And Improper Bounce House Deflation

Bounce houses can be a fantastic source of summer entertainment, but sadly, all good things must eventually end, at least for the day. When you and your friends are finished bouncing, or nightfall hits (whichever comes first), you will need to deflate your bounce house in order to properly preserve the material, in addition to protecting it from possible theft and vandalism. However, while the deflation process will generally remain the same for each attempt, the bounce house may accidentally experience trouble during the shut down. As a bounce house owner, you should make sure that you know the difference between a proper deflation and a deflation that has gone wrong.

Deflating your bounce house at the end of the day is a relatively simple procedure. If you have been able to discover how to set up an inflatable device, taking the bouncer down should be just as easy to learn. Make sure that all people have safely exited your jump house before beginning. Clean out the bounce house, then turn off and unplug the blower from the wall outlet. The air that had been circulating inside of the walls of the structure will slowly begin to escape the bounce house through a series of microscopic holes located in similar locations on all four walls. When the blower was activated and the moonwalk was inflated, air regularly exited the bouncer through these holes to prevent over-inflation. With no incoming air from the blower, the air will simply leak out through these holes, causing the walls to slowly and steadily come down. Once the air has almost completely vacated the bounce house, detach the tie-down loops holding the bounce house in place (either indoors or outdoors). Similarly, remove the bounce house’s air tube from the blower. Roll up the now-empty vinyl material and store the bouncer in its over-sized storage bag for use on another day.

The only positive aspect of an improper deflation is that such an occurrence will be very easy to spot and notice. There are several red flags that you can detect during the deflation process. Always remember to not remove the air tube from the blower before deflation is complete. This will prevent anything from entering the bounce house during the deflation process, as well as keeping the deflation calm, smooth, and non-drastic.

At no point should you hear air gushing out of the inflatable device’s walls. During deflation, air should slowly and steadily be exiting the bounce house through the tiny holes, and should be doing so silently, or in near-silence. If you hear air rushing out of the bounce house, or see the walls collapse faster than they usually do, then your bounce house might have a major tear in the fabric that you might not have noticed. Such a major tear could be located underneath the structure, or in the foundation of the bounce house. A rip like that might not immediately start to deflate the rest of the structure, as it would be held in place against the ground or a tarp underneath the bounce house. However, once the deflation process starts, there will be no air pressure keeping the tear pressed against the ground; as a result, the air will begin to shoot out at a staggering rate. Find the hole and patch it at the earliest possible opportunity. It will help to prevent further deflation problems from ever occurring again.

Filed under: Tradeshows No Comments
22Jun/110

Rowdy Behavior In A Bounce House

A bounce house can be one of the best experiences a child can have. The freedom to bounce, jump, leap, and soar around their yard in their own inflatable device is a remarkable feeling that provides a nearly unending source of entertainment. Children will want to bounce as often as possible with friends or siblings, so long as the device can be used. This makes parties and celebrations that involve bounce houses to be among the most memorable for children. However, excitable children using a bounce house may take the games too far, and depending on their levels of adrenaline, can turn overly rowdy and accidentally violent. If you are a parent holding a bounce house party for your children and their friends, be aware that if the playing begins to get violent, there are both simple causes and multiple ways to regain control of the guests.

“Rowdy activity” in a bounce house can refer to a variety of different unruly behaviors that should be addressed directly before bouncing should continue. Some children get such a thrill from bouncing and leaping that they become far more excited and energetic than anyone else in the bouncer. The varying levels of excitement can lead to friction and accidental injuries inside of the inflatable device. Some bounce houses with sports themes and activities may also be a cause or rowdy activity. The games inside of the structure, such as baseball, basketball, or dodgeball, may end up being taken too seriously, and as a result, there may be an outbreak of violence or injury. Another way that young bounce house users can start to have a negative reaction inside a bounce house is by pure accident. During bouncing, users can accidentally collide, either in mid-air, or on the floor of the bounce house by way of tripping or shoving. Either way, the accident can possibly lead to injury, and might lead to violence in retaliation. The collisions can possibly be avoided by staying within the population limit of a bounce house, but is likely to occur purely by accident.

In order to calm down the guests at your child’s party, there are several measures you can take. A common-sense precaution that you can take from the moment the party begins is to have at least one adult or guardian supervising the bounce house at all times. Always make sure that you have at least one responsible adult monitoring the bounce house each and every minute that it is inflated, in addition to one inspecting the blower and making sure that the quality of the bouncer is in tact. When children know they are being watched and monitored, they might be less inclined to act out and try and break the rules.

Unfortunately, some children might continue to break the rules, even if they are under direct watch. It may become necessary to temporarily “shut down” the bounce house for a period of time if the roughhousing continues. This can refer to either clearing all the users out of the bounce house for a temporary time-out, or even going as far as to unplug the blower and deflate the bounce house. Let your guests know that violence will not be tolerated at any point in the party, and most definitely when bouncing. Safety is a priority at all times, both for the children and for the inflatable device. Always remain alert and responsible to avoid injuries, either accidental or intentional.

Filed under: Tradeshows No Comments
22Jun/110

Protecting Your Bounce House During Torrential Rainstorms

Recently, rain and thunderstorms have been turning up more and more often in the weather forecast lately. These natural elements, while vital, can seriously derail any plans you might have had for a fun day for you and your friends in your bounce house. The stronger the storm, the more likely that harm may accidentally come to your inflatable device while outside. However, protecting your bounce house from such occurrences is as simple as setting up the bouncer in the first place: anyone can do it, and all owners of a bouncer should be aware of them.

Clearly, the basic first steps during these incidents are to evacuate everyone from the bounce house as soon as the rainfall begins to seriously pick up. A slight drizzle of rain will not have a serious effect on the bounce house, depending on the quantities of water. However, once the rainfall begins to pick up in both quantity and frequency, thunder can be heard, or lightning can be seen, then it is definitely time to evacuate. Once all users have left the bouncing area and are safely indoors, shut off the blower. Once the bounce house has been fully deflated, the normal procedure is to leave the flattened bounce house out in the rain. However, depending on the severity of the storm, in addition to the presence of lightning, the bounce house may be at risk if left alone in the rain.

A good way to protect your bounce house from a steady downpour from above is to shield the deflated device with a tarp. Placing a tarp completely over the deflated bounce house during a storm can provide an additional layer of protection to your inflatable device. The tarp will absorb a good deal of the water damage, protecting the bounce house underneath from a serious threat of mildew and mold, in addition to potentially weakening the walls of the bounce house. It doesn’t matter if the jump house is made from polyvinyl chloride or woven oxford cloth; both are susceptible to heavy rainfall. Secure your tarp to the ground with additional stakes or by piling multiple weighted objects (such as sandbags or rocks) onto each corner. When the storm has lifted remove the tarp. Your bounce house will not be totally dry underneath, but will have avoided a good deal of potential damage. In addition to shielding the bounce house, it would also be wise to secure another tarp over the outlet plug

Heavy downpours can just as easily bring strong gusts of wind to your area, in addition to the many inches of rain water. All that wind can not only inadvertently attempt to blow the bounce house’s stakes out of the ground, toppling the device, but can also cause damage to the nature in your yard. Tree branches and yard equipment can be knocked down from heavy rainfall and blown about the yard. If these come into contact with the bounce house on the ground, it could potentially cause a tear in the fabric. Stay on watch during the storm; if anything is knocked down outside, have you and some able-bodied friends run out and clear the debris from the bouncing area. Remember to not set up a bounce house directly underneath trees or power lines to avoid any immediate catastrophe.

If you remain unsure about the weather, make sure that you plan out any parties and events that involve your bounce house ahead of time. It would be risky to attempt a set-up for your bounce house and make plans for a party if the forecast predicts a good chance of rain for the upcoming days. If you have made plans with a rental company to rent a bounce house for a specific date or weekend, and rain suddenly turns up in the forecast, then get back in contact with them as soon as you can. Reschedule the dates if the storm appears definite. Always keep in mind that a worthy alternative to bouncing outdoors is bouncing indoors, with a solid roof over your head. In order to secure your bounce house on solid ground, as opposed to the grass in a field, you will need sandbags, sold separately, to hold it in place. Always remember that after the storm has lifted, your bounce house will need immediate care if it has been left outside. Have you and some friends wipe down your bounce house with towels after the rain has lifted. This will prevent the formation of mildew on the vinyl surface, and will prolong the life of the bouncer.

Filed under: Tradeshows No Comments
22Jun/110

How Many Pounds Of Sand?

Plans for using your bounce house for a party or celebration may become sidetracked for a variety of reasons. The common culprit for these delays is poor weather, which can strike your party area through heavy rainstorms, thunder and lightning, strong gusts of wind, and low wind-chill temperatures. However, your day is not ruined. Having a bounce house party indoors is a worthy alternative that constantly grows in popularity and preference each year. To set up an inflatable device under a solid roof, you’re going to need sandbags to secure the bounce house to the ground, thereby avoiding possible collapse and injuries.

These sandbags intended for indoor bounce house use help to stabilize your inflatable device and hold it in place during jumping. Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), also known as the same material used to construct most bounce houses, these sandbags are very hard to damage, and are likely to last a long time, usually as long as the bounce house itself. The majority of sandbags that you can purchase for your bounce house have a weight capacity of about 50 pounds. This means that if you have a sandbag for every corner of your bounce house, it will take about 200 pounds of sand in order to evenly secure the inflatable device to the ground. However, for inflatable devices on a larger scale, the amount of bags necessary for fastening will likely increase. It all depends on the amount of tie-down loops present on your inflatable device’s base. Outside, you would pound stakes into the ground through these loops in order to lock down the bouncer. Inside, you tie the sandbags to these loops to keep the bounce house steady and unmoving throughout the day. Typically, the sand to fill the bags will not arrive with the bags themselves; you will need to buy it separately from a home improvement store.

Your inflatable device may not need all 50 pounds of each bag to remain firmly to the ground. The definite weight of sand needed to fix the bouncer’s position may vary depending on the type of bounce house you have. We recommend testing this by filling each sandbag with varying levels of sand, then checking if the bounce house will remain secure. Usually, though, it’s a good idea to fill these bags up at least halfway.

When you feel you have added an acceptable level of sand in your bag, you must then completely seal it using the zipper on the mouth of the bag. Make sure that the zipper is absolutely tight and secure before tying it to the bottom loops of the bouncer. If the zipper is not sealed tight, then grains of sand can begin to leak out of the top of the bag during use. This could cause the bounce house to come loose from the set-up area. If leaks in the bag are spotted, either from a loose zipper or from a tear in the bag itself, cease bouncing temporarily while the bag is being replaced.

Filed under: Tradeshows No Comments