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5 Games to Play on a Bouncy Castle

5 Games to Play on a Bouncy Castle

Booking a bouncy castle for your child’s party is a guaranteed good time, kids absolutely love it.  Aside from the sheer joy of jumping and sliding on the inflatable there are some games you can play to make the party even better.  The kids at the party can compete for prizes, here are 5 games to play on a bouncy castle.

Jumping Race

This works just like the sack races that you see at the kid’s school fairs.  You have two kids at one end of the bounce castle and they have to jump their way across the bouncy castle to reach the finish line.  Kids can race one way or have to touch the wall on the other side and return to the starting line.  You can do this with sacks or without, they will still have fun either way.

Egg and Spoon

Another game that comes from kid’s fairs is an egg and spoon race.  On a bouncy castle you want to make sure that the eggs are hardboiled first, or you’re going to be cleaning a huge mess.  The participants have to make it from one end of the castle to the other while balancing an egg on a spoon.  One participant can try and slow the other down by bouncing. The kid with the fastest time can be the champ or you can have a bunch of races.

Musical Chairs Bouncy Style

Musical chairs is another popular kids party game, granted you can’t put a dozen chairs on a bounce house, instead you play by some different rules.  An adult can start the music and let it play for a minute or two, the kids start jumping or dancing when the music plays and must stop when the music stops.  The last person to stop is out, and the last person standing is the winner.

Volleyball

Volleyball is a great game to play on a bouncy castle, kids can jump really high while trying to return the ball.  You do need to make sure that your inflatable is big enough to handle multiple kids and regulate how many kids are on each side.

Capture the Flag

You can divide the kids into two separate teams and each team has their own coloured flag.  Kids have to bounce their way across to the other side and try and get the other team’s flag and bring it back to their starting point to be declared the winner.

If these aren’t enough and you still want some other options for games to play with the kids here are some more options.

How to Hire the Right Bounce House Rental Company

How to Hire the Right Bounce House Rental Company

There is nothing more perfect for a kid’s party than a bouncy castle.  They have become so popular that now you can get them in a bunch of different shapes and sizes.  When inflatables first came on the market there wasn’t much in the way of variety, they were all pretty basic.  Now you can get them for both indoor and outdoor venues and even some that go on the water creating a new industry.

The bounce house rental industry now has a ton of suppliers with lots of inflatables including slides, both wet and dry, obstacle course and castles in every shape imaginable.  The industry has seen a ton of innovation over the years.  Now you are left with the question of how do you decide on who to hire to make your party perfect.  Let’s go over how to hire the right bounce house rental company.

How to Book a Bounce House Rental

You have no shortage of companies that will gladly take your money that doesn’t mean that the service they provide will be quality. So here are some questions to ask and things to look for when hiring a service provider.

  1. Make a plan. First things first you need to know is what size you are going to need.  That will depend on the amount of space you have, how many kids will be there and the age of the children at the party.  The rental company can help you with all of this and these are questions they are going to ask you when you call.
  2. Check the products that the rental company has available on the dates that you need them. If you have your heart set on having a pirate ship at your party, you want to make sure it is available.  The earlier you can book the better your chances are of getting the model you want.
  3. What is the company’s safety record. You want to make sure that their equipment is clean and well maintained.  Older equipment is more likely to break down and you don’t want your bounce house deflating in the middle of your party possible injuring one of the kids.
  4. What is your budget? For most parents money is a huge factor in the type of bounce house then end up renting.  Talk with the rental company about your budget, many have different packages available and are willing to work with you.

The games that you have at your party should work with your bouncy castle and provide fun for your guests.  The right bounce house can make your party the best one the kids have been to all year.