Competitive Inflatables

There is nothing like a little healthy competition to get your adrenaline pumping. Competitive inflatables can be an excellent way to build team unity, but are also an effective form of exercise for school functions and activities. Adding the element of a contest or “battle” to the enjoyment already implicit with inflatables just amplifies the joy that children (and even adults) will experience.

Inflatable 2000 offers a myriad of various obstacle and game inflatables, including:

Race to the Top – Strap on protective head gear – this inflatable is one crazy team challenge. Two to four players enter and each line up at one of four lanes. Each player must climb up the inflatable by rope and grab one of two colored batons matched up to their respective lane. Once obtained, the baton must be placed at the starting position along a strip of Velcro. The second baton must be retrieved the same way and returned the same way as the first. The first person to return both batons is the winner – you can customize the game to make it the first team to return the batons wins. The mountain can be made more difficult for older kids or adults by adjusting the air pressure.

Gladiator – If you’re looking for a good old fashioned obstacle course, you won’t find many better than Gladiator, a perfect inflatable for timed challenges. Contenders enter the giant Coliseum ring up a difficult curved climb against the humongous gladiator figure and slide down into the action. Never mind the other team – pop-out obstacles are the main competition in this arena. You might want to face the lion’s mesh belly, if you can stomach the pressure.

Justice League Double Challenge – The Justice League Double Challenge is an inflatable focused on true comic book heroes, like Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern. Two kids must make their way through respective sides of the inflatable, dodging pop-ups and quickly speeding through crawl spaces. Featuring a center climb slide, the opponents exit on different colored slides.

The Weirdest Inflatables the Web Has to Offer

Bouncy houses and castles are pretty awesome. So are water slides. And don’t forget about inflatable obstacle courses. It would be pretty hard to make this stuff any cooler than they already are. In fact, there are few things more exciting than things that are inflatable. We’ve all seen the stuff that I just mentioned, so how about some weirder stuff?

The first inflatable on this page is very strange – an inflatable church! I wonder if people actually want to be married in an inflatable structure. Would it even be possible to have a whole ceremony in there? Number five, an inflatable pub, is also rather peculiar. Where are the taps and barstools going to go? The weirdest of them all is number 9 – inflatable toast? What is the meaning of this randomness? I’m not even sure I can describe it while doing it justice!

Now here’s a useful inflatable innovation – an inflatable mouse that actually works with your computer! I think this mouse might actually be very comfortable to use – it would give your hand a cushion. Speaking of comfortable, this multimedia massage chair is definitely a great way to enjoy inflatables – you can actually plug your TV or MP3 player into the headrest, which has speakers.

My personal favorite has to be in this YouTube video called “Inflatable Trash Monsters”. Apparently an artist named Joshua Allen used only tape, garbage bags and subway exhaust to create these really remarkable creatures that formed whenever subway cars passed by the grates. This is really creative, innovative inflatable artistry that you probably won’t see anywhere but in a place like New York City. You may not be able to jump on them like you can with bouncy houses, but they are certainly fun to look at!

New Guidelines for Inflatable Bouncy Rides Being Looked At

Bouncy rides have become a staple of any good children’s party.  Kids really enjoy being able to bounce around on their favorite type of house or even cartoon character.  Who are we kidding – adults love them too!  But recently, some concerns about inflatable bouncy house safety have called the lack of restrictions surrounding bounce-style rides into question.

These matters aren’t entirely unfounded – as recently as this past April, three young children (ages 2, 5 and 7) in El Paso, Texas, were injured when a bounce house they were playing in, was blown up ten feet into the air and across the street from their yard.  This article says that at least two of the children were seriously injured because the house was not tethered properly to the ground.

A group in Wichita, Kansas, is currently looking to put an ordinance into place that would circumvent major safety concerns about the security of such bouncy rides.  The current ordinance only covers companies that rent or permanently own inflatable bounce rides at events, but as more families begin to own inflatable amusement rides, officials believe that a new set of rules and provisions should be put into place.  Some of these would potentially include:

  • Inflatables would have to be inspected several times a year – not just once.
  • Training measures would become much stricter – non-profit groups that own bouncy rides and families that would privately rent inflatables would have to receive training, even if professionals would be running the rides.
  • Ride inspections would have to be more specific and connected to a harsher set of guidelines.
  • Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be banned from getting on such an inflatable.

These new rules may not be a bad idea, if only to remind people to be safe when operating such rides.  So remember to always have safety concerns on mind when holding an event featuring a bouncy castle or Spongebob Squarepants.  First comes safety, then comes the fun!

Beat the Heat With An Inflatable Water Slide

The heat wave currently sweeping over the country is pretty intense – triple digit temperatures, crazy heat indexes and muggy, humid air are all driving people to stay inside. The air conditioner is our best friend at the moment, but how are we supposed to have fun? The cool indoors is ok, but this is the summer – time for all kinds of parties and gatherings – and it’s not too awesome to chill out in your house all day. There is a perfect solution for this conundrum…you should rent an inflatable water slide for your next weekend shindig.

A staple of backyard parties for years, an inflatable water slide is a sensational, safe and slippery way to cool down during this sweltering heat wave. Blow it up, soak it with water and let the excitement begin – kids and adults will be clamoring to fly down the intense slide into a pool of cold, sun-defeating water. But the water is not the only awesome feature of inflatable water slides, you’re going to have to find yourself a theme as well. Here’s just a few:

Giant Double Tube Water Slide – Race your friends down this huge water slide! Can you get wet and wild before they do?
Finding Nemo Front Load Slide – Chill out with Nemo and his pals on this exciting ride of a slide!
Hurricane Water Slide – You’ll have a blast riding out the storm on this adrenaline-pumping water ride!

If you get a water slide for your next party or gathering, everyone you know (and the neighbors you don’t) will be clamoring for an invite. Let the kids play all day while you relax and just wait until they’re all tuckered out – it’s the adults’ turn to ride the slide! There is no more fun, exciting and drenching way to overcome the summer sun.