Best Age-Appropriate Inflatables for an Outdoor Party

These days, you can’t have a party without inflatables. That being said, not all inflatable activities appeal to all ages. Teens scoff at the notion of jumping around in a bounce house, while obstacle courses present too great a challenge, if not physical hazards, to toddlers. If you’re planning a large outdoor party (at least with 50 people present), what are the best and most age-appropriate inflatables?

Toddlers and Children

inflatable slideFor many adults, getting a child to play outdoors is a considerable challenge, and inflatables are a welcome attraction that gets boys and girls of all ages active.

As a general rule, party activities must appeal to a wide group. To get all children involved, consider setting up an inflatable slide – ideally, one that accommodates multiple children at a time – for simple yet fun races, or order a bounce house, also known as a jumper.

In certain instances, inflatables for older children may be too large for toddlers. For this reason, Inflatable 2000 offers toddler-specific activities: often areas where children under the age of 4 can move around and explore in a colorful enclosure while still being visible to their parents.

Teens and Even Adults

inflatable joustingAs you might have witnessed at a party with just a bounce house or a slide, guests 12 years old and up often look bored: Adult conversation is too dull, while the activities for children are just too unchallenging. As such, consider setting up inflatables for your teen and even adult guests.

As a basic rule of inflatables for teens and adults, select a game or activity that gets multiple people (ideally, six to 12) involved and is fun to watch. Using this as a qualifier, the best inflatables for teens and adults tend to be larger obstacle courses, laser tag enclosures, sumo suits with rings, jousting matches, climbing walls, and bungee runs.

The American Inflatable Road Show in Austin, Texas

The American Inflatable Road Show

The American Inflatable Road Show will be in Austin, Texas from April 24th to the 25th. It is a trade show designed specifically for companies in the inflatable product industry. The leading inflatable companies will be at the AIR show to show off their inflatable slides, bounce houses, and promotional products.

The American Inflatable Alliance sponsors the AIR show and was started in 2012. It is the only trade show dedicated entirely to inflatables and the inflatable industry. Visitors will be able to see the most creative inflatables that companies from around the country have to offer. There will be many inflatable products that people can try first hand to understand the excitement they offer.

The country’s biggest inflatable companies, like Inflatable 2000, will be on hand in Austin for the show. Inflatable 2000Inflatable 2000 is the world’s leading source for amusement inflatables, promotional inflatables, tents, banners, and more. The inflatable company has worked with many large companies and organizations such as NASA, Disney, and 20th Century Fox Films to create custom designed inflatable products. Inflatable 2000 also works with many smaller businesses to create custom inflatable products that they can use to effectively brand their services or products to their target audience.

The American Inflatable Road Show was created to bring a series of regional shows to various cities across the country. The AIR Show in Austin will feature the leaders in the inflatable industry and is designed specifically for those in the market for inflatable products. There will be a wide variety of businesses that use inflatable products at the show, including event companies, backyard rental companies, and anyone company that features inflatable play structures.

The AIR Show will be held at the Austin, Texas Convention Center and there will also be educational seminars, exhibits, and safety training. Doors will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:30 am. The show will close on Thursday, April 25th at 3:00 pm.

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Hollywood Park Family Fun Day

There are simply not enough events that bring together activities that both parents and children can enjoy alongside each other. Usually scheduled fun days either focus entirely on kid’s activities or adult activities, but usually they aren’t mixed!

Well, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, is looking to change this trend with its Family Day this Sunday, October 17th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During most days, Hollywood Park is a premiere race track that opened in June of 1938, which was also the inaugural year of the Hollywood Gold Cup, which would come to be known as Hollywood Park’s signature race. According to the Hollywood Park website:

“The legendary Seabiscuit was victorious in 1938’s inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, the track’s signature race which would be won 11 times by Thoroughbreds distinguished as Horse of the Year: 1938, Seabiscuit; 1940, Challedon; 1951, Citation; 1956, Swaps; 1957, Round Table; 1971, Ack Ack; 1979, Affirmed; 1987, Ferdinand; 1990, Criminal Type; 1995, Cigar; 1998, Skip Away.”

This Sunday will be quite a day for all of the family to enjoy. While parents take turns betting and watching live horse racing from the stands, the kiddies will be able to enjoy a number of activities – from inflatables to pony rides to face painting. While the Family Fun Day activities start at noon and last until 4, make sure to get to the park before 1 p.m., so you can take part in the live horse racing that’s taking place!

A quick reminder as well, there will also be fun at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, coming up this weekend, October 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This event is taking place at the Juan Bautista de Anza Park, right off the 101 Freeway. Besides pumpkin themed activities, there will be pumpkin beer and baked pumpkin goods! Southern California events just don’t get any better!

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!