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Inflatable Obstacle Course

Every year, there is an onslaught of stories around various holidays (namely Christmas, Halloween and Easter) where a local couple is featured, showcasing a large number of inflatables on their front lawn. This blog has covered a few of these stories, primarily around Halloween, where one man was found having close to 60 inflatable decorations strewn around his home.  Having such a collection is something of an achievement, much like beating your party guests on an inflatable obstacle course. One question remains though – what do you do with all of the inflatables when the season is over?

One couple has found a solution, even if it isn’t exactly a happy end. According to the McPherson Sentinel, a couple has decided to sell their massive collection of holiday inflatables:

“Large inflatable decorations have become an expected sight in the yard of Susan and Michael McVicker during the years, but the couple is calling it quits on the collection they’ve been working on since 2003. A bright orange sign with the words, ‘All inflatables for sale’ stands next to their two nylon Easter bunnies, two of only 83 left in their stash. The couple began selling in August and hopes to empty the additional storage shed they specifically bought for the decorations.”

The article says that Susan and Michael started the collection in 2003 and have been amassing inflatables ever since. At various times of year, their yard has been host to assorted groups of the 190 inflatables that have been making a home with the McVickers:

“For Halloween, the McVickers have displayed up to 45 inflatables, including dancing ghouls and a spook house, two of which they claim are the most unique in their collection. For Christmas, the couple can boast a count of 95 inflatables, spilling out from the front yard into the sides and back.”

Since beginning the sale, more than 100 of the original inflatables have been sold.

Snowshoes Getting an Inflatable Addition

Inflatable Snowshoes

Spring is finally here! If you’re anything like me, you’ve already starting thinking about the warmer weather and everything that comes with it. For one, I can’t wait for the first party of summer, complete with an inflatable slide or two. Is there anything better? However, there are other things happening in the world of inflatables we’ll be talking about something decidedly colder than the balmy weather.

An avalanche that claimed lives recently brought inflatable backpacks to the forefront of the sports safety industry, as I mentioned in a post a month ago. These backpacks would inflate in case of an avalanche, increasing the likelihood that snow wouldn’t fully encase a skier or snowboarder. Now, inflatable snowshoes are becoming a reality, primarily to help out stranded snowmobilers lost in the woods. According to an article in Mobile Magazine:

“[Signal Snowboards] came up with the idea after hearing reports about stranded snowmobilers. In one case, two snowmobilers reportedly ran out of gas and got stuck in deep snow only about a mile from a lodge…they were unable to get back to safety before night time and were found frostbitten the next day. The inflatable snowshoes could be helpful as anyone can end up in such a situation.”

The article says the snowshoes can be easily carried along with other tools and equipment. Made from sturdy material, you can inflate the snowshoes by mouth or pump and will provide a lot of benefits for anyone who needs support while hiking in the snow:

“Each inflated snowshoe will give you more than 540 sq in of surface area for walking on snow without getting too tired. It can be inflated by mouth, although the company says that a bike pump or CO2 inflator should be used for best results, and will work fine for people weighing up to 250 lbs.”

Beyond this, the snowshoes also provide users with increased traction as well. The uses for inflatables continue to amaze me.

Educational Inflatables

Inflatable ColonInflatables like bounce houses and obstacle courses are always a good time and bring a level of fun to your parties, charity events and other places where entertainment is needed. Although inflatables are usually considered only as a means of entertainment, we have looked at other uses in this blog that have contributed to safety causes, the medical world and a plethora of other fields. This week, we will be looking at three distinctive uses of inflatables as educational tools.

Inflatable BrainThe Pekin Daily Times has a story about The MEGA Brain, which is the world’s only walk-through inflatable brain. The size of this brain truly is MEGA, judging from the specs listed in the article: “measuring 18 feet long, 14 feet wide and 12 feet high.” Visitors don’t just walk through – they can also see what happens when brain injuries occur and also see what new medical treatments are being developed.

Inflatable Planetarium – A staple of many schools, the inflatable planetarium at Bronxville School is a huge hit with students. According to a story on, one teacher went above and beyond to bring this educational inflatable to his school: “[Sixth-grade science teacher Frank] Viggiani wanted it for his students, and sat down and wrote a grant request to the school’s educational foundation. Viggiani applied for the $40,000 the Digitalis planetarium cost (including teacher training) and was one of 17 projects that got the go-ahead for the 2011-12 school year.” The students already love the planetarium and so do the teachers, the article says.

Inflatable Colon – Kentucky’s NBC14 has a fun story about an inflatable colon, which is being used to raise awareness for issues involving colon cancer. Furthermore, the 10 foot colon will also inform people about how to care for your digestive system and get screened for cancer. The article says that the colon is currently making its way around Kentucky.

The Weirdest Inflatables on Pinterest

Designer inflatables!! haha I want one! The internet can be a wonderfully weird place. Currently, there is a new site called Pinterest that has become a hub of discovery for a number of things. Users log in and post photos / videos on virtual bulletin boards that can be shared with friends online. Naturally, inflatables are definitely a presence on the site and I would like to share some of the strangest custom inflatables from Pinterest with you:

Inflatable Swan – This photo, repinned from The LookBook, is simply titled “Designer Inflatables!” What is it precisely? Imagine one of those swan boats you can rent at rivers and ponds and make it inflatable. Then put it in a pool with a model and voila – you have yourself a designer inflatable.

Vintage Inflatables – Did you know that inflatables were once marketed as the furniture of the future? According to this repinned ad on Pinterest, we could be sitting in inflatable recliners while watching TV at night. However, much like the hovercars from The Jetsons, inflatable chairs never really took off as a household item.

Inflatable Hangers – In this blog, we are always finding new uses for inflatables that make life just a little bit easier. Pinterest has a new one. Whenever you visit a hotel, you almost always find that there are not enough hangers in your closet to properly handle clothes that you need unwrinkled. However, getting through an airport with hangers wouldn’t go over really well. Simply blow up these hangers for a perfect solution. Deflate them and put them back in your suitcase. Awesome.

Couture Inflatables – This one has to be seen to be believed. Just know, if this is the fashion of the future, you can count me out. Yeesh.