Typically referred to as just Bouncers in the industry, these inflatables are also known as bounce houses, moonwalks, jumpers, and bouncy castles. John Scurlock first created bouncers in 1959. He was actually experimenting with inflatable tennis court covers when he noticed that his employees liked jumping on the covers. He founded the Space Walk company and called them Space Walks. In 1967 he added walls.
We've come a long way since then.
Modern inflatables span a dizzying array of options and some of them have to be seen to be believed. Digital printing, computer-aided design, and generations of people bouncing have brought us massive inflatable circuses, obstacle courses, life-like graphics and just about every other thing you can imagine.
There's a lot more to inflatables these days than just bouncers! The interactive inflatable industry is seeing huge growth, which has lead to more kinds of inflatables, and increasingly creative options. The list below covers the general categories of interactive inflatables. Click on the titles to learn more about that inflatable type and to see pictures of some of the options available out there.
The basic idea that started it all, bouncers are no longer just small "bouncy castle" designs. Modern bouncers come in a dizzying array of design, often with additional features like slides built in.
Inflatable slides have become immensely popular, largely due to their large size. Rising 35' or more into the air, these inflatables usually have multiple sliding lanes and are some of the most stunning looking inflatables around. Want to have a massive ship being torn in half by a colorful kraken? Oh yeah, they make that, and so much more.
- Water Slides
Similar to the slides above, except they are designed to be able to get wet, and have various options to hook up your garden hose to have water running down the slide.
- Obstacle Courses
These large, elaborate inflatables usually feature a multiple lane "race track" and incorporate a slide. The running lanes have inflatable barriers that kids have to dodge around, or short tunnels that have to be crawled under.
- Interactive Games
There is a host of interactive games available these day in inflatables. From boxing rings with super giant sized boxing gloves, to jousting arenas, to basketball game, to sumo suits, these games work well for kids and older party goers alike.