7 Games Kids Can Play Inside A Bounce House

Bounce houses, also known as inflatable castles or bouncy castles, have become a popular attraction at children’s parties, fairs, and events. These inflatable structures are designed to provide a safe and fun space for kids to jump, bounce, and play. While traditional bounce houses often come with built-in games and activities, there are plenty of other games that kids can play inside a commercial bounce house to keep them entertained.

  1. Red light, green light. This classic playground game can be easily adapted for play in a bounce house. One child is designated as the “traffic light” and stands at one end of the bounce house. The other children line up at the opposite end. When the traffic light says “green light,” the children can bounce towards the traffic light. When the traffic light says “red light,” the children must stop bouncing and freeze in place. If a child is caught moving on a red light, they must return to the starting line. The first child to reach the traffic light becomes the new traffic light.
  2. Bounce house basketball. Set up a small basketball hoop at one end of the bounce house and let the kids try to make baskets. For younger children, you can use a smaller ball and lower the hoop to make it easier to score.
  3. Simon says. This classic memory game is a great way to keep kids active and engaged in the bounce house. One child is designated as “Simon” and gives commands to the other children, such as “Simon says bounce on one foot” or “Simon says touch your toes.” The children must only follow the commands if they begin with “Simon says.” Any child who makes a mistake is out, and the last child remaining is the winner.
  4. Freeze dance. Play some upbeat music and let the kids bounce and dance freely in the bounce house. When the music stops, the kids must freeze in place. Any child caught moving when the music stops is out. The last child remaining is the winner.
  5. Red rover. This classic playground game is a great way to get kids moving and interacting in the bounce house. Two teams line up opposite each other, with each team holding hands to form a chain. One team calls out the name of a child on the other team, saying “Red rover, red rover, send (child’s name) on over.” The child whose name was called must then try to break through the chain by running and bouncing through it. If they are successful, they can choose one person from the opposing team to join their own. If they are not successful, they must join the opposing team. The game continues until one team has all of the players.
  6. Mother, may I? This classic children’s game is a great way to encourage kids to follow directions and listen to each other in the bounce house. One child is designated as the “mother” and stands at one end of the bounce house. The other children line up at the opposite end. The children must ask the mother’s permission to perform a specific action, such as “Mother, may I bounce on one foot?” The mother can either grant permission with a “Yes, you may” or deny it with a “No, you may not.” If the child successfully completes the action, they can take a step closer to the mother. If they make a mistake, they must return to the starting line. The first child to reach the mother becomes the new mother.
  7. Follow the leader. One child is designated as the leader and the other children must follow their movements and actions in the bounce house. The leader can lead the group in different activities such as bouncing, crawling, or pretending to be animals. The leader can also change throughout the game, with the other children taking turns leading the group. This is a great way to encourage teamwork and creativity in the bounce house.
  8. Hot potato. This simple yet energetic game is perfect for play in a bounce house. All of the children gather in a circle and pass a ball or small object around as fast as they can. When the music stops, the child holding the ball is out. The game continues until there is only one child remaining, who is declared the winner.
  9. Treasure hunt. Hide small objects or treats around the bounce house and let the kids search for them. You can make it more challenging by providing clues or riddles for the children to solve in order to find the treasure.
  10. Bounce house obstacle course. Set up a series of challenges and obstacles for the kids to navigate through in the bounce house. This could include crawling through tunnels, bouncing over obstacles, and navigating through a series of cones or other markers. The first child to complete the course is the winner.

In conclusion, there are many different games that kids can play inside a commercial bounce house to keep them active, entertained, and engaged. These games can help promote teamwork, listening skills, and physical activity, making them a great addition to any children’s party or event. So, these are the games that kids can play inside a commercial bounce house to have unlimited fun.

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WHAT DOES SPECIAL EVENT MEAN?

Any event that is not in a residential setting (i.e. School functions, Church functions, Company picnics or corporate events, Festivals). This selection can not be used in backyards. It covers the time of a single day rental.

WHAT DOES RESIDENTIAL WEEKDAY MEAN?

Any party rental that happens Monday through Friday. It covers the time of a single day rental.

WHAT DOES RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND MEAN?

Any party rental that happens on a Saturday or Sunday. It covers a multi-day rental period. If you are not able to take an all weekend rental we can make special arrangements for setup and delivery but there are extra costs involved (equal to the weekend rate). A business and hosting a party on private property, falls into this category. Please call the office to schedule. 

ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RENTAL EQUIPMENT IF IT GETS DAMAGED?

Yes. Once we have set up your rental and inspected it, we leave it in your care to make sure it stays in good rentable condition. The only exception is normal wear and tear. You may purchase an additional damage waiver that will cover any unintended damage caused to our unit. See next question to learn more about the damage waiver.  Please read all of our contracts and literature to understand the importance of using our equipment with suggested rules and guidelines.

WHAT IS THE DAMAGE WAIVER FOR?

The damage waiver covers up to $500 per contract in accidental damage of rental equipment. The damage waiver does NOT cover theft, vandalism, silly string, misuse and/or abuse. The damage waiver does NOT cover missing equipment. Jumping Jacks will bill for any and all missing equipment at new replacement cost.

HOW DO I BOOK MY EVENT?

It’s Simple! Pick out the inflatables that work best for your event & add it (them) to your cart. When you’ve made your selection begin the checkout process.  We take care of the rest from reservation and delivery to pick-up. 

No deposit is required to reserve however we do require a signature on your agreement before we schedule delivery. The balance is due before we set up for your event.

HOW LONG CAN I RENT YOUR EQUIPMENT?

Our pricing is set up for two types of customers, Residential and Special Event. Residential Customers have weekday and weekend pricing. Weekend pricing is the same whether you get it all weekend or just one day.

Weekday pricing and Special Event pricing are the same no matter how long your event is.

For example: if you rent a bounce house on the weekend as a residential customer you’ll pay $221 whether you want it for just one day or the whole weekend.

CAN SOMEONE COME TO MY  LOCATION TO DISCUSS MY EVENT?

Yes, please give us a call or email us to set up a time to meet.

ARE YOU INSURED?

Yes, we carry liability insurance above state requirements. We provide a copy for every event if requested.

DO SHOES NEED TO BE REMOVED TO PLAY ON THE INFLATABLES?

Yes. To maintain high quality inflatables, please remove shoes before entering the jump space. This helps keep our inflatables clean and reduces wear.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD ON THE DAY OF MY EVENT?

Unfortunately, weather can be a challenge. Your safety is our primary concern. If unfavorable weather conditions, including rain, snow, and/or high winds, are in the immediate forecast our staff will contact you no later than 2 hours before your event. If an event cannot be moved inside, an alternative rental date can be discussed or a full refund can be given. All changes in rental times/dates must be made before the inflatables are delivered.

DO YOU HAVE STAFF THAT STAYS WITH THE RENTALS DURING MY EVENT?

Staffing is available upon request & at an additional $35/man hour. Our rental prices do not include staffing.

WHAT KIND OF POWER SUPPLY IS NEEDED?

We typically connect one blower to a 15 amp circuit and two blowers to a 20 amp circuit. If the inflatables are farther than 100 feet from a power source, then we can provide a generator at an additional charge.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SET UP THE UNIT?

It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to set up a single inflatable and about  30 minutes to deflate and load in the trailer. This time frame varies on the quantity of inflatables.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO RESERVE?

All of our units are available on a first come, first serve basis. You may make reservations as late as the day before your rental. However, keep in mind that inflatable units are in high demand, especially during the warmer months of the year. Therefore, it would be best to make your reservation as soon as possible.

WILL YOUR EQUIPMENT BE CLEAN WHEN YOU BRING IT OUT?

We clean and sanitize our inflatables regularly to ensure customer satisfaction. We thoroughly clean every rental every week and between every rental. If your child has a need for it to be extra clean, please let us know when you rent, and we’ll touch up on site.

CAN I PICK UP AND SET UP THE UNIT MYSELF?

In order for us to maintain the cleanliness of our units and to provide our customers with the best possible inflatable rentals, we deliver and set up the inflatables. This personalized customer service allows you to finish any last minute party planning.

DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO PREPARE?

All water sprinklers should be turned off in the area where the inflatables will be set up. Also, please clear the area of all rocks, sticks or any other sharp objects. A 15 amp electrical outlet within 100 feet of each inflatable is required. We will be driving stakes in the ground so the possibility of hitting a shallow phone line or irrigation line is rare, but possible.  This will be the renters responsibility to repair. Please make us aware of any underground utilities that you think could be a concern and we will do our best to avoid these areas.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF SPACE NEEDED FOR SET UP?

The space required to set up varies by unit. The sizes of the units are listed in the descriptions and please allow 2′ additional space on all sides of the unit.

WHERE CAN YOU SET UP THE INFLATABLE UNIT?

Our inflatable units can be set up on just about any flat surface. We would prefer to set up in a grassy area.  The surface needs to be clear of any rocks, sticks or other sharp objects. If you’re not sure where to set it up, we can help you decide when we deliver your rental.

WHAT IS YOUR DELIVERY AREA?

Local deliveries are free (within 20 miles of our warehouse).  Outside of that will start a mileage charge of $7 per mile one way. In most cases, we have to go out and come back twice, once for delivery and once for pick-up, making the cost $1.75/mile.  Please call with any special requests and we will be glad to assist! 

*With the ever changing fuel prices, this rate may change before it is shown on this page.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY RENTAL DAY?

We will arrive at your location at least 30 minutes before your stated event start time for weekday and special events and promptly set up your rentals. Some days this might need to be significantly earlier due to volume of rentals for the day. There will be no extra charge and you will still have the inflatable for the duration you paid for. We will give you a brief overview of rental operations to make sure you feel comfortable.

Depending on our pick up schedule for that day we will be there to load up at the end time of your event, or even a couple hours later than your event ends.  If your event space is rented, or for any other reason you need it removed by a certain time please make us aware if this time and we will do our best to make it happen.

If you have a weekend rental, we will contact you on the Thursday the week of to notify you of our delivery time on Friday. All weekend rentals will be picked up on Monday unless otherwise discussed. We begin pick up as early as 7am. Please try and have the unit inflated on Monday so we can inspect it and tear it down properly.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

Due to our amazing customers, we are able to offer an amazing cancellation policy. If you need to cancel, we ask that you let us know before the morning of your delivery. If you’ve paid in advance, we’ll refund whatever has been paid. All we ask is communication. Please don’t wait till we are at your door step to let us know about your cancellation. We are able to offer this policy because our customers have communicated well with us the over the years and we want to provide the best service possible.

WHAT IF WE WANT TO EXTEND OUR EVENT?

If on the day of the event you decide you would like to extend your event longer than what you have scheduled for, we are happy to try and make this work. Contact us as soon as possible. An additional fee may apply221

Delivery Policy

We deliver to the Springfield and surrounding areas for no additional charge.  This includes any area within 20 miles of the center of Springfield, MO. Any area over 20 miles may incur a delivery fee of $6:50/mile one way. This breaks down to $3.25/mile for delivery (there and back; $1.63/mile round trip ) and $3.25/mile for pick up (there and back; $1.62/mile round trip).
If your event is staffed, the delivery fee will be reduced, but we will have to manually adjust it after the quote is submitted. Once your quote is submitted, we will send you the adjusted quote within 24 hours.
Unfortunately, due to insurance restrictions, customer pick-up is not available on most products. Customers CAN pick up the Football Toss, Cash Cube, or any of the concessions.

Customer Pick Up Items

Items available for customer pick up, or under $199 rental price, may be subject to a $75 delivery fee for the first 20 miles then $6.50/mile one way if over 20 miles. Any quotes for just tables, chairs or concessions will be manually adjusted.

Delivery Locations

SpringfieldNixa – Rogersville – Willard – RepublicOzark – Bolivar* – Fair Grove – Marshfield* – Strafford – Mansfield* – Battlefield – Lebanon* – Branson* 
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Weather Policy

Weather can be crazy around here, which can make it hard to plan your event. We like to think we have one of the most flexible refund policies around. If your event has to be cancelled due to weather, we’ll give you a full refund. The refund will post within 3 business days after cancellation. Here are some key things to keep in mind.
  1. We won’t cancel on you till no later than 2 hours before the event. Believe me we want it to work as much as you do.
  2. If you need to cancel, please give us plenty of notice so that we aren’t loading up or on our way first.
  3. If you have a weekend long rental, the cancellation will be at your discretion. Weather will not prevent us from setting up. except in fall months, weather may require we only set up for your event only.
We are also more than happy to try and reschedule. Just remember we may already have your items booked and may not be able to accommodate it.

Whatever the circumstance, we will work with you.