Bouncy castles are temporary inflatable structures and buildings and similar items that are rented for functions, school and church festivals and village fetes and used for recreational purposes, particularly for children. The growth in popularity of moonwalks has led to an inflatable rental industry which includes inflatable slides, obstacle courses, games, and more. Inflatables are ideal for portable amusements because they are easy to transport and store
What is a Bouncy castle ?
The name given to such structures varies. They have been marketed with such names as “Bounce House”, “Bouncies”,”Moon Bounce”, “Boingalow”, “Astrojump”, “Moonwalk”, “Jolly Jump” and “Spacewalk”. “Brinca brinca”, another name commonly used by Latinos, is Spanish for “jump jump”. The term “Jolly Jumps” is often used to describe the inflatable playground structure in rural areas and some areas in the Western United States, but the term is otherwise obsolete. In Southern California, another popular term is “Closed Inflatable Trampolines”, or “CITs”. “Bouncy Castle” or “Inflatable Castle” are used in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand and parts of Australia, and “Jumping Castles” in Australia, Canada, South Africa and Arizona in the United States.
When was the first bouncy castle made?
The first inflatable structure was designed in 1959 by John Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana who was experimenting with inflatable covers for tennis courts when he noticed his employees enjoyed jumping on the covers. He was a mechanical engineer and liked physics.
He started out with a large air mattress. In 1967-1968, he decided to add walls. At that time, there were two inflatable fans, one for the mattress and one for the walls. Windows were made of clear plastic and the inflatable was enclosed like a bubble. Soon after, in 1969, animal shapes began to be made. In 1976 they introduced the Jupiter Jump, which was the first unit to support netting. It was round and shaped like a liberty bell. The first bounce houses shaped like characters started appearing in the late 70’s.
The first real castle shaped bounce was originally designed by university students in England around 1961 for a fund raising event. Bouncy castles are now available not only in castle shapes, but also in many others including popular cartoon, movie and children’s book characters. New variations on the general design have resulted in inflatable slides, interactive games and climbing walls. The variety of shapes has made them popular with some installation artists.
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