Family Gift: Bounce House

Spring is here with balmy days, fresh breezes, open windows and greeness growing everywhere one turns. It’s time to scale back the bookwork, boost nature studies and spend the days outdoors.

This spring our family has been blessed with a whole new outdoor activity – bouncing.

I’d heard of inflatable bouncers before, but had not considered how practical one could be for our family until we got one. Our children have spent the last several weeks, bouncing and sliding. “May we go bounce?” has been a daily request.

Each year our family uses Christmas and birthday money to purchase a big family gift whether it’s season passes to Dollywood, a Wii or an annual pass to the zoo it has to be something that we are all able to enjoy together.

Even though we’ve had a few opportunities to use bounce houses and our kids have always enjoyed them, we hadn’t considered purchasing one. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t know that you could purchase such large, high quality bouncers for residential use or perhaps we had never seen a  bounce house for sale anywhere. However, now that we own a bounce house we realize that it would make an ideal family gift. Here’s why:

  1. It’s fun. -  I realize this is obvious but seriously, have you ever bounced in one of these? We’ve had ours for nearly a month and it’s still one of the kid’s favorite activities. It’s also something that nearly all of our children are able to enjoy, which can sometimes be a challenge when considering a family gift.
  2. You can enjoy it in your backyard. No packing and no travel with little ones in tow. No missed naps and grumpy babies. Everyone is able to have loads of fun right at home whenever they want. With two preschool age boys we’ve used it to help them get out all of those wiggles while the older children are working on school work.
  3. It’s great for company.  We’ve had several families over and the kids have enjoyed bouncing with their friends. It’s also simple to load into the car and take to your friend’s home if that is where the action is.
  4. It’s  perfect for parties and other special events and easily less expensive than renting one several times.

So if your family is anything like ours (and even if it’s not) you might want to let the grandparents know that a bouncer would make a fun gift  for the whole family (if you have a bunch of children they may even breathe a sigh of relief when they realize that one gift will cover everyone) or consider investing in one yourself.

You may read my full review of our Misty Kingdom Bounce House and Ball Pit.

You may try to win a Blast Zone Bounce House at What’s that Smell.

Our family received the Misty Kingdom Bounce House and Ball Pit in return for posting about it on this blog. All opinions are our own.

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11 Responses to Family Gift: Bounce House
  1. Samantha
    April 13, 2011 | 9:48 am

    We are totally going to do this!

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  2. Suzanne
    April 13, 2011 | 10:15 am

    What a great idea!!!
    Where did you find one for sale? Do you deflate it each time? …looking for some specifics on how this would work.
    Thanks!
    Suzanne

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    The links in the post go to the website we got our bounce house through. They have free shipping and a price guarantee.

    We do deflate it each time, but it is a very simple process. I’ll include a lot more information in my full review next week.

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  3. Cathy
    April 13, 2011 | 10:22 am

    We just lost our trampoline in a storm and we are looking to replace it. Are you able to compare the bounce house with a trampoline? Do you have to take the bounce house down a lot; do you keep it inflated for long periods of time? Would an 8 year old boy enjoy it as much as a trampoline (he is our eldest out of 5). Thank you for entertaining my questions.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    The big disadvantage of a bounce house vs. a trampoline would be that the bounce house will need to be taken down after use. It’s a fast, easy process, but does need to be done.

    On the other hand the advantages of a bounce house to trampoline would be safety (nothing hard to hit on and mesh all around so no fear of the child falling off), portability (you can even set them up indoors if you have the space) and variety (our bounces house includes a slide, water features and ball pit).

    I’ll post more about our experience next week.

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  4. Cathy
    April 13, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Sorry, one last question: do you have dogs and cats? I wonder if they would puncture the bounce house??

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We have a dog, but she doesn’t go into the bounce house.

    The fabric is very durable, and while a dog may be able to puncture it, I don’t think it is likely. They do include repair kits and you are able to mend the fabric with needle and thread if needed.

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  5. Brieana @ The Living Well
    April 13, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    We had one (leftover from when my husband had a business renting them out) and my kids LOVED it! We had to leave it on our last move and were so disappointed.

    To answer a few questions.. we deflated ours each time we were done, it took up about the same amount of room in the garage as two big plastic bins. My oldest is 9 and loved it. A dog might puncture it, but there are repair kits available. I don’t think a cat would.

    Most of them run on a ‘blower’ so it has to be plugged in to be used, and of course you couldn’t just leave it up. (Ok, I guess you could, but that would be a lot of electricity!)

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  6. Renata
    April 13, 2011 | 10:07 pm

    Hi Kimberley
    It does look like loads of fun – I can imagine how much our family would like one. Do you have to blow it up each day before use or does it stay up?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You do have to inflate it before use, but it inflates in less that 2 minutes. It’s amazing and half the fun is watching everything pop up!

    Also, we don’t store ours outdoors, we bring it in at night.

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  7. Gabe
    April 14, 2011 | 7:01 am

    We have one too! Last year one of our boys asked us to rent one for his birthday. We quickly realized that (1) with so many kids this request would come up again (2) it can be a bit spendy to rent these (3)Amazon had a nice one listed for about the price of renting a larger one.

    We’ve really enjoyed ours, and our older boys (9 & 8) are getting the hang of setting it up and taking it down. It will not be long before they can manage that (mostly) on their own!

    It is funny to be able to say we own a bounce house, its just not one of those things we thought we would ever purchase! LOL!

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