Bounce houses and bouncy castles have been a staple of
kid’s party entertainment since the 1960s. If you’ve ever looked at an inflatable bounce house
and wondered who invented it, keep reading. Here is a brief history of
inflatable bounce houses and bouncy castles.
Inflatable Bounce Houses
In 1959, John Scurlock was designing inflatable covers for tennis courts.
When he noticed some of his employees bouncing around on the covers, he
got the idea for recreational inflatables. The first such inflatable that
he designed for this purpose was called a Moonwalk, and it was just an
inflatable mattress without walls or a roof. In 1968, he and his wife,
Frances, started the first inflatables rental company. In 1976, they built
a factory to manufacture inflatables.
Kid’s Party Entertainment
The Scurlock’s son, Frank, expanded the inflatables rental company
throughout the United States, using the company names Space Walk and Inflatable
Zoo. He founded the first indoor inflatable kid’s party place in
1986. In the 1990s, Frank created the first inflatable water slide, called
the Aqua Tunnel. Now, inflatable
bounce houses and bouncy castles are used for parties, and at indoor party places for
kids, around the world.
Inflatable Bouncy Castles
In 1967, the original Moonwalk was modified to include a roof. This inflatable
was called a Space Walk. The Space Walk would get very hot inside during
the summer, necessitating the use of two large fans to cool it down. In
1974, the Scurlocks developed a new inflatable bounce house called the
Jupiter Walk, which had inflatable columns, a roof, and netting for the
walls. This style was further enhanced to create inflatable bouncy castles.
If you’re looking for the most exciting
kid’s birthday party place near Farmingdale, come see us at BounceU. We offer safe, fun kid’s party entertainment,
like inflatable bounce houses and bouncy castles. We even have party packages
that make party planning a breeze. For more information, or to schedule
an event at our party place, call us today at (516) 986-4518.