Inflatables are some of the most fun entertainment features at children’s parties. Bouncy castles, as they are more commonly referred to, bring such enjoyment to the children that you don’t really have to offer any other forms of entertainment to keep them occupied. They’ll happily and tirelessly jump the hours of the party away.

What to Ask When Hiring a Bouncy Castle

If you’re looking to hire a bouncy castle, prepare a list of questions to ask the different entertainment services that offer inflatables. Many of their rules and policies are the same, but there are still specifics to iron out with regards to your own bouncy castle rental.

1.We plan to situate the inflatable in this area; do you have one that will fit in it?

Bouncy castles come in all sorts of themes, shapes and sizes. The most common bouncy castles measure about 4 square meters. If you have plenty of space, there certainly are much bigger inflatables.

2. Would there be a problem about setting the bouncy castle up indoors?

It’s best placed outside, but if you’re putting it in an indoor venue, make sure that the ceilings are high enough.

Outdoors, bouncy castles are best set up on level grass, secured to the ground with pickets, but they may also go on hard surfaces. Let the bouncy castle company know beforehand so they can bring sandbags or water drums with which to secure the inflatable.

3. What safety features do your inflatables come with?

Most bouncy castles are fitted with netting that will keep kids from bouncing off the castle. They also have soft entry and exit points. Nonetheless, it’s still best to ask to make sure.

4.Do I need insurance to rent an inflatable for an event?

Reputable companies are WorkSafe-compliant and have public liability insurance. You still need to ask how much cover the companies you inquire at have and what events are included in their coverage.

5.Does the rental come with an operator?

There are companies that include a trained operator in the cost, but there are others that will only provide one upon request at extra cost.

For those who opt out of an operator from the company, it’s still necessary to arrange to have a supervisor manning the bouncy castle during the event. That supervisor will have to speak with the hire company for instructions on how to keep bouncy castle use safe.

6.How do you power the bouncy castle?

Inflatables usually require access to a 10Amp power point that’s no more than 20 meters from their set up. If you plan to have more than one castle, take note that the inflatables have to connect to separate power points. Do not use double adapters or power boards.

All inflatables need a constant source of power running for them to stay inflated. Fluctuating power could be dangerous. Even just a minute is enough to deflate the bouncy castle, so make  sure that you have enough power points if you’re hiring more than one inflatable.

If your setup is going to be too far away from a power point, ask if the company also hires out generators.

7.How long does it take to install a bouncy castle?

It doesn’t take too long to set up a bouncy castle. Ten to 20 minutes should be enough time, but it’s not a small job.

Bouncy castles are heavy and bulky even before they are blown up. That’s why it’s also important to have vehicle access to your setup point since it is recommended that inflatables be dropped directly off at the setup area from the vehicle.

If you have specific wishes about the time you want the bouncy castle set up, let the company know so it can be arranged accordingly.

A Fun Feature

Just the sight of a bouncy castle at a party is enough to thrill the kids. Ask the right questions and you can make sure that everything will go smoothly so nothing takes away from your young guests’ enjoyment.


In 2008, Managing Director and Founder of The Big Moo Events Lorate Hamzeh left a successful career in Human Resources to venture into the niche market of children’s entertainment. By introducing the UAE to Singing Telegrams, Lorate attracted the attention of the children’s entertainment market with a collection of fun mascots. Within a year, Lorate added children’s entertainers and bouncers to the company’s ever-growing list of services, and the rest was history.

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