A bounce house can be one of the best experiences a child can have. The freedom to bounce, jump, leap, and soar around their yard in their own inflatable device is a remarkable feeling that provides a nearly unending source of entertainment. Children will want to bounce as often as possible with friends or siblings, so long as the device can be used. This makes parties and celebrations that involve bounce houses to be among the most memorable for children. However, excitable children using a bounce house may take the games too far, and depending on their levels of adrenaline, can turn overly rowdy and accidentally violent. If you are a parent holding a bounce house party for your children and their friends, be aware that if the playing begins to get violent, there are both simple causes and multiple ways to regain control of the guests.

“Rowdy activity” in a bounce house can refer to a variety of different unruly behaviors that should be addressed directly before bouncing should continue. Some children get such a thrill from bouncing and leaping that they become far more excited and energetic than anyone else in the bouncer. The varying levels of excitement can lead to friction and accidental injuries inside of the inflatable device. Some bounce houses with sports themes and activities may also be a cause or rowdy activity. The games inside of the structure, such as baseball, basketball, or dodgeball, may end up being taken too seriously, and as a result, there may be an outbreak of violence or injury. Another way that young bounce house users can start to have a negative reaction inside a bounce house is by pure accident. During bouncing, users can accidentally collide, either in mid-air, or on the floor of the bounce house by way of tripping or shoving. Either way, the accident can possibly lead to injury, and might lead to violence in retaliation. The collisions can possibly be avoided by staying within the population limit of a bounce house, but is likely to occur purely by accident.

In order to calm down the guests at your child’s party, there are several measures you can take. A common-sense precaution that you can take from the moment the party begins is to have at least one adult or guardian supervising the bounce house at all times. Always make sure that you have at least one responsible adult monitoring the bounce house each and every minute that it is inflated, in addition to one inspecting the blower and making sure that the quality of the bouncer is in tact. When children know they are being watched and monitored, they might be less inclined to act out and try and break the rules.

Unfortunately, some children might continue to break the rules, even if they are under direct watch. It may become necessary to temporarily “shut down” the bounce house for a period of time if the roughhousing continues. This can refer to either clearing all the users out of the bounce house for a temporary time-out, or even going as far as to unplug the blower and deflate the bounce house. Let your guests know that violence will not be tolerated at any point in the party, and most definitely when bouncing. Safety is a priority at all times, both for the children and for the inflatable device. Always remain alert and responsible to avoid injuries, either accidental or intentional.