At giant festivals and celebrations, you will often see large inflatable combo bouncers and obstacle courses as the main attractions of the party. These devices are fantastic for entertaining large groups of people at once in the same towering, yet entirely safe inflatable structure. However, if you need to entertain younger and smaller children for your upcoming events, be aware of the risks. There have been some reported cases of smaller children, typically inexperienced when it comes to giant bounce houses, getting lost or stuck in the more complex inflatable devices. While such a scenario is unfortunate, there are logical explanations for it, as well as simple solutions to help the child find their way.

Bounce houses have the ability to appeal to people of all ages, due mainly to the simple and universal joy of bouncing and leaping upon air. In addition, bounce houses are terrific sources of physical activity, allowing all users to instantly become more active. As a result, one of the first gifts a child receives when they are growing up is their own personal bounce house to use in their backyard, or even inside their house. Combo bouncers and obstacle courses, on the other hand, are typically designed for and ordered by people who need to accommodate and entertain a large group of people on a fairly regular basis. Due to their large size and complex designs, it is possible that younger children and first-time users of an inflatable device may end up getting lost or disoriented inside the bigger inflatables. While the structures are all straightforward as to which direction you should head in, children can still become disoriented in the varying paths and obstacles standing in their way.

If younger children somehow end up lost inside of the inflatable course and cannot find the exit, there are several ways for you to help them reach the exit. As one of the parental monitors of the inflatable set-up site, you can both walk and talk the child to safety while still managing to monitor the rest of the activity. As big and towering as an obstacle course or combo bouncer may be, they are typically never designed to totally enclose its users in vinyl, or intentionally lead the users to dead ends. Find where the kid is lost or stuck in the inflatable and help to guide them to the exit by talking to them through the safety nets. If they are unable to find their way and start to panic, then you should enter the device, make your way to their position. Either pick them up or hold their hand while guiding them to provide a sense of comfort and security. At the same time, make the best of an unfortunate situation and lighten the mood. Treat the “rescue” as a fun and daring adventure and escape. By lifting the child’s spirits, they will likely feel no sense of fright or embarrassment once you exit the large inflatable.

Obstacle courses and combo bouncers are not designed to be exclusionary, nor are they made out to be scary or confusing. No inflatable device has a clearly specified minimum weight or age requirement. Anyone that feels they can make it to the exit and has the physical strength to get it done can try their luck. The device can stand up to larger than average amounts of weight and pressure. However, if you find that younger guests and users are frequently getting lost or stuck inside of the more complex inflatable devices, it may be helpful to impose a temporary limit on age or size, entirely for safety and reasons of well-being. Try to introduce your younger users to the fun and excitement of inflatable devices through a bounce house or water slide first before turning them loose on the challenges of an obstacle course adventure.