When you’re a kid, leaping and jumping around a bounce house with your friends, it’s a magical, almost-indescribable feeling. It’s one of the best ways to have fun during those spring, summer, and autumn months, and every time set-up is complete and the bouncing begins, the days just fly by. As a result, by the end of the day, when the sun has set and the moon is out, a common question asked- no, pleaded from kids to their parents is: “Can I keep bouncing? Please?” Although it would make the kids happy, it’s really not a good idea for parents to allow their children to use their bounce houses at night, when it’s dark outside.

Simply put, there are too many risks present at night to allow children to bounce in an inflatable device. The biggest and most obvious problem a parent faces at night is the lack of any light. It is the parent’s responsibility to constantly keep an eye on the bounce house when children are using it, mainly to monitor playtime behavior and to be present if an accident or injury were to occur. Without any sort of sunlight, it becomes nearly impossible to see anything going on inside of the bounce house, regardless if children are playing inside of it or not. Even it the bounce house was set up at a major party or event, with giant public lampposts and streetlights surrounding the arena, they still cannot be moved to directly light up the bouncer. Everything around the bounce house would be lit up, but not the area that matters the most. Injuries are far more likely to occur when you can’t see what you’re doing, and an unlit jump house is a perfect opportunity for children to accidentally bounce into each other, creating injury after injury. Parents and guardians have no effective way of monitoring their children and their friends at night.

At night, the chances of being able to light up a bounce house become very slim. As mentioned, streetlights and park lamps can only light up their one specific area, so the bounce house would have to be moved to the light in order for anyone to see anything. Flashlights only have a limited range on their line of vision, and would require multiple people holding multiple, high-powered lights to effectively light an entire inflatable bouncer. Don’t even consider matches or candles to light up a bounce house, as the vinyl material in the walls can easily catch fire if neglected.

The only real exception to the “no nighttime bouncing” rule is if you’ve set up your bounce house indoors, such as a gymnasium or field house. The lighting system in a large facility like that will effectively keep a bounce house lit up and ready for use if the party or event runs longer than expected. Also, because a bounce house that’s been set up indoors is held to the ground by sandbags, there is substantially less risk involved when setting up and taking down the bouncer. However, when you’ve got a bounce house set up outside, set-up and usage under sunlight is the only option to consider. It becomes the responsibility of the parents to enforce when playtime ends and bedtime begins. Tell your kids that there will always be more days to bounce around your yard, like tomorrow, for instance! The risk of injury is not worth one more minute of bouncing and jumping with friends.

If you own a bounce house, it becomes your judgment call when to deflate and pack up the inflatable device for the night. You will basically never have the option of using a bounce house at night if you are merely renting. All bounce house rental crews are instructed to begin the takedown of their inflatables at about 7:00 pm, or whenever the sun begins to set. There is no negotiation on this policy with any bounce house company crew: they know what is best and what is safe for the partygoers.