The History of Bounce Houses: How They Came To Be

The History of Bounce Houses: How They Came To Be

a blog by Jump for a Cause

There are few things that bring the joy of childhood back to life like a bounce house. They’re light, airy, and you can jump on them as much as your heart desires. But what exactly is a bounce house? How did it come to exist? Let’s take a look at the fascinating history of bounce houses.

Who invented bounce houses?
The history behind the creation of bounce houses goes all the way back to ancient times. In the early 1900s in the deserts of Arizona, a curious piece of architecture was discovered amongst the ruins of an ancient civilization. This architecture was evidence of the discovery of the first bouncy castles. As the discovery of ancient ruins revealed, people used inflatable structures that would be filled with air to create a bounce-like experience. This discovery was made all the way back in the 1970s when George Quimby, a man involved in creating bounce houses,

How did the first bounce house come to be?
The first bounce house was created in the early 1900s with the innovation of inflatable structures. While some early bouncy castles were made of canvas, most were made of rubber, materials that were popular for their lightness and ease of putting up. The first bouncy castles were marketed as recreational toys, intended to provide kids with hours of fun. While they were not intended to be the large-scale attractions that they have become today, they were still a hot commodity.

Why are they so popular now?
While most people think that bounce houses were invented only recently, they’ve actually been around for over a hundred years. In fact, the first bouncy castles came about in the early 1900s, making them about as old as baseball. At the time, the early bouncy castles were marketed as a form of recreation and a way for kids to get exercise. Bouncy castles have come a long way since then, and have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment for kids and adults alike. While most bounce houses are made with pressurized air like the earliest versions, some use electric fans to create a similar experience.

What’s next for bounce houses?
Bounce houses have come a long way since the early 1900s, but they’re far from being a thing of the past. The future of bounce houses looks bright, especially with new innovations in technology and design. It’s likely that more and more kids will be treated to the joys of a bounce house as they become more readily available and easier to set up. As the popularity of bounce houses continues to grow, it’s likely that the market will see new innovations and designs. New technology and materials may be used in the creation of bounce houses to make them cheaper and easier to transport and set up. For now, though, kids will continue to enjoy the simple joys of bouncing around inside a giant inflatable structure.