Establish Ground Rules
At The Bounce Place, we are sure to clearly explain the rules of the indoor bounce house playground to each and every child that comes in, but it never hurts for parents to reinforce these rules with their children. It is important for everyone to understand not only what the rules are of safe play but also why it is important to follow the rules.
In addition to establishing rules that children need to follow in order to play on an indoor bounce house, we want to clearly explain the repercussions for not following the established rules. We don’t want children to get hurt while they are playing, so it is important to remove the child from the environment if they are not following the rules so that they don’t injure themselves or other children who are playing. At The Bounce Place, to encourage safety, we like to give children a warning and reminder if any rules are broken. If the instance occurs again, we will then ask the child to leave indoor bounce house until they can follow the rules.
Here are a few of those rules we like to establish so that all guests can have a fun and safe experience while playing on an indoor bounce house.
- No touching - Because of the “unstable” nature of an inflatable, touching or grabbing on to one another while playing in an indoor bounce house puts both parties at risk for getting hurt. Children can safely interact with one another without touching and by establishing this as a ground rule, everyone knows what to expect while playing in the different indoor bounce houses.
- No stunts - An indoor bounce house is not a trampoline. Some of the stunts or flips that children may be able to safely execute on a trampoline will not be as easily performed on a bounce house. By eliminating stunts from the regular play, children can avoid hurting themselves due to an inability to safely complete the stunt, as well as prevent children from hurting one another when playing in close quarters.
- One person at a time - Whether playing on an obstacle course or in a bounce castle, you want to ensure that only one person is trying to get in or out of the indoor bounce house at a time. Entrances to different bounce houses are often sized specifically for a single person to use to prevent anyone from accidentally entering or exiting a space they didn’t intend to. When too many people try to use them at once, injuries can happen.
As parents ourselves, we feel like these ground rules can maximize the safety of an indoor bounce house without diminishing the play experience children have. By keeping it nice and simple, children can easily remember when they should and should not do while playing so that everyone can have a positive experience.
In addition to ground rules that are followed during play time, there are some other steps we recommend taking to enhance the positive experience.
What Else Can You Do To Maximize Safety At An Indoor Bounce House?
One thing that we often forget are the accessories, toys, and knick-knacks that children seem to always have on them. Prior to playing on an indoor bounce house, you want to remove shoes, jewelry, and accessories, as well as ensure that all pockets are emptied of anything sharp or hard that may increase the risk of injury. Moreover, you may find that the play experience on an indoor bounce house is more comfortable for your child when they were athletic type clothing that has an elastic waistband, rather than zippers or buttons.
Additionally, encourage your child to play with peers that are of a similar age, ability, and size to them. This creates an environment where your child can feel comfortable playing, climbing, and jumping and does not have to worry about “big kids” who may diminish the experience.
Last, but certainly not least, be sure that you are diligently supervising the indoor bounce house. Our staff always has eyes on the floor, but we encourage parents to be involved in the supervision process as well.
When you rely on these steps to promote a safe, indoor bounce house experience, you can rest easy knowing your child will have a great time while decreasing the risk of injury.
If you are interested in a safe, fun indoor bounce house experience, stop by your local Bounce Place today!