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Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Donation

Blast Zone is a Nevada-based company, and many members of the Blast Zone family are proud Nevadans. As such, we were shocked and upset by the news that tragedy had struck our southern neighbors in Las Vegas. In light of this devastating news, we were eager to contribute to the Fundraiser to benefit those affected by the Las Vegas attack.

We urge anyone looking for ways to help the victims and their families to donate to this cause. Any amount helps! All funds raised go directly to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund – a project of the Direct Impact Fund, an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

If you’d like to join us in supporting the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund visit the GoFundMe campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund. You can also visit any Nevada State Bank branch to make a donation to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

If you’d prefer to mail in a donation, you can make your donation check out to “Las Vegas Victims Fund” and mail your contribution to the following address:

Las Vegas Victims Fund
1000 N Green Valley Pkwy, #440-184
Henderson, NV 89074

If a monetary donation is not possible, you can also get in contact with United Blood Services to schedule an appointment to donate blood. If you are in the Las Vegas area and are missing a loved one, please call 1-800-536-9488.

The Las Vegas community has seen a tremendous outpouring of support from folks all across the nation and all around the world.

Observing the way that people band together to help one another in times of crisis continues to be a small source of comfort during these trying times. Tens of thousands of people have made their voices heard and are standing up to hate and standing together to support the victims and their families during this time. We’re proud to be a part of that, and urge anyone interested to donate and share!

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Nevada Strong!
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Blast Zone Supports The American Red Cross

Blast Zone supports the American Red Cross in their relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Maria. The humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross provide comfort and hope to so many during their times of need.

Hurricane Maria has caused unimaginable devastation to Puerto Rico and the surrounding area. We knew we had to help in anyway that we could. We were eager to donate and support the Red Cross in their efforts to provide food, shelter, and health services to those suffering the effects of this disaster.

While getting relief materials to the islands is difficult, The American Red Cross is working with federal, corporate and community partners to send supplies to the region by both sea and air.

According to the Red Cross, they will be deploying relief supplies such as water, rice, beans, ready-to-eat meals, cleanup kits, home repair kits, tarps, trash bags, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, work gloves and more. While getting relief materials to the islands is difficult, The American Red Cross is working with federal, corporate and community partners to send supplies to the region by both sea and air.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​ The Blast Zone family is committed to help in those efforts, and by making a designated donation we’re hoping to inspire others to help as well.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​

Join us in supporting the American Red Cross by making a donation of your own. To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, contact 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). You can also send donations to the American Red Cross by mail. To mail in a donation, print their donation form and mail your contribution to the following address:

American Red Cross
PO Box 37839
Boone, IA 50037-0839

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.RedCross.org.

Photo by Luis Rivera for The American Red Cross.
September 24, 2017. Toa Baja, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Red Cross volunteers distribute water, blankets, diapers and other basic necessities to families affected by Hurricane Maria. Photo by Luis Rivera for The American Red Cross.
Walk MS Stronger Together

Blast Zone Supports Walk MS!

Walk MS Stronger Together
Together, we become a powerful force. Together, we will end MS forever.

Blast Zone is a proud supporter of the National MS Society and Walk MS, an organization dedicated to changing the world for everyone affected by MS. The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world. They also help to raise awareness, funds, and community support through their Walk MS events. These events draw in about 300,000 people each year, collectively.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. There isn’t a cure for MS, yet.

However, there are now FDA-approved medications that have been shown to modify and delay the course of MS. Advances in treating and understanding MS are made every year, and progress in research to find a cure is very encouraging. Thanks to the National MS Society, as well as participants and supporters of their Walk MS events, people affected by MS have access to more life-changing services than ever.

When you participate in Walk MS, you are helping create a world free of multiple sclerosis.

This is one of the reasons that our continued patronage of the National MS Society’s Walk MS is so important to us. They’ve been walking since 1988 and to-date have raised more than $970 million to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing services, and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. They say that when you participate in Walk MS, you are helping create a world free of multiple sclerosis.

We look forward to continuing our ongoing support of this worthy cause.  We encourage anyone interested in supporting the National MS Society to donate here. You can learn more about Multiple sclerosis, options for managing symptoms, treatments, and healthcare answers by visiting the National MS Society’s website.

Play is an important part of healthy child development.

The Importance of Play

 

Play is an important part of healthy child development.
Blast Zone Inflatables inspire kids to engage in creative and active play.

Kids don’t play as much as they should, but you already know that (don’t you?).

Play is a crucial part of healthy child development. It’s so crucial, in fact, that it is considered the right of every child by the UN’s High Commission for Human Rights. But in modern times, children have less opportunity and motivation to engage in active child-centered play. Modern kids have busier lives these days, and that combined with increased screen time can greatly reduce the amount of playtime that they get.

Giving kids an avenue for free play is critical because, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, regular free play contributes to a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.  Facilitating and encouraging play is essential for children, not just because it’s such a big part of “being a kid,” but also because free play gives kids the opportunity to develop healthy social skills and to practice their developing athleticism.

But today’s kids are encouraged to sit. Screen time has become a dominating pastime in the lives of children. While technology does a lot of good for modern society, screens have been integrated into several facets of entertainment and education for children, reducing their time for free and physical play. On-screen and device entertainment limit children’s activity even further in colder climates, where there is less opportunity to play outdoors.

You may have heard by now that sitting for long periods regularly isn’t great for your health. The CDC has determined that prolonged sitting time is a health risk, and several studies show that a sedentary lifestyle can result in a shorter lifespan. This of course applies to children as well, especially because children generally adhere to to the habits that they develop as kids. Encouraging them to use their bodies and move regularly is an important value to instill at a young age to help encourage their life long health.

How Can Inflatables help kids play?

This is an inflatable blog, so we’re going to talk about inflatables.  Children need the opportunity and motivation to play, in order to allow for an optimal developmental environment, and Inflatables can help to provide that.

Giving kids an avenue for free play is important because according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, regular free play contributes to a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Inflatables can be a great way to facilitate unguided, physical play. Blast Zone Inflatables help to encourage kids to participate in active and imaginative fun that is healthy for their bodies and minds alike. Even in colder climates, with inflatables compact enough to be used indoors kids can still get the exercise and play that they need.

Guided play is great, but some kids don’t need or benefit from guided play and merely need a little inspiration so that they can play freely. Blast Zone Inflatables are about more than just bouncing. They’re a fun and safe way to keep kids active, and they offer inspiration and an environment that encourages imaginative and active play.

For Parents and Grandparents, Blast Zone Inflatables offer excitement and inspiration for the kids, and are also easy to set up, and move around. The ease of use associated with Blast Zone Inflatables make them a hassle-free, impermanent play structure, that can be easily stored when not in use.  This means Blast Zone Bounce Houses can set up indoors or outside,  without having to create a dedicated space for heavy play equipment.

Recap:

  • Play is an important part of healthy child development.
  • Blast Zone Inflatables inspire kids to engage in creative and active play.
  • Regular free play contributes to a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
  • Inflatables give kids a good alternative to passive screen time as entertainment.
  • Parents love Blast Zone Bouncers because they are highly portable and hassle-free.
  • Inflatables are fun and safe, and offer motivation for kids to play.

Are you looking for inspired inflatable ideas? The beauty of an inflatable, is that even something as simple as the Superstar Party Moonwalk will inspire kids to play in creative and active ways. he Misty Kingdom can easily become a fortress or a grand palace for your royal highnesses. The Pirate Blaster becomes home to the toughest swash-bucklers on the seven seas! The Rainforest Rapids means kids can spend their days exploring the canopy with monkeys, snakes and sloths! With Blast Zone Inflatables, the possibilities for play are endless because the only limitations in the world of make-believe come from within.

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Business Liability Insurance for Inflatables

Our commercial grade customer base is always asking for more information on liability insurance for their inflatables. Being in the business of supplying premium quality commercial inflatables and not insurance, we found this question to be a little difficult to answer on our own.

When we decided to create a blog post about liability insurance for inflatables, we knew we’d want to get information straight from the source. We’re excited to present to our readers a guest post, written by Clark Edwards, Field Underwriter at Evolution Insurance Brokers and Prime Insurance Co.


Business Liability Insurance for Inflatables

If you charge the public for the use or rental of inflatable recreational products, it is essential that you purchase Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance. Without liability insurance coverage, you are at risk of incurring expenses for legal defense and liability settlements. You could lose some or all of your assets in a lawsuit.

Liability waivers are not a substitute for liability insurance. Even the best waiver can be challenged, which would at the very least result in you paying for your own legal defense costs. Should it be necessary to pay a settlement, that expense would also have to come out of pocket.

In the event of a lawsuit, your liability insurance company would provide you with experienced, professional legal defense and pay any settlement necessary up to the limits of the policy. It is not possible to predict what limits of liability are adequate, but obviously the higher your limits are, the less likely it is that those limits would be exceeded by a claim settlement. If your insurance limits should be exceeded, the remainder of any settlement would have to come from your own assets. It would be wise to get prices for various limits of liability and purchase as much coverage as you are able to afford.

Here are some things to consider other than just price when looking for an insurance company to provide you with liability coverage:

  • What is their financial rating? (Look for some grade of an “A” rating from A.M. Best.)
  • How long have they been in business? Are the likely to stay in business?
  • What is their reputation for claims handling? Do they tend to just “roll over” and pay claims, or perhaps not pay when needed? Or do they aggressively defend claims?
  • Do they offer pay plans to ease the expense of purchasing coverage?

The premiums charged for this type of commercial liability insurance are often influenced by judgment factors. Commercial liability insurance is not like personal Auto or Homeowners insurance where a company’s rates are filed and fixed. Commercial underwriters can decrease or increase the premiums charged depending on how they view your business practices. For example, you can get the best rates available from an insurer by showing that you: 1) utilize well written waivers: 2) have effective written safety and training programs; 3) meet or exceed all industry standards; and 4) document good equipment maintenance practices. Demonstrating smart, careful, and safe business procedures to insurance underwriters can result in lower costs for you.


If you’re in need of Business Liability Insurance for Inflatables, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Edwards! You can find his contact information below:

Clark Edwards, Field Underwriter
Evolution Insurance Brokers and Prime Insurance Co.
clarke@eibdirect.com
(801) 304-3703

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Without liability insurance coverage, you are at risk of incurring expenses for legal defense and liability settlements.
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Buddy Cruise Donation 2016

We at Blast Zone are delighted to support Buddy Cruise! Buddy Cruise is a non-profit charity providing educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delays. Every year, Buddy Cruise hosts a conference at sea. It’ s a unique event where attendees make memories that last a lifetime.

Providing educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delays.

Buddy Cruise events are supportive of families touched by all a disabilities and they set sail every October!

Check out their opening video from this year’s cruise:

We’re honored to offer continued support to an organization like Buddy Cruise by participating in their charity auction to raise funds for this year’s cruise! A Buddy Cruise not only gives attendees the opportunity to gain information through educational workshops & events, they can also network with other families from across the globe that are in similar situations and form lasting bonds.

We encourage you to visit the Buddy Cruise website. Here you can donate if you wish, find out more information about their organization or gather details about joining the next Buddy Cruise, setting sail each October.

What is an inflatable? Blast Zone has the answers!

What is an inflatable?

What is an inflatable? Blast Zone has the answers!
What is an inflatable anyway?

What is an inflatable?

Inflatables, also known as bouncers, jumpers, or moonwalks, are air supported structures typically used for birthday parties and other events. While a popular theme among inflatables is a castle theme, Blast Zone inflatables come in a huge range of themes, color schemes, shapes, and applications.

Inflatables work by connecting a blower that runs continuously while the inflatable is in use. The blower is constantly turning and pumping out plenty of air to not only inflate the attached bouncer or slide, but also to support players as they bounce or slide about.

Blast Zone inflatables always come with the required blower included, and everything needed to set them up. That includes the inflatables themselves, the blower motor, anchoring stakes, an instruction manual, a repair kit, and a storage bag or cinching straps, depending on the model. Water inflatables would also include a sprayer kit which is compatible with a standard garden hose.

Blast Zone Inflatables Come in Various Types

Blast Zone inflatables come in two different grades to suit just about any need. The home-use line boasts a huge selection of backyard bouncers, slides, combos, and inflatable play parks. Families with a home-use inflatable have their very own bouncer on-hand for birthdays, holiday parties, or your standard summer fun.

For business owners, Blast Zone offers a diverse line of commercial grade inflatables. Blast Zone’s commercial inflatables are built to be versatile and very durable. They’re perfect for any commercial application. From schools, day care centers, and church events to party rentals and indoor bounce centers, Blast Zone’s commercial selection has something for everyone.

With Blast Zone’s water inflatables, available in both home-use and commercial grade, summer boredom becomes a thing of the past. Water inflatables are hugely popular during the summer months. Because some of the larger water inflatables can be used wet or dry, these awesome slides and play parks can also be used for year round fun.

 

Blast Zone Inflatables are Easy to Setup and Use

For those expecting a complicated setup, guess again! Blast Zone inflatables are notoriously easy to setup. The process consists of unboxing, unrolling, attaching the blower and tying off any extra vents. From there you simply turn it on. Most of the home-use bouncers and slides inflate in a minute or so, and after inflating, anchoring is the final step.

Inflatables are typically anchored using either ground stakes or sandbags for weighted anchoring. Thanks to the option of sandbags for weighted anchoring, Blast Zone Inflatables can also be used indoors to help beat the heat or to chase away the rainy-day blues.

Some of Blast Zone’s most popular inflatables are nice and compact, like the Magic Castle Bounce House. This means they can typically be transported and setup by just one person! Even in the case of commercial inflatables, where you may need some extra helping hands or a hand truck to assist with the transportation of heavier items, setup is just as simple.

The operation of Blast Zone Inflatables consists of a setup which can be completed in minutes, and adult supervision during use. They’re so easy to use, it makes sense that they’re popping up in backyards and businesses all over the US and Canada.

Blast Zone Inflatables are a great way to get kids active

Because kids today spend so much time in front of screens, bouncing makes for an awesome alternative. Blast Zone Inflatables are a great excuse to get kids outside to enjoy some fresh air. Because bouncing and sliding is so much fun, kids can get the exercise that they need without even realizing it!

Even if the weather isn’t ideal, Blast Zone inflatables can be set up in the house to keep children occupied. Protect your furniture from becoming a jungle gym! Bouncing on couches, chairs, or beds is less appealing when there’s an actual bounce house right there in the living room!

As long as they are properly anchored and you have the space, any Blast Zone Inflatable can be used indoors or outside.

Blast Zone Inflatables often pay for themselves

When most people think about inflatables, they think birthday parties. While inflatables can be used to entertain for just about any occasion, they’re always a hit at a birthday celebration. If you’ve ever rented a bouncer before, you know that rental costs can really add up, especially if you’re having a party more than once a year.

Most home use inflatables end up paying for themselves after just a few uses. Inflatable water parks bring the amusement park to your own back yard, saving families a ton on travel and admission costs. Many find that when they own their own inflatable, they’ll break it out every weekend, if not every day, just because they can!

When it comes to commercial grade inflatables, the payback is even more apparent. Many rental companies can earn back the cost of their commercial inflatable in no time, depending on the frequency that it is being rented out. Summer camps, day cares, churches, and schools often find that a having a commercial inflatable in their arsenal increases the fun for everyone involved, and might even make their organization even more appealing to new members.

Blast Zone inflatables come in many shapes and sizes.
Blast Zone has an inflatable for every occasion!

What are inflatables? Inflatables are a no-brainer!

Blast Zone Inflatables are colorful, exciting, easy to use, and most of all, they are crowd pleasers. Because they come in so many shapes, sizes, and themes, they offer both flexibility and fun. They are easily setup and can be used indoors or outside. They allow kids to get the exercise that they need, without even realizing it. Best of all, kids expend their excess energy so bedtime is no longer a pain for parents. Little jumpers sleep soundly after a day of bouncing, sliding, and smiling wide.

Blast Zone inflatables are anything but ordinary. They offer excitement, a fun and safe play experience for kids, along with excellent quality and durability. Blast Zone not only offers the best in both home-use and commercial inflatables, they’re also backed by a warranty and a US-based customer support team that goes above and beyond industry standards.

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Mail Zone: Recommended Ages, Warranty vs. Promise, and Space for Blowers

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Need Answers? Send your questions to Mailbag@BlastZone.com

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David Asks:

Up to what ages are the home inflatables good for? Would they be good for a 10 year old?

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Blast Zone:

The recommended ages for our home-use inflatables are 3 and up, however the ideal age group for each inflatable varies. The ideal age typically depends on the size of the inflatable and the included features. To give an example, smaller inflatables like the Little Bopper Bounce House or Tropical Splash Compact Slide are designed with smaller kids in mind. Not only would these inflatables not offer much excitement for bigger kids, they are also not designed to support children over 75 lbs.

On the other hand, larger inflatables with more features tend to be more popular with older children. While younger kids can find contentment in bouncing around all day, older kids typically prefer something with a little more action. For this reason, older kids do better with slides, combos, or with larger bouncers which have enough extra space for their friends.

In general, no matter which inflatable you’re using, it is important that players in a Bounce House or other Inflatable Play Structure are evenly matched in size, age, development, and skillset. As always, use common sense, follow safety guidelines, and have a blast!


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Alyssa Asks:

What’s the difference between a warranty and a “promise”?

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Blast Zone:

The 2 Year Promise is, in fact, a warranty.  It is similar to those on tires or a car battery, it is prorated as time goes on.  However, because ours comes with a 1-year 100% warranty period instead of a sliding scale that starts on day 1, and because we feel the term “warranty” can be misleading on the front-end, we refer to it as a promise.

If you’d like to review complete details of the 2-Year Promise, you can view them here: http://www.blastzone.com/2-yr-home-promise


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Peter Asks:

How much room is required for the blower tube? Where does it enter the bounce house?

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Blast Zone:

A blower connects to the inflatable via a long yellow air tube. This tube is not typically included in our overall inflated dimensions because it doesn’t add anything to the actual size of the unit as much as it may require a little more space to set up. Therefore, we generally recommend that you allow at least 6 Feet for the inflation tube and blower.

On nearly all of our inflatables, this inflation tube extends directly out of the back. The exception to this would be in instances where the entrance to the inflatable is situated in the back, in which case the inflation tube will extend from the side. An example of this would be the Tropical Splash Compact Slide, or the Shark Park 10-in-1 Water Park.

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The Tropical Splash is one of the few inflatables with an inflation tube on the side.

In our Blast Zone Mail Zone series, we answer good questions submitted by you,  our great customers.  Pardon us if we repeat ourselves occasionally.  Some questions are asked frequently, and worth answering more than once!

Blast Zone appreciates your questions.  If you’d like to submit a Mail Zone Question, please email us at mailbag@blastzone.com.  For immediate assistance, feel free to call us at 877-889-4685, or email us at service@blastzone.com

Get Summer Ready

Get Summer Ready With Blast Zone Inflatables!

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Get Prepared for Summer with Blast Zone!

Summer is coming quickly, are you prepared? Summers are often a challenge for families. Kids are on break from school and they want some fun in the sun.  Taking kids to the water park each day isn’t exactly practical, so how do you ensure that your kids are making fun summer memories the way that you did growing up? What if there was a way to make family fun more accessible? What if the place to be this summer was in your own back yard?

You can make that fantasy a reality with Blast Zone Inflatables! With inflatables, you can keep your kids entertained while also encouraging fun physical activity. You can keep kids active without even realizing that they’re exercising. You can also get hours of fun each day without the admission fees associated with amusement parks and summer fun programs. Having an inflatable at home is a great way for families everywhere to get ready for summer, and with the variety available at BlastZone.com there’s an inflatable to suit any family’s needs.

What if there was a way to make family fun more accessible? What if the place to be this summer was in your own back yard?

If you’ve got a group of high energy kids at home, a huge bounce house like the Big Ol Bouncer is perfect! This large capacity bouncer is a great way for kids to expend their energy while they’re out of school on summer break. The beauty of a backyard bounce house is getting kids outside again! Because it can hold up to six kids at a time, there’s also plenty of room for friends! You might be surprised to find that the sounds of laughter and the view of a bouncer in your yard is enough to attract even the shyest of neighborhood friends!

If a little variety is what your family craves, we have several combos with multiple features. The Sidekick Bounce House, Ball Pit, Slide and Hoop combo is always an exciting way to spend an afternoon. The colorful combo features a bounce area and a ball pit so kids can bounce and play until they’re legs get tired, and then crawl into the ball pit to practice their hoop skills. The multiple features of an inflatable combo mean that even if your little ones have different interests, there will be something for everyone to do!

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Bring the Water Park Home with You!

We all know that summer is all about staying cool in the heat, and if that’s your goal for the summer you are probably wondering, “what about water?” With the Great White Wild Slide, kids can beat the heat and really impress their friends! Water slides use much less water than a swimming pool would, making them a more economic option for summer fun as well. If sharks aren’t your thing, there are a bunch of fantastic slides to choose from, ranging in themes and color schemes.

If you’re looking for something to blow their minds, look no further than an incredible play park, with a bouncer, a water slide, a climbing wall and crawl tunnel all in one! You won’t need to pay to visit a water park again with an inflatable play park in your back yard.  These exciting inflatables allow your kids and their friends to beat the heat and stay entertained all summer long! Because they can be used wet or dry, your family can enjoy them even as the seasons begin to change and the weather cools down.

No matter what kind of summer you’re planning, Blast Zone can help you to get summer ready with an inflatable perfect for you and your family!

Recap:

  • Summers are better with Blast Zone Inflatables!
  • With inflatables, kids get fun in the sun and plenty of exercise.
  • Having your own backyard inflatable cuts down on entertainment costs.
  • A huge bounce house is perfect for entertaining groups of kids.
  • Inflatable Combos give everyone something to do!
  • Water slides are an exciting way to beat the heat.
  • Inflatable play parks bring the amusement park to you with multiple features!
  • With a variety of choices, there is an inflatable for every family.

Plan a Memorable Birthday Party for Your Toddler

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Party planning checklist!

When people plan birthday parties they are planning a special day not just for their children, but also for themselves. Children grow so fast, and a huge part of sharing your life with a young child is trying to slow down from time-to-time and enjoy it, even for just a day.  You and your guests will surely remember the party for years to come, and look back at those early parties with fondness. Not only will your child remember more than you might expect, but those early positive experiences can have a lasting influence.

Memory and early childhood amnesia are still being studied today. While there are plenty of theories, the rules of memory retention in children have not yet been entirely decided.  Just how much of life will your Toddler remember in the long run? Some say that children cannot retain memories until fluent language develops. Others suppose that young children cannot develop memories until they have developed a sense of self.  A child’s memory improves as the section of the brain known as the hippocampus develops. While the average age for an adults earliest memory is around 3 years old, there are still plenty of people who report having earlier memories intact through adulthood. The capabilities for very young children to retain memories is still being studied and debated.

While your toddler may not be able to remember the explicit details of their lives before the age of 3 in the long run, the implicit memories still have a huge impact on children as they grow. Throwing an unforgettable birthday party for your toddler means that not only are you creating early childhood memories for your little one, but also that you are introducing them to new traditions which will repeat each year.

When you begin planning your Toddler’s birthday party, look to invite family and friends with children in the same age group. While younger children may not seem particularly social, it is important to introduce them to their peers so they can learn to socialize in the comfort of their parents’ presence. Inviting other toddlers also gives you the opportunity to socialize with other parents, possibly building life-long friendships for your kids.

The beauty of entertaining toddlers and young children is that you don’t need as much structure to keep them engaged. Toddlers typically do better with free play. Especially with mixed ages, many of your guests may be at different stages of play. While your toddler might enjoy playing with other children, some younger kids tend to prefer parallel play, meaning they play on their own beside other children.

You can plan for some party games, but be sure to keep them simple and easy to understand. When you are thinking of games keep in mind that your party guests will likely have varying degrees of sensory and motor development. For this reason, it is a good idea to make sure that games are fun without putting much emphasis on competition or prizes. Games like “pass-the-ball” or “follow-the-leader” are classics, but you can also experiment with group activities instead of games, such as coloring pages or easy crafts like paper masks.

It would also be a great idea to have some open play areas set up for the kids who may not be ready for guided play, or who don’t get into the party games. An easy way to do this is setting up a soft play area or a bouncer like the the Magic Castle Bounce House, which is a staple at many toddler parties. The Magic Castle is perfect for toddlers. It is also nice and compact which means it can be used indoors or outdoors. Because the Magic Castle can support three kids at a time, it makes for a great way to entertain your toddler and their friends. If you have a larger space for your party and are looking for a bouncer to accommodate more children, the Big Ol Bouncer is another great option for a toddler’s birthday bouncer.

When it comes to feeding your toddler-guests, easy finger foods are your new best friends. Keep things cute by cutting sandwiches into cool shapes using cookie cutters. You get food in fun shapes, and sandwiches are generally easy to make in a variety of flavors. Other easy toddler-friendly foods include pizza, bite-sized fruits and veggies, cookies, crackers, and juice boxes.

When it comes to a toddler’s birthday party, a big concern for hosts is entertaining the adults. If you have a bounce house set up, the toddlers will likely entertain themselves. It would be a good idea to have some entertainment or good conversation lined up for the parents, as well as some better food. Most of the time parents will keep themselves entertained on their own, by interacting with children and other grown-ups as well. Even so, it can’t hurt to think proactively and try your best to make sure that between the toddlers and the adults everyone has a good time.  And as always, adult supervision is important in monitoring safe play, with or without a Bounce House.

Recap:

  • Toddler Birthdays are about making memories.
  • It is possible to plan a party that your toddler won’t forget.
  • Invite other toddlers.
  • Toddler parties don’t require as much structure to keep kids engaged.
  • Keep any games or activities simple.
  • Finger foods are your friend.
  • Be sure to keep your grown up guests in mind.