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New! – Rocket Racer 3 Lane Inflatable Slide

The Rocket Racer 3 name may imply that it’s the third iteration of this slide.  Nope!  It has 3 lanes.  That’s 3 times as cool!

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An indoor facility came to us awhile back with a request for a custom Commercial Inflatable Slide.  They had a very popular slide, but it had some safety and quality issues that made them uncomfortable continuing to offer it to the public.

First, it was produced before the Consumer Product Safety Commission implemented guidelines for lead and other contaminants in kids toys.  No problem there: Blast Zone Inflatables all comply with these guidelines, and are free of lead, contaminants and phthalates.

Next, they felt that the climbing wall was too steep, and this caused 2 problems.  Kids couldn’t safely climb to the top of the slide lanes, without potentially falling backwards onto the platform below.  The kids who did fall or slip caused the seams to split on the platform below.  To solve this on the Rocket Racer 3, we created a reduced climbing angle, to make it easier for kids to climb, and added a replaceable climbing surface with steps and hand-holds.  By making this piece replaceable, the lifespan of the product is greatly increased.   We also covered the entire safety platform at the bottom of the climbing wall with a replaceable surface, for the same longevity purposes.

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The slide they had was designed with one very wide sliding lane in front.  This compelled kids to slide and roll down sideways, and with no dividers, kids rolled, slid and knocked into each other.  We solved this by dividing the slide into 3 separate racing lanes.  This took the ‘standard” slide style and made it more fun and safer with the racing elements added.

Additionally, the Inflatable Slide they had allowed kids to stand up at the top platform, which is certainly not a great safety practice.  Kids could legitimately stand up and fall or jump off the top to the ground, which in that case was nearly 12 feet below.  We added net protection up top, so kids are safely enclosed at the high elevation.

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Finally the slide they wished to replace was open at the end.  They placed a bunch of foam mats down there, because kids often slide off the end onto the ground.  We simply added a safety bumper at the end and extended the landing area, so it’s impossible for kids to slide off.

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A little investment ended up making for a larger inflatable, but an inflatable that is safe, will last longer, and lo-and-behold, the Rocket Racer 3 is their most popular slide with both kids and parents alike!

With that said, we are pleased to offer the Rocket Racer 3 to our awesome customers!

Walk MS Donation

Blast Zone is a proud sponsor of the walk MS foundation. Every year their foundation funds millions of dollars towards creating a world free of MS. Last year the Society invested nearly $50 million in support that helped provide program services to over one million people.

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According to our walk MS team’s coach,

…we address the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Multiple sclerosis 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. Funds help create a world free of the disease

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We look forward to continuing our ongoing support of this worthy cause.  We encourage anyone interested in this case to donate here.

You can also learn more about Multiple scleroris, options for managing symptons, treatments, and healthcare answers.

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Mail Zone Q&A (May 22, 2015)

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!


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Christi Asks:

Pirate Blaster Inflatable Water Park.
Question: Just wondering about taking this down & storing it. Is it possible for 1 person to get it back into the storage bag/container that it comes with & what are the dimensions of that? Thanks so much!

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Blast Zone:

Hi Christi,

It is definitely possible for one adult to store the Inflatable Water Park on their own, but it is also much easier to store it with help.  Specifically, the product you ask about, the Pirate Blaster Inflatable Water Park, is one of Blast Zone’s larger Inflatables.

During the drying process, it is best to turn it over to allow the bottom to dry out, which is easier with 2 people.  Fully drying the water park is critical, as we discussed in our last Mail Zone post.  Drying it will make it much lighter, and more manageable, and also keep mildew from developing.

Once the Inflatable Water Park is dry, it will be folded first lengthwise, then folded or rolled like a big sleeping bag.  Because this product is large, and will likely be about twice the size of a sleeping bag or so, moving it can then be tedious.  Some people just use a wagon or wheelbarrow to move it around.  It will be over 50lbs, and a bit cumbersome, so it may be easier for some adults to handle than others.  We also offer more compact units like the Spray N Splash 2, which are easier to handle.  If you are intent on the bouncer function, you might even consider a smaller slide, and a bouncer separately.  This way, you will not always have the water to deal with as well.

 


 

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Audrey Asks:

Can you disconnect the water cannon/sprayers without turning off the sprayer to the slide?

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Blast Zone:

Hi Audrey,

Great question, and one we get a lot.  The answer is, yes, you can definitely disable the cannon to save water.  There are 3 way to easily disable it, choose any of which work for you.  We’ll go in order of simplicity:

  1. The easiest way is just to unscrew the attachment to the cannon, bend the hose over, and zip-tie it shut.  The tubes are flexible, so this is really easy to do.
  2. Next up, you can buy a “Hose Plug” for about $1 from your local hardware store, and screw it into the female hose fitting, where the cannon hooks to the main sprayer system.  This is the easiest to “do and undo” if you want to use the cannon later.
  3. You can purchase a 3/8″ insert ball valve, and install that in-line before the sprayer system.  This will allow you to permanently toggle the cannon on and off, as needed.

None of these will void your warranty, so have at it!

We have written a detailed guide including photos of the entire process for you to read here: Guide: How to Turn Off Blastzone Water Cannon

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Kross Asks:

does it come with a blower to blow in the air because we don”t have one?

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Blast Zone:

Hi Kross,

All Blast Zone Inflatables come with the appropriate blower that is engineered to the inflatable.  We do not recommend using any other blowers, as each Blast Zone Bounce House and Water Park is specifically engineered to the inflatable it comes with.

Home Use Inflatables come with the blower included in the main shipping carton, while commercial Inflatable Blowers ship in a separate box.

 


 

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

 

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Save Water: How to Disable your Blast Zone Water Cannon

We often receive calls asking how to disable or turn off the water cannon on your inflatable water park, while keeping the flow of water to the sprayer above the slide.  This is super easy, and below we offer 3 simple ways for you to accomplish this feat of engineering.  Choose any of the 3 methods that is easiest for you.

1) The easiest first:  Bend over the supply line to the cannon, and zip it closed.  Simply “kink” the hose before it attaches to the water cannon, use a zip tie to keep it kinked, and unscrew the hose fitting that attaches to the cannon.

 

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2) Use a “Hose Cap” to cap off.  This cap is available, typically for $1 or less, at your local hardware store.  Often this is sold for drip irrigation, as an “end cap,” which includes a piece we won’t need.  You only need the cap, so unscrew the cap from the coupling (the coupling below has the white sticker on it, while the cap is screwed on to the left side of it).  You may discard the part shown with the white sticker, or repurpose it as a mantel decoration as you see fit.  With the Blast Zone supply tube to the cannon unscrewed from the cannon itself, just screw the female cap onto the orange male hose fitting that would normally screw into the cannon. When you want use the cannon again simply unscrew the cap and then screw the hose back into the cannon!

 

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3) Use a 3/8″ insert ball valve.   This is our favorite hack, because you can leave the hose connected to the cannon and simply turn the valve on and off to toggle the cannon on as desired.  With the 3/8″ plastic insert ball vale in hand,  simply cut the hose in half a foot down from the cannon’s orange male attachment,  and slip the hoses onto each end of the valve. Zip tie the two sides of the hose tightly to the valve and continue having fun in the sun with or without the water canon!  Make sure to install the valve on the main sprayer system line, and do not cut or modify the short hose that is installed in the cannon itself, since that piece is engineered to be the exact size to fit through the cannon.

 

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We’ve got a handful of valves here, so if you own a Blast Zone Water Park with a water cannon, and you’d like to add a shutoff valve, shoot us an email with your order number and we’ll be glad to send you one at no charge.

Pirate Blast Memorial Day Giveaway

Pirate Blaster Inflatable Water Park Giveaway

Hey There Potential Partier/Super Slider/Bodacious Bouncer!  We are having our biggest sale of the year this Memorial Weekend.  Kick off summer with Blast Zone’s best prices of the year!  To celebrate, we are giving away a Pirate Blaster Inflatable Water Park to one lucky winner.  Share with your friends to earn more entries (Or you could buy one for $170 OFF)

You can re-enter the contest every 24-hours to increase your chances to win!

Be sure to follow Blast Zone on our Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Not only will we be posting helpful articles and industry news, we will be hosting giveaways on a regular basis throughout 2015!

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Inflatable Slide Safety: 1 Rider at-a-time

As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, we are exploring deeper into the general rules of using Bounce Houses and Inflatable Water Parks safely. During this series we explore the “how’s” and “why’s” of the various aspects of safe inflatable use, such as anchoring, evenly matching players, sliding independently and more.   


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1 Rider at a Time Inflatable Slide Safety

 

Kids want to test and push past boundaries, and this can lead to stretching the safety rules.  If the rules are followed, Inflatable Slides are not only super-awesome, but also safe.   However, after a few zips down the sliding lane, and as the play escalates, kids may be tempted to double up, and ride down together, as they look for new and exciting ways to test their boundaries.

Don’t allow this.

Man, we sure seem like wet beach towels over here at Blast Zone, don’t we?  Well, for each safety rule, we have reason.  And those reasons are, well… for safety.  So what are those reasons?

1) The inflatable is engineered for specific user weights.  Doubling up these weights will most likely put the rider’s collective weight over the weight the inflatable is engineered for.  This could potentially damage your valuable inflatable, or worse, lead to instability on the slide.

2) Bonk.  Yup.  Bonk.  The rider in front is going to stop an instant before the rider in the back.  They are going to possibly bonk teeth-to-head, nose-to-head, or tumble over each other.   These are not fun outcomes. This could lead to injury, and nothing takes away the fun like tears.

 

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With Commercial Inflatable Slides, we’ve witnessed parents sliding down with their kids in their laps.  This may seem like a great way to bond with your kids, but the result could be even worse.  Check out our piece on Evenly-Matching Players for further insight behind the physics of a large adult landing on a small child, and reconsider this plan before sliding down.  In cases with commercial inflatables, often the Inflatable Slide is rated to accommodate adults as well as kids, and many times younger kids like the adults to accompany them to the top.  In this case, help your child up, let them slide first, make sure they have cleared out of the landing path, then try to hide your own childish grin as you zip on down.

And please don’t slide head first.  Well talk about this later.

So keep it safe, and keep the fun going.  Resist the urge to ride down the slide with your kids, and if you see kids “doubling up” use your keen common-sense-parenting skills to break it up.  Always make sure kids are following the safety rules, and Have a Blast!

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Mail Zone Q&A (May 12, 2015)

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!


 

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Jenn Asks:

Has anyone had any problems with the bounce house molding when used with water? How do you avoid this?

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Blast Zone:

First, a technicality:  Blast Zone Bounce Houses are not specifically designed for use with water, and water should be avoided, unless the product is specifically designed for wet use.  If there is not a sprayer system included with the inflatable, the product is not meant to be wet.

Now onto mildew:  Blast Zone Inflatables don’t ship to you with mold, mildew or spores.  However, these issues that exist in certain areas can be problematic if the Inflatable is not thoroughly dried.  Mildew is prevalent in the most humid climates.  Mildew is unsightly, and can erode material over time.  The way to avoid problems with mildew is to thoroughly dry the water park between uses. Unfortunately, the same issues that cause mildew  also cause the water parks to be more difficult to dry.    The carrying case included with your Blast Zone Inflatable Water Park has openings in it to allow moisture to dissipate, however, it is imperative for the owner to dry and care for the Inflatable Water Park properly.

To “clean” mildew, as soon as you see any developing, wash the area with dish soap and water, dry it, and allow exposure to sun.

The simplest approach to avoiding mildew:  Keep it Clean and Dry! 

 


 

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Kristen Asks:

We unpacked bounce house christmas day we set it up and is leaking air inside by seams.

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Blast Zone:

We get this a lot, and the answer is very simple:  Your Blast Zone Bounce House or Inflatable Water Park, and basically every constant-air type inflatable in existence, anywhere, ever, is specifically designed to release air through the seams.  To clarify, Blast Zone Inflatables are meant to leak.  We print this in product literature, and on products, but we understand the the concept that the product is supposed to leak in hundreds, if not thousands of places is foreign to many people who are not familiar with constant-air inflatables.  Don’t worry about it!

When kids jump and slide on Blast Zone Inflatables, the pressure increases tremendously for brief moments.  It’s kind of like squeezing a water ballon.  You squeeze one end, and all the water moves to the another area.  However, unlike the balloon, which will pop if you squeeze too hard, our Inflatables also release that pressure through the seams and blower.

This is where the concept of constant inflation comes into play.  The blower runs at all times during play, providing a fresh supply of air to the Inflatable Product.  As the kids jump and slide, and pressure spikes, pressure is then released momentarily through the seams and back through the blower, and then instantly is replaced with fresh air form the blower.  This is most obvious when kids are jumping, but even with the inflatable empty, you’ll hear the seams whistling.

 


 

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Jen Asks:

Hi,
What is the difference between the Big ol bounce house and the super star bounce house?
I am having a party for several 3-5 year olds this summer, and want to be able to have a bouncer there!
Thanks!

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Blast Zone:

Great question!  The answer is nothing! 😉

This is obviously not the full story.  These products have a much different look, but are structurally identical.  The Superstar Inflatable Party Moonwalk was first to market, and had a lot of success, so a retailer asked us to make a variation for their stores, the Big Ol Bouncer.  While the Big Ol Bouncer was essentially a color-variation, at that time we had started manufacturing with a new type of stronger material, that allowed us to recommend the Big Ol Bouncer for an additional user.  At the same time, we also started manufacturing the Superstar Moonwalk with the new, stronger materials, so while today both are made with the upgraded materials, we did not go back retroactively and change the recommendation on the Superstar.

Some people prefer the Colorful Theme of the Superstar, while others prefer the more subtle look of the Big Ol Bouncer.  Either way, both products are of equal size and quality standards.

 


 

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

 

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Boston Children’s Museum Auction

We’re happy to support the upcoming Boston Children’s Museum’s annual “Wonder Ball,” which takes place on November 14th, with a donation of a Magic Castle Bounce House for auction.

The Wonder Ball is their biggest fundraiser of the year and the auction is critical to their ability to continue to provide innovative exhibits and programs to children throughout the Commonwealth.

Check out their article on the power of play.  We agree, and of course Inflatable Bouncers and Water Parks are great physical play devices, encouraging motor development, helping kids develop the ability to control their body’s movements, locomotion, and complex sport skills, as well as social interaction and more.

Remember:

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Bounce House Safety: Evenly Matched Players

As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, we are exploring deeper into the general rules of using Bounce Houses and Inflatable Water Parks safely. During this series we explore the “how’s” and “why’s” of the various aspects of safe inflatable use, such as anchoring, evenly matching players, sliding independently and more.   First up…


 

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Mom wants to go in the Bounce House with the son. Brother wants to bring his sister. Your Nephew wants to bring  your dog in. You get the idea…  While each of these scenarios may sound fun, it is important that players in a Bounce House or other Inflatable Play Structure are evenly matched in size, age, development, and skillset.

Bounce Houses are inherently safe products, when used properly – they are giant bags of air (insert your own husband joke). Your lawn is a harder surface than your Bounce House, but the lawn doesn’t encourage kids to wrestle and jump directly on top of each other quite as much as the Bounce House may.

Consider the following physical development milestones for kids (we’ll use boys)

  • 1 Year (22Lbs): Crawl and walk with assistance.
  • 2 Years (28Lbs): Walk and Dance
  • 3 Years (34Lbs): Run forward and Jump in place
  • 4 Years (39Lbs): Run in circles, Ride a tricycle.
  • 5 Years (45Lbs): Jump on one foot, do somersaults.

So within one family or one playgroup, you can easily have kids who are capable of doing somersaults, and kids who can barely walk. That Bounce House can have Kids in with weight differences of 40Lbs or more within the common age-rage of 3-10, some doing somersaults, and some struggling to stay upright. Inside an enclosed bouncing environment, you potentially could have a much larger child jumping and possibly landing on a much smaller child who is unable to stand unassisted in that type of environment.

Don’t fret yet.

There are plenty of ways to keep kids safe in the Bounce House, simply by matching them properly and making sure they are playing nicely.

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While following the minimum age requirements of 3-Years definitely helps, it is still critical to monitor behavior, and keep kids playing with appropriately matched players. Some Inflatable Combos, like the Blast Zone Sidekick Castle, may have an isolated ball pit area for younger kids, with a Bounce House area for larger, more advanced kids. However, in many instances, it is simply up to the parents/adults to monitor play and keep kids appropriately isolated to avoid contact injury.

A local church has tried a couple approaches with their Blast Zone Bounce House. The first was to find age-appropriate activities for different age groups at an event. In this case, the smaller kids had other activities available. This worked OK, but it is natural for the smaller kids to want to play with the bigger kids, so this is not the ideal situation.

Second, during class-based activities, kids were separated into different groups based on age, which allowed kids to play with other more evenly matched players. This was ideal, as the matching was more official and done automatically.

In family scenarios, it really comes down to common sense parenting:

  • Evenly Match Sizes
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  • Try to keep mismatched players physically separated
  • When Possible, look at Bounce Houses with separate areas for different activities
  • Don’t let bigger kids roughhouse with smaller kids
  • Don’t let people slide together as a unit
  • If you are bouncing with your kids, be very careful not to fall on top of them.

Blow up the Bounce House, Keep kids evenly matched, monitor play habits, and HAVE FUN!

Magic Castle Bounce House Giveaway

Magic Castle Bounce House Giveaway

To celebrate moving our Blast Zone Blog onsite, we will be giving away the top-selling Magic Castle Bounce House to 1 lucky winner!

You may enter daily, and earn extra entries by:
Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+
Every time a friend enters from your link, you will gain 3 bonus entries!

You can enter below or visit the Giveaway App hosted on our Facebook page here:
Magic Castle Bounce House Giveaway from Blast Zone

Be sure to follow Blast Zone on our Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Not only will be be posting helpful articles and industry news, we will be hosting giveaways on a regular basis throughout 2015!