At Blast Zone, we feel that it is our privilege and our pleasure to give back to the community, especially in a time of need. We are honored to support California in their wildfire relief efforts with a donation to The Salvation Army’s California Wildfire Relief Fund.
Salvation Army teams are providing three meals a day, snacks, beverages, essential items, and emotional and spiritual care. The devastation is immense, but Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers persevere.
After the wildfires, many people were devastated and displaced in California. It is The Salvation Army’s mission to meet human need – which includes providing vital social services as well as disaster response.
During times of disaster, The Salvation Army provides meals, essential items and emotional care for both evacuees and first responders. We at Blast Zone are honored to support them in their efforts to assist those affected by the California wildfires.
We urge anyone looking for ways to help those affected to donate to this cause. Any amount helps! You can find more information about the services and support that The Salvation Army provides by navigating to their Northern California and Southern California sites.
Monetary donations are needed at this time. If you would like to support the Salvation Army’s immediate response efforts, make an online gift here, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donations by mail may be designated “Camp Fire” and sent to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 348000
Sacramento, CA 95834
Community is about banding together to help one another in times of crisis. This kindness is a small source of comfort during trying times. We’re proud to be a part of that, and urge anyone interested to please donate and share to help spread the word!
If Thanksgiving is your favorite holiday, you’re not alone! It’s the perfect culmination of food, family, and football! Whether your family is large or small, inflatable bounce houses can help make an already special holiday like Thanksgiving, even better! Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, usually celebrated with a traditional, family-style meal. When planning for a day like Thanksgiving, one must be open minded. Sure, things might not go perfectly, but when the family gathers around the table, perfection no longer matters. When we’re surrounded by the people we love, all feels right in the world.
When it comes to the food at Thanksgiving, you might associate this holiday with turkey, mashed potatoes, or pie. These are common dishes, but as America becomes increasingly diverse, so do our Thanksgiving meal time traditions. While every family is different in what they’re dishing up for the holiday, many holiday dishes like turkey, take hours to prepare. This can be big fun, especially if you love to cook!
While plenty of junior chefs will jump at the opportunity to help in the kitchen when they get the chance, Thanksgiving may not be an ideal time for kids to practice their cooking skills. In some cases kids in the kitchen can be quite dangerous, particularly when there is a boiling pot of potatoes on the stove top, and the turkey requires you open the oven for occasional basting. In these moments, an inflatable for home-use is the perfect distraction. With a back yard bounce house set up outside (or indoors if you have the space), kids can keep a safe distance from the kitchen, and have lots of fun while they’re at it!
For many, family is what the holidays are all about. Whether your family is large or small, chances are you’ll be spending Thanksgiving with someone you love. This is a great time to catch up with your favorite relatives, and it allows your little ones to get to know their relatives better as well. Inflatable bounce and slide combos give kids a chance to show off for their grandparents, and it’s usually where you’ll find young cousins spending their time. Inflatables can help keep your family entertained before or after dinner, and they make for the perfect ice breaker for shy kids.
The beauty of adding an inflatable bounce house to your arsenal of Thanksgiving traditions is that it can be used all year long. Many Blast Zone inflatables can easily be set up indoors so your family can bounce whenever, in any weather. Many find that while inflatables make the holidays more fun for kids, they also make life a little easier for parents too! Kids today are more accustomed to constant entertainment. With an inflatable at your Thanksgiving celebration, you won’t find a bored soul in sight.
Thanksgiving is a holiday surrounded in traditions. From the foods that are commonly shared on this day, to the activities that happen in between, Thanksgiving is filled with familiar festivities. It’s a holiday where establishing traditions is part of the fun, and when you find something that works, you keep it going each year! Many families celebrate in different ways, and inflatable bounce houses are a great way to amuse your little ones between football and family dinner.
Whether you’re planning on watching Thanksgiving day parades, piling onto the couch for a holiday film-fest, or simply hanging out around the house, inflatables are a great supplement to any family’s Thanksgiving festivities. With your own Blast Zone bounce house Thanksgiving will never be the same, it will be better! You might even find that when you have an inflatable of your own, you’ll break it out for Christmas, New Years Eve, or even on a random Tuesday, just because you can!
Every family has it’s own set of unique holiday traditions. Some have customs passed down from generation-to-generation, while others make the holidays their own with a modern spin on time-honored traditions. No two families celebrate Thanksgiving exactly alike. Whether your traditions are old or new, the memories made become the string that ties everything together. Once you’ve experienced Thanksgiving with a Blast Zone inflatable at your disposal, you’ll never want to go back. Inflatables are an easy way to infuse any holiday with wider smiles and belly laughs galore. Thanksgiving will be just the beginning!
During the summertime, an inflatable water slide adds interactive play to any backyard bash. Inflatable water slides and combos can be an excellent way to beat the summer heat and keep your little water-bugs entertained.
But Inflatable water slides don’t just keep kids entertained and active, they also save you travel and admission costs during breaks from school. Families don’t have to pack lunches, load up the car, and hit the amusement park lines anymore. With an inflatable water slide, you just skip the trouble and bring the amusement park into your own back yard!
Not only are they perfect for parties, inflatable slides can also be easily used in between holidays and family functions. Parents can bust out the inflatable slide after school and on weekends as well, and get a much-deserved reprieve from the furniture-gymnastics. That’s what having your own inflatable is all about! Even the easy-to-use compact inflatable slides can add some zest to parties and holiday celebrations.
Do You Use Your Water Inflatable Year Round?
Sadly, many inflatable water parks sit in storage during the colder months, cold, lonely and reminiscing over the fun days. Every year they wait patiently for their chance to shine in the summertime. What a waste! If this is how you’ve been using your inflatable, you may not realize that some Blast Zone slides can be used dry as well.
Inflatable combos can be used wet or dry, as long as they do not rely on the weight of water in the splash area for added stability. While home-use slides are not quite as slick when they are used without water, you can easily remedy this by sliding in sweat pants and socks.
Bounce and Slide combos like the Princess Palace and the Misty Kingdom work well without water, thanks to their fun castle themes and their multiple-activity designs. Having more than one feature makes these types of inflatable combos great for year-round use. When the weather is warm you can connect the included sprayer attachment for some summertime splashing. During the cooler months, your little princes and princesses can dress up in their regular playtime regalia and enjoy their fortress of fun without water.
For more space and interactivity, several inflatable water parks can also be used dry, including the Shark Park 10-in-1, the Pirate’s Bay and the Pirate Blaster. Set up an inflatable water park without water and watch the splash zone become a play zone! Try filling the splash area with playballs, plushies, or a few soft toys instead of water for a designated play area in between turns sliding.
You can even set your inflatable slide up indoors in any place where you have the space. This is good news for your sofa! Protect your furniture from becoming a jungle gym during rainy days or cold weather. Using inflatables indoors is a great alternative to video games and TV when it comes to your family’s winter entertainment. It also allows you to trick your kids into exercising without even realizing, giving kids access to physical activity and fun whenever the weather has them stuck indoors.
Don’t Forget About Commercial Grade Inflatables for a Bigger and Stronger Slide
For the thrill seekers out there looking for an even bigger sliding experience, we offer several commercial grade inflatable water slides that can be used dry. In fact, all of our 14-foot inflatable water slides can be used with or without water.
The Mystic Mountain, Roaring Rainforest, and the Great White Wild Slide 14 can be used wet or dry. If you’re a believer that bigger is better, you’ll be stoked that our 18-foot slides are designed to be just as fun as a water slide without the water! The Mystic 18 and Roaring 18-foot slides are made for dry-use, so these huge slides are a great option for the colder seasons. The best part? All of Blast Zone’s commercial grade inflatables are strong enough to support both children and adults, so adults can get in on the fun too.
When using an inflatable water slide, safe play practices make the experience a lot more fun for everyone involved. Players should never slide head first and should always limit sliding to one person at a time. In order to ensure that everyone is playing safely, adult supervision is required for the use of all Blast Zone inflatables.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our commercial grade customer base is always asking for more information on liability insurance for their inflatables. Being in the business of supplying premium qualitycommercial 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.