The name given to such structures varies. They have been marketed with such names as “Bounce House”, “Bouncies”, “Inflatable Castles” and “Bouncy Castles”. The name “Bouncy Castle” is a common name used in Singapore, influenced by the United States.
The principal inflatable structure was outlined in 1959 by John Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana who was exploring different avenues regarding inflatable spreads for tennis courts when he saw his representatives delighted in hopping on the spreads. He was a mechanical designer and enjoyed material science.
The surfaces are typically composed of thick, strong PVC or vinyl and nylon, and the castle is inflated using an electronic blower.
Ever since the USA and China Manufacturers saw the rising demand of bouncy castles for children entertainment, they have been producing all sorts of varieties of inflatables since the early 90s. Event companies and party planners all over the world will stock up their inventory with these fabulous bouncy castles, and rent them out for children events. Events you will most likely see bouncy castles to be present includes family carnivals, funfairs and birthday parties.
In Singapore, we all had our childhood dream fulfilled by Uncle Ringo. Remember the good old days where our parents pay $4 for us to play on the super-fun bouncy castles for 30 minutes.