Jump Like You’re 10 Years Old

Sometime last year I took all three of my kids to a bingo night at one of my kids’ schools. On the very last game, Sam (and a bunch of other kids) won. What did they win? They each won a free moonbounce rental from the people who run the aftercare program at the school.

Yes. A FREE MOONBOUNCE RENTAL. For my kids. You know of my kids, right? It was like a dream come true.

A couple of weekends ago, we had a few friends over, put out some Doritos and Oreos, and JUMPED.

It was great. It was better than great. My kids and their friends had a blast and the only blood spilled came from one of my own kids, which is always a relief. (Quinn cut his lip—some cookies fixed him right up.)

Castle moonbounce

Best. Toy. Ever.

I made the mistake of going into the thing when all the kids were in the midst of their sugar-induced hysteria, which was a huge mistake. They turned on me—and they turned on me fast.

“Get the adult!” they screamed.

Then they knocked me over and stole my socks.

I barely made it out of there alive.

Later, when there were just my kids and a couple of their friends, I ventured back in. It was so great. So, so great. I jumped in that thing for, like, an hour. I haven’t had that much fun in a long time. Jumping and laughing with my kids and our last guests was exhilarating. It was such a blast.

Quinn, Jack & Sam in the moonbounce

The view from inside.

So much joy.

I work hard to make sure my kids have fun, but all too often, instead of participating in the fun thing, I watch them having fun. I think I’m going to have to remember this—sure, it’s awesome to watch my kids have a blast, but it’s even better to have a blast with them.


I want to give a huge shout out to Carnival Day, the party rental arm of Kids After Hours. They were super wonderful and flexible and easy to work with, especially considering we weren’t paying them a dime. Plus, they’re the kind of people that donate a slew of free moonbounce rentals to an elementary school bingo night. If you are looking for a moonbounce or any of the other big party items that they rent, definitely work with them. They are fabulous.

14 thoughts on “Jump Like You’re 10 Years Old

  1. So this local moonbounce place went out of business and sold off their moonbounces and the people across the street with 6 bought two of them. They put it up almost every day if it isn’t raining. For realz. It’s amazing.

  2. One of the things I missed when we moved was a bounce place quite close to our house. They would let the parents bounce with the kids. We had so much fun running around and jumping on the big open bouncers.

    One of our neighbors rented a big inflatable water slide for their son’s summer birthday party. And it wasn’t nearly as expensive as I thought it would be. The kids absolutely loved it.

  3. Love it – I ALWAYS get in those things and play with my kids. And I get in the pool, on the jungle gym, wherever. Sure, I do my fair share of sitting on the sidelines and checking my e-mail too, but I love playing with them.

    My mom always played with us in the pool so I really don’t know any different.

  4. That.is.awesome and would have been a dream come true for Roc. He loves, loves, loves bouncy houses.

    AND good on you for being able to jump for an hour without peeing your pants! lol (don’t know that I could do that and I only have one kid!)

  5. I liked bounce houses as a kid. When I was in college, they had a fall fest and a spring fest with inflatable games and probably still do.

  6. Bouncy house provide a great way for anyone to pass their time and they get better if you own one. Parents should consider purchasing a bouncy house for their children, if they can manage the expense. They will cost a little money but they will certainly be worth the cost.

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