Planning a birthday party for your child comes with a lot of choices. Food, goodie bags and a theme are all different parts that go into making the best birthday party your kid can imagine. Perhaps you have already agreed that, at the event, you want to have inflatables. They’re great for all ages, they can have fun for hours, plus plenty of choices to choose from! But how do you know the difference between renting an inflatable or two and putting them up in your yard and renting out an indoor inflatable center? Find out which one is right for you and your family with this article. We will go over the key differences between renting the inflatables yourself or hosting the event at a venue.

Few Options

Although rental companies will offer you various kinds of jumping castles or obstacle courses to choose from, the amount of room you have will most likely be limited, meaning you will not be able to have more than one or two at your home. Smaller areas can be limited to one small bounce house, eliminating more popular obstacles or slides. If you have a smaller crowd, this is OK, but if you expect a decent number of guests, it may be challenging because of the play arenas’ limited capacity. Much of the time they are at the gathering, children might be waiting around for their turn, which means you will have to come up with more resources and ideas for additional entertainment.

The best thing about renting a facility designed for these big playhouses is that they have plenty of room for lots of slides, bounce houses and more. Some indoor play centers also provide numerous rooms that each have different themes or inflatables. Another plus is that, along with the bounce houses, party venues also have arcade games or other activities for the kids to do. This might be better if you have older kids, who can get bored more quickly during the allotted “play” time doing the same thing.


Depending on how much you want to DIY at home or have it finished and ready to go for you, the cost for each choice will differ. Catering or grocery costs will need to be considered if you plan to do an inflatable bouncer for rent. The expense of decorations and goodie bags is also yours. Not counting the time spent cleaning before and after the party, organizing and planning can be very timely. Look up quick DIY decor or coupons for your local stores to cut down on these prices.

Places to hold a children’s birthday party usually advertise one main attraction, but they provide more than just entertainment most of the time, unlike bouncers for rent. Kids’ birthday party locations sell packages ranging from simple food and beverages to all-inclusive with decor, food and take-home treats, so you don’t have to think about anything. This choice will certainly save you time. Keep in mind, some rental facilities have add-ons for purchase if you have a bigger budget, such as themed parties, pinatas, etc.


As much fun as it is to have a backyard birthday party, bad or even windy weather will easily ruin it. This is not a concern if you have most of your entertainment indoors, but if you have inflatables for rent outside, you now have no choice but to go with plan b. Make sure you have your eye out and have some backup games, just in case the weather does not stick to the forecast.

Climate-controlled arenas give peace of mind that the party is going to be dry, not too hot and not too cold. Without having to think about putting on more layers or watching for rain, children can play and run around as much as they want at indoor play centers.

Supervised Play

If the rental company you use promises to have an employee on the property during jump hours or if a parent has offered to watch the kids as they play, renting is a good idea for you. However, this does not work for you if you are sticking to an affordable budget, since some organizations do not provide the service or only do at a heavy price tag. A perfect way to get around this is to have parents take turns, but bear in mind that this takes away from their enjoyment of the event and you may not have a lot of adults staying to help, as many parents just drop their child off at the party and then pick them up afterwards.

To satisfy inflatable ride requirements, indoor playgrounds or indoor arenas will always have qualified staff to help you watch and ensure that your kids are staying safe. Usually, this is not an extra expense or is integrated into the total rental cost.

Time Restraints

You will most likely be paying by the hour, with minimum or maximum conditions, when renting equipment. If you just need the play area for one or two hours, this is perfect. However, if you want the kids to be able to play, eat, open presents and then go back to playing, you will need to rent the bounce houses for much longer than originally estimated and that will cost more. Take a look at your party schedule and ask around for price estimates to determine what suits your party best.

If you do not rent an inflatable bouncer, you can have a longer period of play time without the extra expense. For each event, kids’ birthday party places set clear hours and don’t take away the entertainment while the children move on to other items. Public areas, including parks, are likely to be more lenient at the end of the day. On the other hand, private spaces are stringent on the hours paid for, as other parties might be turning up right after you.

Cleaning and Setting Up

This part depends entirely on you, unless a company explicitly specifies that they can provide a set-up and clean-up service. Set-up is most important for a safe and enjoyable experience, and most rental businesses will provide instructions to help. Also, take a look at the return after use policies. If any of the equipment is returned dirty or in any way damaged, the company can charge you hefty fines. The best way to protect yourself from damage or cleaning fees while renting is to let all jumpers and climbers know the rules beforehand and keep any food or drinks away from the play area.

Inflatable attractions ready to go from the moment you step foot into the venue! Set-up and clean-up are all part of your deal, so you don’t have to worry about properly blowing up the inflatables or leaving behind a mess and paying extra. For most, if not all, facilities, this is valid, but please make sure you read through the contract and understand what is required of you before signing.

Your family will have a blast running around and jumping up in the sky on inflatables, whether it is holding a birthday party in the comfort of your own home and yard or renting out a spacious place. To see what suits your party style, time constraints and budget best, go through this checklist! If you still have questions or would like to see choices for indoor rentals,

"Inflatable for Rent vs. Indoor Bounce House Event" was last updated January 21st, 2021 by

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