The Little Tikes Jump & Slide Bouncer is another fantastic toy for summer! We bought the bouncer in February to hold our own Bounce House Party for my daughter’s 5th birthday party! What would we do with a huge bounce house in the middle of the winter in Chicago, you ask? Set it up in the living room, of course! I don’t know if this makes me the best mom ever but the look on my daughter’s face when we surprised her with the bounce house set up in the living room was priceless! Shhh…don’t tell her I opted to buy the bounce house and hold the party at home because it was cheaper than the very popular party at the bounce house locations!
So, we broke the rule to invite the number of children as your child’s age for a birthday party. Yep, for a 5th birthday party there should have been 5 kids. We had 9! Not too bad but add some parents and a bounce house inside and things got a little chaotic!
So, now that you think I’m crazy, let me tell you about this fantastic bounce house that I don’t regret purchasing for one second. The bounce house is bigger than you would expect but not too big that I couldn’t fit it in my large living room. It measures 9’ x 12’ x 6’ high! It has tall, mesh, protective walls surrounding three sides of the jumping area and a big slide with side rails on the 4th side. There is an opening on the wall opposite the slide for children to climb in that also Velcros closed to protect your child.
The bounce house is ridiculously easy to set up. Take it out of the storage bag and unroll to completely open it up flat. There is a heavy-duty blower with GFCI that comes with it to provide continuous airflow that you attach to the unfolded bounce house. The blower has the volume of a vacuum cleaner. Not silent but not crazy loud either. The blower will be on the entire time the bounce house is inflated. Plug it in and in less than 5 minutes, you have a bounce house ready for jumping fun!
Now, I have to say that Little Tikes recommends this bounce house for outdoor use ONLY! Yep, I broke the rules! Opps. I have to admit that it is easier to use outdoors because it includes heavy duty stakes to stake it into the ground to keep it in place. When you break the rules and use it indoors, you will probably need an adult or two to hold the bounce house in place or have them keep sliding it back into place. The bounce house will start to “walk” if it isn’t staked down. At our indoor birthday party, we had enough parents on hand that it wasn’t a problem.
Now, one of the best features of the bounce house is that it has a weight capacity of 250 lbs! Yep, dad climbs in to wrestle with the kids quite frequently. Little Tikes recommends that the bounce house be used with children 3-8 years old and only 3 kids jumping at a time. My guess is that with more than 3 kids it could get a little chaotic. Let’s say you put 5 kids in at a time at a birthday party (without exceeding the weight limit) – they might start jumping into each other. Not that I know anything about that! I’m just guessing!
So, we used the bounce house inside (against the rules!) during the winter and are now enjoying the bounce house outdoors in the summer! The bounce house stakes down securing with the included stakes and it stays in place even on the windiest Chicago afternoons!
We have used the bounce house over 15 times in the last few months and I’m happy to say it is still good as new! This bounce house is durable! Even though it is built of puncture-resistant material, it does include a repair kit if something happens. It is “puncture-resistant” not “puncture-proof” so a sharp object could do damage, I would guess!
The bounce house is also just as easy to put away as it was to set up. Turn off the blower and the bounce house will immediately start to deflate. In less then 5 minutes the bounce house will be ready to roll up and return to its storage bag. The storage bag is oversized and easily fits the bounce house. The bounce house is heavy when stored in the bag so you will need a bit of muscle to move it around.
Overall, we absolutely love the Little Tikes Jump & Slide Bouncer! We are a hit with the neighborhood kids when we set it up as well. If you are looking for a durable, large, fun bounce house for summer fun that is super easy to put up and take down, I highly recommend the Little Tikes Jump & Slide Bouncer!