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Backyard Party Season 2016
Backyard Party Season 2016

Although Mother Nature has been acting a little crazy lately, Spring is here.  April is the kick off to backyard party season.  Birthday parties, Communion parties, and Graduation parties are just a few of the events that we have rentals for.  Some people will rent a bounce house for their backyard party, while others will rent a cotton candy machine and some tables and chairs as well.  Some will even go all out and add an obstacle course to the fun.  Speaking of obstacle courses, have you seen our new Adrenaline Rush obstacle course?  It is like having three separate obstacle courses in one giant package.  It is huge!  We have also added a new Joust Arena.  You can challenge your friends and family to a duel just like the show American Gladiator.  The joust is perfect for graduation parties, or birthday parties.  Whatever you choose Sir Bounce-A-Lot has the party rentals to make your party a special event.  If you are looking for party rentals in the NEPA Scranton Wilkes Barre area give us a call today and we will set you up with the equipment to make your party a hit.

Indoor Winter Rentals
Indoor Winter Rentals

Well with this crazy storm looming that nobody can seem to predict, I guess it’s time to remind everyone that it is time for indoor winter rentals.  If you are looking for winter rentals of bounce houses or other inflatables, our equipment will fit in most gymnasiums.  A minimum of 14 feet, and a maximum of 19 feet of ceiling height is required for our inflatables to fit.  If you are unsure of a facility to have your party give us a call and we would more than happy to help you set something up.  We also have cotton candy and popcorn machines if you are unable to have inflatables.  Each rental of those machines comes with enough supplies for 50 servings.  Whatever your party needs are Sir Bounce-A-Lot can help make your party a special event.

Unseasonably Warm Weather
Unseasonably Warm Weather

In case you haven’t noticed we have been having some unseasonably warm weather recently.  While it isn’t shorts and tank top heat, anything where we aren’t severely bundled up this time of year in the Scranton and Wilkes Barre areas is a plus.  Thankfully for us it has been falling on the weekend.  No I am not turning into Joe Snedeker and giving you a weather forecast.  I am however letting you know that we still can set up a bounce house outdoors for your party if you would like.  Why a bounce house you say?  What kid doesn’t want a bounce house for their birthday party?  If you want to see your kids be happier than ever, let us set one up and watch the smiles come out.  It’s not just birthday parties either.  We have set them up for First Communions, Graduations, Anniversaries, Bar Mitzvahs, community parties, family reunions, etc., etc. etc.  Every single time they are the hit of the party.  Don’t let winter time hold you down.  We get a lot of calls asking us how much notice we need.  Generally 24 hours would be ideal, but this time of the year is slow so we may be able to accommodate you last minute.  So if the weather isn’t so harsh, feel free to contact us at Sir Bounce-A-Lot to see what bounce houses we have available for your party.  Enjoy this unseasonably warm weather in Northeast PA while it lasts.

Do I Have Enough Room?
Do I Have Enough Room?

“What is the biggest water slide you have?”  That  is a very common question that we receive.  Everyone always wants bigger and better.  One of biggest problems we run into in this business is customers under estimating the size of our equipment.  Most people just think that bounce house will fit out back no problem.  Then when we come to set up it’s a different story.  Never do we hear “do I have enough room?”  Hopefully these tips will help you if your yard is a bit tight like mine.

First before you even look out in your yard, scope out the entrance to your property.  Is there a gate?  Is the gate wide enough?  Will we be able wheel the bounce house in between your house and your neighbor’s?  So exactly how wide of an access do we need?  4 feet wide is a good safe number for most of our equipment.  Some of the smaller stuff will fit through a standard 3 foot gate no problem.  Others may need some finesse to fit.  “We can just unroll it and drag it around back.”  Absolutely not.  This was the solution given to me to fit a bounce house in between two houses that had a path where in some spots I had to turn sideways to fit.  Bounce houses are made of vinyl not kevlar.  They do tear, and will tear if handled like this.  “You can unroll it and lift it over the fence a little at a time.”  Again absolutely not.  One snag on that fence and that unit is going in for repair.  FYI: The Dunk Tank is big, wide, and heavy.  It can’t fit through or over a standard gate.  It needs to be towed in position with a truck.

Second if there is any doubt whatsoever about the bounce house fitting into a certain area, break out the measuring tape.  We list the dimensions of each unit for this reason.  Don’t just eye ball it.  Sure that space between the pool and the back porch looks like 20 feet, but it is probably more like 12-15 feet.  Hey, no judgement.  I am guilty of this too.  One thing to keep in mind is the additional space needed around the bounce house.  For example our castle is 15′ x 15′.  Ok so you can measure out 15 feet square and you are good… Wrong.  There are stake points at each corner that extend out an additional 12-18 inches.  There is the blower tubes in the rear of the bounce house.  Then there is the entrance step in the front of the bounce house.  Oh and you need room for the kids to get in and out.  When everything is said and done instead of 15 feet square, you are at more like 20 feet square.

Ok so you have good access and a clear area for the bounce house.  Let’s set this thing up!  Wait a minute you forgot to look up.  “It will fit under those trees no problem.”  Are you sure about that?  Just like the fence, a tree limb can puncture a bounce house.  When measuring out your area, don’t forget to look up for tree limbs, clothes lines, power lines, etc.  While this does happen on some of our bounce house rentals, it is more common for the water slide rentals.  18 feet seems tall when thinking about it.  Standing next to it is a little different.

So what was the purpose of this blog?  Well honestly I hate seeing people disappointed.  You went through the trouble of reserving it, paying the deposit, then getting the kids pumped up for it only for it not to work.  There have been an instance or two where we just couldn’t fit a bounce house into in area because of the things listed above.  One of them was with the smallest one in our inventory.  And believe me we tried everything to get it to fit.  We just so happened to have our cotton candy machine available for that day, and she decided to go with that instead.  And guess what?  Cotton candy was a hit!  The kids were raving about it when we came to pick the machine up.  Mom even gave us a really nice tip for trying so hard to get that bounce house to fit.

If you have questions about fitment of something in our inventory just call or send us an email.  We would be more than happy to answer your questions, or help you pick something out that will fit.

Frozen 2 is Happening!
Frozen 2 is Happening!

Posted 8:57 am, March 13, 2015, by Tribune Media Wire

The long-rumored sequel to the highest-grossing animated film of all time has been confirmed by Disney. There will be a Frozen 2.

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disney and Pixar studios chief creative officer John Lasseter and Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, confirmed the news during the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Thursday. Variety first reported the news on Thursday.

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the original film’s directors, will return for the sequel.

A release date has not been announced.

Finally!  We all knew it was just a matter of time before the sequel was in production.  Hopefully Disney is playing it smart this time by spacing things out a bit.  Most other times companies are quick to put out a sequel only to have it be a flop.  My only advice to them is take your time.  They have huge shoes to fill after the first movie.  My advice to you is to give us a call for your Frozen party in the Scranton and Wilkes Barre PA areas.  Yes we have a Frozen bounce house, and yes it is awesome.