10 BEST INFLATABLES FOR PARTIES
Please note - Party GOAT does not and will never offer party hire services. Please seek out your local party rental companies for the hiring of the inflatables and other cool products listed on this page.
The founders of Party GOAT were in the party hire industry for over a decade with our Crazy Town Parties company that we had in Australia so we want to share our knowledge of how to make your party the Greatest Of All Time!
Here we have created a Helpful Guide for the coolest inflatables that we've seen at parties and how best to play party games with them. We will go over inflatable hire items such as Bounce Houses (Jumping Castles), Mechanical Bulls, Velcro Fly Walls, Bouncy Boxing, and our favorites, inflatable obstacle courses and slides! There is also some great target games like giant darts, hilarious challenge games like inflatable big balls and more. We also provide some additional ideas that can enhance your party experience, by using amazing products such as Black Lights, Instant Slime, Instant Mud and even Jello Wrestling Jelly!
What makes a party the greatest?
The best parties are those that are talked about for years. The kind of parties that we and our friends will never forget. The best way to have one of these parties is to get something at your party that will create these awesome memories for your guests.
One of the best ways to create party fun is with inflatables! Hopefully your local town has some of the options for party rentals that I share with you below.
WHY HAVE INFLATABLES AT YOUR PARTY?
The whole purpose of a party is to have fun, right? Well, this is exactly the reason why inflatables should be at your event. Your never too old for a giant inflatable obstacle course or jumping castle to bounce around and climb on. For those think that are too old it's hilarious to see them try once they have a few drinks under the belt. Having active amusements produces endorphins that keep people happy and thirsty. These super fun attractions will also encourage higher attendance levels.
BEST INFLATABLE OPTIONS FOR A PARTY
BIG BALLS OBSTACLE COURSE
The Big Balls obstacle course is the perfect challenge to make people laugh. As seen on the show wipeout this hilarious inflatable is harder to conquer than it looks. Participants try to successfully jump through the course, bouncing on as many big balls as they can. You can also compete against each other in a pillow war game in which party guests attempt to knock each other off the big inflatable balls, gladiator duel style. This inflatable is a crowd pleaser.
Bucking bulls provide great entertainment for any sort of party. Mechanical bucking bulls can be set at different levels from easy to insane for beginners to experienced bucking bull riders. See how long you and your friends can last! So much fun and a great spectator sport.
Our mechanical bull was one of the newest models on the market with light up eyes, and steam from the nostrils. Manual mode for full control or automatic modes. Several of these features will be unavailable on the older style bucking bulls. The package usually includes an operator, a rodeo themed inflatable, mechanical bull and control station with LED timer display.
VELCRO FLY WALL STICKY WALL
Velcro wall inflatables are great for silly games at your party. Try to stick in crazy positions or throw people up onto the wall. I recommend getting a sticky wall that has a lot of jumping room so you can also use it as a bounce house style inflatable.
Tips for sticking well to the wall - Spread your arms and legs wide to get lots of Velcro to touch. Make sure your party rental company has good quality Velcro suits. Some sticky walls have interchangeable Velcro wall sections which is great for keeping the product working well and maximizing the fun!
INFLATABLE RAVE CAVE - GLOW PARTY TENT WITH BLACK LIGHTS!
This giant inflatable glow party tent is such a good idea for parties. Fill this big tent with Glowave Black lights (Black light LEDs are the best option because glass blacklights are very easy to break and our LED black light kit will not overheat and burn your rave tent).
This huge inflatable blocks out a lot light from your house giving you a nice area for your glow in the dark decorations. Set up this rave cave in the yard and everyone can go crazy drawing on each other with glow party highlighter pens or invisible ink pens. Neon paint is really good for glow in the dark parties but it can be a lot messier than glow pens like highlighters.
Click here for a whole lot more information on Black Lights for Glow Parties
WATER SLIDE JUMPING CASTLE
If your town is lucky enough to have a hire company with this product then you get the best of both worlds. Plenty of room to bounce around and a big slide to jump down to cool off.
We recommend enhancing this great experience by filling the pool at the end of the inflatable with either slime, jello or instant mud. /this will keep the slide party super slippery with out needing constant water. All of our Party GOAT products are non staining, and non toxic.
MEGA SLIP AND SLIDE
A Mega Slip and Slide inflatable is perfect for those summer parties and events! This super fun inflatable can be set up as a flat slide or it can be placed on a hill to give the water slide some serious slope.
Party peeps run as fast as they can, building up momentum before diving onto the inflatable water slide surface and sliding all the way into the pool at the end. It is also wide enough to allow two people at the onetime to race down. Make your party even more fun by filling the pool at the end with either Slime, Jello or Instant mud!
CLIMBING WALL TALL SLIDE
If it's winter and you don't want to get wet at your party then this climbing wall with tall slide inflatable is an ideal inflatable for your party. Fun for both kids and adults.
People can either take their time to scale up the climbing wall or challenge their friend to race each other up the climbing wall and down the slide. Friendly competition is great for parties.
Always ask your party rental companies for discounts when renting multiple items.
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INFLATABLE SOCCER FIELD & HUMAN FOOSBALL
Inflatable football fields are about 60ft (20m) long by 30ft (10m) wide. It is a fantastic way to add a bit of exercise and competition to a range of parties and events. The best inflatable soccer fields have large nets around the goal areas to help contain the ball within the inflatable sports field.
Inflatable soccer fields are very popular with sports break up days, youth groups, work team building events and university open days. Inflatable human foosball fields are the same but have long ropes stretching across the field. Players are attached to poles that slide along the ropes. This requires players to work together to win the game. Hire an inflatable soccer field and let the football games begin!
Have a beach party themed celebration at any time of the year with a mechanical surfboard.
Get your boardshorts or bikinis on and see how long you and your friends can last riding the mechanical waves.
Whether it is a birthday party, bucks night, or random get together, a Mechanical Surfboard will provide great entertainment for any sort of celebration.
The Mechanical Surfboard is not only great for back yard parties but also works extremely well to generate customers at pubs and clubs. Mechanical surfboards have multi-directional spin and dip settings with different speeds. Automatic modes aren't usually as safe as the manual controls on surfboard riders. I recommend operating with the joystick.
SLIPPERY BALANCE BEAM
This slippery inflatable will have everyone talking! Participants climb up the ramp and try to crawl across the slippery balance beam. You can have squirt guns and buckets filled with instant slime or soapy waterthat you can spray onto the beam to make it extra slippery. Instant slime makes this a lot more challenging than it looks
This type of inflatable can also be used for gladiator duals where the loser slides down the sides and then the next challenger steps up. King of the hill is a free for all battle which is super fun at parties.
LONG OBSTACLE COURSE INFLATABLES
A fantastic inflatable obstacle course like this will take your party from "zero to hero" with its bright colors, tall slide and it's ability to allow lots of people to use it at once. This type of inflatable obstacle course has 2 lanes and offers exciting challenges throughout, such as a fun climbing wall, tall slide and inflatable beams and poles to maneuver around.
Get into teams at your party for the most fun relay races! We like to set up a table at one end with drinks on it and contestants have to make it through the course, drink the drink and then back to tag the next person. So much fun! For kids parties you can make them chew and swallow gummies like gummy worms instead of drinking.
Longer Options - A lot of these types of obstacle courses have been designed so that it can be attached to another obstacle course to extend the length. Ask your party hire company if this is possible and if you get a discount.
GREASY POLE WRESTLING
Greasy pole wrestling is fun for all ages! Great for parties when the guests don't mind getting wet. Try to wrestle your friends off the pole so that they fall in to the water below.
The greasy pole is not actually greasy (it's just a name). It will be very slippery when wet but no grease is used. If you want to make the pole more slippery than consider using our Instant Slime or Mud. It's a super slippery substance.
GIANT INFLATABLE DARTS
This giant inflatable dart board is great to hire because you can have heaps of fun practicing all your favorite sports on the giant inflatable target. The best velcro dart boards come with multipurpose velcro balls. You can throw them at the target or kick them at the target or use rackets.
Velcro darts is great fun for team bonding games, sign on days, end of season parties. Inflatable darts is also a fun addition at birthday parties, and/or work events.
Challenge your friends to a range of darts games. Perhaps you could add drinking rules and challenges for more wild parties
Bouncy Boxing is a hilarious sport that allows you to challenge your mates, family, or even your boss to a fight! Ridiculously large oversized gloves are supplied to ensure no harm is caused to the participants as they duke it out.
The boxing ring is a large inflatable jumping castle allowing you to bounce into your opponent like a superman with hulk sized fists.
Can simply be used as a bounce house when participants are worn out from boxing.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY PARTY EVEN MORE FUN?
The most unforgettable inflatable product for a party is also the cheapest but the craziest. That is simply an inflatable pool that you fill with with Jello, Mud or Slime!
Jello Wrestling is something that once witnessed will never be forgotten. Our mud and slime are super slippery and perfect for mud wrestling or slime wrestling games. There are plenty more games you can play in an inflatable pool of craziness too. For more fun games like jello tug of war, check out our product pages! Jello Wrestling, Instant Mud & Instant Slime. Hilarious memories that will last forever!
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Cool Inflatable for toddlers with mini bounce house and ball pit!
Check out this cool little inflatable! Mickey Mouse themed toddler's soft play inflatable is the perfect addition to any birthday party aged 1 to 4 years old.
The inflatable playpen contains a small bounce area, block ladder with slide, a ball pit and 3 magic cones, over which the balls will float up and down, trapped in a wind tunnel.
Rest easy knowing the little ones are contained in a soft and fun play area. The inflatable contains super fun and brightly coloured images of Mickey mouse and his friends (Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck).
Sumo Wrestling Suits are also super fun for parties!
Sumo suits get a special mention because they aren't inflatable but padded with foam. Sumo wrestling suits will provide fantastic entertainment at your next party or event. Sumo wrestling is as much fun for the spectators watching as it is for the participants wrestling!
Guaranteed to get a bunch of laughs, as your friend's battle it out for the crown of ultimate sumo champion!
What you get? - Sumo wrestling fat suits, padded helmets (with funny looking traditional Japanese style topknots), gloves and a round wrestling mat.
Adult's and Kid's sumo suit sizes are usually available from most rental stores.
Whack A Mole Inflatable hire!
Whack a Mole inflatable hire is perfect for large events as up to 7 people can play the game at the same time. The line up to play will move fast with 7 people entering and exiting the inflatable game each round. Great for school fetes, football break up parties, church events and more.
What is Whack a Mole? - The Whack a Mole inflatable is a life sized version of the old Whac-A-Mole arcade game. In the original game participants would hit toy moles with a mallet every time they popped their heads out of a hole in the console. In this version of the game your friends are the moles and it's your job to whack them back into the holes.
Participants pop up out of their holes and attempt to steal as many balls as they can and drop them off in their basket before returning for more balls. If the player in the middle manages to whack a mole with the hammer they must drop the balls in their hand and fall back into the hole. The player/mole that has stolen the most balls at the end of the designated time is the winner!
Bungee Run inflatable!
Bungee Run bouncers get a mention in here because they are a lot of fun. They can be quite dangerous though as people often end up bouncing back onto their heads and injuring their necks.
The idea of the game is to attach yourself to a bungee cord and see how far you can run before the cord pulls you back. It's easy for some depending on your size and leg power.
A fun inflatable to hire if you can also just use it as a jumping castle bounce house.
What requirements are there for having inflatables at your party?
For setting up inflatables at your party you the rental company will usually require a standard 120 volt (240 volt in Australia) power outlet within 50m of the set up area. Generators are NOT a standard item, however many hire companies can arrange one for you, if required, for an additional fee.
Make sure you have enough space! The size of these inflatables for adults are pretty huge. For example a Velcro wall inflatable can be up to 30ft (9m) long x 16ft (5m) wide. A bouncy boxing inflatable requires approx. 20ft (6m ) x 20ft (6m) x 4.5m high of available space.
Surface - The products can usually be set up on grass, concrete or indoors (if space allows). Please advise your party hire company if you will be setting up on a surface other than grass, so that suitable anchors like sandbags can be supplied.
Ages - Check with your local inflatable rental company what ages they allow to use the products. Would be a shame if they had strict age limits for the inflatables listed above.
Prices - Most companies tend to offer a 3 hour hire rate or an all day or overnight hire rate. A hire longer than three hours is usually booked at the (capped price) all day or overnight rate. All day bookings will start and finish on the same day. Overnight hire pick ups, are scheduled according to location.
Supervision: I think that the best inflatable hires are the ones that do not require supervision. Gives you a little more freedom if customers choose to self supervise. Most party rental companies can however provide supervision for your event at a per product / per hour charge. Make sure to give them enough notice prior to your event to allow enough time to make arrangements.
FAQs - Answers to frequently asked questions such as - wet weather policy, cancelation policy, order cut off times, payment terms, delivery times etc, can usually be found on a party hire website but ask them all of these questions if you can't find the answers as itcan be a shock if your inflatable hire gets cancelled last minute.
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