Bouncy houses, also known as inflatable castles, jumping castles, or bouncy castles, have been a popular form of entertainment for children and adults alike for many years. The history of bouncy houses can be traced back to the 1960s, when they were first invented by John Scurlock, an American inventor and businessman.
Scurlock was the owner of a rental company that provided inflatable structures for advertising and promotional events. In 1959, he invented the "Space Pillow," a large inflatable cushion that could be used for testing the impact of simulated airplane crashes. The Space Pillow proved to be very successful, and Scurlock began to explore other uses for inflatable structures.
In 1968, Scurlock was approached by a group of children who asked if they could play on the Space Pillow. Seeing the potential for a new type of entertainment, Scurlock modified the Space Pillow to create the first bouncy castle. He added walls, an inflatable roof, and a slide, and began renting out the bouncy castles for children's parties and other events.
The bouncy castle proved to be a huge hit, and Scurlock's business quickly grew. He began to develop new designs and features for the bouncy castles, including obstacles, climbing walls, and basketball hoops. In the 1980s, bouncy houses became even more popular with the introduction of themed designs, such as castles, pirate ships, and jungle gyms.
Today, bouncy houses are a staple of children's parties and events around the world. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and themes, and are enjoyed by people of all ages. While the technology and design of bouncy houses have evolved over the years, the basic concept remains the same: providing a fun, safe, and exciting way for people to play and have fun.