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Published May 21st 2011
If you've ever heard a child's squeals of delight at a fete, festival or outdoor function, chances are there's a jumping castle nearby. For a few dollars, your little prince or princess can have up to 10 minutes of bouncing, leaping, floating addictive fun. The first time my children got airborne, they became so enamoured they learned how to sniff out a jumping castle at 100 paces. Can I have another go pleeaaassse.
There are a number of companies in and around Sydney that hire out these inflatable party pleasers - or if you were thinking of developing a part time job, you might be interested in buying one and taking it 'on the road'.
If you are going to hire one for a day or half day, be aware that different companies have different policies on deposit/delivery/supervision/area needed to set up. All inflatable hire companies are required to have a Public Liability Insurance of up to $20 million. Make sure you see their certificate of currency before you hire from any company.
Half Day Hire is usually 4 hours, full day is usually 7 hours.
All 4 Fun Jumping Castles: They have a number of themed inflatable castles, including Superman, Shrek, Dora The Explorer, Batman or Scooby Doo Castles. They come in all shapes and sizes - small, medium, large and combination models that include slides and obstacles. Costs vary according to size, but for example a large Dora The Explorer Castle is 6.2m long x 4.5m wide x 4m high and costs $190 for a half day or $240 for a full day.
Jolly Jesters Jumping Castles
They also have themed castles and combos. Prices also vary according to size. Example a Shrek themed castle is 5m long x 5.5m wide x 4.5m high and costs $160 for half day, $200 for full day.
Location: Luxford Rd, Bidwill NSW
Phone: 1300 565 595
Just Jumping Castles
This company supplies castles for big kids too. They have a range of sumo suits, gladiator and boxing rings, bungy runs, slides and sticky walls for teenagers and adults. If you're thinking of bringing out your inner child, you might like to take a package deal. Choose any two inflatables for $600 during the day (4 hours) or $700 overnight (from 5 pm)