The Big Bounce America — which bills itself as “The World’s Biggest Bounce House” — has opened in Calverton for family, child or adult bouncing sessions.
With the slogan “sneakers off, party on,” the first session kicked off Friday, June 22 at the Long Island Sports Center in Calverton. One-hour sessions continue through Sunday, June 24 and again from June 27 to July 1.
The inflatable, open-air castle is 10,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the average house. The inside includes basketball hoops, an inflatable obstacle race and a giant slide that takes riders outside the main structure and into a ball pit. Also inside is an inflatable forest, giant inflatable jungle animals and inflatable trucks and boats. At the center is a circular stage from which a DJ/MC will host dance contests and conga lines. A confetti machine will blast confetti. “There’s so much going on,” co-founder Cameron Craig says.
“We came up with the idea a few years back when I was at a music festival in the UK with my colleague,” says Craig, who is from Scotland. The festival had a children’s area with bounce houses. Once the kids all went home and to bed, “we sneaked in and had some fun in the bounce house ourselves. We thought, ‘That would be cool if there was a bounce house for the whole family.’”
The main bounce house is also surrounded by Bounce Village, which features additional bounce structures, including a slide, a separate bounce house for the little bouncers who want more peaceful, less lively jumping, and more.
The Big Bounce America Long Island event is part of a nationwide tour of 64 locales in 29 states. Last year, the bounce house traveled to fewer locations and didn’t come to Long Island. There is an identical version in Los Angeles, Craig says.
Sessions are divided by age, with toddler sessions for ages 3 and younger accompanied by parents or caregivers; junior sessions for ages 7 and younger; bigger-kids sessions for kids in the 8-to-15 range and adults-only sessions for ages 16 and older. Every person entering the bounce house — including parents — needs a ticket and must wear socks. Sessions in the castle are $10 to $25 depending on age. Bounce Village is an additional $7 per person.
For tickets and more information, call 888-718-4253 or visit the thebigbounceamerica.com. The Long Island Sports Park is at 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton; 631-698-6230.