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.
The first session kicked off June 22 at the Long Island Sports Center in Calverton. One-hour sessions continue through 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 hosts dance contests and conga lines.
Don't think the attraction is just for kids.
“Why am I coming to bounce in a bounce house? Trying to recapture my youth I guess,” said Liz Robbins, 32, of Lindenhurst during opening weekend. “You know how millennials are—we love this stuff.”
There's a daily one-hour session that's only for those over 16 years old.
“We wanted to do something that was family-friendly, but we had a feeling adults would like to get in there too,” says co-founder Cameron Craig.
The main bounce house has an attached lounge with ball pit, as well as a tall slide. The general space also sports obstacle courses to and beach balls, which come in handy when the DJ calls for a dodge ball contest.
Getting around inside “can be pretty hard,” said Terry Harding, 32, of Far Rockway. “But I’m having fun.”
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.
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. Socks are required (and sold onsite for $5 for those who forget them).
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.
Ian J. Stark contributed to this story.