Category: Blog

Team building with a difference
Team building with a difference

Team-building can be a valuable tool when looking to create a team that works effectively and efficiently. It can also be a great opportunity for staff to get to know each other outside of the office environment. These events don’t have to be limited to meals out, or even expensive weekend retreats. So, what exactly are some of the benefits of these team-building events – other than the obvious – and how could you arrange some exciting team building experiences, with a difference?

Get out of the office

A team building exercise should get your colleagues moving and working together. To give everyone a more enjoyable experience, get them out of the office for an afternoon! This gives you a great opportunity to build working relationships outside of the office, and create a more social atmosphere within the team. It also means you can have a few hours off work one afternoon. Who wouldn’t love that?

Healthy competition

There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition every now and then, right? We encourage it in sport, we encourage it between companies, and we definitely encourage it at home in the occasional monopoly battle, so why not between staff? Setting up a competition in the office, whether you opt for sales targets, weekly task completion challenges, or even office scavenger hunts, could significantly improve productivity in the workplace as staff work to win the prize. Taking this in to your team-building events is just as important, as it will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved. Challenges such as a last man standing game, or something similar offer a great opportunity for this.

You’re building a team, so have them compete as a team

At the end of the day, the point of the exercise is to improve team relationships and morale, and working in team situations is the best way to achieve this. This when merged with the competition aspect will leave you a with a winning combination. Obstacle courses are possibly the best way to achieve this, or even alternative team games such as laser tag, or other team sports. The competition element will keep your colleagues fighting for the win, whilst working as a team will help them develop their strategizing, organisation, and efficiency skills.

Something for the big kid in all of us

Working weeks can be long and tiring. We all know this. It is vital that we do our bit to keep staff happy and relaxed in order to prevent burnout, and maximise productivity. By including games and challenges in your team-building event, everyone has the chance to let our hair down a bit. Relaxing, and doing fun activities with fellow colleagues will make your workplace a nicer place to be on the whole, ensuring that everyone feels happy and welcome on the team.

Not just a one-time thing

Setting up a team-building event doesn’t need to be a ‘once every couple of years’ kind of thing. Regular events will maintain team morale levels and will keep productivity high. Consider arranging two or three events over the course of the year – and don’t forget the Christmas do as well! Involving family members every now and again will also provide a great opportunity for staff to get to know each other a little better.

Jumping Jo’s is a proud supplier of unique and alternative team-building games and attractions. From our inflatable Laser Tag arena and inflatable Fun Runs, to our Last Man Standing and Rodeo Bull challenges, we’ve got something to suit any team building event. Contact the Jumping Jo’s team today to find your perfect team building solution.

Inflatable games! The must-have for your work do
Inflatable games! The must-have for your work do

When planning your work function, don’t be afraid to think a little outside the box. Choosing your entertainment and activities could be the difference between a hit and a miss, so why not try something a little unique? Inflatable games are an exciting alternative to standard entertainment and activities, and will make your annual work do the event of the year!

At Jumping Jo’s we supply a wide range of inflatable games and accessories to make a fantastic event that’s fun for all. So, what will they bring to your event?

Great fun for small kids and big kids

Inflatable attractions of all shapes and sizes, from bouncy castles, to rodeo rides, and particularly inflatable games can provide hours of entertainment for both kids and adults of all ages. No matter the function, be it an end of year work function, or a celebration of an important company achievement, these added activities will make the perfect addition to your function.

They’re unique, exciting, and loads of fun, and will no doubt allow some of the biggest kids to re-live a moment of their childhood.

Help to build team relationships

Team-building retreats have consistently been used to improve working relationships, and ultimately seek to improve productivity of staff to assure that the company is performing at its best. Inflatable games offer an interesting alternative to team building activities.

Team games, such as inflatable laser tag, can encourage team work and strategizing to overpower the opposing team and ultimately gain the victory. Not only will this improve communication among staff members, but it will ultimately help to build relationships among colleagues, with memories to laugh about over the Monday morning meeting.

The perfect way to let off steam

Work environments can often become stressful and high-pressure, particularly surrounding times of key deadlines throughout the year. In situations like this, employees deserve a chance to have a little fun at your event, but is your usual activity up to the task? Whilst your staff’s best interests may be at heart when planning an enjoyable work function, if there is little activity and excitement provided it may become yet another time-consuming work event.

Inflatable games like the inflatable Crazy Golf Course, or even the Fun Fair Side Stall offers a fun, imaginative and unusual addition to your work’s do. Staff can relax and enjoy themselves as celebration for a job well done.

Encourage a little healthy competition

Inflatable games will be an excellent way to encourage a little competition between colleagues. The Human Demolition Wrecking Ball, in particular, has opponents attempting to knock each other off their podiums with a giant wrecking ball, leaving the victor with ultimate bragging rights.

You could even make things a little more interesting by creating an elimination competition, offering prizes to the winners, and forfeits to the losers. Everyone will want to be involved, and take the final prize for themselves.

A good way to get everyone involved

A work function is often a non-compulsory event for staff to enjoy, but this could mean that some staff members don’t feel the need to attend. Turnout could also be low if they don’t believe their families welcome at the event.

Inflatable games provide something for everybody, and are a great form of entertainment for families. They can also be an interesting activity that will encourage more staff to take part and get involved in the action!

If you’re considering hiring one of these brilliant and unusual attractions for your work function (and we really think you should) visit the Jumping Jo’s website today.

Advantages of renting a bouncy castle for children
Advantages of renting a bouncy castle for children

Let’s start with a definition. What is a bouncy castle? It’s simply a large inflatable castle where children can enter and play inside. There are a variety of different types of bouncy castle designs that come in all shapes, sizes and styles to suit all themes and personalities. Kids will be thrilled at the prospect of bouncing around an exciting new play area, and there are several reasons why a bouncy castle is the ideal choice for any event with children.

Extremely entertaining

Children are obviously easily distracted by something colourful and different, which makes the bouncy castle desirable to all children. When children see others their own age playing on a bouncy castle, they immediately want in on the fun. A bouncy castle also allows them to make the most of their childish sense of fun, and their imaginations will run wild when they see a colourful palace to play inside. Also, all that bouncing and jumping activity isn’t only fun, but it’s beneficial to their health too!

Safety first

Children play with lots of different things, but they aren’t all necessarily safe. For example, when parents take their children out to the playground they usually need to watch over them to ensure they don’t hurt themselves. Children may knock things down and fall onto the hard concrete, or hurt themselves on metal play equipment. Most parents tend to feel more comfortable with their child playing in a bouncy castle than at the park. Bouncy castles are obviously far safer than playing in a normal playground. Even when children do fall and bump within the bouncy castle, the risk of serious injury is minimal. Some larger bouncy castles even come with a fully trained staff member, who’s costs are included in the listed price. If you are unable to source adequate supervision for the duration of a hire, then dependent on our staff availability, we may be able to provide a fully trained staff member to monitor the equipment.

Convenient

Children change their minds all the time. One minute they’ll want to play on the bouncy castle for hours and hours, the next day they won’t be interested any more. When you hire a bouncy castle for an event, you give your child the opportunity to experience the fun and exhilaration of a bouncy castle, without wasting lots of money on something they may decide they won’t want the next day. A bouncy castle can be hired as and when you need, and for any duration of time, it’s completely flexible. You also don’t have to worry about storage like you would if making a permanent investment – the company takes care of that for you!

Helping to build new friendships

When children experience new things, it helps them build their confidence and gives them social skills. A bouncy castle gives children the perfect environment to have fun and socialise with their peers. Some children can feel apprehensive in certain social situations, which results in them feeling shy and withdrawn, but a bouncy castle provides a relaxed fun area to encourage friendships. Developing these social skills is crucial at a young age- so why not encourage it with a fun bouncy castle.

If you’re interested in hiring a bouncy castle for your next event or your child’s party, then contact us today to discuss your needs. We provide a wide range of bouncy castles, including bouncy castles with slides, bouncy castles in a whole rainbow of colours, and inflatable laser tag. We guarantee you will find something to suit your child’s personality! Get in touch today to see how we can help make a bouncy castle the perfect addition to your child’s day.

The pros and cons of making the bouncy castle a surprise
The pros and cons of making the bouncy castle a surprise

A party is nothing short of amazing when there’s a bouncy castle in the mix. The question is: should you make the inflatable a surprise? Many hosts usually like to keep a little something up their sleeve to make sure that their bash goes down a storm – so why not an inflatable? If you are currently gathering all your friends and family together for a shindig, here are some pros and cons to think about when it comes to keeping the bouncy castle under wraps.

Pros

The priceless look on people’s faces

Who can resist the urge to watch their guests’ jaws drop when they see what’s blown up and waiting to be enjoyed? It will be tempting not to be stood there with a camera in hand for when the screams of joy and excitement begin. Those types of memories can really last a lifetime.

It’s simple to pull off

A bouncy castle surprise isn’t hard to pull off. In fact, it’s actually rather simple. The organisation shouldn’t take up too much of your time meaning you’re free to focus on other elements of the gathering such as the food and drink. Some inflatables can even be blown up inside so there’s no need to worry about the weather.

Kids can focus during the week

The prospect of a bouncy castle is sometimes just a little too much for kids to deal with. Parents may find that during the week their young ones are distracted, especially in school when they can’t help but discuss what’s to come with their friends.

It’s a present in itself

The bouncy castle can be written off as a present for someone. Whether it’s a party for child’s birthday, a couple’s engagement or even a treat for hard-working employees, the inflatable can essentially be there to serve as a gift. As everyone knows, presents are always best when there’s an element of surprise to them.

Cons 

Attendance might not be as high

Let’s be honest, people aren’t going to miss a party where there is a bouncy castle involved. On the other hand, they might skip a bash if they are unaware that there’s a super fun inflatable to be played on. If you want to make sure that your party is brimming with guests, it might be worth letting them know that you’ve pulled out all the stops by arranging for a bouncy castle.

Guests might be dressed incorrectly 

The majority of people merely have to lose their shoes and they are good to go on a bouncy castle. However, for some – especially women wearing skirts – they might want the chance to rethink their attire if they know they’ll be gleefully hopping up and down all afternoon.

Adults might not bring their kids

It would be a shame if adults turned up to the soirée without their kids in tow. This could easily dampen their spirits and ruin their mood as they worry about having to tell their sons and daughters that they have spent the day at a bouncy castle party without them.

It loses the hype

Of course, every host wants their guests to be buzzing about their party on the run up to it. However, you may lose all this fanfare if you don’t let the cat out of the bag regarding the bouncy castle.

Which route will you go down?

You’ll have to weigh up all these pros and cons before making a decision about the bouncy castle at your party. Needless to say, the bash will be fantastic whichever route you go down. To hire a bouncy castle, get in touch with Jumping Jo’s today.

Great new party ideas for kids
Great new party ideas for kids

Not every child is happy with pass the parcel and balloon animals as the centre piece of their birthday celebrations, but finding new ideas for the best parties is hard.

Having a Disney princess or superhero making an appearance may not cut it with older children either, as sadly they grow out of that sort of thing all too fast.

And let’s be honest, there are times when competition with other parents kicks in and you want to make sure your cherub has a stand-out, memorable birthday bash that puts other parties in the shade.

So here are a few fresh ideas to make that birthday celebration special, both active and less active. Check back with us regularly for more ideas.

Inflatable laser tag

Both boys and girls love video games that challenge them and virtual reality chases are all part of the fun. How about moving the action into “reality” with an inflatable laser tag game that can pop up in your garden? Or you could hire your local community centre and its grounds or car park for more space.

You play this great game in an enclosed fog-filled arena of approximately 1000 sq. ft. One of the best things about this exciting option is that when the kids are tucking into their buffet, the grown-ups can jump in for a battle or two.

Sports parties

There has been a big push to get kids more active and certainly a high proportion of boys love to thrash around and do something physical when they get together.

Fear not: if you can’t rustle up a soccer or rugby pitch in your back garden, there are inflatable games that will bring huge grins to the faces of older (and taller) children.

Rodeo footballs and rodeo rugby balls can really get that party “rocking” and are likely to be a real novelty birthday idea. They couldn’t be easier to use, and even have a built-in camera to record the action. That means hours of laughter after the “do” too.

Obstacle courses

One of the most popular children’s activities in the UK is the giant inflatable obstacle courses that swimming pools use – often a feature of school holidays and Saturday swim sessions. Shivering in their swimming stuff, kids are happy to queue for ages to take their turn.

So why not bring a big slice of that brand of fun to your children’s party? (No swimming pool required).

You can hire challenging and laughter-inducing inflatable obstacle courses of various sizes to fit the space you have. Some have themes like pirates to add to the enjoyment.

Making makes parties fun

All of the above ideas involve lots of activity to tire out the little darlings while you sit in a chair supervising.

But it’s only fair to throw in a few ideas for children who can’t – or don’t want to – throw themselves around.

Parties that involve children in building or baking are really “on trend”. For younger kids, this could be a Lego-themed event, with ideas, inspiration and a tonne of colourful bricks.

Children of all ages love decorating cupcakes, or these days making “Freak Shakes” – giant milkshakes using every sweet ingredient under the sun including ice-cream, fresh cream and chocolate bars.

There are also some great indoor tents available for hire for younger children – colourful and sweet – so they can make lots of dens and play “houses” to their heart’s content.

Making fresh and novel parties affordable

It’s far too easy to get carried away with giving our children a day to remember (and out-doing other parents). You don’t want to be paying for this party until the next birthday rolls around!

We don’t have the tents and Lego (and we wish we had those Freak shakes) but all the other items in this list of fresh ideas are available from Jumping Jo’s bouncy castle hire. We cover the Radstock, Bath and Somerset areas and offer prices that may well have you jumping with joy. Call us for something new that your child will never forget.

Bouncy castle party games
Bouncy castle party games

You have hired the bouncy castle, the sun is shining and you have a group of excited children just dying to get on and bounce. Meanwhile, you are trying to ensure they are all playing safely and having fun. Here are some organised games you can play on the bouncy castle to ensure everything is under control and still enjoyable.

Musical Statues or Bumps

These are games they will all know, but standing still like statues when the music stops is much harder on an inflatable! This would be great for slightly older children and Bumps is an easier alternative for younger children as they just have to sit down when the music stops.

Capture the Flag

This is a great game that many children play at school so most will know the rules. If you have a larger bouncy castle, you can make a base for each team (maybe opposite corners) and attach a coloured flag of some sort. Each child also has a piece of material or paper in their team colour which they put in a back pocket, belt loop etc. The aim of the game is to capture the other team’s flags and the winner captures the flag from the opposing team’s base.

Bursting Balloons

Standard procedure at any birthday party, especially with older children, is the ritual balloon bursting. Why not turn this into a game where the children jump on balloons to burst them, they will love it.

Port and Starboard

This is an easy game to give kids a workout while ensuring they have fun! When the adult/captain shouts:

“Port” they all bounce to one side;

“Starboard” they bounce to the other side;

“Captain’s Coming” they have to stand to attention and salute;

“Climb the Rigging” they pretend to climb a rope;

“Sharks” jump as high as they can to avoid toes getting nipped;

“Submarines” they have to lie down.

Looking for bouncy castle hire to make your next children’s party one they’ll never forget? Contact us at Jumping Jo’s today.

Bouncy castle safety: what you should be aware of
Bouncy castle safety: what you should be aware of

Bouncy castles are a fantastic, fun way to brighten up any birthday party or event. However, government statistics have recently revealed that every year there is a growing number of accidents with children and the use of a bouncy castle. This is why bouncy castle safety is important to ensure your child has a fantastic experience that doesn’t result in any pain or injury. Here is a brief guide to ensure your bouncy castle is a safe activity for everyone involved.

Safety procedures and insurance

When you hire a bouncy castle, it’s important that the company you are hiring with owns an official test certificate showing that they fully comply with all the appropriate safety procedures and operation of play inflatables. Also make sure they are covered with public liability insurance, which should be a minimum of £2 million. Jumping Jo’s are happy to reveal we have public liability insurance cover of £5 million.

Maximum use

Bouncy castles can be enjoyed by both adults and children, but this will depend on a variety of factors such as the size of the inflatable, the age and size of children and adults. Stick to the recommended maximum number to prevent overcrowding which could result in injury. The hire company will be able to provide you with a recommendation.

Supervision

Always ensure a responsible adult is present to manage and supervise children at all times when a bouncy castle or inflatables are in use. When you hire with Jumping Jo’s, we can source qualified supervision depending on availability at an extra charge.

Weather conditions

Keep a close eye on weather conditions. If there is too much water or the wind is strong, significant safety hazards can occur, such as making the bouncy castle slippery.

Remove liable objects

Don’t enter the bouncy castle with footwear, sharp and hard objects, jewellery items, pocket contents, or food and drink. These can put you and others at risk. Also, don’t allow children (or adults!) to climb up the walls.

If you’re interested in hiring a bouncy castle for your next event, contact us today to discuss your needs. We provide a wide range of bouncy castles, including bouncy castles with slides, and inflatable laser tag. We guarantee you will find something to suit your event.

The health benefits of bouncy castles
The health benefits of bouncy castles

Children – and adults for that matter – can enjoy hours upon hours of fun on a bouncy castle without getting bored. However, there’s actually a lot more to the inflatables than just passing the time for an afternoon. In fact, there are a string of health benefits associated with spending time jumping up and down on one. With this in mind, here are three that you might not have thought about before.

Weight loss

Jumping is a form of cardiovascular activity. Even though the bouncy castle’s surface gives some added momentum, the action of jumping still increases the heart rate by a substantial amount – which in turn makes the body stronger and helps it lose weight. Additionally, this form of exercise can also fight off ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Stress relief

Bright colours – such as the ones often seen on bouncy castles – are thought to improve frame of mind for a more positive outlook. However, the real stress relief associated with bouncy castles comes from sharing joyous interaction with other people. This sense of inclusion can help kids (and adults) forget about the problems in their personal and school (or professional) life.

Balance

Anyone who’s ever been on a bouncy castle knows that it takes a certain amount of balance to stay upright. While half the fun is losing your footing, there are actually many benefits if you can stay firmly on your feet even for a little while. An improved balance can lead to heightened fitness levels, as well as strengthening the muscles around the ankles, knees, hips and thighs.

Bounce yourself to good health

Well, now you know that a session on a bouncy castle could be just the thing you and your kids need to improve your health, don’t hesitate to arrange one for your next event! <a href=”https://jumpingjos.co.uk/contact/“>Contact us</a> today to find out more.

Here’s why your work’s function NEEDS a bouncy castle
Here’s why your work’s function NEEDS a bouncy castle

It’s quite common for offices to hold an out-of-work function. In fact, it’s around spring and summer that such events become more popular as employers try to make the most of the pleasant weather. If you’re in charge of arranging such an occasion for your colleagues and staff, how about hiring a bouncy castle? Here are just three ways that your work’s function could really benefit from one.

It’s a special attraction

It can sometimes be hard to recruit guests to a non-compulsory event. After all, staff are usually only contracted from Monday to Friday. However, you can guarantee that everyone will be clamouring to get involved if you hire an inflatable for the day. A bouncy castle is so playful and exciting that it can act as the special attraction you need to make things go off with a bang.

It’s fun for the whole family

Bouncy castles come in a whole range of shapes, sizes and colours. Some are even ideal for both adults and children. Due to this, you should find that those with families can make the function because they can bring their kids along. All in all, it’s true to say that bouncy castles are fun for the whole family.

It creates a different environment

Offices can be rather stuffy and rigid places. On the other hand, inflatables are the complete opposite. Therefore, you can rest assured that you are providing a completely different environment than one that your staff are used to in work. Bouncy castles make the day lighthearted, relaxed and even a little active.

Let the good times roll

Once you’ve hired a bouncy castle for the work’s function, you will be able to sit back and relax while knowing you’ve done a good job. Your only worry should be how you’re going to top it next year!

3 things adults will love about bouncy castles
3 things adults will love about bouncy castles

It’s fair to say that kids love bouncy castles – but let’s not forget, they’re not just for minors. Instead, it’s more than possible for adults to let loose and enjoy an inflatable too. This is exactly why the blow-up huts are perfect for family occasions and mixed-aged gatherings. Here are just three elements that you can trust adults will love about bouncy castles.

1. The exercise

Admittedly, an afternoon jumping around won’t necessarily have the same benefits as a long distance sprint. But it will get your heart racing and use your energy. Just like other forms of exercise, enough time spent on the inflatable can stand to lower your blood pressure, improve your health and assist you with losing weight. Surely you don’t need any other excuses to hop on?

2. The bonding

If you’re a mum or a dad, you should jump (get it?) at the opportunity to spend more time with your young son or daughter. The fact that some bouncy castles are designed for both adults and children alike means that you can savour some precious time with your kid and bond over the exciting experience.

3. The familiarity

Sadly, there are less and less opportunities for people to show off their playful side as they get a little older. However, one of the great things about bouncy castles is that they’re unlike anything else you can do in your mature years. From the colourful designs to the wobbly surfaces, inflatables can take you back to your childhood – if only for just one afternoon.

Hop to it!

If you’re throwing a party, a bouncy castle is the perfect activity to get both children and adults laughing, jumping and having fun. To hire an inflatable, contact Jumping Jo’s today. You’ll also have the option to hire rodeo bulls, fun runs and many more exciting products.