Cork Bouncing Castles have been hiring out bouncy castles in Cork since 2005.
A bouncy castle in Cork could be known as a Moonbounce, Astrojump, Moonwalk, Jolly jump, Bounce House or Spacewalk in the US.
Our bouncy castles are only for use by children in Cork up to the age of 12.
The first bouncy castle structure was designed and invented in 1959 by John Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana who was experimenting with inflatable covers for tennis courts. He noticed his employees enjoyed jumping on the covers.
John also previously worked for Nasa on the Saturn 5 program however that did not have anything directly related to the Invention of the first bouncy castle. He was a Mechanical engineer and liked Physics. John was also a pioneer of Inflatable Domes, Inflatable Tents, Inflatable Signs and his greatest achievement was the Invention of the Safety Air Cushion that is used by Fire and Rescue departments to catch people jumping from buildings or high heights.
The first Space Walk manufacturing company was in New Orleans in a leased warehouse that also sewed horse pads. His wife Frances started the first Inflatable rental company in 1968 and in 1976 they built a custom facility for the production and rental of the various products. They market the Space Walks to various children's events such as birthday parties, school fairs and company picnics. Their son Frank Scurlock expanded their rental concept throughout the United States under the brand name Space Walk and Inflatable Zoo.
They have more than 100 locations and can visited at www.herecomesfun.com
Frank also founded the first all Inflatable Indoor Play Park called Fun Factory on Thanksgiving Day 1986 in Metairie, Louisiana. A second unit was opened in Memphis Tennessee called Fun Plex in 1987. Both locations closed after the value of the property become to great for the operations.
The first Inflatable was an open top mattress with no sides and called a Space Pillow. In 1967 a pressurized Inflatable Top was added however it required 2 fans and it got very hot in the Summer like a green house. That version was called Space Walk and adopted as the company name.
In 1974 to solve the heat problem, a new product line called Jupiter Jump was created that has Inflated Columns that supported netting walls which allowed the air to pass through.
Further enhancements of this style were developed such as a line of Castles and several Animals which are referred to as the Inflatable Zoo.
In the early 90's Frank created the first commercial Inflatable Water Slide called the Aqua Tunnel. Space Walk was the first company to bring a Inflatable to the IAAPA convention, Showmen's Club and the American Rental Association. Space Walk is the premier Inflatable company in the World and sells Worldwide with its headquarters located in Kenner, Louisiana.
John Scurlock died in September 2008 and his legacy continues bringing smiles and enjoyment to children throughout the World.