I have done many festivals and events with my bounce houses., and combo units. One of the problems that usually frustrated me the most was the ten to twelve year old boys. These guys have a lot of energy. Some of them were were wonderfully behaved.
However, mostly they push each other around a lot and they have the horrible habit of doing things you would rather have them not do. They climb the inside of the bounce house walls, they push against the sides of the unit (which can and often did knock it down). They hanged from the tubes in the inside top of the unit. They bounded in and out of the front door of the units and knocked each other down. That activity almost got me sued one time. There was a mother walking by with a couple of younger boys and she had a fit. “Don’t you watch these kids?” - Really, all I did was turn my back on them for five seconds.
My grandson one summer in Buena Vista, did summersaults and flips for seven hours straight. My girlfriend freaked out (she is a school teacher) – “He has to come out and eat and rest for a bit!” .Me, well I just smiled, I “knew” better, You see I had watched hours and hours of ten to twelve year old boys in the bounce house and I got it. They have unlimited energy for something they WANT to do.
There is one thing I noted about boys this age however, – if you ask them nicely before they bounce they will watch out and take care of the two year old crowd. However, it is probably best to have boys in this age group bounce in the unit , under supervision ( because they seem to forget very easily the rules), by themselves.
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