Although owning or renting a moonwalk can be one of the greatest experiences for a child during playtime, setting the inflatable up may be another story entirely. Wondering where and how to set up their moonwalk is a frequent concern for new owners. While no yard or large field is exactly the same, there are several general guidelines to follow when decided where you should, or shouldn’t, set up your new moonwalk.

The majority of bounce houses are not at all designed to fit into cramped spaces. The average bouncer on average reaches about 10 feet in every direction when fully inflated. This even applies to smaller residential-sized inflatables. As a result, trying to fit a moonwalk into a cramped, tight area will risk puncturing the vinyl material of the moonwalk walls. These restrictive areas can include, but aren’t limited to, a smaller suburban front yard or backyard, in between buildings, a poorly-planned fairground set-up, or other similarly questionable areas. An inflatable bouncer needs room to expand and slightly move around, even though it is affixed to the ground with spikes. When children and their friends constantly leap and jump around inside of an inflatable, the inflatable begins to slightly bounce along with the kids due to the air inside of the structure. Setting up a moonwalk, or multiple moonwalks, too close to another structure, will constantly force the material to rub or slam against the neighboring objects. This is likely to cause the walls to tear, and will require a total takedown and relocation to completely repair the damage.

Even if you choose to set your moonwalk, residential or commercial, in a wide-open public park, it is highly important that you set it up as far as you can out in the open, specifically with no obstructions above the set-up area. Trees can be an unexpected hazard towards your inflatable bouncer. Obviously, as previously mentioned, it is unwise to place a bounce house or jump house directly underneath a tree. When it becomes fully inflated, the roof of the moonwalk can end up touching the branches, bending them into a position where they can easily snap back and break off. This also runs the high risk of branches causing multiple rips and tears in the walls of the inflatable, complications that your bounce house may never fully recover from. Even if the tree is so tall that the branches would not touch the fully inflated roof or walls, it is still not a good idea to consider it as a viable set-up area. Branches can still fall from the great heights of the tree, and could potentially puncture a hole in the roof of the inflatable (even worse, running the risk of breaking through the safety netting and injuring the children). In addition, roots from the trees could potentially cause shaky, unsmooth ground for a moonwalk to be sitting on top of.

Power lines can also be a dangerous object to have running above or near your bounce house area. Though the risk is not enormous, if a thunderstorm hits your party area, the electricity generated from the power lines could potentially strike the bounce house, leading to instant deflation and possible fire. It makes sense to not set up a moonwalk directly next to a power line or pole, close enough for direct contact, but it’s just plain not a good idea to have it anywhere near the power lines if you can avoid it.

Not every set-up area is the same. The United States is one of the most varied countries in the world, in terms of landscape. Despite this, there are some parks and areas that are simply better suited for your next moonwalk party or event. Always go for the wide open field whenever possible, completely without obstructions or questionable objects. You could prevent injury simply by planning your party area out ahead of time.