Why would one set of people, or one country call them bouncy houses, another call them bouncy castles and the industry call it moonwalking? It is an interesting question, is it not, if you know what I am talking about. In fact, I mean those large inflatable children's playthings that you see at church fetes and some children's parties.
In America, where they were thought of in the Sixties by John Scurlock of Louisiana. Like many inventions, the notion came to him by accident. Scurlock was an engineer experimenting with inflatable roofs for tennis courts and garages and one day he saw that a couple of of his employees were having great fun bouncing around on an inflated roof that was laying on the ground.
He had an notion and eleven years later, in 1968, his wife, Francis, was running the first bouncy house rental firm in the world. Eight years later, he opened the world's first dedicated bouncy house factory and ten years later again, their son, Frank, opened the world's first fun park devoted to only inflatable toys called Fun Factory.
Lots more followed. Frank also took the bouncy house distribution and rental network nationwide. At first these inflatable toys did not have sides or a top, but this caused a couple of minor difficulties in that kids bounced off the deck onto the grass (or concrete) and the bouncing children were sometimes exposed to the full force of the sun, which put them art risk of exhaustion.
The current most well-liked bouncy house design of three inflatable walls and an inflatable roof came to pass fairly soon after the issues were identified. In fact there are variations on the solutions that were found. In the USA, the sides of the moonwalk are mostly made of netting supported by inflatable columns, whereas in the UK often three of the sides are inflatable. Supervision is carried out from the front of the bouncy house.
These inflatable bouncy houses are mostly made of reinforced PVC, nylon or vinyl and the whole structure is filled with gas, which gives more support than air. A proper bouncy house is continually being pumped up by a fan or two so that minor punctures do not have an effect on the pleasure of the kids.
Cheaper versions that are blown up once and left, a bit like a lido or airbed, are forbidden to be rented out in the USA and the UK although they can be employed for private parties at home.
Most Western countries have organizations in place that regulate businesses that seek to manufacture or rent out bouncy houses. This is good for safety reasons, so if you are thinking of buying or hiring a bouncy house or bouncy castle for one of your parties, find out the name of the regulatory body first and check whether the firm you like is registered.
In the USA and the UK, the names of the firms and their products are listed on the web site so that you can check quite quickly.
Oh, and why bouncy houses, bouncy castles and moonwalking? America has never had any castles and walking on the airbed feels as if you are walking with reduced gravity.
As hot as the summer sun is, keeping kids hydrated has to be a parent's main priority just ahead of sunscreen. According to Parents magazine, children become dehydrated much more quickly than adults. They lose water through sweat and their bodies produce more heat. Plus, kids often don't think to stop and take a drink of water while they are playing. They'd rather run around and have fun! Here are 6 easy tips you (and they!) will appreciate:
1. Always Bring Water - Fill up reusable water bottles before you head out on a day trip or head out to the park to play. You may be able to buy water at the park or find a water fountain, but you never know. It's best to be prepared.
2. Avoid Going Outside During the Hottest Times of the Day - If you want to take your kids out to the park, try to do so in morning or in the early evening, after things have cooled down slightly. The risk of becoming dehydrated is greater in the mid-afternoon, when the sun is at its hottest.
3. Schedule Regular Water Breaks - According to Kids Health, the average child needs a drink of water every 20 minutes when she is exercising or playing a sport. Kids should drink about 5 to 9 ounces of water every time they take a break depending on their age and weight. Have your child take a drink even if she claims she is not thirsty.
4. Add Some Flavor - While some kids really don't have a problem with how water tastes, others prefer some kind of fruit flavor in theirs. You can add a slice of lemon or lime to the water for a hint of flavor. Another option is to dilute fruit juice with water so that your child gets a hint of flavor without as many calories. During sports and other strenuous activity, it's fine to give your child sports drinks to keep her hydrated.
5. Skip the Caffeine - Even though ice tea and sodas can technically keep the kids hydrated, they usually contain caffeine which can actually increase dehydration. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it causes the body to lose water. It also masks symptoms of dehydration.
6. Think of Fruit - Some fruits and vegetables have a high water content and help to keep your kids hydrated. If they're not interested in water, have them eat fruits such as cantaloupe, oranges or watermelon instead. Watermelon, for example, has a water content of over 90 percent.
Finding ways to make sure keeping kids hydrated this summer doesn't have to be challenging. Get your kids used to drinking water regularly and you may soon find that you do not need to remind them that it's time to take a drink.
Regardless of whether you are a coach or an individual who must keep their equipment together, you have to have a way of doing that. Soccer ball bags are the perfect solution, and when you have all your equipment together in one place you do not have to spend extra time assembling it all when it is time to go play or practice. However, you have to know how big the ball bags should be if you are going to be successful with your efforts.
Since soccer ball bags can be found in different sizes, all you have to do is figure out the size of the items you will be taking along with you. If you just have a few things like the ball you will be using and your shin guards and shoes that should not require a giant bag to carry them in. On the other hand, if you are the coach of a large school program on their way to a big meet, you might want to consider a much larger bag and maybe even several.
Just like shoes and clothing as well as so many other items in our lives, soccer ball bags come in different styles as well. One style that you may consider, especially if you are buying ball bags for students, is the backpack style that has a mesh ball pocket and a zipper. It even has a wet/dry compartment for the shoes. Students are always carrying their cell phones with them, so just imagine what they could do if they had a separate cell phone pocket for these necessary items.
Some soccer ball bags come in the form of a duffle bag with a drawstring at the top with no compartments at all so that everything goes into one big place. This is perfect when all you will be carrying around from one game to the nest is the balls and other equipment, but if you are carrying personal items, it may be good to have one with compartments. However, that drawstring closure is great when all you want to do is get inside and out of the bag as quickly as possible for handing out to all your team.
When you are the one in charge of making sure that everyone's equipment gets where it is needed most, that one size fits all bag is a great idea. That way no one leaves something behind that they really need, and it could prevent some of your players from missing out on time spend on the field.
One thing you should remember when looking for the right Soccer ball bags is that your equipment will last longer when you have a place to keep it. That will keep everything safe and dry until the next time they are needed. The price you pay for the ball bags you choose will depend of the size and the brand that you select, but having a place to keep and carry all your equipment will be worth the price.