Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Invest Your Tax Refund in Something the Family Can Enjoy all Summer! Magic Castle Bounce House Review

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Its tax season and you know what that means: tax refunds!  Typically, this is when you see people blowing through their refund checks on perishable items, trying to show off on social media about expensive places they're enjoying (when just the week before they were complaining on said social media about how broke they were until payday), or splurging on wants instead of needs.  Some are responsible and pay off some debts, pay future payments, or stow it away in savings, but what we rarely see is people actually thinking beyond that initial excitement of having an extra 'paycheck' at this time of year and looking into future investments.  Come summer, kids are out of school, its hot, and all the fun play centers us stay-at-home-moms once enjoyed with our kiddos peacefully are now overrun, still hot, and quite.....loud.


What most of us tend to forget about -until its time to coordinate a birthday party- is just how fun bounce houses and inflatables really are.  Heck, they are the go-to source for home birthday shenanigans right?  I know every time we go to a birthday party where they rented a bounce house or water slide inflatable, the parents lean in and swear they could have bought their own bounce house at the rate the rental costed them.  Well, why don't we?  For the majority of middle-class to low-income families, its not within our budget.  We know that.  That's why we still rent the bounce houses every year, and continue to say the same lines about buying our own.  How about we actually remember this tax season that we can buy our own with that extra 'paycheck' and affordable prices at Blast Zone!  Did you know Blast Zone's Magic Castle Bounce House is on sale right now for only $229.09 PLUS free shipping on Amazon?  That's about the same cost as a one-day rental (if not less) in our neck of the woods! Considering you'll be bringing the entertainment to your house this summer and all the times you'll use it, it'll pay for itself in no time.


So, let's talk about why your toddler needs a Magic Castle Bounce House in their playdates:

1. Its size is ideal for both indoor and outdoor fun!
2. Its large enough to hold up to 300 lbs or 3 bouncing kiddos
3. Fun touches like the spires at each point and primary colors make it versatile for every occasion
4. You can bounce with balls!  Wear the kiddos' energy out
5. In comparison to its size, its quite portable and easy to travel with

We are extremely impressed with our first experience with Blast Zone and bounce houses. The customer service was fast and friendly, and it arrived at our door a good week earlier than expected! The Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer measures 8.5' W x 11' L x 8' H and holds 3 kids or up to 300 lbs.  This was the perfect size for our needs because our son is an 18 month old toddler, but when we go on our playdates our friends' kids are 6, 3, and 21 months.  This can accommodate all of them (with one swapping out of course) and the weather won't stop the fun with its versatile indoor/outdoor use.  For indoors, you can purchase the sand bags for added stability, for outdoors the stakes are included.  You can even add play balls when you order for more fun!


The fun touches with the castle-themed Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer like the banners and spires make this a great investment for future birthday parties and special occasions.  Since its for the kids, the red, yellow, and blue primary colors blend well for both girly or boyish parties, as well as other occasions where kids will want to be preoccupied like reunions, thanksgiving, and fourth of July parties.



While you should always supervise any occupants in the bouncer, the safety netting on all four sides brings me peace of mind that we won't have any accidents with our tumbling-prone toddlers.  There are strong velcro patches that go vertically along the entrance to connect the ends of the safety net; its strong enough to prevent falls when secured, yet easily detachable when wanting to enter or exit the bouncer.


There's double and quadruple stitching, as well as commercial grade vinyl, so you can be assured your investment will last.  Another thing I have to commend Blast Zone on is that their stakes are flat on the top and can be pushed all the way down to prevent tripping over when walking around the bouncer's exterior.  I can't tell you how many toes I've smashed running into other rental's stakes in the past!  The loop that the stake secures also works to pull up any stakes that may have been pushed to far down to get with your bare hands too which is a double plus.

My favorite part: probably how fast it sets up and can be taken down.  When you have a little one tugging at your leg to get it set up, the sooner the party gets started the better.  Leisurely, it probably took me a total of 5 minutes (give or take) to set up from in the bag to ready to hop!  That's laying it out, placing the stakes, attaching and turning on the UL listed blower....everything.  When purchasing something this size, you always need to take into consideration how long or how much of a hassle it would be to take it down as well.  Buddy Doo has some other toys that have to be set up and taken down every time he plays with them and since they take so long to properly set up/take down, we rarely play with them at all.  Its just more trouble than its worth.  We play with the Magic Castle practically every day!  The quick release deflates it completely in just a couple minutes.  This has proved itself valuable twice already with the moody weather; as soon as it starts to sprinkle, we can deflate, pack up, and move it all inside without tracking in any rainwater or mud with us!

Here's a quick video of just quickly it inflates


It also comes with its own carrying case so you can bring it along to all the fun playdates!  Portable and easily stows away in your trunk for travel.  A hamper doubles as an easy storage solution when you add the play balls to your order too!



BUY IT: For a very limited time, you can purchase the Magic Castle Bounce House on Amazon for only $229.09, on sale from $350! PLUS, that includes free shipping! Can't beat that.
 


Today we'll be featuring a giveaway for a Magic Castle Bounce House from Blast Zone!  Be sure to go  HERE to enter.  Open to US citizens 18 years of age and older.  ALL entries will be verified and you won't win if you cheat or claim entries you didn't complete.  Only one entrant per household!  Ends March 24, 2014 at 11:59PM CST




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160 comments:

  1. We would use it for evening BBQ's during the summer for the kids!

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  2. We just moved to a house with an amazing back yard. What a great way to meet and greet the neighborhood kids!

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  3. we would put it in our yard, the kids love our big yard already, so they would never want to go home if we had this.

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  4. I would use the Bounce house primarily in our home zone, the back yard area. It would be perfect for late spring and all summer. The play room would be our best placement for the fall and winter months. This will make for some very happy children.

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  5. This would be set up at Grandma's house as she has a huge huge backyard and we would use it on very hot days and when we have parties :) Thank goodness Grandma only lives a couple blocks away LOL

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  6. We have rented several, but it gets pricey! We would use for birthday parties, get togethers, and getting the kids energy out!

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  7. I would use it this summer for my daughters bday party! They are both begging for a bouncer. They are so popular here in CA but so expensive!

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  8. This would be perfect for family reunions!

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  9. THIS IS AMAZING!!! My boys would love it. I would use it in our backyard or at grandma's home

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  10. I love the The Pirates Bay Inflatable Play Park. My boys would love to use it for their birthdays (all in the summer), but I have a feeling we would use it in the backyard all the time. I am sure it would get taken to Grandma's too

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  11. We would put it in backyard for CJ and friends. Lots of fun and exercise for the kids!

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  12. Something to consider. My daughter always gets knocked down in public jump houses. Other kids are to big

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  13. Something to consider. My daughter always gets knocked down in public jump houses. Other kids are to big

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  14. We would put it in our backyard. My daughters have been too little to go in the big jump houses at events that we go to, so this would be the perfect size to have at home for them!

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  15. I can see myself taking this to some fundraising parties.

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  16. We could use it at the school for fundraisers!

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  17. Would use it a any house wife's house for any shenanigans activity! And church, and parties, and days I baby sit, and pretty much all the time!

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  18. I would use it when we have holiday cookouts at my in laws...it will give our son something to do :)

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  19. I would use it for my 3 little boys all summer! It would be truly useful for family get togethers as I have lots of nieces and nephews who would enjoy it too this summer!

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  20. I would use the Bounce House in our backyard at my son's 2nd birthday party.

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  21. My boys would absolutely love the Magic Castle. It would be perfect in the backyard and used most warm days.

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  22. This would be great in our yard. Every year we have a lot of family parties and the kids would love this!

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  23. How great would this be for a play date on a nice summer day? This would also be perfect for my daughter's birthday party!

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  24. I NEED some inflatable goodness in my life. I would use this everywhere and anywhere!! :)

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  25. We would use this here at my home and at my brothers home for our family fun nights. The kids would love it and I love watching them jump around having a good time. So cool!

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  26. I would love this for my kids summer birthday parties! Perfect for the yard!

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  27. I would use it for play dates and for my boys birthday parties! TOO fun. :)

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  28. I like the Rainforest Rapids Inflatable and Bounce house and I could use it for my church get togethers

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  29. This would be perfect for our family reunions

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  30. I would use this for my niece'so birthday party

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  31. This would be amazing! I would use it in our backyard throughout the summer for my kids, and for my son's 5th birthday party coming up!

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  32. I think AMAZING is an understatement when it comes to Blast Zone inflatables. I would absolutely LOVE this for my sons. One is too young for it, but it would be a FABULOUS way to celebrate his 1st birthday. Meanwhile, I would LOVE to use this with my 2 year-old for Mommy and me exercise as well as play dates.

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  33. This Bounce House is so cool!! My daughter would absolutely LOVE this!!! We would use it in our backyard for her and her friends!!

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  34. We would use this in our backyard ALL. THE. TIME.!

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  35. I would use it almost everyday. Use it for parties as well. I love that it is easy set up and gets the kids moving.

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  36. This would be wonderful for some of our fundraisers

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  37. I would use it all summer and fall (weather & warmth permitting) for my grandchildren in my backyard. I would also use it for their summer birthdays. Yahoo!!!

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  38. I would first bring it out in May for my son's first birthday and leave out all summer!

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  39. Oh I would love to use it this spring in our yard for the kids to play in! Carter loves to bounce and would have so much fun in it! Carters birthday is coming up soon too and would be great for the kids to play in ! And..next fall...I would love to put it in our basement for these cold winter months for Carter to jump and get exercise!

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  40. I think this would be perfect to take to Grandma's for long weekends

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  41. I could use one here for my 2 boys, great for their parties and holidays or just some exercise for them. I love a water slide for this summer. Jenn M

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  42. I want to win this for my son's birthday party so bad!

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  44. Oh this looks like so much fun! I love all the different ones they have too! We would love to use this for Carters birthday party! He would have so much fun with it!

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  45. we would use this for my daughters bday party coming up

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  46. I would love to use it for birthday parties!

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  47. I would like to have the Spray N Splash inflatable water slide. I would use it all summer at my cookouts!!

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  48. This would be awesome to use for birthday parties and family BBQ's!

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  49. I would love to win this in time for my son's bday party!

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  50. I would use it for our church outreach events. Thank you!

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  51. I would use it outdoors for partys and events

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  52. Oh I would love to use this at home for Carters birthday party! I have a couple nieces and nephews about his age that would have to much fun playing in it too!

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  53. We would use it all summer at our house!

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  54. This would be awesome to use all Summer long in our yard! Especially for our 4 kid's birthday parties. :)

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  55. Would love to have this when the grandkids come over!

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  56. I would love to use it for fun cookouts

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  57. I would use it for birthday parties in our yard.

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  58. I'd use it outside all summer to keep the kids active!

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  59. I would love to have this for the backyard in the summer and then in the toy room the rest of the year

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  60. My sister would love to use this in her yard for her grandkids!

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  61. We would put it outside during the summer and we would also use it for birthday parties. The Gator Island Water Park and Slide looks like so much fun!
    Rachel Ellis on rafflecopter

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  62. It would be fun to even use inside when the little ones are going stir crazy in the winter.

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  63. This would be so fun for playdates at our house

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  64. I would use it in our new backyard once we move, it would be great for my daughters upcoming birthday party too

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  65. I would use it in my back yard.

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  66. I would love to use this for Carter! Would be so fun for our Memorial day family get together!

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  67. I would use this for my daughters birthday party this summer!

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  68. I would use this for my two boys mostly in our backyard.

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  69. It would be fun to use at a family reunion

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  70. I would use the Bounce House for the kids to enjoy when our Son celebrates his next birthday. We have a large yard, so space would not be an issue. Thank you for offering an awesome giveaway for this item. Please keep up the terrific blogging.

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  71. We would use it here in our big back yard for our grandkids and their friends. This is so great they always have wanted one

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  72. These are just amazing. I would put it in the back yard and use it all summer!

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  73. We would use it for events at our church and I would donate it for the use.
    toni marie caravello feimer
    reannenny at aol.com

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  74. I'd use this as a simple way to become the most popular auntie - and also play on a moonbounce without any guilt haha

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  75. This is perfect for a birthday party in the yard! :)

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  76. I would use it in the backyard and at Family get together.

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  77. I would use it in the backyard and at Family get together.

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  78. Oh would be so fun in the house with all this snow on the ground! Good exercise too!

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  79. I would have this set up to enjoy with our grandson most weekends, all summer. What great fun this would be!

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  80. I would use this in my backyard when it gets nice out! My kids would LOVE this

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  81. I would love to use this at my daughters 5th birthday party in may

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  82. I would love to use it for a 4th of July BBQ

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  83. I would love to use it for our neighborhood block party

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  84. In our backyard all day everyday!

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  85. This is fabulous, I can see it being used to wear everyone out in the afternoons so they are ready for bed later:)

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  86. I like the Princess Palace Inflatable Combo With Slide I would use it at birthday parties for my girl and her friends.

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  87. I would use it all of the time in my back yard for my kids and their friends to play in.

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  88. I would totally use this for all the summer birthdays coming up or just in the back yard for the kids

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  89. I would use this for when we get friends and family together for the fourth of July!

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  90. I would love to get my kids the Spray N Splash 2 Inflatable Water Park for the backyard for Summer use!

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  91. Oh our family would love to use it for our family runion in July! The kids would love it!

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  92. I would use it inside our home and outside for the kids to get energy out in a safe way!

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  93. This is toooooo cool!!!! I would totally put this up in my backyard for my family to have a blast with! My kids would love it so much!

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  94. In our backyard. It would be a hit for sure.

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  95. Love it. Want it. Need it. Here, there, everywhere!! :)

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  96. Oh this is amazing!!! I need one in my backyard! I love the sidekick bounce house with the ball pit!

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  97. I would use this in my backyard

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  98. We would use it all spring summer and fall long in our backyard!

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  99. My four year old is scared of bounce houses, so I would like to have one at home so that he can become accustomed to them and be able to have fun at birthday parties.

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  100. I would send to my sons house so all my grandchildren in Michigan (7 of them who live close to one another) could play in it daily. How much fun they would have with this

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  101. Little Bopper Bouncy House. I would use it in my basement or out back since they are small spaces. Thanks.

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  102. I love this, this would be for our grandson and I like it is portable and could be used at birthday parties. How fun!!!!!

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  103. I would use it for holidays and kids birthday parties.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  104. I would love to take this to my mother-in-laws house when we go to visit so my daughter and her cousins could play in it. They're all between 18 months and 5 years, they'd have so much fun!

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  105. I'm so running out of ideas, but I would love to win this for my boys and really all the kids in our family. I would mostly use this at home in our backyard, maybe indoors. Lol. I'd also like to take to on playdates and when we travel to see family.

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  106. I would put it in my back yard for my grandkids to use daily.

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  107. I would put this in my backyard for my daughter every day.

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  108. I really think my husband would like one. We saw one on a home show and he was like "yeah!". So this would be for him. Where? Somewhere in our house. We're trying to move so there would have to be a nice kid(daddy) fun room for this.

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  109. i would love this for my kids birthday parties

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  110. I would love this for this summer

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  111. This would be perfect for spring days in the backyard

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  112. Oh Carter would have to much fun! Maybe even I can get him to quit jumping on the bed! Would love to use this spring/summer in our backyard!

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  113. My two nephews will be vising me this summer and I would love to have this set up in my backyard for them to enjoy.

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  114. I'd use it for birthday parties!

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  115. Sidekick Bounce House, Ball Pit, Slide and Hoop

    And I would donate it to my church for events.

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  116. We would use this on any nice day to get the kids out to have fun

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  117. We would use this in our back yard as we have two grandsons who would have a blast! Thanks!

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  118. This would be perfect in our basement during the cold winter months

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  119. I'd use it during a Memorial Day BBQ party

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  120. I would love to have the The Pirates Bay Inflatable Play Park in my backyard for my grandkids.

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  121. if i won, i would use this for my nieces birthday party in our back yard, and i would use it during the summer for family bbq's and i would use it for future birthday parties.

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  122. I would use it on our lawn for the kids during cookouts!

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  123. I would love the Tropical Splash Compact Backyard Water Slide for Birthdays

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  124. I would love to have this to use for our church's outreach ministry!! Thanks!

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  125. I would love to have this to use at nearby parks for my boys and their friends. It would be such a blast!!

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  126. i would love to have this for during the summer we have a pool and swing set in our yard but this would put our house over the top for the kids to have fun while we are relaxing and having fun in the evening with our friends

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  127. I would use it in the back yards with my grand kids and great nephews :)

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  128. I would use this for my kids' birthday parties and during the summer when we have friends over.

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  129. My son would put it in the back yard and watch the kids play every time he got a chance

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  130. Princess Palace Inflatable Combo With Slide

    Church, Birthday Parties, Summer Events and Backyard.

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  131. I would love the Buccaneer Inflatable Water Park for our backyard during special events

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  132. We are stationed in Texas. It gets HOT starting in the Spring and going into the Fall. We would use it mainly in the Summer at our house. :)

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  133. I would put it in my yard so my kids could play on it during the summer

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  134. my kids would love this ♥... i would love it for summer time

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  135. This would be for my friend - she is a single mom who works full-time and is raising a 10 year old boy with Down Syndrome. Every year for his birthday she has a big block party, and rents a bounce house because it's one of his favorite things in the world! I would love to be able to give this to her so she wouldn't have to rent anymore and would have a few extra hundred dollars each year!

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  136. I would love to win rhis for my son and daughter's birthday party in the back yard of our house. My son is turning 3 and my daughter is turning 7. Its funny I seen this giveaway because their father and I were talking just the other day about how he wished there was a place here in town to rent one of these!

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  137. This would be amazing! My kids would fall in love! Nicole Howell

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  138. we love these cute houses we rent them often and it is very expensive.. Would love to have this for my daughters bday and all of the little cousins birthdays ..

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  139. this looks like so much fun! I would use it for my nephew's summer party! thanks for the chance!

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  140. Jumping is pretty much my son's favorite thing to do, so we would love to have it around all of the time. It would be great for him and his friends to play in this spring and summer!

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  141. I would love to get my daughters the Princess Dreamland Inflatable Bouncer for the backyard to play in this summer!

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  142. I love it! We have a huge backyard and it would be perfect for my kids on summer nights! :)

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  143. I would use it in the backyard for my grandsons birthday parties and cookouts

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  144. I would use it in July for my daughters biggest ever birthday surprise!!

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  145. We would use this at our home, the park, and at my parents house for family birthday parties, holidays, and get togethers.

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  146. Oh man, I am dying to win this for my kiddos bday party. and just sometimes!

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  147. We would use it anytime it was warm outside and invite neighborhood kids. Would use it in the backyard

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  148. I think this would fit perfect in our playroom. I might stick it there to be played with whenever they want. Otherwise, it would be put outside when the weather is good. We'd probably use it for just about any occasion because it looks very versatile and fun!

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  149. I would use at my 4th of July party we have every year. My nieces and nephews would have so much fun with this.

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  150. I would use it in the huge backyard of our new house! My 2-year-old would LOVE this & it would be a great way to find some new friends for her to play with!

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  151. This would be great for when the grandkids come over!

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  152. We'd use it any time the kids want to play. We'd love to have it for birrhday parties and to let our friends use it too.

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  153. This would be wonderful for our family reunion in August.

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  154. I would SO use this for my daughters 8th birthday party in September! I'd also use it for when she has her sleepovers. How much fun would this be for a little kid!! I'll be the "cool" mom! Yes! :)

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  155. I would use it at our Easter BBQ! :)

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  156. I would use this in the back yard during afternoon cookouts!

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