All About Party Rentals For School Events

Are you trying to find some entertaining activities to add to your school’s event but are unsure where to start and everything you’ll need? Five Little Monkeys is here to help! Whether you’re planning a holiday party, a field day/fun run or just want to know the basics before planning your event, we have come up with rental suggestions per grade groups to make it easier!

  Party Rental Suggestions for School Events Based on Grade Groups
•    Party Rentals for Elementary School Events K-4
•    Party Rentals for Upper Elementary School Events 5-6
•    Party Rentals for Middle School Events 7-8
•    Party Rentals for High School Events 9-12 
•    Difference Between Indoor/Outdoor Events
•    Requirements that must be met before booking

Five Little Monkeys would suggest against any Bounce House and Slide Combos for school events. This is because the entrance point for the slides are inside the Bounce Houses so it is harder to control/supervise the flow of children going down the slide one at a time with these types of Party Rentals. Check out some good Party Rental options for this grade group that you can refer to our website for below!

-    Rainbow Castle Bounce House Rental
-    Retro Rewind 13’ Inflatable Slide Rental
-    Connect 4 Game Rental

A standard Bounce House Party Rental would still suffice for this age group. Typically, the children in this age group have a blast bouncing around in a regular Bounce House but will also have fun going down a 13’ Inflatable Slide Party Rental. All of Five Little Monkeys single lane slides whether they are 13’ or 16’ must be setup outside. These Party Rentals cannot be setup indoor due tipping hazards. 

-    All-Star Sports Bounce House Rental
-    13’ Double Rainbow Dual-Lane Slide Rental
-    Epic Ring Toss Inflatable Game Rental

With the kids getting older in this grade group Party Rentals revolved around Inflatable Games are more their style. Five Little Monkeys has noticed this age group of kids do not really want to Bounce around; they would much rather have interactive activity options. Obstacle Courses are another great option for middle schoolers and allows them to bring out their competitive side! The Gauntlet Inflatable Obstacle Course Rental that Five Little Monkeys has is larger but makes supervising easier since they start and end the course on the same side with this Party Rental. Check out these Party Rental options for middle schoolers:

-    Double Dribble Basketball Game Rental
-    Corn Hole Game Rental
-    Gauntlet Obstacle Course Rental

Five Little Monkeys has seen that a lot of the game Party Rentals have been the most popular with high school events. Slide Party Rentals such as Five Little Monkeys Totally Tubular 16’ Inflatable Slide or our Optimus 19’ Inflatable Dual-Lane Slide would be good for this age group too. Keep in mind, only the dual-lane slide Party Rentals can be booked for indoor events. Single lane slide cannot. Integrating your staff into the fun and having them sit under our Soak n’ Wet Splash Tower Party Rental then having students try to hit the target to soak the staff member is always a great time.

-    Fowling Game Rental
-    Mega Inflatable Twister Game Rental
-    Soak n’ Wet Splash Tower Rental

One of the biggest issues we have seen here at Five Little Monkeys with school events that have Party Rentals booked for an outside event is unexpected weather rolling in. If you have a large enough indoor space for your Party Rentals and your students, Five Little Monkeys suggests having your event indoors rather than outside. Power for your Party Rentals is usually more accessible and within 50ft of where you’re having everything setup with an indoor event as well. If any gusts of high winds between 15-20 mph arise during your event taking place outdoors, you would have to deflate your Party Rentals until it passes which can be a drag! Indoor setups = smoother events!

Calling the Bounce House Rental Company before booking any Party Rentals is a good place to start to assure that they can accommodate your event and give you any Party Rental suggestions for the age group attending the event. You must have power within 50 ft where the cord will not go over any parking lots, sidewalks, and/or black tops to avoid any tripping hazards. Five Little Monkeys will not setup any on-rider inflatables on concrete so make sure you have a clear, open all grass area for outdoor setups. Make sure to organize and plan for somebody to be there upon delivery and pickup for your Party Rentals
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Safety First Always

1- Watchdog Series 2 Blower Siren: This blower siren was designed in 2018 to detect air loss caused by power loss to the blower, child mischief, or even a major rip/tear in the bounce house or other inflatable rental, sounding a loud alarm to make sure attendants are immediately aware. ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) requires these for any inflatable with a slide platform over 8’ tall, given the tip-over risk associated with the unexpected deflation of an inflatable slide unit, but we offer them - free of charge - with all of our inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and other larger inflatable rentals.

2- Non-Slip Safety Mats: ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) and SIOTO (Safe Inflatable Operators Training Organization) recommend that, even on grass setups, all bounce house and inflatable rental entrances/exits have 2” foam non-slip safety mats extending 4’ in each direction, as slips/trips/falls are most common here. The surfaces of these mats should be non-slip, especially in the case of water slides. All of our bounce house and other inflatable rentals include these safety mats - free of charge!

3- Sufficient Ground Anchoring: ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) has written highly technical guidelines for manufacturers regarding the anchoring of inflatables, and almost all manufacturers now abide by these. However, some party rental setup crews take shortcuts here, by skipping some critical anchor points to save a few minutes. ALL anchor points on EVERY inflatable should be secured using at least 18” steel stakes – do not accept shortcuts!

4- Safe Entrances / Exits: Many older inflatables have unsafe entrance ramps, or none at all. Always look for bounce house and other inflatable rentals with entrance ramps, and ensure that these ramps have safety rails or, better yet, tunnel entrances like the one shown in the picture. Even with entrance/exit ramps that feature tunnels or safety rails, always ensure that 2" foam non-slip safety mats are placed to cover 4' in every direction of each entrance/exit - we include these - free of charge - with all of our ride-in/ride-on inflatable rentals.

5- Finger-Safe Mesh Windows: To better supervise your little jumpers, it's important that your bounce house rental has sufficient meshed window walls. More importantly, the mesh utilized in these window walls (and in other areas such as covered slide platforms) should be finger-safe; that is, small enough to not allow little fingers to get caught/tangled in the mesh, which could result in broken fingers or sprains.

6- Covered Roofs with Egress Ports: Bounce house rentals (and other inflatable rentals with bounce areas) without covered roofs can be tempting for little ones to climb up and out of – almost all new designs now have covered roofs. Also, ensure that the roof has an egress port (emergency exit) in the unlikely event the unit unexpectedly deflates and a secondary exit is required.

7- Covered Slide Platforms: ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) has issued guidelines requiring that all slide platforms be covered, and for good reason! Many older designs had open slide platforms where kids could fall (or more adventurous kids would attempt to jump) from the slide platform. The simple fix of having a covered slide platform is now the industry norm – all of our inflatable slide rentals feature enclosed slide platforms!

8a- Soft and Contained Slide Landing Area: Inflatable slides should have a soft, 18-24” deep inflatable slide landing area base, surrounded by inflatable containment walls, to ensure a soft landing for participants and keep them from sliding off the end of the slide and onto the ground.

8b- Inflatatable Water Slide Landing Areas: Our newer (safer) water slide designs keep water accumulation in the splash landing area to a maximum of 4" deep, instead utilizing an inflated base as a cushion (to reduce the potential for a drowning risk). Some states have already started to crack down on deep landing pools, such as Ohio.