In 1959, John Scurlock, a mechanical engineer from Shreveport, Louisiana, was experimenting with inflatable covers for tennis courts when he noticed something unexpected. His employees were having a great time jumping on the covers. This gave him an idea: why not create an inflatable structure specifically designed for fun? John Scurlock's invention was the first bouncy house. Ten years later, his wife Frances opened the first inflatable house rental company.
Since then, bouncy houses have become a staple of birthday parties and other celebrations. Bouncy house manufacturers are always innovating and experimenting with new ways to use the overall design of bouncy houses for other inflatables for parties. From obstacle courses to water slides, there are now countless ways to enjoy a bouncy house.