DefinitionAn inflatable recreational device, typically with a floor and high walls, that loosely simulates a castle or house, on which children of all ages innocently bounce.
Misadventures associated with bouncy castles Broken bones, concussions, multi-metre falls, spinal cord injuries, death
Synonym Bounce house
Comment Generally regarded as safe, banal entertainment, bouncy castles may take flight in strong gusts of wind…with their charges on board. The worst case on record was that of two girls in Arizona who were lifted nearly 40 metres in the air; surprisingly, they survived intact. Up to 30 US children/day are treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in bouncy castles