Summers in Boise are always packed with fun activities for the family, from the Western Idaho and Canyon County fairs to the abundant food and culture festivals, it seems there’s always something to do. However, this year Eagle Island State Park has been chosen to host an event that will set it apart even from the stellar summer crowd. From Friday, Aug. 18, to Sunday, Aug. 20, The Big Bounce America, the biggest bounce house ever to grace the globe, will be calling the park home.
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- The Big Bounce American includes a ball pit, foam pit, slide and other attractions that kids are sure to love.
“They contacted us probably eight months ago, started exploring the idea and working out the details,” said Eagle Island Park Manager Gary Shelley. “We’re looking forward to the event.”
The Big Bounce America is a 10,000-square-foot bounce house that travels the country, making pit-stops at parks and special events to let kids, teens and adults on board. Inside the castle-like bounce house walls, the attraction is split into themed “zones” that include an inflatable jungle complete with animals, an obstacle course, basketball hoops, a slide, ball and foam pits, inflatable cars and more. In the middle of it all, a DJ booth will be blasting tunes and confetti over the crowd, while outside sack races and other classic lawn games spiral out from the squishy centerpiece.
Shelley said he expects a large influx of visitors to see the bounce house, as a recent Big Bounce visit to Michigan drew a crowd of 2,500, mostly families with kids.
“I think it’s going to be a wide mix of people, I’m not really sure what to anticipate,” said Shelley. “Our swimming is open, the water slide will be open, so we’re expecting a pretty busy weekend.”
Thrill seekers looking to get their bounce on can purchase tickets online for one of the many hour-long sessions, which are split into Juniors (kids ages 7 and under with adult escorts), Families (kids ages 6-15 and their parents), and Adults (Sunday only, ages 16 and up). Tickets range from $15-$19 per person, and little bouncers age two and under are free.
As The Big Bounce America website puts it, “This is NOT your typical bounce house, this is NOT your typical day out!” What is it, then? An attraction that can’t be missed.