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$25 for Five Bounce Sessions at Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center in Kingsport (Up to $50 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Six Inflatables such as a giant shark and rainbow-hued slides delight kids; parents can join in bouncing fun free of charge

The Fine Print

Expires Jan 2nd, 2013. Limit 2 per person. Must sign waiver. Not valid for Parent's Night Out on Fridays from 6pm-10pm. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Kids are better than adults at learning gymnastics because they're more flexible and gravity hasn't had as much time to build up ill will toward them. Stick it to gravity with this Groupon.

$25 for Five Open-Bounce Sessions (Up to $50 Value)

Each pass is valid for multiple visits or multiple children. Passes can be redeemed during all open-bounce hours, excluding Parent’s Night Out. Parents can join their kids in the play structures at no additional cost.

Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center

Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center’s inflatables range from rainbow-striped complexes of slides and obstacles to a wave-riding shark feasting on a boat. Youngsters—and parents, if they want—can bound across the bouncy surfaces during regular hours, or add some bounce to a birthday party, complete with pizza, drinks, and a private room. Alternatively, staffers who have undergone rigorous safety training supervise tots on Parents Night Out, a Friday-night event that replaces babysitters with bounce-house fun and gives parents an opportunity to check out the local fight club.

Bounce Houses: One Giant Leap for Kidkind

Despite their massive appeal with kids, it took a college professor with a love of tennis to create the first bounce house. Read on to learn more about the springy castle about to bloom in your backyard.

They’re known by many names—inflatables, bouncy castles, space walks—but bounce houses all have one thing in common: the mere sight of one sends kids flocking to jump inside. Typically composed of durable vinyl, PVC, or nylon, bounce houses can be made in an infinite array of designs. Manufacturers often sketch new models using computer-assisted design software, which translates the polygons into fabric patterns that can then be cut and sewn into a deflated mass. An electric or gas-powered blower then fills the hollow veins with air, and the completed castle springs to life.

In 1962, seven years before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, NASA employee John Scurlock made a giant leap of his own. While trying to invent an inflatable dome to cover his tennis court, the engineer and professor realized his students had no real interest in working on the prototype—they were having much more fun jumping on top of it. He called his accidental discovery the Space Walk, and since then, it’s evolved beyond just a bouncy cushion into a party staple for kids, adults, and homesick martians.

To ensure a great experience while renting a bounce house, it’s a good idea to first measure the space where you plan to place it, keeping in mind the number of party guests that might want to use it. As with any party rental, it’s a good idea to book in advance to get the design that best fits your party so you aren't stuck with whatever is left—inevitably the one in the shape of Richard Nixon's head.

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    Kingsport

    1065 Wilcox Ct.

    Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

    423-230-5700

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