Aug 22, 2023 - Things to Do

We tried the world's biggest bounce house in South Philly

Strangers hold hands and dance inside the world's biggest bounce house in Philly.

Childlike Kumbaya. Photo: Isaac Avilucea/Axios

It was one small step for this man, and one giant leap for bounce house enthusiasts.

The intrigue: It had been several moons since I was inside a bounce house.

  • Mainly because, it's unbecoming of grown adults to bowl over toddlers like they're impersonating the bruising late NFL running back Jim Brown.

Yes, but: You don't have to worry about blitzing little Tommy during the all-adult sessions.

Axios reporter Isaac Avilucea lounges on an oversized inflatable couch.
My definition of couch surfin'. Photo: Isaac Avilucea/Axios

Zoom in: We took advantage of the three-hour open jump session. It was a little bit date night, a little bit battle of the sexes as we raced on the sprawling "American Ninja Warrior"-style obstacle course.

  • But the party was really happening inside the World's Biggest Bounce House, a three-story behemoth with enough space for about 300 people, a DJ and a hype man energizing the crowd with games.
  • Think Mario Bros. meets Sonic the Hedgehog meets Candyland — colorful castle spires, bouncy mushrooms, candy-cane forests, tunnels, basketball hoops.

The highlight: We joined a group of strangers to successfully eclipse a record by keeping a giant ball up in the air for longer than 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

  • That was after three ghastly failed attempts, people desperately flapping and falling over each other like felled bowling pins.

The bottom line: If only for a fleeting moment, Big Bounce America lets you shed the stodgy straits of adulthood and revisit a time in your life when the only thing you worried about was having fun.

If you go: Tickets are $42 each for timed adult sessions running each weekend through Sept. 9.


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