If the smiles on the faces of Leona Brown’s Pre-K students are any indication, Rainbow Creations Indoor Bounce is going to be a huge hit in Hillsville.
The new business appears to be a playland paradise for kids as it features bounce houses, a double slide, obstacle course and a 29-foot traverse climbing wall. Rainbow Creations Indoor Bounce also features open jumping sessions, options for private parties and a private party room, not to mention WiFi for adults and many other play options for kids.
“They have loved being here. It is a great place to be able to come and jump and be active on a cold, winter day,” said Brown, who teaches Pre-K at Hillsville Elementary School along with assistant Lori Huff. “They have had a great time. I hope it will be successful and I think it will be.”
Located at 1347 Floyd Pike in Hillsville (at the corner of U.S. 221 and U.S. 100 in the old NAPA auto parts store), Rainbow Creations Indoor Bounce is the brainchild of Terri Duncan-Stuart and Tia Duncan-Stuart. The two have operated Rainbow Creations, which has rented out inflatable bounce houses, since 2010. During that time, they noticed a need for an indoor facility that provides the same kind of activities.
“There is just nowhere to have kids’ parties, nowhere for kids to come get some of their energy out,” Terri Duncan-Stuart said. “To be honest, we had two granddaughters that have birthdays in January and February. We owned the inflatables and we didn’t have anywhere to have a party, so we brought this along.”
Brown’s Pre-K kids were certainly in a partying mood Friday as one of several Hillsville classes that got to test out the facility before its official Feb. 4 opening. While there, they took their turns on the regular Spongebob Squarepants’ bounce house, a new My Little Farm bounce house with several features for toddlers up to first and second graders, a double slide that comes equipped with an obstacle course inside, and the traverse climbing wall.
“Adults can get on the double slide and the Spongebob bounce house because it fits all sizes. The farm has a bit of everything. They can ride the horse, sit on the dog, things like that,” said Terri Duncan-Stuart. “The climbing wall we built. Tia and Sara Dalton, two of the county’s art teachers, did the artwork. It’s a traverse wall, which means they climb around it. It means they can’t get more than three foot off the ground. The bigger kids will probably go on up, but little kids can’t reach but so far up so it is a safety thing, which is why we have the mats as well.”
There will also be a crawling area for kids too small for the bounce houses that are still crawling or just barely walking. Plans are in the works for a bounce house for that age group, however. There’s also a place for kids to sit and color or do whatever they want to do, Duncan-Stuart said. A 12×20 private party room features four tables. Rainbow Creations Indoor Bounce also features three types of private party options from $75 to $250.
“We have different party packages available. If they want us to supply everything and rent the room or if they want to just bring everything themselves, we have that. We are working with Bella’s pizza about supplying pizzas. If they want private parties, we will shut it down, especially if you have older brothers and sisters – that might be the option for that. We’ve even added a third party package because we had people that wanted a private party and don’t want to do anything. So we figured our costs for pizza and added that to it and they don’t have to do anything but bring their cake and ice cream. If they forget the candles I have those, too.”
The business has a Facebook page – Rainbow Creations Bounce – where a complete listing of private party and regular pricing options are available. Duncan-Stuart said the business also uses the page to get feedback to see what folks are interested in with the new business.
“We’ve added the Sensory Sensitive Saturdays (on the second Saturday of each month for children who have special sensory needs, there will be less crowds, noise, and dimmed lights for a more sensory-friendly environment). A lot of people had expressed interest in that. If it becomes too many we will set up another day we can do it as well. We try to accommodate all the kids and we’ll expand as we need it,” Duncan-Stuart said. “We toss around ideas like having a parent date night or something like that and getting our daycare license. We are insured, all of our inflatables are inspected like they are supposed to be. The Health Department has been here, so we will have concessions. Vendco will be bringing us some toy machines to put in and we have free WiFi.”
She admitted transforming an old auto parts store into a family- and kid-friendly bounce house business was not easy, especially in just three weeks. There will be more improvements along the way, she said but it’s an exciting new endeavor.
“We hope it works well and we think it will. We put a lot of work and money into it, but everything has been positive,” Duncan-Stuart said. “We had 14,000 views on Facebook and we thought that was great. We have had people call and rent for outdoor, too, that didn’t even know we rented them. We are the only licensed company around, so you don’t have to travel to Roanoke or somewhere like that now to have a party. You can do it here and that makes a big difference.”
Rainbow Creations Indoor Bounce will be open from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 12-7 p.m. on Sundays. Price is $4.74 for crawling to age 3, and $7.60 for ages 3-12. Parents are always free. Private events do take precedence, so call on weekends to confirm open bounce times. The business can be reached at (276) 237-7861.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on [email protected]