Frequently Asked Questions

Prices are based on the date, operating hours, set-up location, surface type, difficulty of setup/tear-down, type of event, estimated attendance, staffed or volunteers provided, and obviously the different items. Please fill out the NEW EVENT INQUIRY form so we have some information about your event, then we’ll email or call you with pricing and availability.

For new clients the booking process usually starts with the NEW EVENT INQUIRY form. That provides us with some basic information about the event being planned. After reviewing the information and checking our availability, we are able to provide a price quote or price list for the items that will work best and fit your budget. Many events are booked just through email communication. We regularly do in person meetings and site inspections, especially for new clients. Once you are a client and part of the Midwest Inflatables family future event bookings are quick, easy, and hassle-free! Unfortunately for potential clients, we have many repeat clients that say “pencil us in for next year” so our availability is usually very limited, especially on Saturdays. Our clients have been very loyal to us for over a decade because we’ve earned their loyalty with fair pricing, exceeding all expectations, and generating positive event feedback. We return that loyalty by giving current clients priority over new events. If we aren’t available, it might be wise to consider changing the event date, rather than risk safety, and potentially receiving substandard entertainment with poor customer service and staffing.

We specialize in company picnics, church, community, college events, and city festivals that we participate in annually. Occasionally we are available for birthday parties, backyard, or private events. Please fill-out the NEW EVENT INQUIRY and we will check our availability.

Yes, we setup in parks for city festivals, community events, company picnics, and church celebrations. We cannot setup for birthday parties in parks for liability reasons.

Most rentals are between two and four hours, but we also offer longer hours and multi-day rentals.

We require a retainer for After Proms / Post Proms, and sometimes other high demand dates.

Most of our entertainment rentals and services include delivery, setup, and teardown. When volunteers are provided to help with setup and teardown, that sometimes allows us to offer a lower price.

We provide staffing for most corporate events or company picnics. We can provide staffing for most events for an additional charge. All inflatables and most attractions require proper supervision or a trained operator.

Most inflatables and attractions require two volunteers. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers are expected to follow all safety training by Midwest Inflatables staff and the rules posted on the inflatables. Volunteers are not allowed to use cellular phones, personal music players, talk to friends, or have any distractions. If the volunteers aren’t operating the inflatables or attractions properly and safely they will shut them down. Safety always comes first!

Our high-quality inflatables have the latest safety features and are very safe when supervised by a trained operator or properly trained volunteers. Unfortunately, many of our competitors acquire as many inflatables as they can for the lowest price, even if that means buying used, old, and unsafe inflatables. If they do buy new, again they usually look for the lowest price, and the lowest priced inflatables simply do not have the same safety features as our inflatables.

We cannot operate in winds over 20 mph or rain.

Please note: for setups requiring sandbags or water bags the maximum wind speed is 15 mph. We monitor weather forecasts closely and can adjust the hours, reschedule, or cancel the event, if necessary. If we believe a storm or rain is approaching an event our Standard Operating Procedure is to shut down approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to estimated arrival depending on the equipment. This protects event guests and our staff from injuries, and our equipment from damage. We’ve attended numerous safety and risk-management seminars and have implemented many best practices. We don’t want to be on the news or go viral for being negligent and setting up or operating during unsafe weather conditions.

Yes, we regularly set up indoors, provided the door widths, room dimensions, ceiling height, and stairs aren’t an issue. Our huge inventory that allows us to setup almost anywhere. We added low-profile units to our inventory for challenging setups. Midwest Inflatables has you covered!

Approximate inflatable dimensions are listed on our website, but please add 10 feet to both the length and width to allow for usability and proper set-up. When trying to determine space requirements for multiple inflatables, please contact Midwest Inflatables.

We can set up on grass, concrete, asphalt, carpet, and gym floors. We cannot set up on gravel or other rough surfaces. The area needs to be flat for most inflatables, but a few inflatables are safe on a slight slope. Please contact us to determine whether you have an appropriate set up area?

Most inflatables require a blower that uses a single 110V 20-amp electrical circuit, which is considered a normal outlet. Some larger inflatables require two to four blowers. We can provide generators if needed. We always provide heavy duty extension cords at no additional charge.

Yes, we carry general liability, work comp, commercial auto, and umbrella policies.

Midwest Inflatables has an Amusement Operator Permit issued by the Iowa Division of Labor – Amusement Division. We meet the inspection requirements for the State of Iowa and have our inflatables inspected annually according to current amusement device regulations.

We accept cancellations due to potentially inclement weather within 24 hours prior to the event. Call 515-450-6478 to cancel. Any retainer is nonrefundable, but will be applied to a rescheduled event date, subject to our availability. Cancellations must be made prior to our staff leaving our facility. If our staff has already left our facility, the client is responsible for our travel costs. If we begin to set up at your event, the client is responsible for full payment. When the weather forecast is uncertain, we are flexible and work to accommodate our clients.