When Summit County residents Matt and Johanna Kugler first talked about starting a business, they knew they wanted to do something fun.
Matt and Johanna both work with children in their “day jobs” at Copper Mountain Ski & Ride School and Early Childhood Options, respectively. It seemed only natural that when the couple finally decided to strike out on their own their new business would somehow incorporate putting smiles on children’s faces.
The only lingering question was figuring out what type of service was lacking in Summit County.
“We decided to start the business when we were looking for a bouncy house to celebrate (our daughter) Lilia’s birthday,” Johanna said. “The only things we could find like this were in Denver and Gypsum. We wanted to get something for our family, but also other families in the area.”
The Kuglers have learned a lot about business and family since January when they first explored starting Time to Party, which specializes in bouncy house rentals. It’s become a business the entire family participates in, including their test jumper Lilia, 2, and the Kugler’s son, Lars, 6 months.
“We both really enjoy working with kids and we always wanted to start a business,” Matt said. “We thought this would be an easy and fun way to do it. We’re a complete team and learned through starting this business that we’re really good coworkers.”
The Kuglers also discovered the simple and unanticipated health benefits of play. Lilia was born with Club Foot and a mild case of hip dysplasia. Typically doctors treat the conditions by having children walk on uneven surfaces, among other options, Johanna said.
“A bouncy house is the ultimate uneven surface,” Johanna said. “Since getting the bouncy houses, her club foot has improved dramatically.”
The Kuglers currently offer three bouncy house options. Two larger structures featuring a slide, climbing wall and basketball hoop. One is designed like a castle, while the second incorporates a tropical theme. The third bouncy house is smaller and designed for young children, Matt said.
The bouncy houses, which are brand new, lead free and made in the USA, are available for any type of event beginning at $200 for up to four hours. The houses may be rented for an additional $40 an hour after four hours.
The cost includes travel to the event, set up, take down and cleaning. Balloons, tables and chairs also are available for an additional charge.
For more information, visit www.time-to-party.net or call Johanna at 238-0712.