The Big Bounce America’s 2021 tour is coming back to the Milwaukee area this month and it’s bringing the world’s largest bounce house.
The touring inflatables fest arrives at the Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd., Friday, Aug. 13 and remains through Sunday, Aug. 15, offering both family and adults-only sessions.
Tickets are timed for three-hour sessions that include a dedicated time slot for The World’s Biggest Bounce House (pictured below), plus unlimited access to Sport Slam, The Giant and Air Space inflatables.
The Giant is a more than 900-foot-long obstacle course with 50 challenges, and Sport Slam is a huge inflatable sports arena with nets, goals, hoops and balls of all sizes, plus a battle zone. Airspace is a space-themed bounce wonderland.
But The World’s Biggest Bounce House? That’s more than 13,000 square feet and 32 feet tall, with turrets, climbing towers, basketball hoops, a giant slide into a ball pit, inflatable sofas and chairs and, oddly, a 20-foot-tall rabbit you can, “climb inside and get up close and personal with.”
Tickets for the toddler session are $19, adults-only session is $39 and Junior (kids 7 and under) and Bigger Kid (ages 15 and under, including toddlers and Juniors) are $28.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.