DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
BURNET — What started as a way to bring in a little extra income for Cameron and Stacy Corbin more than a decade ago has grown into one of the largest indoor inflatable-adventure facilities in the Highland Lakes and Central Texas — but their desire to serve God and the community remains at the heart of the operation.
PHOTO: Cameron and Stacy Corbin offer a smorgasbord of bounce houses and other inflatable items at Inflatable Wonderland in Burnet. The facility, located at 209 Sure Cast Drive behind Cecil Atkission Motors, opened in December. Along with the bounce houses, Inflatable Wonderland sells refreshments and offers party packages. They’ll even rent their equipment to people, churches, schools and organizations. For more, go to www.iwburnet.com or call (512) 756-2700. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton
In December, the couple opened Burnet’s Inflatable Wonderland, 209 Sure Cast Drive, which features bounce houses and other inflatables, many the size of a castle. Along with the indoor facility, they rent inflatables for parties, school and church events and other celebrations.
It’s open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sundays. The couple is tweaking the hours based on demand, so for the most up-to-date information, go to www.iwburnet.com. Children 10 and under can play on or in the inflatables all day for $8.
Parents must stay with their child or children. But, Stacy Corbin said, children get a wristband so they can come and go.
This is the couple’s fourth location for an inflatable business. But being “Christian entrepreneurs” isn’t what they started out in life to be. In fact, they were engaged in a more traditional form of ministry.
“(Cameron) was a youth pastor in 1997, and we were often worried about having groceries,” Stacy Corbin said inside the couple’s new 7,500-square-foot facility that is loaded with mega-size bounce houses. “One day, he came home and said, ‘Hey, I have a credit card, and this is what I’m going to do.'”
Cameron Corbin’s idea sounded simple: buy an inflatable moonwalk and rent it out on Saturdays so the couple could buy groceries on Sundays.
“One moonwalk led to another, then to three, then to five and then 10,” he said with a smile.
The couple’s rental business expanded to an indoor facility at Northcross Mall in Austin after its ice rink melted into Capitol City nostalgia. But soon, the inflatable began bringing people back to the mall, which had fallen on hard times, and the Northcross owners saw an opportunity to revitalize the facility.
Only that meant raising the rent, which forced the Corbins to close the operation. At first, they thought the indoor-inflatable business was a thing of the past. But then Lakeline Mall officials contacted them about putting one in the northwest Austin mall.
And they did.
That success led to building an 18,000-square-foot Inflatable Wonderland at Rolling Oaks Square Mall in San Antonio, which they have since sold.
The entire time, the Corbins have continued to rent inflatables for birthday parties as well as church and school events, but they’ve always had a dream to open a facility in a small town.
“We always wanted to come into a smaller community because we love the people, and we believed we could be a blessing to the community,” Stacy Corbin said.
When an opportunity opened up to move into a former auto-repair shop on the south side of Burnet, the couple bounced on in.
People will find some of the largest and most expansive inflatables around at the Burnet facility.
Cameron Corbin said Inflatable Wonderland is a great activity that gets kids out of the house.
“It’s a great opportunity for Mom and Dad to laugh and play with their kids,” he said.
Starting a business wasn’t exactly something the couple thought they’d be doing. After all, Cameron Corbin was a youth pastor. The couple found themselves often asking God why he had chosen to take them down this particular path.
“But through this business, we can touch so many lives,” Stacy Corbin said. “We hire a lot of teenagers and become a part of their lives. And then it gives us a chance to meet so many people. It’s not as if you’re walking into a church, but it is a place where people care.”
Her husband agreed and added that their vision goes even further than opening a business.
“We’re Christian entrepreneurs, so we love building things,” he said. “But then, after we build it, we’d like to sell it to somebody else. We want to help empower people and make a difference in the community.”
Still, at the heart of the business is creating a place children can come, jump, play and laugh — even if it’s 30 degrees or 100 degrees outside.
“We chose the name ‘Wonderland’ because when a child walks through the door, we want them to be in another world,” Cameron Corbin said. “When you look at the kids inside the jump, they’re on an adventure.”
Along with the indoor facility, the Corbins offer a full line of inflatable jumps and bounce houses for rent at the Burnet location. For a full list of the available rentals, go to www.iwburnet.com or call (512) 756-2700.