Balloon Pumping Station

Water Balloon Wizard

Are you as clever as a fourth grader?

Lexi Glenn was just that age when she invented the Pumponator. She was determined to find a parent-approved way to fill water balloons by herself – without soaking the bathroom floor or leaving a swath of soggy grass by the garden hose. Rummaging around in her grandmother Donna Ramere’s garage one day, Lexi discovered an old garden sprayer and saw its potential to make quick work of filling water balloons. After lots of design modifications, the Pumponator was born.

Destined to be
loved by kids everywhere, the Pumponator comes packed with 500 balloons and strings for tying. The pump apparatus on top (which still shows shades of grandma’s garden sprayer) can easily fill balloons with air or water. Just pump the handle to build up some pressure, then pull the trigger. It’s perfect for a quick summer cool-off, and it’s portable so you can take it along on your next beach outing or neighborhood party. This summer if the kids are hot, bored, tired and proclaim there’s nothing to do, bring on the Pumponator and turn on the fun. Read More Read Less
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Donna

    I am thrilled that the Daily Grommet team has chosen to feature the PUMPONATOR for this great holiday weekend. I’m Donna Ramere the grandmother of Lexi, inventor of the PUMPONATOR. PUMPONATOR is a balloon pumping station. It easily fills a balloon with water or air. I’m here to answer any questions you might have. Have fun, Play hard and get wet this holiday weekend.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    5/28/2010 12:19 PM

    My kids are running around the house with the Pumponator "Pump it Up, Pump it Up" -- Thankfully the weather will be nice this weekend for a few water balloon fights. This is a Huge Hit for the kids. Thanks Lexi & Donna.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/28/2010 12:24 PM

    So fun! Yes, I hate being the grown-up in charge of filling 100 balloons that take an hour to fill and 5 minutes to break!

    At the end Jen is trying to tie a balloon the grown-up way, but for the kids they include ties so that kids can tie off the balloon even before it comes off the PUMPONATOR so they don't have to perfect the art of tying a balloon to have fun! I bet that was Lexi's idea!

  • Liz
    5/28/2010 12:32 PM

    Perfect timing. My 4 year old is all about water balloons right now, and we made a mess of the first floor bathroom filling them up the other day. I find that today's newer faucets make it harder to fasten on the balloon --- some aren't equipped at all. Thanks DG!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    5/28/2010 1:57 PM

    This is such a fun and brilliant product! Leave it to a 4th grader to figure out how to do water balloons the right way ;). There's a virtual water balloon fight going on over on Twitter. Just @DailyGrommet with #waterballoonfight if you want to join in!


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  • Lexi
    5/28/2010 2:28 PM

    I am so excited that you like my invention. Thank you for all the good things you are saying about it. Lexi

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    5/28/2010 2:43 PM

    Ladies, the first guy that looked at the PUMPONATOR was a neighbor friend of ours, he said that's great Lexi, but I still have to tie the things. She turned and looked and me and said Nia, can you take me to the fabric store. In a matter of seconds, tying problem resolved...when she showed the neighbor couldn't believe it.

  • Kathy
    5/12/2011 12:46 PM

    @Donna Ramere: Can you use this with only the use of one hand? My daughter is hemiplegic and would love to be able to blow up balloons for her clown act.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/12/2011 1:11 PM

    @Kathy: Although it's hard to imagine doing half the amazing things someone with only one hand can do, I would say that this would be difficult to accomplish with one hand.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    5/28/2010 5:51 PM

    Lexi, I am the co-founder of Daily Grommet--you and I share a common bond in creating something new in the world! But you are REALLY impressive, since you did this at such a young age. What do you want to invent next?

  • Lexi
    5/28/2010 6:26 PM

    I want to invent a better way to know when your bike tire is running out of air I can't tell until it is already flat. I tried to use my pumponator to pump it up but it is gonna need an adapter for that.

  • cynthia at the daily basics
    cynthia at the daily basics
    5/30/2010 2:02 PM

    What a great idea! I have my five, count them FIVE nieces from age 2 -5 coming for a week and this is a perfect idea for outside play!

  • Yvonne Moss
    Yvonne Moss
    5/30/2010 10:05 PM

    I am guessing that the Pumponator lasts longer than the 500 ballons. Then, people are just on their own to buy them?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/30/2010 10:42 PM

    @Cynthia - have fun with your nieces! They are going to LOVE their Aunt!

    @Yvonne - yes, the balloons themselves are readily available and the Pumponator will outlast that first batch.

  • Julie
    6/1/2010 9:01 AM

    Hey, Donna! Now that my daughter is older, I need to get one of these! I need one also by the end of June for a houseful of kids at the beach! This is AWESOME! Lexi, you are very smart, and this was a great invention!

  • Laura
    12/1/2010 4:44 PM

    wondering if this will be in stock for x-mas

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/2010 12:15 PM

    @Laura: On the four pack we have adjusted this so that you can create your assortment from the in-stock colors. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Dawnetta
    12/12/2010 12:49 AM

    I am trying to order one of these, but both the red and green are now saying that the quantity I am requesting is not available. Will these be available again in time for Christmas?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/12/2010 1:35 AM

    @Dawnetta Pompeo: Thanks for letting us know. We will look into this and get back to you.

  • Chris
    12/12/2010 10:10 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Also trying to order one but can't. Any update?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/12/2010 10:43 PM

    @Chris Cooke: I haven't been able to verify today. I will get back on this as soon as I can. Thank you!

  • Angie
    12/12/2010 11:16 PM

    Would love to order one myself, unable. Would

    appreciate the update when avail. Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/13/2010 11:42 AM

    I have verified, and they can be ordered. I will let those who posted know to stop back!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/12/2011 12:06 PM

    This is the second time that we've featured the Pumponator and have carried over the conversation from the first time. What a great item to have on hand for the summer!

  • Mindy
    5/12/2011 12:24 PM

    Now this is AWESOME !

  • CA
    5/12/2011 1:33 PM

    I am thrilled over such a cute item - my son would have loved this! And also that it was created by a young American entrepreneur. Is it being made in the USA? Can it be shipped thru an online order to another country? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/12/2011 2:03 PM

    @CA: We will check into online sources shipping to other countries and contact you directly with what we find out. Thanks!

  • Lynn
    5/12/2011 4:34 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: I came to the comments to see the answer to CA's first question, and you didn't answer it. Is this made in the U.S.?

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    5/12/2011 6:11 PM

    @Lynn: Our apologies for the delay in response, the Pumponator is made in China.

  • Lynn
    5/13/2011 8:47 PM

    @Tori Tait: Thanks for the reply. It's too bad a really cool invention by a young American can't be made in America! I'll pass.

  • mvoingtoday
    6/15/2011 11:29 PM

    The toy is great. My son likes to invent toys. Would you recommend taking his idea to a design house to build a prototype and go production himself or submitting ideas to a toy company. What design house do you recommend?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/16/2011 12:35 AM

    @mvoingtoday: It is going to be an incredible learning experience for you both either way. Talking to your local SBA office or SCORE advisers is a great place to start. They will help you determine the pros and cons of going different routes and help you find the resources you are going to need. Best of luck to you. We can't wait to see one of your son's toys someday.

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