Archive for September, 2010

Safe and Sound: Keeping Inflatables Securely in Place

September 15, 2010 No Comments

In June of 2009, an Ohio boy made news when a gust of wind caught the poorly anchored inflatable slide in which he had been playing, sending the unit 40 feet into the air with the child clinging to it. While the incident ended on a happy note—quick-thinking adults stabbed and deflated the slide, and […]

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Equal Access: <br>How the Nation’s Zoos and Aquariums Are Serving Guests with Disabilities

Equal Access:
How the Nation’s Zoos and Aquariums Are Serving Guests with Disabilities

September 15, 2010 No Comments

A trip to a zoo or aquarium should be an easy and fun experience for everyone, including those with disabilities.  Since the inception of the American with Disabilities Act in 1990, zoos and aquarium have been finding creative ways to ensure that all visitors enjoy the exhibits. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores […]

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A Taste of the Past

A Taste of the Past

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Food Programs Enjoy Growing Popularity at Living History Museums

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FECs Turn Up the Heat to Serve Patrons’ Favorite Foods

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Families, even knee deep in a recession, know that they get more bang for the buck by combining a weekly night out to eat with inexpensive out-of-home entertainment at a family entertainment center. As reliable as these venues have become, for groups as well as family outings, so must the food they serve be reliably […]

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Driving Toward Profits: How to Choose the Right Vehicles for Your Vending Business

September 15, 2010 No Comments

How to Choose the Right Vehicles for Your Vending Business

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Will That Be Paper or Plastic?

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Amusement and Vending Machine Companies Discuss the Benefits of Paper versus Cashless Systems

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Laser Tag and Food Service: <br>Something to Chew Over

Laser Tag and Food Service:
Something to Chew Over

September 15, 2010 No Comments

Players in your laser tag arena have just spent the last 12 minutes zapping each other in the most exciting game of their lives. Many of these players have played at least one game so far and now the hunger pains are kicking in. What does your facility have to offer in the way of […]

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Better Safe than Sorry: Keeping Staff Safe, Aware and Alert

September 15, 2010 No Comments

No matter the industry, security and safety training are paramount to a business’ success. It’s a challenge that every owner, especially that of a small business, must find a solution to, in order to keep their staff safe, aware and alert—roller skating owners and operators are no different. Creating a safe environment for skating center […]

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Rules of the Game: <br>Inside the Dirty Job of Keeping Bowling Alleys Clean

Rules of the Game:
Inside the Dirty Job of Keeping Bowling Alleys Clean

September 15, 2010 No Comments

For 20 years, Jon Perper has been giving seminars about how bowling alley owners can keep their venues pristine. Sure, it may seem fairly simple. But Perper, president of Playdrome Bowling & Entertainment Centers with three locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, said keeping up appearances is a lot more complicated than it looks. “There’s […]

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Countering the Behavior of the Oblivious Customer

September 15, 2010 No Comments

An important part of running a great bowling center is to ensure that the center is safe for both employees and guests. Bowling center operators already know the potential hazards within their centers and the things that are to be done to avoid these hazards. Perhaps one of the biggest hazards in a bowling center […]

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Sponsors

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.