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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Poly Products

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Laser Star

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Spectrum Sports

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Sureshot Redemption

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Rio Syrup

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Art Attack

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

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

Extreme Engineering

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Store on Wheels

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Penny Press

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Knight Equipment

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Max Flight

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Embed

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

American Changer

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

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