Archive for January, 2011

Spotlight on Promotions: Top Tips for Marketing Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 26, 2011 No Comments

January 26, 2011 There’s no question that advertising can play a key role in attracting visitors to leisure entertainment facilities—and keeping them coming back. However, marketing is an equally effective, less costly way to get the job done—providing initiatives extend beyond merely distributing colorful literature and sticking with similar “old school” methodologies. One of the […]

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Top Tips for Obtaining the Best Insurance Package

January 16, 2011 No Comments

January 16, 2011 While they hopefully happen only rarely, visitor and employee accidents and property damage do occur at leisure entertainment facilities of all types, from family fun parks and miniature golf courses to museums and zoos. Insurance is essential to minimizing the financial consequences of such incidents, but the cost of coverage itself can […]

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Starting an Inflatable Party Rental Business
What to Embrace and What to Avoid

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Flexibility and a large, varied target market make starting an inflatables rental business a viable option for many would-be operators. “Done right, it definitely works,” said Richard Atchison, owner of 3-year-old Jump N Bounce Fun in Naugatuck, Conn. “The money can be incredible.” Atchison believes that doing his homework truly helped him to put Jump […]

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The Greening of Museums: <br />An Environmentally Friendly Approach to Art, Science and History Institutions

The Greening of Museums:
An Environmentally Friendly Approach to Art, Science and History Institutions

January 16, 2011 No Comments

As the notion of “going green” permeates most every aspect of 21st century life, more and more museums are finding ways to play a part in the movement. And for most of the “greenest” museums in the country, playing it ecologically safe also means saving money. At the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, Pa., the […]

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Stoelting Teams Up with Discovery Ice Cream to Create Robotic Dessert Experience

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Stoelting Foodservice Equipment has collaborated with Discovery Ice Cream to offer a new experience in ice cream consumption. The Discovery Ice Cream Robotic kiosks have been developed over a five-year period by a diverse team of leading engineers, innovators and robotics and ice cream experts. With this new collaboration between Stoelting and Discovery Ice Cream, […]

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Concessions and Carts:
Trends in Location-Targeted Food Service at Zoos and Aquariums

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Visitors love to be at live exhibits during feeding times. Penguins upstage each other in pursuit of fish, pandas lounge looking disinterested and cuddly nibbling on bamboo, and everyone wonders if the person feeding the sharks or the lions is going to get bitten. For visitors, catching animals when they dine may mean spending the […]

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Signature Miniature Golf Holes are Available from Harris Miniature Golf Courses Inc.

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Harris Miniature Golf has Signature Miniature Golf Holes. The company also specializes in design, themes, splash ponds, indoor miniature golf, custom rock work, natural rock waterfalls, black light miniature golf and more. By working with the company, clients get 45 years of experience, skilled construction crews, references, marketing assistance and other benefits.

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Funovation Installs Laser Maze Challenge™ in New York

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Funovation’s newest Laser Maze Challenge™ has been installed at Rab’s in Staten Island, N.Y.  The attraction offers players the challenge of negotiating a web of lasers for the best score.

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GameALERT Offers Remote Tracking for Token-based FECs

January 16, 2011 No Comments

GameALERT, a division of TokensDirect, introduces a real-time business information system for token-based family entertainment centers.  With this web-based, low-cost system, operators can track revenue, game performance and potential problems remotely.   GameALERT tracks activity, volume of tokens received, and tickets paid out to provide an accurate snapshot of individual game performance. Games are monitored […]

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Secure Surrounds are Available from MoneyTree ATM

January 16, 2011 No Comments

MoneyTree ATM has secure ATM surrounds that create high visibility in crowd situations, are weather and vandal resistant and feature lighted top signs on all four sides. These surrounds work well for permanent installation or special events and provide for maximum street-side exposure with a high level of security. Additionally, your customers can choose to […]

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Sponsors

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

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.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Extreme Engineering

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

American Changer

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tear Repair

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Knight Equipment

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Family Fun Corp.

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

Bulbtronics

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Look Solutions

Fog 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.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Rio Syrup

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Max Flight

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Perfect Fry

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Art Attack

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Formula K Raceways

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Embed

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

Poly Products

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Brunswick Bowling

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

Laser Star

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Soft Play

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Penny Press

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys