Archive for June, 2011

Reimagining Museums: <br/>Reaching Out With Galleries Full of Fun

Reimagining Museums:
Reaching Out With Galleries Full of Fun

June 21, 2011 No Comments

Not long ago, the words, “We’re going to the museum” were often met with sighs of boredom. However, rather than be offended, museum directors took that dreaded image to heart and began to transform their museums into places that were not only educational but fun. Outreach programs have courted a wider range of guests who […]

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Networking Is Fashionable Again

June 7, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Hello again. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I look forward to your comments, suggestions and ideas. After reading, please let us know your networking ideas and success stories. I will be sure to respond. Network, Network, Network The “Networking” phrase had become a tired business cliché until the explosion […]

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Zoos and Aquariums: <br/>Raising Awareness of Conservation Issues

Zoos and Aquariums:
Raising Awareness of Conservation Issues

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Visiting a zoo or aquarium is a great way for individuals and families to gain emotional ties to wildlife and participate in conservation initiatives.  Conservation messages relayed to visitors aid in teaching them how to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and their related habitats. Environmental education is a core element of the mission and […]

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Eight Tips for Generating Sports-themed Party Business

June 1, 2011 No Comments

“Contact through the Internet is ideal.” – Tim Spradlin, owner, All 4 the Fun of It, Cincinnati, Ohio “When a customer is inviting both male and female guests to a party and don’t want anything too girlish or boyish, I suggest one that’s neutral, such as a sports-related theme.” – Rochelle Rich, owner, Krazy Jumperz, […]

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Winning with Rental Sports Attractions

June 1, 2011 No Comments

When Olga Gomez started her business Chicago Moonwalks, in the windy Illinois city, she offered one sports-themed bouncer as an inflatable rental choice on her Web site-parked business. Today customers can find nine sporty options, including four sports combos, a sports water slide, three various sports bounce houses and also interactive and competitive games. Gomez […]

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June 2011

June 1, 2011 No Comments

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Food and Fun: The Eater-Tainment Dimension

June 1, 2011 No Comments

How much the association of entertainment methodology with established services such as retail, leisure and hospitality, is shaping new development in the “stay-cation” arena is never better illustrated by the growth of entertainment in the food sector. Interactive amusement is touching the very heart of what is represented by the Hospitality sector (covering hotel, restaurants, […]

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Waterpark Food: Offering Quality Quickly

Waterpark Food: Offering Quality Quickly

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Sooner or later, waterpark guests take a break from the slides and inner tubes and head for the food stands.  Food service managers know they have to follow a simple principle in feeding waterpark guests: Make the food good and make the food quickly. At the Massanutten Mountain Resort in Harrisonburg, Va., guests can enjoy […]

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Ovens and Fryers: Putting the Sizzle in Major League Baseball Parks

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Feeding thousands of people daily requires not only organization and skill, but the right tools, too.  Integral to any large food operation are fryers and ovens, two of the hardest working and most important investments in a commercial kitchen.  They are indispensable and offer a strong potential return on investment.  “We serve thousands of fans […]

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For Optimists, the Recovering Economy is a Source of Opportunity

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Recently, Scott and I went our separate ways to see and learn about new ideas.  Scott attended a legal conference and I went to the International Laser Tag Association / Roller Skating Association convention in Orlando, Fla. We both came away with the same theme—the opportunities to have a successful business are still out there—those […]

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Sponsors

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Laser Star

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Embed

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Extreme Engineering

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Poly Products

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

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.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Store on Wheels

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Soft Play

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Max Flight

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Aquaventronics

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

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.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Brunswick Bowling

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Penny Press

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Knight Equipment

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Formula K Raceways

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Spectrum Sports

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Tear Repair

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

American Changer

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Perfect Fry

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Art Attack

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Bulbtronics

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Rio Syrup

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys