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

Max Flight

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

American Changer

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

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Laser Star

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

Penny Press

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

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.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Poly Products

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Knight Equipment

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Rio Syrup

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Extreme Engineering

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Store on Wheels

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

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Art Attack

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

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.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Embed

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAI
American Conference