Archive for February, 2012

Flights of Fancy – The Creation and Maintenance of Butterfly Gardens

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Delicate and graceful are two words often used to describe butterflies. And finding a balance between maintaining attractions that spotlight these poetic, winged creatures, as well as promoting them, can be a practice in all things Mother Nature. At CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, Calif., the butterfly garden may not be a major […]

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Business Strategies: Finding and Maintaining Relationships with the Best Food and Food Equipment Vendors

February 14, 2012 No Comments

Food service now ranks as such an integral component of, and profit generator for, many leisure entertainment facilities, making it more important than ever to offer high-quality fare. Finding the best food and food equipment vendors, as well as cultivating and maintaining long-term relationships with these entities, will help venues of all kinds to attain […]

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The $17,000 Rubber Band

February 14, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel There are times when a small item or incident can have a giant impact on people, whether at work or at home. I am always looking for lessons learned from such events. Here is one incident example for all of us to consider. Worker’s Comp A Worker’s Comp insurance representative told […]

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Sponsors

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Art Attack

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum Sports

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

Laser Star

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

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.

Poly Products

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Embed

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

Max Flight

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

Penny Press

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Store on Wheels

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

Rio Syrup

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

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.

American Changer

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Knight Equipment

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.