Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards Announced

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine, along with Foundations Entertainment University, in mid-March announced the winners of the first annual Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards. Ten FECs, and a children’s museum for its website, were recognized for setting new standards for excellence in the industry. Award winners were announced during the 2012 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. After tallying over 8,000 votes in 11 categories, the 2012 Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards were presented to:

  • Best Bowling Anchored Center: Shenaniganz, Rockwall, Texas

  • Best Indoor Family Entertainment Center: The Funplex, East Hanover, N.J.

  • Best Outdoor/Indoor Family Entertainment Center: Fun Spot, Orlando, Fla.

  • Best Roller Skating Center: Scottie’s Fun Spot, Quincy, Ill.

  • Best Birthday Parties: Heros, Toledo, Ohio

  • Best Facility Website: The Children’s Museum of Denver, Colo.

  • Best Facility Maintenance Program: Paradise Park, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

  • Best Facility Food Operation: America’s Incredible Pizza Company, San Antonio, Texas

  • Best Laser Tag Center: Laser Tag & Games, Metairie, La.

  • Best Games Zone (Arcade): Boomers!, Dania Beach, Fla.

  • Best Redemption Prize Center: Enchanted Castle, Lombard, Ill.

Larry White of Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine and Jerry Merola, presenter for Foundations Entertainment University, CFO for Alpha-Omega Amusements and Sales and partner of Amusement Entertainment Management L.L.C., were on hand to present the awards.

Jerry Merola of Foundations Entertainment University presented the Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Award for Best Redemption Prize Center to Lisa Chapman of the Enchanted Castle in Lombard, Ill.

Randy (middle), and Alex Lahn, pictured with Jerry Merola, accepted the award for Best Indoor Family Entertainment Center.



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