Archive for February, 2017

Funovation® Partners with Fun Spot to Put the Laser Maze Challenge® on Trampolines

February 20, 2017 No Comments

Funovation has announced its latest distribution agreement with Fun Spot® to bring its Laser Maze Challenge® featuring Beam Buster® to trampoline parks across the globe. Whether players are dodging and weaving their way through a field of lasers in the Laser Maze Challenge or breaking as many beams as possible in Beam Buster, the addition […]



February 15, 2017 No Comments

“The latest publication is great! We are so honored to be featured on the cover!”  – Chelsea Eckert, Golden Wheel Amusements, Chugiak, Alaska

Scaring Up Business <br>Halloween Events at Large Parks

Scaring Up Business
Halloween Events at Large Parks

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson While it’s still the quiet winter months for many large parks and resorts, that doesn’t mean busy planning isn’t underway.  Though the summer months garner much of the interest, Halloween season is one of the fastest growing (and one of the most profitable) times of the year for large parks.  This issue, […]


People Are On the Move at Helix Leisure

February 13, 2017 No Comments

Helix Leisure, parent company of Embed, LAI Games and The Locker Network, has announced the hiring of key personnel to support the exponential growth they have experienced in the past year, and to ensure the company meets its commitments to a growing customer base. Rosa Tahmaseb is the new managing director for the Helix Leisure […]


February/March 2017

February 13, 2017 No Comments

Articles The Large Park Report Scaring Up Business – Halloween Events at Large Parks Although the summer months garner much of the interest, Halloween season is one of the fastest growing, and one of the most profitable, times of the year for large parks. Waves Waterplay Safety Tips for a Season of Fun How waterparks […]


Working Generations, Young and Old

February 13, 2017 12 Comments

  Business success requires workers of all ages and experience.  In this world of political correctness, technology and social media, getting different age groups of workers to mix and work well together is not easy.  Here are some procedures that can smooth out that process.   Starting Up   At my first park, each director […]

Advice for the Best Arcades <br>Tips from Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Locations

Advice for the Best Arcades
Tips from Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Locations

February 13, 2017 No Comments

Arcades are a fun attraction at many mini-golf and go-kart facilities, drawing in customers of all ages. How the arcade is set up and maintained can make a big difference in profitability by driving traffic, drawing in visitors and keeping them at the games. Arcades that are attractive, clean and have a variety of games […]

Coin-Op Operational Strategies<br> Tips to Hire and Train the Best Workers

Coin-Op Operational Strategies
Tips to Hire and Train the Best Workers

February 13, 2017 No Comments

  Hiring and training workers for coin-operated game companies can come with a variety of challenges, from finding the right employees for the job to keeping them content long term. For this article, company owners and managers offered their tips on how to hire, train and retain the best workers. At Pride Vending NW in […]

Tips to Trim Food Costs  Insights from Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

Tips to Trim Food Costs Insights from Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold Improving the bottom line is a common goal among businesses. When looking at how to save money on food costs, individuals who manage zoos, aquariums and museums had lots of advice to offer. For instance, Jodi Young, food and beverage manager, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, Mich., suggested using an inventory system. […]

Trends in Big Scares and Great Escapes

Trends in Big Scares and Great Escapes

February 13, 2017 No Comments

Countless haunted attractions exist around the country and more pop up every year. Add the relatively new and fast-multiplying phenomenon of escape rooms to the total and it becomes clear people love entertainment that either chills or challenges them. Frequently it does both. Yet how do owners of these types of businesses keep things fresh? […]

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West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Spectrum Sports

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys


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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Knight Equipment

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

American Changer

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

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Store on Wheels

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.


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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Penny Press

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Max Flight

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Poly Products

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


Laser maze challenge


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Art Attack

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

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.