Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

A Laser Focus on Fun  <br>Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

A Laser Focus on Fun
Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

February 5, 2016 No Comments

Laser Tag parties are great fun for birthday celebrations. But in a crowded field of available laser tag venues, what are the elements that create the best parties? Venue managers and owners tag stellar customer service and great packages as key to being the best. At Speedy’s Fast Track in Houston, Texas, Vice President of […]

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With What Size Staff Should Your Center Roll? <br> Roller Skating Management Strategies

With What Size Staff Should Your Center Roll?
Roller Skating Management Strategies

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By Amy Freeman It’s a common question: Is it better to have a lot of people working a shift or to operate with a lean crew? Both options have benefits and drawbacks. Overstaffing means you’re prepared if you get a sudden rush of people. Working with a small team can help save money. Managers and […]

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Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction<br> The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers

Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction
The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By June Allan Corrigan  Lighting can bring a whole new dimension to bowling. Some patrons prefer traditional illumination methods while others, particularly the younger generation and families, are always eager to try something new. Even bowling centers that decide to stick with the tried and true are updating their lighting systems these days for the […]

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Tips for All-Around Skating Maintenance <br>Walls, Skating Surfaces, Floors and Carpeting

Tips for All-Around Skating Maintenance
Walls, Skating Surfaces, Floors and Carpeting

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Keeping skating center floors looking like new involves lots of routine cleaning and maintenance, according to Kevin Sahly, co-owner of Wooddale Funzone in Woodbury, Minn. “Overall building cleanliness is critical in that it is the first and last impression our guests will have of our facility,” he explained. “We implemented a […]

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Playing it Safe <br> How Locations Keep Guests from Harm

Playing it Safe
How Locations Keep Guests from Harm

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Chris Simon, general manager of Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit, Mo., faced one of the biggest challenges of his career recently. While families were putting on the miniature golf course and kids were revving up their go-karts, a tornado touched down less than a quarter of a mile away. “Luckily,” he […]

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Booking for Bucks  <br>Scheduling More Parties at Bowling Centers

Booking for Bucks
Scheduling More Parties at Bowling Centers

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold Parties are a major source of income for bowling centers. So how can center’s strike it rich by getting a surge in party bookings? At Jupiter Lanes in Jupiter, Fla., Christine Vitolo, owner, said front desk staff greet every customer that comes in, whether they are a league or open play bowler. […]

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Safety with a Smile <br> Staff Training Strategies

Safety with a Smile
Staff Training Strategies

August 27, 2015 No Comments

During the summer months, kids and adults alike will be spending their days having fun trying their hands at popular activities including miniature golf and go-karting. Managers at venues that offer these attractions go to great lengths to ensure safety as well as fun for their guests. Staff training strategies vary depending on the size […]

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Entertainment Centers with Laser Tag: <br>Money-Saving Maintenance Ideas

Entertainment Centers with Laser Tag:
Money-Saving Maintenance Ideas

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey   Laser tag involves electronic components that can become maintenance headaches for entertainment centers. John McFarlane, manager of The Lost City in Holland, Mich., knows this all too well. “If we’re unable to repair a pack, or we run out of parts, our 32-player system becomes a 31-player system,” he said. […]

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How to Throw a Safety Strike
Tips on Choosing Bowling Insurance and Preventing Claims

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold As a business owner, you need to protect your investment. Obviously, you need to choose a good insurance company for the unfortunate times when something goes wrong. Several things should be top of mind when selecting an insurer for your bowling center. Mark Voight, president and CEO of seven bowling centers in […]

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FAB 5 VIP Bash Was a Hit

FAB 5 VIP Bash Was a Hit

July 21, 2015 No Comments

In late June, Party Center Software co-hosted the FAB 5 VIP Bash with some industry partners during the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The company teamed up with TrainerTainment, Creative Works, Bowling Music Network and Redemption Plus to put on the event. These vendors have worked together to host the customer appreciation event multiple […]

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Sponsors

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Extreme Engineering

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

American Changer

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Art Attack

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Store on Wheels

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Formula K Raceways

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Laser Star

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

Bulbtronics

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

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.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

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Funovation
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.