Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Aiming for Fun<br> Trends at Laser Tag Centers

Aiming for Fun
Trends at Laser Tag Centers

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Barbara Long Since 1984, with the opening of the first Photon center in Dallas, Texas, the laser tag industry has grown immensely. According to recent studies, laser tag is an over $375 million dollar a year industry in North America alone. Today in the U.S. an estimated 4.9 million laser tag experiences happen each […]

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An Alley that Meets its Mark <br> The Timber Lanes Story

An Alley that Meets its Mark
The Timber Lanes Story

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald  When Rick and Kathy LeChette bought the old Oxford Strike ‘N Spare Lanes, they wanted to bring the longtime bowling alley back to life with a few added features for today’s generation. The couple started making this old-timey alley their own by not only changing the name to Timber Lanes and […]

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When the Focus Is Fun <br> The Best Arcade Games for Laser Tag Centers

When the Focus Is Fun
The Best Arcade Games for Laser Tag Centers

April 6, 2017 No Comments

When they’re not chasing each other around the arena, laser tag patrons head to the arcade for the kind of stimulating games they can’t play at home: air hockey, gun simulations and anything that may win them a prize. “They like things they haven’t seen before,” said Manager Clay Blackwell of his customers at Frankie’s […]

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Pies for  Sky-High Sales <br> Making the Best Pizza

Pies for Sky-High Sales
Making the Best Pizza

April 6, 2017 No Comments

Pizza is a popular grab-and-go food option at roller skating centers, and there are many pizza options available to choose from. Some roller skating centers opt for buying pre-made pizza, like Rola-Rena Roller Skating Center in Green Bay, Wis. “We have a local pizza place, Hansen’s Pizza, make our pizzas for us,” said Owner Mary […]

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Ideas for Great Events<br> Party Advice for Bowling Centers

Ideas for Great Events
Party Advice for Bowling Centers

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold When hosting a birthday party, there are lots of things a bowling center can do to make it a huge success. Allison Jennings, general manager, WOW! Zone Family Entertainment Center, Mankato, Minn., schedules a host to work at each party. The host is responsible for keeping all activities on track, ordering food […]

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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 […]

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Helios Races to Cajun Fast Tracks

Helios Races to Cajun Fast Tracks

January 5, 2017 No Comments

        Cajun Fast Tracks, located in Breaux Bridge, La., recently installed a 20-player Helios Laser Tag system for their go-karting facility. Cajun Fast Tracks, a new and exciting family entertainment center in the Lafayette area, opened its doors with an adrenaline-rushing attraction mix of go-karting, laser tag, arcade, XD Theater 6D ride, […]

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Keeping Sales Spinning <br> Selling More Food at Roller Skating Centers

Keeping Sales Spinning
Selling More Food at Roller Skating Centers

December 29, 2016 No Comments

There’s nothing quite like the scent of freshly popping popcorn to set people’s mouths to watering. They may go to a roller skating facility first and foremost to skate, yet when the right incentives are present skaters soon have more on their minds than simply spinning around the rink. Facility owners and managers know this […]

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Fixing for Success  <br>Top Maintenance Tips for Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

Fixing for Success
Top Maintenance Tips for Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

December 29, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova For go-kart centers, the biggest maintenance issue is keeping those karts in working condition. Mini-golf installations are less likely to suffer mechanical issues, but more challenging to keep neat and clean, according to a survey of facility owners and managers. The classic American pastimes of go-karting and mini-golf come with their own […]

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He Hu Darz <br> A Center with a Tough Name Where the Fun Is Easy

He Hu Darz
A Center with a Tough Name Where the Fun Is Easy

December 29, 2016 No Comments

By Susan Mease Laser tag has been around since the 1980s, and while the equipment has evolved over the ensuing 30 years, the game has remained essentially a shoot-em-up.  However, with the opening of He Hu Darz in Middlesboro, Ky., on Thanksgiving Day 2016, laser tag now offers teamwork development, learning objectives and an educational […]

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