Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Kitchen Workhorses – The Hardest-Working Equipment

April 5, 2012 No Comments

THE GRILL. Today, grills can be used to cook up everything from hot sandwiches to fresh meats to top salads and other specialties. Many cooks at fun centers are finding creative ways to introduce healthier food alternatives using grills, especially for picky kids. THE PIZZA OVEN. Whether the pizza is frozen or made from scratch, […]

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Creative Interpretations of Retro Bowling Food

April 5, 2012 No Comments

For some bowling centers, a lucky strike is finding the perfect balance between the games and the food being served. But as more boutique bowling alleys pop up around the country – like the ultra-hip North Bowl in Philadelphia’s trendy Northern Liberties neighborhood – or even Lucky Strike in Los Angeles, bowlers are expecting a […]

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Digital Menu Boards <br />The Price Is Right To Add This Upgrade To Your Center

Digital Menu Boards
The Price Is Right To Add This Upgrade To Your Center

April 5, 2012 No Comments

I am so excited about digital menu boards, and for a very good reason!  First let me detail some of their benefits, and at the end of this article I’ll tell you why I’m so jazzed. The digital menu board is an ideal option when thinking about the replacement of your conventional light boxes or […]

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Creating Redemption Profits

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Strategies from Family Entertainment Centers Redemption prizes are creating a lot of excitement among customers visiting family entertainment centers.  Not surprising since, depending on the game, patrons can win everything from toys and trinkets to laptop computers and Apple iPads.  This rise in popularity in redemption games and prizes has become a significant contributor to […]

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Tips from the ILTA

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Create the Right Package: The target market for corporate events is, in general, middle management. Middle management tends to be in the 30-50-year-old range. As such, they are not as young as they once were and do not grasp the “complexities” of a laser tag game as easily as a pre-adolescent or a teenager does. […]

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Facility Focus: X-Site Amusement and Entertainment Center

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. Owners: Ken Fraley and Gene Brown Open in June of 1999 by owners Ken Fraley and Gene Brown, X-Site Amusement and Recreation Center of Indianapolis, Ind., still offers great and exciting laser tag experiences and events. “After being a business owner in the gas and convenience store business for 20-plus years, Ken […]

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The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

The Profitability Picture – Drivers for Visitation and Spending

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Even though the economy has everyone tightening their belts, people still want to have fun. Go-kart and mini-golf centers have risen to the challenge, and have come up with creative ways to “drive” people to their centers and keep their businesses running in spite of it all. Here’s a picture of what’s happening at a […]

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Rolling Toward Profits with Coin-op – How Arcades Complement Bowling

February 16, 2012 No Comments

While the increasing popularity of bowling itself bodes well for bowling centers’ business, operators would still do well to look into other features to better service their guests and improve their business picture. A properly managed arcade is one such feature, owners and managers of these facilities have discovered. At the 30,000-square-foot Fountain Bowl in […]

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Creating Events That Create Revenues

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Regardless of the industry within which you operate, one thing is for sure, we are in the middle of a major change.  Technology, government, unemployment, pop-culture, etc. are all drastically changing the way we do business and the demands of our consumers.  Families today are actively looking for ways to save money.  By creating special […]

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Buried Treasure: Top Tips for Finding New Redemption Prizes

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Solicit feedback from guests and employees. This not only increases the chance that customers will like what they see at the redemption counter, it opens doors to acquiring new, potentially popular items family entertainment center operators may not have discovered on their own. Becky Olbrych, owner of Wheels Family Fun Park in Durham, N.C., said […]

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Sponsors

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Store on Wheels

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Extreme Engineering

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

American Changer

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Spectrum Sports

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Art Attack

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Laser Star

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Bulbtronics

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

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Spectrum Sports
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Funovation
Empex Water Toys