Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Laser Tag and FECs – An Attraction Takes Hold in a Changing Market

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Laser Tag has been a part of the family entertainment center experience for a number of years, but especially in the last five years that experience has changed dramatically.  Typically considered to be simply a “flavor” attraction, laser tag has proven its strength to FEC owners and has become an expected attraction in centers today.   […]

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Ten Tips for Creating Perfect Kids’ Birthday Parties

June 2, 2012 No Comments

Listen. Customers will tell you what they really want. Be flexible. Allow parents to customize packages to meet their budgets and expectations. Provide a point person. A party coordinator or hostess will ensure that the group has dedicated customer service. Offer innovation. A fresh and exciting party will be memorable for kids. Mind the bottom […]

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Special Events Strategies – Creating the Perfect Children’s Birthday Party

Special Events Strategies – Creating the Perfect Children’s Birthday Party

June 2, 2012 No Comments

It’s a natural market. Kids are a major driver of the popularity of mini-golf and go-kart parks. And when it comes to celebrating birthdays, parents want to give their children a memorable event. But creating the perfect celebration can be challenging. After all, there are a myriad of factors, ranging from accommodating multiple age groups […]

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Top Strategies to Profit from Food and Beverage

April 5, 2012 No Comments

In a country where food is plentiful and cheap, we tend to snack on the go and during our time spent being entertained. “Since everyone is always rushing around in a hurry these days, there’s often no time for three square meals. So grazing, or snacking on mini-meals, becomes important,” said Marilyn Stephenson, a registered […]

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The New Look of Fast Food
Popular Menus and Kitchen Equipment at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Whatever you do, just don’t call it junk food. For many fun centers around the country that specialize in go-kart racing and mini golf, fast food is among the most popular options for kids of all ages. That doesn’t mean you’ll find McDonald’s or other giant chains at these venues. Instead, hard-working kitchens are producing […]

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Three Top Tips for Selling Fun Food

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Invest in a colorful menu. Showcase the foods with full-color photos. And if the venue or restaurant has a theme, match the menu graphics and style with that theme. For example, a tropical restaurant might feature a brightly colored menu, while a retro or even diner-themed eatery might play off of 1950s Americana. Include a […]

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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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Trending Menus
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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Sponsors

Store on Wheels

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Formula K Raceways

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

American Changer

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

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.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Sureshot Redemption

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Art Attack

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Bulbtronics

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

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.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Spectrum
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Cannonball Blaster
Funovation