Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Adding the Extras for a Winning Formula

Adding the Extras for a Winning Formula

June 1, 2011 No Comments

No one wants to mess up a winning formula, but implementing the right change can be good.   It’s something powerhouse consumer products companies have known for years.  They have even distilled it down into three magic words that they use over and over in their advertising.  That is, “new and improved.” Although your offering is […]

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A Successfully Modern Take <br/>on Old-fashioned Fun

A Successfully Modern Take
on Old-fashioned Fun

June 1, 2011 No Comments

For more than 80 years, bumper cars have been a staple attraction at amusement parks and FECs.  At one time, bumper cars were considered an adult ride because of height and weight restrictions, but now, new designs have made bumper cars easy and safe to operate for almost all age groups. A leading company behind […]

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Providing the Right Mix of Attractions and Special Party Offers at Family Entertainment Centers

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) offer a variety of activities for all ages. The Roller Skating Association International has many members who own and operate FECs. Scott Drummond, Party Center Software, and former FEC owner with 11 years experience, offered a few tips in regard to planning an expansion into the FEC world. “You need to […]

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Safety and Security: How Bowling Centers Get Serious About Ensuring Fun

June 1, 2011 No Comments

From adult-oriented options, such as midnight bowling, to creative parties for kids, bowling center operators continue to devise programs aimed at attracting and pleasing visitors. But while ensuring that customers have fun while visiting their facilities is important, so, too, is keeping guests safe at all times. “It’s paramount, because it can make or break […]

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Could 71 Million People Be Wrong?

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Bowling’s Place in Your Family Entertainment Center Bowling, 71 million participants strong, continues to be America’s number one participation sport.  Positioned as an activity that has broad appeal across all demographic categories, bowling is in an enviable spot compared to many other recreation options. According to Simmons Research, over 9,867,000 children ages 6 to 11 […]

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Food Service Equipment for Hits, and How to Avoid Misses

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are stocking a snack bar, concession stand or café, you must find food equipment that works best for your business needs. Consider space, time and cost before jumping into a new product. Here are a six quick tips courtesy of John Evans, senior vice president, Gold Medal Products, Co. To ensure you make […]

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Why Attend the Laser Tag Convention

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With no shortage of entertainment trade shows and conventions to fill your year with, the question laser tag entrepreneurs might ask is, “Why should I attend the Laser Tag Convention in Orlando this May 1 – 5?” What a great question! My initial answer is in our tagline, it’s the only convention designed with you […]

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Spotlight on Critical Business Decisions: Selecting a Vendor

April 1, 2011 No Comments

As an employee of the International Laser Tag Association, no matter how hard I try to avoid it, someone always pulls me aside at trade shows to ask the golden question: Which laser tag company is the best? Here’s the answer: There isn’t one because there is no best product for every facility. In fact, […]

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A Message from ILTA Membership Services

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Dear Readers, Spring is here and change is in the air! Speaking with our members, laser tag facilities are still cranking along making profits and business is growing in most parts of the country. With a plethora of conventions and seminars these past few months, many operators are trying out all kinds of innovations they’ve […]

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Food for Thought: Listening to the Fun Food Experts

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Increasing food sales at miniature golf and go-kart parks requires taking inventory of more than just the food items on hand.  It starts with evaluating your food service operation and the type of attraction it complements to balance the menu with the venue.  Customers want quality, taste, price and interesting items.  From getting the most […]

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Sponsors

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Bulbtronics

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

Laser Star

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

American Changer

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Brunswick Bowling

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Formula K Raceways

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Spectrum Sports

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Extreme Engineering

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Art Attack

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys