Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Shining Light on Playing in the Dark

August 1, 2010 No Comments

Who would have thought your choices had such an impact?  Gear, layout, and theme:  these all affect your guests’ experiences.  As your primary focus, they often over shadow the ambience of your laser tag arena.  It is vital that your play area is the right environment to foster that great experience. Lighting, music, sound effects […]

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Skating Into Fun: Arcades Entertain While Offering a Break in the Action

August 1, 2010 No Comments

For kids of all ages, roller skating rinks are an experience. It’s mostly about skating with friends, of course. But heading to the snack bar to share pizza or popcorn and playing games with pals in the arcade rank up there with the good times. And roller skating rinks across the country have risen to […]

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Making Roller Skating Memories with Light and Sound

August 1, 2010 No Comments

It seems as though everyone has a roller skating story. When the topic comes up in conversation a frequent response is, “I used to go roller skating every Friday night when I was a kid,” or “My daughter just had a roller skating birthday party.” Whether Friday night skates as a child or birthday parties, […]

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How Miniature Golf and Go-Kart Centers Keep the Profit Machine Oiled

August 1, 2010 No Comments

A Spotlight on Safety and Maintenance Keeping staff and patrons safe takes priority when operating activity parks where people are playing miniature golf courses with water hazards, driving go karts or trying out a zip cord. Maintenance is key to ensuring everyone has a good time without incident, even if they’re only playing a video […]

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ILTA Facility Focus: Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Brian McCall, owner of Planet Fun and Starz Sports Grille in Shallotte, N.C., was looking to create a 50,000-square-foot entertainment center that would bring much needed jobs and a whole lot of fun to his community. “We are extremely excited about the project and look forward to bringing this upscale family entertainment center to Shallotte.” […]

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At United States Roller Rinks, The Quad is Still King

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Roller skating is about as American as baseball and apple pie. And at dozens of roller skating rinks from San Francisco to Philadelphia, time seems to stand still as kids of all ages (tots to seniors) lace up their skates and roll down memory lane. Longtime skating rink owners and managers share their thoughts on […]

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A Skating Center Revolution:
Turning Roller Skating Attractions into Family Entertainment Centers

June 1, 2010 No Comments

On average, 381,000 guests visit family entertainment centers (FECs) a year, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), with the larger facilities hosting up to 622,000 guests annually. With all that traffic, it’s no wonder many roller skating center operators look to expand their businesses by transitioning from roller skating centers […]

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Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

Gas versus Electric Go-Karts: Pros and Cons

June 1, 2010 No Comments

The phrase “go green” is quite popular in many family entertainment circles and the go-kart circuit is no exception. Add to that the words “go cost-effectively” and “go fast” and you’re describing the options up for consideration when deciding whether to run gas- or electric-powered go-karts. Blog postings on entertainment industry topics reveal mixed reviews […]

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Bowling-Compatible Attractions:
Bowling, Golf and Bankshot Basketball

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Name the three ball-playing sports with the following attributes. • Participants play alongside one another, not against one another. • There is no offense or defense. • Your opponents can show up tomorrow. Why are these important?  Why are there so few? What are they? Read the title. In bowling, golf and Bankshot basketball, you […]

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Generating New Business: Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid Match

June 1, 2010 No Comments

Bowling and Local Sports Teams are a Solid MatchWhen it comes to attracting local sports teams for banquets and parties, bowling centers strike out in many different directions. “There is very little we have done that hasn’t been at least somewhat effective in bringing athletic teams here, whether we’re talking about the youth or adult […]

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Sponsors

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Laser Star

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Spectrum Sports

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Store on Wheels

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

American Changer

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Look Solutions

Fog 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.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Extreme Engineering

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Bulbtronics

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Formula K Raceways

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Art Attack

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys