Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Word-of-Mouth Advertising: The Drawbacks

March 1, 2014 No Comments

“You reach a bigger audience when you go outside of your own circle. When you don’t, the size of your audience is limited to people who are already customers.” – Karen Kleber, manager, East Windsor Bowling and Recreation Center “I believe that a customer is more willing to express a bad experience than a good […]

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Connecting with Customers  <br/>Best Promotional Strategies

Connecting with Customers
Best Promotional Strategies

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Holden Slattery The focus of the bowling industry’s marketing efforts is shifting away from print advertisements and mailed coupons and toward e-mail marketing, website content, and social media activity. What has not changed is the towering level of importance that bowling center owners place on providing great customer service and creating a fun atmosphere. […]

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Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

Lazer Maze Challenge® Is Added at Jonesville, Mich., Bowling Center

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Jonesville Lanes (L & J Lanes) in Jonesville, Mich., is the latest bowling center to add a Laser Maze Challenge® to their amusement offerings. Officially opened in October, 2013, L & J Lanes’ Laser Maze features Funovation’s Time Portal graphics, lighted door entry and newest innovation, Video Capture.  While a small footprint attraction, The Laser Maze Challenge® offers just […]

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A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

A “Frenzy” Has Arrived in Fort Dodge

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Fort Frenzy Family Entertainment Center is bringing fun to Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The new facility is opening its new custom Earth Quest themed laser tag arena designed by Creative Works (www.thewoweffect.com), a turnkey attraction.  When players step into this unique arena, they leave their normal lives behind them and enter an alternate universe.  Players are […]

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Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

Building the Membership or Frequent Player Base

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser tag players young and old like to return to play again and again. That’s why many laser tag facilities implement membership or “frequent player” programs. With these programs, members can often track their game statistics, and even build their laser tag skills. “The most important aspect of the membership cards […]

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Glowing Reviews<br/>The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at  Roller Skating Centers

Glowing Reviews
The Lighting and Glow Product Picture at Roller Skating Centers

January 1, 2014 No Comments

When explaining the popularity of the “glow phenomenon” at roller skating rinks, Nick Champa said it’s not exactly rocket science. “Have you ever seen what it looks like when someone waves a glow stick around in the dark?” asked Champa, owner of Champ’s Entertainment Complex in Lexington, Ky. “A glow stick will put a kid […]

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SplitShot Mini Golf: A New, Fun Modular Design Driven by Customer Need

SplitShot Mini Golf: A New, Fun Modular Design Driven by Customer Need

January 1, 2014 No Comments

SplitShot Mini Golf proves that design follows need. SplitShot creates more fun for each putt on the course according to Kreg Krupa, Adventure Golf Services account executive.  “Our potential buyers express their desire to purchase a low cost, portable miniature golf with more fun than other available models. “We sell many low cost miniature golf […]

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Two Essential Fun Food Attributes

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Sell the Same. Repeat visitors expect consistency and a high quality meal each visit. Make The Price Right. Meal costs should comfortably accommodate families and small groups.

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Fun Food Strategies for the Fun of It

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross While healthier fare continues to garner guests’ attention, staples like pizza and fun foods remain the most popular menu options at go-kart and mini-golf facilities. Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center in Batavia, Ill., definitely sells more salads and wraps, especially chicken wraps, than it did one or two years ago, noted Manager […]

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Rolling Toward Fun <br/>Strategies to Target the Adult Customer

Rolling Toward Fun
Strategies to Target the Adult Customer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Marylou Fusco In our fast-paced, technology-heavy age bowling centers may seem like quaint throwbacks to a less sophisticated time. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s bowling centers are not your parents’ bowling centers with their whitewashed walls and bad lighting. The current crop of bowling centers are still focused on […]

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Sponsors

American Changer

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Formula K Raceways

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Extreme Engineering

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Bulbtronics

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum Sports

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

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.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

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.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Laser Star

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Store on Wheels

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Stoelting
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys