Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Fun to Spare<br>  An Innovative Take on Laser Tag Takes Hold in Minnesota

Fun to Spare
An Innovative Take on Laser Tag Takes Hold in Minnesota

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova The residents of Owatonna, Minn., got an extra Christmas present last year – a brand-new, state-of-the-art laser tag arena, unveiled in late December inside the three-year-old Spare Time Entertainment Center. Residents of this city an hour south of Minneapolis can work off those holiday calories by chasing each other through a sound-enhanced, […]

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A Laser Focus on Fun  <br>Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

A Laser Focus on Fun
Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

February 5, 2016 No Comments

Laser Tag parties are great fun for birthday celebrations. But in a crowded field of available laser tag venues, what are the elements that create the best parties? Venue managers and owners tag stellar customer service and great packages as key to being the best. At Speedy’s Fast Track in Houston, Texas, Vice President of […]

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With What Size Staff Should Your Center Roll? <br> Roller Skating Management Strategies

With What Size Staff Should Your Center Roll?
Roller Skating Management Strategies

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By Amy Freeman It’s a common question: Is it better to have a lot of people working a shift or to operate with a lean crew? Both options have benefits and drawbacks. Overstaffing means you’re prepared if you get a sudden rush of people. Working with a small team can help save money. Managers and […]

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Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction<br> The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers

Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction
The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By June Allan Corrigan  Lighting can bring a whole new dimension to bowling. Some patrons prefer traditional illumination methods while others, particularly the younger generation and families, are always eager to try something new. Even bowling centers that decide to stick with the tried and true are updating their lighting systems these days for the […]

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Tips for All-Around Skating Maintenance <br>Walls, Skating Surfaces, Floors and Carpeting

Tips for All-Around Skating Maintenance
Walls, Skating Surfaces, Floors and Carpeting

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Keeping skating center floors looking like new involves lots of routine cleaning and maintenance, according to Kevin Sahly, co-owner of Wooddale Funzone in Woodbury, Minn. “Overall building cleanliness is critical in that it is the first and last impression our guests will have of our facility,” he explained. “We implemented a […]

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Playing it Safe <br> How Locations Keep Guests from Harm

Playing it Safe
How Locations Keep Guests from Harm

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Chris Simon, general manager of Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit, Mo., faced one of the biggest challenges of his career recently. While families were putting on the miniature golf course and kids were revving up their go-karts, a tornado touched down less than a quarter of a mile away. “Luckily,” he […]

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Booking for Bucks  <br>Scheduling More Parties at Bowling Centers

Booking for Bucks
Scheduling More Parties at Bowling Centers

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold Parties are a major source of income for bowling centers. So how can center’s strike it rich by getting a surge in party bookings? At Jupiter Lanes in Jupiter, Fla., Christine Vitolo, owner, said front desk staff greet every customer that comes in, whether they are a league or open play bowler. […]

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Safety with a Smile <br> Staff Training Strategies

Safety with a Smile
Staff Training Strategies

August 27, 2015 No Comments

During the summer months, kids and adults alike will be spending their days having fun trying their hands at popular activities including miniature golf and go-karting. Managers at venues that offer these attractions go to great lengths to ensure safety as well as fun for their guests. Staff training strategies vary depending on the size […]

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Entertainment Centers with Laser Tag: <br>Money-Saving Maintenance Ideas

Entertainment Centers with Laser Tag:
Money-Saving Maintenance Ideas

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey   Laser tag involves electronic components that can become maintenance headaches for entertainment centers. John McFarlane, manager of The Lost City in Holland, Mich., knows this all too well. “If we’re unable to repair a pack, or we run out of parts, our 32-player system becomes a 31-player system,” he said. […]

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How to Throw a Safety Strike
Tips on Choosing Bowling Insurance and Preventing Claims

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold As a business owner, you need to protect your investment. Obviously, you need to choose a good insurance company for the unfortunate times when something goes wrong. Several things should be top of mind when selecting an insurer for your bowling center. Mark Voight, president and CEO of seven bowling centers in […]

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