Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Laced up for Success<br/>Operational Tips from Roller Skating Centers

Laced up for Success
Operational Tips from Roller Skating Centers

November 2, 2013 No Comments

When you run a roller skating facility, your goal is to keep the families coming and ensure that a new generation grows up loving to skate. The roots of Skate Daze in Omaha, Neb., go back to the 1940s when the father of current owner Scott Cernik, traveled the Midwest with a portable rink.  Now […]

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Rounding the Corner Toward Success
New Trends Indicate Significant Roller Skating Industry Growth

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The family entertainment center industry is growing at an ever-increasing pace. In fact, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions estimates the FEC industry has growth of approximately 25 new facilities each and every year – and the roller skating industry is no exception. In interviews with several roller skating rink owners, we found […]

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Making a Go of Go-Karting
Strategies to Drive Increased Interest

November 2, 2013 No Comments

No matter their age, many guests of family entertainment centers jump at the chance to ride the go-karts. But that doesn’t mean operators shouldn’t implement, and aren’t implementing, strategies for driving increased interest in and profitability from this activity. Go-karts are a major draw to, and centerpiece attraction at, Rogue Valley Family Fun Center in […]

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A Question and Answer Interview with Tami Dean, General Manager, Ride Development Company (RDC)

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks:  What are current equipment trends in the bumper car industry? Tami Dean: Over the years, there has been a marked trend toward tube system bumper cars rather than the traditional dodgem electric cars. The tube cars are simply more durable and easier to maintain.  Recently, some owners and operators are asking […]

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A Strategy to Bump up Profits <br/>Bumper Cars Are a Winning Attraction for FECs

A Strategy to Bump up Profits
Bumper Cars Are a Winning Attraction for FECs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Wow, have bumper cars come a long way. While you may still be able to ride in bumper cars that have long poles leading to an electric ceiling at some classic theme parks, the latest and greatest bumper cars don’t even have a steering wheel. These trendy, state-of-the-art bumper cars are bright, colorful, round, futuristic-looking […]

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Working the Angles <br/>Crowd-pleasing Tips from Family Entertainment Center Owners

Working the Angles
Crowd-pleasing Tips from Family Entertainment Center Owners

November 2, 2013 No Comments

With a mix of games, rides, and fast food, family entertainment centers have been a big draw for families, adults, and kids of all ages. But thriving in the current economy, and getting consumers to choose a family fun center over other entertainment options, can be a challenge. Across the nation, venues are still drawing […]

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Bingemans Chooses Brunswick Bowling for Area’s Largest Bowling Venue

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Bingemans, one of Southwestern Ontario’s most popular family entertainment centers, has opened the Kingpin Bowlounge, a 28-lane, 43,000-square-foot venue. The new addition is the largest bowling center in the Waterloo Region and features state-of-the-art Brunswick technology as well as a Playdium Game Center and the largest outdoor patio in the area. The location was founded […]

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Portland Mall Attraction Offers U.S. Bowling Corp. Equipment

Portland Mall Attraction Offers U.S. Bowling Corp. Equipment

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Twelve U.S. Bowling Corp.-supplied lanes are now open to patrons of the Pioneer Square Mall in Portland, Ore. at the Punchbowl Social attraction. The company also offers pinspotters, auto scoring, mini-bowling, bumper and gutter systems, video masking units, parts and supplies, ball rack and hood systems, lane machines, seating, tables and couches and more. (For […]

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Hosting the Big Bash

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Birthday parties. Corporate parties. Tournament parties. All are “strikes” in the eyes of bowling center owners and managers. Here, they discuss their biggest bash of the past year. To celebrate the grand opening of its center, Norcross, Ga.,-based Brunswick’s hosted 300 local VIPs for an exclusive preview event supporting Bert’s Big Adventure (a non-profit organization […]

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Bowling Centers: <br/>Boosting Profits from Parties and Events

Bowling Centers:
Boosting Profits from Parties and Events

November 2, 2013 No Comments

When hosting parties and events, bowling centers kick it up a notch, or two or three – offering a variety of package specials and oftentimes customization. Profits reflect their efforts. A popular party special at Laurel Lanes, in Port Angeles, Wash., is one lane, free shoes for two hours and a family size pizza for […]

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Sponsors

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

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.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Laser Star

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Art Attack

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

American Changer

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Formula K Raceways

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Extreme Engineering

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Store on Wheels

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

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.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Spectrum Sports

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Bulbtronics

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Cost of Wisconson

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Johnny Rockets
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation