Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

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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How a Young Industry Caters to Its Young <br/>Strategies to Entertain Under-18 Customers

How a Young Industry Caters to Its Young
Strategies to Entertain Under-18 Customers

September 1, 2013 No Comments

In 2005, Erik Guthrie opened the Laser Tag Museum in order to preserve the almost 30-year history of laser tag. The museum now features an extensive collection of equipment, merchandise and memorabilia from dozens of laser tag facilities from all over the world. “Laser tag has grown to be a worldwide experience now enjoyed in […]

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Top Five Tips for Booking Events

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Be flexible. The more you’re willing to work with a client, the more likely they are to come back – and to refer a friend. Use social media. More people go online to plan events. That’s why getting the word out on sites like Facebook and Twitter can help link your facility with potential customers […]

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Spilling the Secrets <br/>Strategies to Promote Successful Roller Rink Events

Spilling the Secrets
Strategies to Promote Successful Roller Rink Events

September 1, 2013 No Comments

While birthday parties are still an important revenue source, roller skating rinks from the Rockaways to Venice Beach are finding innovative methods to draw unusual events to their locations.  For example, at Portland’s Oaks Park Amusement Park and Roller Rink, Emily MacKay, the promotions and events manager, is taking advantage of Washington State’s new marriage […]

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Remodeling for a Model Course
Top Signs a Miniature Golf Course Needs Work

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Though it is virtually impossible to change your location (portable courses exempted) it is very possible and often desirable to change your existing course.  Signs of a needed change are often easy to recognize. Here are just a few. The Obvious Signs: • Carpet that is worn and torn with separating seams and vanishing fibers. […]

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Sponsors

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Art Attack

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum Sports

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

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.

American Changer

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

Laser Star

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

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.

Extreme Engineering

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Cost of Wisconson

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Store on Wheels

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

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