Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

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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Four Go-kart Safe Operating Tips

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Schedule Success: Follow a regular inspection and maintenance routine. Get an Eyeful: Train employees, and require them, to watch the track at all times when in use. Stay Refreshed and Ready: Run monthly sessions in safe operating practices for the staff. Make it Worth the Wait: Show the guest queue a safety video.  

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Creating Quick Fun <br/>Trends in Go-kart Racing

Creating Quick Fun
Trends in Go-kart Racing

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Go-karts have become a key sales- and traffic-driver at many family entertainment centers, but for some, simply touting a go-kart attraction isn’t enough. Some players are upping the ante in the race to profitability, catering to guests’ need for speed with go-kart racing, and implementing strategies to ensure success. Suburban Oaks, Pa., located 18 miles […]

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Rolling with the Technological Changes
Innovations in New Bowling Centers

September 1, 2013 No Comments

It used to be that we had to keep track of our bowling scores with a short, stubby, yellow pencil and some quick math. Then, it became even easier, with automated scoring via computer system. Now, with the latest advancements in technology, bowling centers are equipped with state-of-the-art systems, making the bowling experience more efficient […]

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A Strike for Profits <br/>Strategies to Increase Revenues

A Strike for Profits
Strategies to Increase Revenues

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Many centers with bowling facilities offer the game and much more, such as equipment rental, arcade games and food. So what is the biggest revenue source for owners? A random survey of bowling centers shows the revenue picture is a mixed bag. Arcade games are the biggest profit source at PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center, in […]

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Finding Success in the Action-Packed Laser Tag Industry

May 20, 2013 No Comments

While popular video games offer players the opportunity to lose themselves in an imaginary world of thrills and adventure, from the comfort of their sofa, laser tag represents a healthier alternative. The difference? The imaginary, adventure-filled world of laser tag gets you up and about, and allows creative and exciting interactions between people. With so […]

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Rink Safety Musts

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Keep it Clean: Constantly inspect the skating surface and surrounding areas for debris. Watch the Flow: Make sure skaters are moving in the right direction and not weaving or playing tag. Check the Skates: Routinely inspect skates for problems.

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Sponsors

Formula K Raceways

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Store on Wheels

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum Sports

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Laser Star

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

American Changer

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Extreme Engineering

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

Look Solutions

Fog 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.

Art Attack

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Bulbtronics

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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