Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Expanding Yesterday’s Stand-Alone Entertainment Venues to Appeal to Today’s Fun-Seeking Families

Expanding Yesterday’s Stand-Alone Entertainment Venues to Appeal to Today’s Fun-Seeking Families

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Bowling, Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Arcades. Not that long ago, you would have needed to visit four different venues in order to enjoy these various entertainment attractions. Now, as many entertainment center owners are finding out, in order to stay competitive and, in some cases, stay open, one source of entertainment in no longer enough. […]

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Meeting an Operational Challenge
The Care of Flooring, Carpet and Turf

November 1, 2012 No Comments

While the recession continues, for lack of a better word, to recede, owners and operators of facilities with mini-golf and go-kart components continue to believe that when it comes to carpet, turf and flooring, diligent cleaning and maintenance, coupled with preventive measures, beat frequent replacement. They also find that no single type of surface is […]

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Powered Up for Fun <br/> How Bumper Cars Enhance the Guest Experience

Powered Up for Fun
How Bumper Cars Enhance the Guest Experience

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Bumper cars are classic family fun, and while once relegated to amusement parks, they are now finding homes in bowling centers, Family Entertainment Centers and even flea markets where they play a major role in enhancing customer experience. Known nationally as America’s largest weekend flea marketplace, Traders Village has three locations. The original site, which […]

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Where the Menu Fits the Mood <br/> Bowling Centers Offer Fun with Food

Where the Menu Fits the Mood
Bowling Centers Offer Fun with Food

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Bowling centers around the nation are no longer offering snack bars as pure amenities. They are using them to draw business by adding creative items or expanding them into full-service restaurants in the hopes of attracting more customers, even those that might not want to bowl. The simplest way to increase sales and draw new […]

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LittleDuffer Mini Golf Answers a Demand for Low-cost Mini Golf

September 11, 2012 No Comments

LittleDuffer Mini Golf is launched as a low-cost indoor or outdoor modular miniature golf course for use by campgrounds, hotels, special events, fund raisers and rental companies, and many other users with limited budget and space. “Adventure Golf Services created LittleDuffer to answer the customer demand for a smaller and a more economically priced miniature […]

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Enhancing the Attractions Mix

Enhancing the Attractions Mix

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Exploring the Winning Combination of Inflatables, Mini-Golf and Go-Karts To be a true Family Entertainment Center, many FECs look for attractions that will bring in guests from all age groups. Some of the most popular attractions for toddlers and young children are inflatables. When FECs combine their go-karts and mini-golf and other attractions with bounces, […]

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Themed Bowling Centers: A Balance Between Sport and Style

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Bowling has long been an enjoyable, recreational sport for families, teens, young adults and seniors. While the game is enjoyable no matter the surroundings, many bowling centers are capitalizing on particular themes, in order to draw crowds and boost excitement. A step inside Rifle Fireside Lanes, in Rifle, Colo., takes you back in time to […]

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BPAA Unveils New Entertainment Center Management School

September 11, 2012 No Comments

First of Its Kind Program Designed for Non-Traditional Bowling Centers The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), the voice of the bowling industry, has announced the addition of the School of Entertainment Center Management (ECM) to its Bowling University program. The unique new school is designed for those who are, or who could become, high-level […]

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Is Your Business “App”-tly Represented?

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Everybody Seems to Have an App, Should You? Quick, without looking, how many apps do you have on your phone or tablet? It seems that not too long ago phones were, well, just phones.  Then texting, photos and video.  And now, apps.  Not just one or two apps.  In fact, it seems you can’t get […]

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Utilizing Your Laser Tag System to Enhance Your Business

Utilizing Your Laser Tag System to Enhance Your Business

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Last year we took a look at the technology of laser tag and discussed the advances that have allowed the equipment to be lighter and more durable, what advances allow the existence of laser skirmish gear, and many other technological advances that allow the systems of today to flourish. While individual laser tag companies do […]

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Sponsors

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Spectrum Sports

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Bulbtronics

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Store on Wheels

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Extreme Engineering

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

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.

Art Attack

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Stoelting
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys