Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

Bowling Center Special Events <br/>Building Business with Parties and Fundraisers

Bowling Center Special Events
Building Business with Parties and Fundraisers

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Bowling centers have a lot going for them as a party venue. Besides the popularity of the game itself, the odds of booking more parties increases with high-scoring efforts toward building a party-friendly reputation. Various companies occupy the 24-lane Cordova Lanes in Pensacola, Fla. Marketing and Events Coordinator Tim Shipman expanded that element to include […]

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Edible Entertainment
Making Food Fun at Bowling Centers

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The bowling industry is comprised of a diverse group of bowling centers that range in size from the intimate eight-lane centers to the mega family entertainment centers.  Bowling centers’ food and beverage operations range in size from snack bar settings to sports bars and even fine dining.  But no matter the size of the center, […]

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Facility Focus <br/>Branchburg Sports Complex, Branchburg, N.J.

Facility Focus
Branchburg Sports Complex, Branchburg, N.J.

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Opened in November of 2010, Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC) in Branchburg, N.J., is a rare kind of entertainment center. Part Family Entertainment, part Sports Complex and part Fitness Center, you won’t find many other facilities anywhere quite like this 78,000-square-foot monster! We recently spent some time speaking with owner Mark Lauber about his facility and […]

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How to Approach Your Laser Tag Project or Renovation for Maximum Impact

November 1, 2012 No Comments

When approaching a new laser tag project or an upgrade to an existing one, which direction should you take? Are you focused on the right things or on what the salesmen may be trying to sell you? Let’s examine some of the major players you will need to examine and discuss how to properly evaluate […]

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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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Sponsors

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Laser Star

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

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.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Sureshot Redemption

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

American Changer

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Cost of Wisconson

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

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.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Art Attack

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

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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys