Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

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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Deals and Employee Training Bolster Summertime Guest Spending

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Mini-golf and go-karts have long been popular summertime activities throughout the United States. While this remains the case, facilities are going the extra mile to distinguish themselves from the competition, increase guest spending this season and offset any weather-related decreases in guest traffic. Offering deals and packages tops the list of tactics for accomplishing such […]

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Training Is Not Optional

August 1, 2012 No Comments

With a variety of delivery systems, every proprietor can take advantage of great educational programs How does employee training benefit your company? What difference does it make? Can it really make you more competitive? Yes, it can. For one, employee training improves your ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace. Because your staff is […]

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Bowling Center Renovations Bring New Amenities and a Modern Vibe

June 3, 2012 No Comments

A group of college students walks into a bowling center near campus, but rather than leaving after playing a few games as in the past, they kick back in a separate lounge area, eating snacks and watching a baseball game on a flat-screen TV set. At another facility, a group of women enjoy a friend’s […]

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Bowling Is Better Together – How Technology Is Reinventing the Game

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Bowling is arguably one of America’s most popular pastimes with almost 70 million people bowling at least one game a year over the past 10 years.  Bowling is a sport with few boundaries to its enjoyment.  Whether a person is 6 years old or 106 years old, they can enjoy the game.  With a little […]

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Creative Works Inc. Completes Eastern Shore Lanes Project

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Creative Works Inc., put its stamp on a new entertainment facility in Spanish Fort, Ala., that just opened its doors to the public in April. Eastern Shore Lanes, which sits just outside Mobile, is a multi-attraction facility that provides a number of different options for guests including bowling, billiards, an arcade and laser tag. Creative […]

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Laser Tag and FECs – An Attraction Takes Hold in a Changing Market

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Laser Tag has been a part of the family entertainment center experience for a number of years, but especially in the last five years that experience has changed dramatically.  Typically considered to be simply a “flavor” attraction, laser tag has proven its strength to FEC owners and has become an expected attraction in centers today.   […]

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Ten Tips for Creating Perfect Kids’ Birthday Parties

June 2, 2012 No Comments

Listen. Customers will tell you what they really want. Be flexible. Allow parents to customize packages to meet their budgets and expectations. Provide a point person. A party coordinator or hostess will ensure that the group has dedicated customer service. Offer innovation. A fresh and exciting party will be memorable for kids. Mind the bottom […]

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Sponsors

Art Attack

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Formula K Raceways

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Bulbtronics

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Spectrum Sports

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

American Changer

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

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.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Laser Star

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

Johnny Rockets
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