Archive for Family Entertainment Center Reports

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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Inflatables Safety: Taking Hold of Solid Practices

June 4, 2012 No Comments

Not long ago, a New Jersey couple rented an inflatable from Edison, N.J-based Air Castles and Slides for a backyard party. On the day of the event, guests good-naturedly teased the wife about the document she had placed on one of the tables, a certificate attesting to her having completed an inflatables operating safety course […]

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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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Special Events Strategies – Creating the Perfect Children’s Birthday Party

Special Events Strategies – Creating the Perfect Children’s Birthday Party

June 2, 2012 No Comments

It’s a natural market. Kids are a major driver of the popularity of mini-golf and go-kart parks. And when it comes to celebrating birthdays, parents want to give their children a memorable event. But creating the perfect celebration can be challenging. After all, there are a myriad of factors, ranging from accommodating multiple age groups […]

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Finding the Money – Tips on Securing Financing

June 1, 2012 No Comments

As the country begins to pull out of one of the darkest recessions in nearly 100 years, both entertainment developers and existing operators are beginning to take the project plunge once again.  There probably couldn’t be a better time to do so, as the three metrics, real estate, interest rates and construction costs, are all […]

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Sponsors

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

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.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Art Attack

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

Bulbtronics

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

Laser Star

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Formula K Raceways

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Spectrum Sports

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Extreme Engineering

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Store on Wheels

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

American Changer

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

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