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An Alley that Meets its Mark <br> The Timber Lanes Story

An Alley that Meets its Mark
The Timber Lanes Story

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald  When Rick and Kathy LeChette bought the old Oxford Strike ‘N Spare Lanes, they wanted to bring the longtime bowling alley back to life with a few added features for today’s generation. The couple started making this old-timey alley their own by not only changing the name to Timber Lanes and […]

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Dreaming It and Theming It <br>Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

Dreaming It and Theming It
Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson As the big summer season gets closer, exciting innovations will debut throughout the large park and resort industry.  While these often involve thrilling rides and signature shows, parks are increasingly investing in immersive dining experiences too.  In this installment, The Large Park Report explores the intersection of eating and entertainment at theme […]

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The Arcade Extra <br> How Coin-Op Games Add Value to the Laser Tag Experience

The Arcade Extra
How Coin-Op Games Add Value to the Laser Tag Experience

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser Flash in Carmel, Ind., boasts the distinction of being “Indiana’s largest laser tag center.” The over 12,000-square-foot facility can accommodate up to 42 players per game of laser tag, and features seating for up to 90 in the party area, as well as 24 in the VIP conference center. Owner […]

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Building Business <br> Trends in Carnivals, Fairs and Festivals

Building Business
Trends in Carnivals, Fairs and Festivals

December 29, 2016 No Comments

At carnivals, fairs, and festivals, business seems to be booming this year, with popular rides and midway games drawing crowds at virtually all locations. Carnival owners and staff offer their opinions on the business climate and their favorite attractions. At G&S Shows in Garden Grove, Calif., Owner Tony Guadagno sees the current popularity of carnivals […]

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Crowd Control  <br>How to Keep Parks Safe and Well Organized – From Food to Rides

Crowd Control
How to Keep Parks Safe and Well Organized – From Food to Rides

August 29, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald With more than 20 acres and 22 rides, Quassy may not be the largest amusement park in Connecticut, but it’s certainly one of the oldest. Opened in 1908 on the South Shore of Lake Quassapauq, the park has been evolving with the needs of its visitors for more than a century. […]

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Centers with Themed Elements to Spare <br> Trends in Bowling Center Design

Centers with Themed Elements to Spare
Trends in Bowling Center Design

May 25, 2016 No Comments

By Genie Davis From a retro-look to a knight’s castle theme, bowling centers nationwide rely on a wide variety of design and theming strategies to keep balls rolling down the lanes. Regardless of the decor choices made, the best bowling center designs appeal to customer demographics or offer unique attributes that make a center stand […]

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Spring Is in the Air <br>How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting  Ready for a New Season

Spring Is in the Air
How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting Ready for a New Season

April 13, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald More than a century ago, philanthropist Christopher Lyman Magee donated $125,000 for the construction of a zoological garden in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood. Today, the zoo, which sits on 77 acres of parkland, is one of the top six major attractions of its kind in the country. With more than 4,000 […]

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Fairs and Carnivals:  The Latest in Fun Foods

Fairs and Carnivals: The Latest in Fun Foods

January 4, 2016 No Comments

With countless venues vying for the typical consumer’s entertainment dollar these days, it’s hard to remain a top pick. Yet many fairs and carnivals manage to pull it off. How they accomplish the feat has a lot to do with the fun foods people know they’ll find there. Jason Au, owner and operator of Canadian-based […]

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Safety with a Smile <br> Staff Training Strategies

Safety with a Smile
Staff Training Strategies

August 27, 2015 No Comments

During the summer months, kids and adults alike will be spending their days having fun trying their hands at popular activities including miniature golf and go-karting. Managers at venues that offer these attractions go to great lengths to ensure safety as well as fun for their guests. Staff training strategies vary depending on the size […]

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The Sky’s the Limit for  Growing Trampoline Parks

The Sky’s the Limit for Growing Trampoline Parks

May 22, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Over the last 10 years, trampoline parks have been opening all over the United States, and the industry continues to grow rapidly, even expanding internationally. Jerry Raymond co-founded Sky High Sports in 2006 with his brother, Ron. “We were looking for careers that would allow us to spend more time with […]

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