Articles
The Large Park Report
A Pandemic Update from United States’ Large Parks
In this issue of The Large Park Report, Contributor Chad Emerson examines, in light of the pandemic, three key areas that industry operators should continue to monitor during the second half of 2021.
Waves
Water Park Report: Trends for the Summer Season
After a year of lockdowns, closures and other pandemic-related
restrictions, water parks are rebounding in a big way, this article by Contributor Hilary Larson found.
Bonus Sidebar: What New Rides Are You Debuting This Summer?
Entertainment Center Report ∙ Executive Profiles
A Question and Answer Feature with CEO Tim Murphy of Boomers Parks

Supplier and Operator Perspective: A Conversation with Sacoa’s Sebastian Mochkovsky
Entertainment Center Special Report
COVID-Related Changes Perspectives from Caves, a Bowling Center, a Go-Kart Track, and a Roller Skating Center
As the impact of the pandemic on businesses changes, leisure and entertainment venues across the country are finding their way to a new normal.
Entertainment Center Report ∙ Bowling
Strategies for a Thriving Bowling Business in the Current Climate
For this article, bowling center managers and owners described how their lanes are generally thriving – and what they are doing to assure business continues to be a “perfect game.”
Bonus Sidebar: How Important Is Food Service?
Entertainment Center Report ∙ Virtual Reality
Current Trends in Virtual Reality
This article looks at virtual reality operations during the pandemic, including how one business diversified its offerings from games and recreation to customized educational experiences.
Bonus Sidebar: How Do You Cater to the Crowd?
Entertainment Center Report ∙ Mini-Golf and Go Karts
Simple Staffing Solutions – A Fun Center Staff Hiring and Training Picture
A survey of mini-golf and go-kart parks around the country revealed a perhaps-surprising degree of employee loyalty at a time when workers are in-demand.
Special Feature: Operating During the Pandemic
Hiring During a Pandemic – Perspectives from FECs and Parks
For this article, Contributor Sara Karnish spoke with park and FEC officials regarding the trends and challenges involved in hiring during the pandemic.
Street Beat
Hiring and Management Tips for Now and Any Time
Words of wisdom on hiring and training employees from operators.
The Operators’ View – Coin-Op Tips and Trends
So, what is the future of the coin-operated game business? For this article, operators offered their view of what’s ahead, how to keep customers satisfied, and a look at their top locations.
Food Service Spotlight
Rolling Toward Fun – Trends in Concession Foods
Food vendors are ready to get back into their trailers and trucks to serve up attendees’ longtime favorite fair concessions.
Bonus Sidebar: Top Concession Cleaning Tips from the Experts
Escape Rooms
From Game Trends to Cleaning and Customer Service Tips – There is No Escaping Success
For this article, Contributor Maureen Spurr interviewed escape rooms in Oklahoma and California.