Start-up Considerations: Most Popular Snacks and Concessions for Your Trampoline Park

There are a lot of details to consider when you’re starting your own business: location, costs, and employees all take up a lot of time to get just right. After the big decisions (like what Trampoline Park Software to use) are out of the way, there are still a few smaller details that help make your Trampoline Park a success. Yep, we’re talking FOOD.

Some foods have been married to the idea of Family Entertainment Centers since what feels like the beginning of time. The first things that come to mind when you think of amusement parks are likely funnel cake, cotton candy, corn dogs, ice cream, pizza, and french fries. These are all good, nay, AMAZING, but why stop there?

Food is one place where you can really put your stamp on your business, so consider the options. After all, the famous Tivoli Gardens serves sushi and tapas in Copenhagen. You read that right, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world carved out budget to serve pretty fancy fare.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try new things and offer specials over holidays. It’s getting cold out there, so why not look into some hot cocoa for your guests who are coming in from the cold?

What do you think? Do you prefer the tried-and-true pizza model, or do you like experimenting? Is sushi going to pop up on your menu? ;) Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Active8 Highlights: Family Check-in

Some very wise and observant parents have shared a big secret with us: that adding the second kid to the mix was an adjustment, but the addition of a third child made everything WAY more complicated than they expected. Why the drama? If you have two kids and two hands, things seem pretty fair. But who has three hands? Time to call in for backup.

We’ve seen it first-hand when families come into a trampoline park to have a good time. They come for a good time, but end up having to deal with the chaos first. What do we mean? Getting everyone checked in takes too long. Waivers have been signed, but tracking them down takes forever. Employees might remember a family that comes in every week, but the computer takes just as long to get them checked in. We saw the problem and found a solution.

Active8 makes checking in with your family a breeze, because family members are linked in our intuitive system. They’re all in one place. Not only does our Trampoline Park Software make checking in customers a lot faster, but it helps keep you as a Trampoline Park Owner protected from invalid waivers (that are only valid when signed by a parent or legal guardian).

You know the problem’s been solved when things go smoothly, and we think your customers will thank you for a fun family activity with a big round of smiles.


Have questions about this feature or just want to know more about what we do? Give us a call and learn all about our Family Entertainment Center Software! (888) 500-2618

Crowd Control: Handling Trampoline Park Overcrowding with Active8

There are few times we’re willing to get into the thick of it when it comes to battling crowds and, Black Friday steals aside, we think we’re in the majority. Admit it, you don’t want to stand in the crowd at a concert anymore (especially when you can sit down and enjoy your beer and churro with two hands). So why haven’t other trampoline parks figured out how to keep the crowds from swelling too much? They’re using the wrong trampoline park software.

Thankfully, we’re here to calm the crowds and make sure everyone has a little more elbow-room. Shocked? We don’t blame you. Honestly, we’re not sure why we seem to be the only ones turning attendance from a guessing game into a well-oiled machine. We’ve spent a lot of time streamlining the process and creating a system that takes the guesswork out of your trampoline park attendance.

And we’ve made it simple. Instead of resorting to guessing capacity, you just need to log into your Active8 account and take a look. Every patron is assigned a timeslot with their Active8 Smart Wristband (bye bye, ugly stickers!), which can be easily used to add more time or even buy concessions without adding bulk to your Family Entertainment Center Point of Sale (hello, extra revenue). With the Smart Wristband, you’ll always have an accurate number of how many people are in the park and how much jump time they have left.

It’ll keep your patrons happy, and it’ll make your life so much easier! Are you interested in hearing when our Smart Wristband is available to add to your park?


Give us a call at (888) 500-2618 to learn more about what your Active8 Trampoline Park POS can do!

Have a Scary-Good Halloween at Your Trampoline Park

Halloween might seem far away at the end of October, but September marks the beginning of Halloween excitement. Costume shops are already popping up across town, and we don’t think we’re imagining a little nip in the air.

Kids might be headed back to school, but that doesn’t mean that your park can’t get in on some more fun! Sure, we make the best Trampoline Park Software, but we can have some fun in the park too. How can you make your park more fun for Halloween? Keep reading!

Decorate.

Never underestimate the power of a few well-placed cobwebs. They add a hint of Halloween that is perfect for your park without breaking the bank. Make a few giant spiders and put them around the park. Voila!

Game-ify It

Through the month of October, try a giveaway or some other promotion to keep yourself top-of-mind. Consider games like having kids count how many spiders are in the park, with prizes for correct guesses. Or, imagine a fun costume contest (and have a photographer come to catch all the superhero capes  and batwings in action as kids jump). Kids of all ages love prizes, right?

Go Big or Go Home

Really ready to go for it? Why not turn your trampoline park into a Haunted House for a week? Imagine all the fun you could have with trampoline walls, a fog machine, and a few well-placed strobe lights. Just make sure to keep things safe for kids! You have Automated Liability Waivers, but we’d hate to see the fun get interrupted with an accident.

Take a look into Halloween party fun for your park and let us know how you’ll be celebrating this year! Looking for more ideas to dial your park up to eleven? Keep an eye on this blog.

Give us a call at (888) 500-2618 to learn more about our Family Entertainment Center Software!



 

Back-To-School: How to Improve Birthday Parties at Your Park

Take a look around your trampoline park. Does it seem quieter than it used to be? The free-for-all of summer quickly turned into back-to-school calm as kids settle into their new classes. Kids are back in school, and we’re switching modes. Think of the quiet as a time to refocus on what your park can improve on through the whole year: birthday parties.

Remember birthday parties? With balloons and cake and decorations? Maybe you have Birthday Party Booking Software but you don’t know how to make the most of it. We’re surprised at how many family event centers overlook the power of the birthday party to bring in revenue and keep their park top-of-mind for long weekends and holiday breaks. Keep reading to learn how to improve your park’s birthday party system.

Bring on the Food

Kids might not eat a lot, but they sure seem to when they’re running around and jumping for what seems like hours. Make sure to have the usual suspects on the menu (pizza always and forever) but, by taking food allergies into account, you can show how much you care. Consider gluten-free alternatives for kids or parents who have food sensitivities.

Party Host With the Most

Every good party has a good host steering the fun. The party host keeps everyone on schedule, making sure the party has plenty of time to devour plenty of cake and ice cream before kids go home (gotta love those sugar-rushes). The host also makes sure that everyone’s happy, which makes sure they’re spreading good reviews about your park. We make things easier for your party host by featuring our Birthday Party Software right on an iPad, so your host can get everything settled when they check in the party. Fewer trips back and forth: fewer mistakes.

Did We Mention Cake?

The more you can provide for the party, the easier you make life for the party parents. Look into the cost of working with a local bakery to provide cakes and other snacks for your parties. The parents will thank you for the convenience, since it’s one less thing for them to worry about. Add it on as an option, and test to see if it’s a good idea to implement full-time.

Details Make a Difference

There are some things that make a party: decorations, cake, and fun activities. But don’t stop there! Yes, you’ve got the foundation but think outside the box. Think about the best place for your parties. Is your birthday party room far away from the action? Put it front and center to advertise to everyone how fun a party at your park can be.

Make them feel special in a big way. Customize parties for kids who like pirates, princesses, or ponies. A few extra decorations and party hats help each party feel unique.

Offer goody bags for kids to take home after the party ends. They keep the fun going a little bit longer after all that sugar wears off.

Ultimately, the more you can do the better! Some parents want to sit back and relax so when you provide a great service like a fun birthday party, they’re thrilled! What are you doing to improve your birthday party experience?

Get the best Family Entertainment Center Software in the biz. Give us a call at (888) 500-2618 to explore your options!



 

We’re headed to Palm Springs!

Mark your calendars for September 19 - 21, because we’re headed to Palm Springs for the 5th annual International Association of Trampoline Parks Conference and Trade Show (IATP) and we want to see you there!

We’re so committed to IATP that we’re honored and excited to be the IATP Title Sponsor this year! The IATP Conference has always been an amazing experience for us, and we hope you feel the same. We’re especially excited this year because sponsoring the conference will allow us to get more involved than ever before. We’re here to help you make your trampoline park more successful, whether your goal is to streamline your online sales or to help your employees make more intuitive decisions.

Are you a trampoline park owner? Maybe you’re looking to add to your entertainment center and you’re researching new additions to your park. Either way, IATP is the place to get up-to-date on the growing world of trampoline parks. We’ve learned so much from IATP conference-goers in the past and can’t wait to connect with you this year! It just seems to get better and better.

This year, we’re looking forward to:

-Educational Sessions  

-Trade Show

-Training & Certification

To be honest, we’re most excited about meeting and hanging out with all of you! Whether you’re a veteran or just getting into the trampoline game, it’s going to be a great time.

Get more info on this year’s IATP here: http://www.indoortrampolineparks.org/5th-annual-conference-trade-show-overview

What are you most excited for about IATP?

IATP Conference

We had a great time meeting everyone at the IATP (International Association of Trampoline Parks) conference.  We were extremely busy with everyone wanting to know about our smart wristband technology.  We look forward to having follow up demos with some of you, and we look forward to coming out and implementing the software with others.  Please feel free to follow up with us any time at (888)500-2618.

Active8 Launch

We look forward to attending the IATP conference in Denver, where we will be launching Active8. We are the first software program made specifically for trampoline parks to incorporate all the necessary functionality to manage your entire business.  We're excited to be partnered with Best American Trampolines and be exclusively available to their clients.  We look forward to meeting you there, but if you don't have a chance to attend, please call us at (888) 500-2618 to see what we can do for your business.