The indoor playground is the corner stone of many Family Entertainment Centers (FEC). FECs are invaluable in the cities they service, as they often serve as the sole amusement park alternative for the city, its surrounding towns and suburbs. Remaining competitive and consistently developing promotional strategies to appeal to the districts you service are the fundamental tenets of success for any FEC owner or operator.
As a FEC owner, your business lives and breathes on its ability to exude “the fun factor” in marketing, amenities and the overall decor. Parental concerns are also important. While children themselves rarely think of it, a major factor in the attractiveness of an FEC to parents is on-site safety and security, as adults see beyond the veil of “the fun factor” to underlying concerns for the well being of their offspring.
One common potential business problem is the concern over liability, safety and the reliability of play equipment. This problem is a big one and should not be overlooked. It is imperative that you source equipment that meets the following three concerns:
- Meets or exceeds industry standards
- Caters to your FEC’s needs, demographic and creative vision
- Is durable and reliable so as not to cost you in excessive repairs and closures
One way to ensure that you are making the right decision when sourcing indoor playground equipment is to use a company that has built a reputation in the industry. Companies like Orca Coast Playground (www.orcacoastplay.com) have outlined clear and transparent safety standards that adhere to similar standards across industry committees like IAAPA and ASTM International, of which Orca Coast Playground holds active membership.
As Orca Coast Playgrounds notes on their website, “With possibly the best safety record and satisfaction rate in the industry you will sleep easy at night knowing your investment is in good hands.” This is an important distinction, because not only does lax safety standards put you and your FEC in serious risk, it also means unreliable equipment that will break down often and funnel money into expensive and time consuming repairs.
Don’t get caught in the trap of sourcing the cheapest option. These are the choices you pay for later on. Follow the three key points when securing your playground and you will be building your FEC on a solid foundation for the future.
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