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Light the way!

Sparky’s is a Saudi Arabian indoor play experience with a dare to be different. Since its founding the chain has refuted the view that the days of the shopping mall FEC are numbered, prioritising a pioneering approach to traditional family…

Make believe made real

Every child dreams of being someone important and doing big things. Xavier López Ancona opened the first KidZania facility in Santa Fe, Mexico City in September 1999 as ‘La Ciudad de los Niños’ (City of the Children), with the idea of…

An Amazon adventure… in Manchester!

Manchester’s Printworks has become the new home of Treetop Adventure Golf, an indoor, Amazon themed, 18-hole mini-golf experience. Golfers of all ages are welcome to the attraction located on the second floor of the Printworks above…

On the bounce!

In the 15 years since Mark, Phil, and Kerry joined forces to become company leaders, Airquee has gone from strength to strength, expanding into Europe with an ever-growing range of bespoke inflatables, bouncy castles, inflatable buildings,…

Bowled over

Bowling and entertainment centre Pinstack won FEC of the Year at the Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas in March. Kathy Archer reports

King of the swingers

US high-ropes specialist Ropes Courses, has been busy of late tying up a manufacturing deal with New Zealand’s Clip ’n Climb climbing walls and acquiring Amaze’n Mazes too. It all adds up to rapid expansion for the firm, as market…

Call of the wild

When wilderness resort Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri’s Ozark mountains wanted to bring laser tag to its family entertainment offering it contacted theming specialist Creative Works to help create an attraction that fitted in with the…

Slice of the action

Growing out of the arcade boom in the seventies and eighties, John's Incredible Pizza Company has gradually reinvented itself as a family entertainment centre with strong links to its local communities and, of course, great pizza. Kathy…

Could it be magic?

Timbalaya, is looking to brings its back-storied brand of woodland shenanigans to a number of attractions by 2020 and has ambitious plans for around 16 openings over the next five years

Centre of Attention: 360Play

UK FEC chain 360Play has just opened its sixth centre in Farnborough, following the firm’s same carefully constructed and successful play formula.

The wild ones

Norfolk’s unique outdoor park Bewilderwood, offers families an enhanced play experience in a woodland setting, themed around a series of successful children’s books. Ronnie Dungan spoke to founder and author Tom Blofeld to find out more…