I would love to know from you wonderfully intelligent folks on here what you think the most inventive means of adding compounded sources of income for a small prefabricated commercial warehouse could be-ie. advertising rights, kids playcentre , go-car racing, sand skiing- indoor skydiving, you name it LOL, with the most bang for your buck of course …(i’m building a small warehouse on a small block in a demographically family oriented area)?
I’d would love to hear any ideas, they can be zany, they can be unrealistic, I just want your ideas spilling!!!!!! ready set go ! hehe
nice to be back everyone (although I am barely known here hehe- (I know I like this Dr X lady, I thought she was a very valuable contributor last time I read her posts a few months back)
You all take care and I am eagerly awaiting your ideas and hopefully next time I post I won’t be answering questions, but informing you guys of something!!!!
Wish you all the best! [buz2]
I have a 5yr old and I know the kids play place like jungle gym, tropical twist etc with cafe and party rooms do roaring trade in my area.
must have a cafe for mum / dad
the cafe can also do the in house catering for the parties.
If you want further info how the ones I frequent work I can fill you in.
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Celeste, thankyou for responding in the propertyinvesting website, I would love to hear about your ideas, which area does a roaring child playcentre trade…do you know any good family demographically oriented areas?
I would LOVE to know how they work celeste….Spill all here my friend!
I am In Bullcreek, WA
The one I went to yesturday is called Tropical Twist.
It has a large play area and a cafe, The play area has equipment similiar to Macdonalds, but a lot more. ball pits to play in, slides, lots of stuff to climb / slide / run etc. and a seperate toddler area.
The cafe has tables and chairs and is seperated from the play area by a glass wall so mum etc can chat / coffee / cake and still keep an eye on the kids.
It has party rooms and they do packages, which include, room hire/ food / lollie bags / bithday cake / invitations. They include helpers and the helpers arrange games etc. parties are usually 2 hours.
They have just opened the cafe as a restuarant at night, they have nights that are table service and nights that are buffet, and the kids can play. This one you can go any time regardless of childs age
It is 10min drive from me.
Another one called Jungle Gym also 10min from me, is set up more along the lines of a gym. The whole floor is gym mats and they have trampolines, balance beams, big foam pits etc.
This one runs session based on age, so really little ones are not competing with the older ones. and they do a 2-3 hr session onfriday nights for kids 5 or 6 to 12yrs, were you can leave them and go for dinner etc.
there are others a little further away, bigger and small. I have been to all of them as everyone uses them for parties now, hardly every go to a kids party at some ones house now. and they are packed during school holidays.
they all have different themes and set ups.
Check your phone book see if any around and go check them out, talk to the mums see what they like/dislike about the one they are at.
Where are you located?
Absolutely wonderful input and very much appreciated Celeste…I have been in a similar (less flashy) children’s playcentre in Townsville, which spurned my interest to begin with. I would love to know the primary frustrations you think and know mum’s, dad’s and children have in using these centres and what other income generating features/systems could be added for maximum cashflow and efficacy.
shalom and take care Celeste thanks so much and looking forward to your replyWylieMember@wylieJoin Date: 2004Post Count: 346
Could I suggest if you go down this track, that having visited a few of these types of facilities in Brisbane there are two things (in my opinion) that are essential –
1. Glass partition between 59 excited children all yelling at each other at the loudest possible level and the parents, who are trying to chat to each other without yelling.
2. Decent coffee and food.
One centre in Brisbane I visited had neither a partition nor good food and I was not happy being there. If I hadn’t had children who were having the time of their lives, I would have been out of there much earlier. After all, you have a captive audience in those parents. You need them to want to stay and spend.
I know with the one that had no partition and only junky fatty food, I had a headache after half an hour and couldn’t wait to get out of there, but knowing I was there for the long haul, only had yuck food and dishwater coffee to tempt me …. arghhhhh!!!.
The more I put this in writting the more I like them as a business, but I do not want to work full time and on weekends, thats why I do what I do now. Anyway..
I agree definitely needs GLASS partitioning, so you can still see them ans a GOOD cafe.
– parties – offer 2-3 different packages
– some by age, some buy what you get ie +/- lollie bags/party hats, hot / cold foods etc.
– They usually run 7 days a week so, have a partner or hire supervisor, so you are not there all the time
– I liked one of them because they hire some disabled staff, to clear and serve table.
(I guess there is some type of gov’t assistance to )
– set up some type of structured play sessions and approach schools re excusions, this one would suit gym style set up.
Oh the gym one had 17-18yr olds doing tricks on the quipment and they had a camera / monitor on the long trampoline so the kids could watch them selves as they did tricks on it and a bubble machine.
– the gym one had a seperate room with video games etc for the older child 10-15yr after that age they would come with mum/dad
as I said B4 there are so many options with this one. I could go on and on.