Business, Marketing, and Life Advice for Play-Based Business Owners

Ideas To Generate Sales On A Holiday (Even When Your Indoor Playground Is Closed!)

Nov 04, 2022

Oftentimes when we close our businesses in observance of a holiday, we assume that it means a pause in revenue as well. 

However, in this article I want to challenge that belief and provide you with some inspiration on how you can generate sales EVEN while your doors are shut.

First, I highly recommend listening to Episode 26 of my podcast, The Profitable Play Podcast, in which I share a very specific strategy about creating a BUNDLE offer. There are many different reasons why I never...

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How To Accommodate Autistic Children And Adults At Your Play Space

Aug 08, 2022

It was recently estimated by the CDC that over 5.4 MILLION adults in the United States  (2.21% of American adults) have ASD.  The states with the greatest estimated number of adults living with ASD included California (701,669), Texas (449,631), New York (342,280), and Florida (329,131). And similarly, the nationally representative survey suggests that about 1.5 million U.S. kids have autism, or about 1 in 40.

To put it in perspective, most indoor playgrounds serve between 25 and...

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2 Ways To Increase Cafe Sales At You Indoor Playground AND Reduce Staff Overwhelm!

Apr 04, 2022

One of the biggest reservations I hear from play space owners who are nervous to install a full cafe in their space is,

“well, I can’t afford to hire additional staff a cafe would require..."

If you haven’t listened to episode 55 of my podcast yet, go back and listen to it because I break down this objection in painstaking detail, but today I want to share two ways with you that you use to dispel this fear even further.

And just to recap ONE point from episode 55 in case...

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8 Reasons A Cafe Is Crucial To Profitability For The Modern Play Space Or Indoor Playground

Mar 30, 2022

Something I have learned from years of coaching indoor playground owners is that this type of business model operates the BEST when the owner feels truly aligned with their company, and when they set their business up in a way that amplifies their strengths and passions.

For example, Art Factory Play Cafe and Party Place is a perfect portrayal of owner Tal’s artistic gifts. At her facility, Tal combines art classes and DIY projects (for both children and adults!) with play...

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3 Tips For Raising Your Prices At Your Indoor Playground Business (PLUS An Alternative Strategy!)

Mar 14, 2022

In the past I’ve talked about how to find potential opportunities to decrease some of your costs, especially if your business model has shifted at all since opening. Or if your volume is a little different than expected. 

However, what happens if you can't decrease a specific price? Even  worse, what if you are facing price increases? That's the situation, unfortunately, many small business owners in every industry, not just ours, are faced with as we go through 2022. 


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How Blogging Can Help Your Facility Book MORE Birthday Party Clients (With NO Ad Spend!)

Jun 03, 2021

As a local business owner, you’ve probably heard along the way that blogging can help you increase your website traffic.

And you’ve also probably thought… GREAT! I could use some extra traffic to my site for free. I’ll be sure to start blogging right away!

But you might have gotten stuck there. 

OR pushed blogging to the back-burner.

And I get it-- when I opened a brick-and-mortar indoor playground back in 2015 I told myself for YEARS that “as soon as I...

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Just a Quick Story About Opening My First Indoor Playground Location

Jan 13, 2021

This isn't going to be my typical blog-- but I wanted to get this out there in case anyone needed to read it.


Around this time in 2015, I opened my first indoor playground location.


I am reminded every year by my memories that pop up on Facebook.


And in all those pictures of our first opening months, I am always smiling, playing with my children, greeting new customers.


But to be honest-- I get a knot in my stomach every time I look at them.


Because even...

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UNPOPULAR OPINION: Launching a Business in 2020

May 03, 2020

It’s May 2020, and we are right in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis and all of the uncertainty that comes with it.

I’ve been paying attention to the conversations happening on podcasts, YouTube channels, and inside Facebook groups, and I’ve actually been quite surprised at the comments being made.

Understandably, a lot of people are feeling scared and stuck, and like their dreams are on pause.

However, the surprising part to me is that a lot of prospective business owners...

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Questions to Ask A Potential Mentor, Business Coach, or "Expert" BEFORE Hiring Them

Apr 19, 2020

Whether you are looking to start or grow a business, you will have many options along the way in terms of accelerating your path to success.

There are free resources like blogs and YouTube, paid educational products and programs like online courses, as well as coaches or consultants that work one-on-one with clients.

This is a good list of questions to consider whenever you decide to invest in a mentor, expert, or “guru”, whether you are only investing your time (to watch their...

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Alternative Title: Will COVID-19 Have a Permanent Impact on the Indoor Playground and Family Entertainment Center Industry?

Mar 24, 2020

I’m writing this on March 24, 2020- while we are smack in the middle of a global health crisis. I live in New York so we have been quarantined for just over a week, and indoor playgrounds around the country have been mandated to close until further notice.

While “social distancing” seems to (so far) be “flattening the curve”, so to speak (with the main aim of “flattening the curve” being to prevent a sharp peak of cases and spread out the infection...

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