OPEN A CHILDREN'S PLAY CENTRE

I WANT TO OPEN A CHILDREN'S PLAY CENTRE BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START

To open a children's play centre, you first need to find the right place you think is ideal, based on your budget. As soon as you have found a location, it is important that you receive an exact floor plan in DWG format from the owner, or possibly also in pdf format. If you have a hard copy, you can also scan it (it doesn’t have to be a photo).

Once you will get the floor plan, we will be able to carry out a design for you and for free, to give you an idea of what your park might look like.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO OPEN AN INDOOR PLAY CENTRE?

The cost of the investment is variable and depends heavily on the size of the park you want to create and on the type of attractions you want.

Our company, thanks to an internal design system, will allow you to evaluate with our staff how to develop your project according to your budget. In order to Set-up a complete park, we definitely recommend that you don't have a budget of less than 50,000 euros.

However, it is obviously possible to evaluate start-up solutions that can then be integrated or expanded over time.


WHAT IS THE RIGHT AND SUITABLE SURFACE FOR MY PLAY CENTRE?

The size of a place can vary widely depending on the area in which you want to open your business. Basically, the more central the site in which you think to open, the more difficult it is to find large buildings, and even where you can find them, the rental costs would probably be very high.

We recommend looking for premises that are not less than 300 to 400 square meters. Of course, it is also possible for us to develop projects in smaller spaces.


WHICH IS THE RECOMMENDED CEILING HEIGHT FOR MY BUILDING?

As a direct manufacturer of our play equipment, it is almost always possible to develop tailor-made projects, even if the available heights were limited. Obviously, the height is a particularly important aspect for the visual impact of the park.

The minimum height that you need to consider is certainly 3 meters, but you can find the best play solutions if you otherwise have a building with a ceiling height of at least 5 meters.


WHAT IS THE BEST AND MATCHING LOCATION TO OPEN A PLAY CENTRE?

As with all activities, the location of the building is an important aspect. What we can suggest is that besides its size and height, an important aspect is that it always has a large space for parking.

Positioning yourself inside or near an important shopping center might certainly be a good choice, but we know that the cost of these kind of buildings is on average at least 30% higher, so we want you to rate them well.

Another strategic position is near schools, this would allow you to quickly become a reference point for birthday parties of all children of nearby schools.


HOW LONG DOES DELIVERY TAKE UPON ORDER CONFIRMATION?

Our production lead-time is very fast, but the exact times can of course only be given after having agreed with you the quantity and type of goods to be produced.

Basically, the time to create a park of 400 to 700 square meters can be between 30 and 60 days, depending on the time period and production queue (in some cases, however, these times can be even shorter)...

It should be noted that this information must always be agreed with our consultants, who always give exact times based on the project developed for you.


DO YOU TAKE CARE OF INSTALLATION?

This is your choice. Our installation teams can move around the world without any problems, but in general this is not mandatory.

In the event that it is a complete park, there will probably also be big play structures to install, and it is therefore recommended that the entire installation is carried out by our employees.

On the other hand, when it comes to a single product or small products, we can deliver everything with a detailed installation scheme and if needed, you will have telephone support from our production staff.


I GOT OTHER OFFERS AND COSTS WERE LOWER?

In this sector, the prices of play structures are certainly very different. In many cases, companies use non-certified materials with cheap labor to enable products to be launched on the market at very low cost.

We are aware that our end users are CHILDREN, and that is why our choice in terms of quality of raw materials goes above and beyond anything else. After all, all of our play equipment is certified and complies with European standards. Furthermore, it is very important to know that our Playground structures are produced with an innovative modular system.

The modular assembly system results in a significant reduction in installation times; In fact, most of the set-up and assembly work of all play equipment is carried out in the production and manufacturing phase and this makes it possible to install it much faster, safer as well as being easily modified over time.

It is important to know that installation costs must always be considered in your business plan, we refer to board & lodging, and travel of the installation staff, and these costs will change according to the quantity and type of games you will choose to include in your park.


ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS? (TO RATE)?

Our cost estimates are always very precise and detailed. Once the products of your interest have been defined, we can make you an offer by specifying each expenditure item separately.

The Cost of each product, transportation costs (if you want, you can request a quote from your carrier), travel expenses of the installation staff (if you want, you can take care of the tickets), cost of meals and accommodation for the staff, for the whole duration of Installation (if you want, you can take care of it).

On all items, in addition to the cost of the products, we have no earnings and therefore we are always available to find the best solution with you.


HOW CAN I FIND THE NECESSARY FINANCING?

The means to start your business can have different origins. Many customers start the new self-financing business and therefore use their own funds.

In some cases, these funds may not be enough to fund the entire company, and in these cases a common solution is to request a microcredit from your bank that can support part of the investment from its own resources.

Another solution that is often considered, is to access to an SBA (Small Business Administration), and it is certainly a possibility that you can check with your bank. Another alternative financing option is the fundraising through CrowFounding, very fascinating and widespread in many European and American countries (there are many national and international platforms, specialized in dealing with this matter).


HOW DO I MAKE MY NEW PLAY CENTRE PROFITABLE?

There are many sources of income from opening an indoor play centre. The first is surely that of children's birthdays. We even recommend reserving places for children's birthdays. Another important source of income is, of course, the admission price for all games, which obviously focuses mainly on the weekend.

A great business opportunity is certainly to include a snack bar/restaurant area in your park. The ability to deliver food directly for children's birthdays and provide the service even during ticket entry could increase your income exponentially.

The last source of income is the sale of gadgets and accessories for the park and for parties. There is a very profitable business in the whole party world. Gadgets, balloon art decorations, cake design and many customizable accessory services.


WHAT IS MY REFERENCE TARGET?

The main target for an activity of this kind are certainly all families with children in an age group between 2 and 10 years. It is certainly possible to increase the age of children by bringing attractions that are also suitable for teenagers. To achieve this result, the trampoline park and ninja course are certainly one of the most recommended attractions.

If you focus on the family target, you have to try to satisfy the needs of all family members as much as possible and not make the mistake of just thinking about the fun of children. It is certainly very important to have areas where parents can relax too, and think of a space with games that adults can also take part in, such as table football, pinball or air hockey! and also a Snack Bar corner or at least some vending machines.

Also choose a location that is easily accessible even outside of the inhabited center.


IS IT NECESSARY TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE?

Before you open your indoor play centre, you should definitely take comprehensive safety measures. You should never make the mistake of waiting for a small accident in your park. If there is no insurance then it can quickly become expensive. The most important insurances include:

Professional liability insurance

Occupational accident insurance

Legal protection insurance

In principle, it is of course imperative to point out to parents that they are still responsible for oversight. In case of doubt, such information is not sufficient as a protective measure.