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Rewind Parties | Celebrating Missed Milestones

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COVID-19 has left us with many scars and a period in our lives that we do not ever want to relive. But what about all those celebrations that were missed when life came to a screeching halt? Maybe we can’t rewind time and recapture the exact day, but we CAN rewind and have a celebration do-over. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn those missed milestones into memorable celebrations. Offer Rewind Parties and celebrate all those that missed out on celebrating their special occasion.

Scour your database to find all birthdays during the closed period and send them a personal invitation to have a Rewind Party celebration. Don’t let COVID-19 deprive the celebration honorees of their special day.   Rewind Parties can be offered at the same times as regular parties or can be held on designated Rewind Party days and time slots so the center can plan extra activities to make the parties even more memorable.

  • Have a special celebratory welcome screen for each party.
  • Play Birthday Wheel for prizes.
  • Run Lucky Train every hour and if customer is streaming live and is chosen as the winner, they receive an extra prize. A great choice for the extra prize is a gift card to the center.
  • Bring in face painters, magicians, a DJ, local celebrities or mascots.
  • Utilize scrolling messages to congratulate celebration honorees.
  • Offer to stream the party via Zoom or other video communication platform for guests not able to attend.
  • Partner with local businesses to contribute items for goodie bags and door prizes. Also check with vendors, who often have promotional items available that they are willing to contribute.
  • Ask trivia questions throughout the parties for prizes.
  • Have hostesses coordinate the Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance or for older guests, the Cupid Shuffle, all while adhering to physical distancing restrictions.
  • For parties with young children, give coloring pages (see download at end of post)  to occupy them while waiting for their turn.
  • Provide each guest a thank you voucher with a special offer to visit the center again in the future.

Things to consider for Rewind Party packages:

  • Similar in structure to existing party packages.
  • Add a “Fun Size” option (up to 6 people) for those that would be more comfortable with a small, family only celebration.
  • Promote as new party option to help all those that had milestones during the COVID-19 pandemic and were deprived of their special celebration.
  • Offer Rewind Parties at a discounted rate as your gift to them. Make sure the customer is aware of the savings and make it clear on the marketing material. A discount often seals the deal.

Rewind Parties can be for all missed milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, graduations,  be it Kindergarten, High School or College, Engagements, Promotions or others your center chooses to recognize. Use this opportunity to recuperate lost revenue for missed celebrations and turn sad memories into happy experiences and lasting new customers.

Get started booking Rewind Parties today with FREE downloadable material.


  • MMS AD
  • Email
  • Social Media Post
  • Coloring Pages
  • Call Log

We would love your feedback to help us form upcoming content and free material.  Do you plan on offering Rewind Parties at your center?  Please leave your comments below.

Hidden Gems of BES X | YouToons

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BES X is a robust entertainment system and when coupled with Conqueror Pro you are equipped with a vast number of features and tools that can be leveraged to enhance the customer’s experience AND employee experience. However, sometimes these amazing gems are not discovered right away or the true value is not being realized because they are being underutilized.

Today’s customers have very specific needs and when those needs are catered to, as they are by utilizing BES X and Conqueror Pro, the customers stay in the center longer and come back more often.

When these memorable experiences happen, the customer often give YOU something in return…a good review on Yelp or they post a short video showing their friends on social media how much fun they had at your center. This organic form of advertising, often referred to as User Generated Content or UGC is extremely valuable…it is what today’s customers believe and act upon.

The true beauty of BES X is that the system has features, along with ConquerorPro that truly have appeal to today’s customer and even today’s employees for that matter and helps you create what I call “Insta worth” experiences…you know if you’ve made it to Instagram, it had to be fun!

We will be doing a series called Hidden Gems of BES X and Conqueror Pro over the next few weeks to share with you a few features that you likely already have in your system but perhaps have forgotten about or not yet discovered…or never thought about using in a particular way.

Like all other gems, these features are valuable and contribute to your overall success.

Groups are huge revenue generators. Fulfilling or exceeding the expectations of a unique, personalized experience is rewarded with the willingness to provide great advertising in the form of user generated content (UGC) like reviews or social media posts.

This authentic user generated content is better than any paid advertising you can purchase. There are a number of hidden gems within BES X that gives your center a competitive advantage and provides unique selling points (USP) that should be leveraged when marketing to groups.

The first hidden gem we are featuring on BES Xtras is YouToons. YouToons is one of my favorite features to use with groups and actually has several gems within it.


Since YouToons animations are categorized by Kids, Spicy and Corporate, this is an appropriate feature for ALL groups. This makes is possible to tailor the experience for the specific group.


Another wonderful thing about YouToons is the Boss feature. This feature allows groups to designate the boss in the party and as a result, there are special animations for that person of authority. Naturally, this is great for corporate parties but it also has many other applications such as teacher, coach, principal, retiree being honored, etc.


Did you know that YouToons souvenir photo can include everyone in the group? That’s right, by selecting all the lanes in the group that are using the YouToons environment, the system will pull all the animation together for a group photo. This hidden gem is awesome and groups love when they get a keepsake of their event.   Just a little hint. When you print this group photo, do so on paper that you have added your center logo so you get ongoing publicity.

Do you have a Hidden Gem that you have recently discovered? Please share by leaving us a comment below.

Need a little help?

YouToons Quick Reference Sheet

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