Have you been considering a kiddie train or a mini train as a business opportunity?
Pursuit Zone was recently asked to sell a Wattman kiddy train that is currently used at a mall. Since this mini train is trackless, it can be used inside or outdoors. After visiting with the owner, I found myself thinking about kiddie trains as a small business opportunity.
What services can the owner of a mini train charge for?
Children can pay for a ride.
The train can be rented on an hourly basis.
How much could be charged per ride?
The owner of the mini train that Pursuit Zone currently has for sell charges $3 per ride.
How much money could I make with a trackless mini-train?
I’m going to use our seller’s business model: I am also going to be extremely conservative in my estimates.
Each ride last about 8 minutes. 16 kids can ride at one time. (16 x $3= $48 )
Lets assume that you ran a full train 3 times per hour – ($48 x 3) = $144 per hour. (I’m assuming that its takes a bit to get all of the kids loaded and unloaded.)
Let’s assume that over the holiday shopping season, you ran the train only 8 hours. $144 x 8 = $1,152 per day.
7 days per week: $1,152 x 7 = $8,064 per week.
Let’s assume that you are only going to run the train only for the Christmas holiday shopping season 5 weeks total -$8,064 x 5 = $40,320
If you had two trains to run in the mall, you could be loading kids into one train while the other train is running it’s route.
How much do these trackless trains cost? Well, it depends if you buy new or used.
If you want to contact someone with Wattman to find out what their trains sell for go to http://www.wattman.world/ I’m sure there are other manufacturers but this company is extremely reputable.
Is it better to buy new or used?
Similar to buying a car or house, there are pro’s and cons to both. You will potentially save a lot of money if you buy used. However, be sure to find out about how well it has been maintained and what kind of maintenance issues it has had.
If you buy new, it still could break down or have mechanical issues – so be sure to ask about the warranty.
You may be purchasing a train that is manufactured outside the United States…… timely manufacture and shipping can create huge challenges.
Aside from a shopping mall, where else could these mini trains or kiddie trains be used?
As with most other businesses in the fun and entertainment industry – uses are limited only by the entrepreneur’s imagination:
zoos, football games, baseball games, fun and entertainment centers, flea markets, farmers markets, carnivals, parades and other special events.
If I wanted to rent a kiddie train out by the hour, what are some types of venues where I could do that?
Birthday parties, church fairs, company picnics, holiday events etc.
Are there any other business considerations?
I always recommend speaking with an attorney and a small business accountant that is familiar with your local area’s regulations. Other considerations will include : insurance, taxes, routine maintenance and employee/staffing considerations. Will you be the primary operator or will you have employees? Will this be a cash based business? If you have employees and it is a cash based business, you need to consider how you will ensure that you receive all cash collected.
Are there other money making opportunities that could generate income with a kiddie train business:
Again – the entrepreneurs imagination is the limit.
Photos of kids that are taken of the train, while in a cool spot where the parents are not going to be able to easily snap a picture with their cell phone.
snacks, drinks, or vending machine in the waiting area.
train items for sale items
If you have any tips, advise or ideas about mini train business or operating a kiddie train business, please feel free to share them in the comments.
About the author: Sondra Meyer has been licensed as a CPA in the state of Texas since the mid 1990’s. She loves helping small business owners accomplish their goals in the most financially prudent manner possible. Thus, she found herself working in marketing & sales also. She is the proud mother of two boys and one grandson.
Do you want to improve your bull riding skills? Or just have fun? Well, this mechanical bull looks great, eats nothing, and is happy to stand around when not in use! What a deal.
This Rockin’ B Mechanical Bull has been just offered for sale. Are you familiar with Rockin’ B mechanical bulls?
Rockin’ B Mechanical Bulls / Bucking Machines were developed by a former bull rider – Bill Beaty. He manufactured the Rockin’ B mechanical bulls in Cheyenne, OK. According to the Bill’s website: ” Rockin’ B bulls were marketed all across the U.S. and to many countries around the world. The bulls were used for rodeo training by top cowboys such as Ty Murray but also used for entertainment purposes by artists such as Brooks and Dunn and Brad Paisley, etc.”
This particular mechanical bull has been standing in the garage for a while. He’s only been used about 20 times. He runs on 220v. This mechanical bull is located in North Carolina.
Francesca’s Fun Fall Ideas for Indoor Playgrounds:
Fall is in the air. As the days getting shorter and cooler, indoor playgrounds will get even more use. I was talking to Francesca, who has an indoor playground that she really needs to get sold. She had some great fall fun ideas for indoor playgrounds that I thought were worth sharing.
Francesca’s Fun Fall Indoor Playground Ideas:
1. “I would always have the unit decorated with theme season.If it was Halloween I would wrap the poles with the orange leaves to make the unit look so cool.”
2. The Freeze Game: “I used to have the kids choose a spot in the unit. I would have the music play they would move around and when I stopped the music they had to stop and clap. If they went down the slide they were out of the freeze game.”
“The best about owning a unit like this one is that it attracts more business. Kids enjoy this unit and can never get tired running around in it and parents feel safe that no injures occur due to being a soft play.”- Francesca
Dimensions are 20 foot by 8 foot by 7 foot tall.
1. This play unit is an integrated soft structure.
2. It is in great condition. Only thing very dusty at this point cause they are starting to work at the building.
3. My age groups were normally ranging 2 to 10 years old. But I believe from my experience with the unit, it was perfect for ages between 4 to 8.
Mobile Laser Tag Business Trailer Packed with Inflatable arenas and Battlefield Sports equipment
Everything is organized and stored in the trailer and ready for delivery. This is a Laser Tag Turn Key Mobile Laser Tag Business.
Everything you need to make a fixed location, or mobile business.
Trailer provides power. Batteries in trailer are charged with standard battery charger plugged into a wall. The generator can charge the batteries as well. This setup is capable of running 3 events at the same time. With one event you can have 32 Players playing at the same time.
Business comes with professional built website by Mainstreet Host and email. Hosting is paid till next March, then hosting fee is $400/year. $1,000 will buy the website outright from Mainstreet Host. You get 30 minutes of tech support a month. I paid $6400. Website is free.
iPad Air with Square Register system for credit card processing. (No Sim card)
Just for the Memorial Day week we are offering our NEW mechanical bull for only $9,995 call 877-484-9621
Sale is now over but we do have a refurbished Mechanical Bull for $8,900
Take a look at what our long time customers have to say:
“I bought a bull from Greg at All American Rides 8 Years ago have run it every week for 8 years probably given approximately 200,000 rides with no issues. We use it to bring people to our ministry and it has been priceless.”
Ricky Rubio Soundman Entertainment
“We have had an All American Bull for 3 years and it has worked flawlessly. We have had single days were the bull has made over 3,000.00 dollars in one day. We are here in Texas where the real cowboys are and this bull handles everything we have had to put it thru in flying colors.”
This will make a great addition to any FEC or trampoline park.
Perfect for open jump and dodge ball.
This arena is 60′ x 30′ and was installed July 2013 and is in Excellent condition.
Enclosed on 3 sides by incline walls it can accommodate 20+ players and is suitable for all age groups.
Included with this trampoline are 60′ walkway running full length of the open side of the trampoline, steps lead up to the walkway and all netting required to fully enclose the trampoline court.
Take a look at this video and see how much fun this is. At Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in – Mississauga, Ontario – Canada. This is what there customers say “How our team spends staff meetings. Nothing says team building like a dodgeball to the FACE!”
This arena has many different uses and would be a great addition to your facility. Be the only entertainment center to have such a unique attraction that no-one else has.
Looking for a turnkey business you can step into and make money?
This Mini Glow Golf with 3D effects is a beautifully done business located in a mall with top anchor stores near buy. With lots of mall traffic and not much else to do in the area this is the perfect business to buy now as it is only 6 months old. This 3D Glow Mini Golf business has lots of potential.
The great thing about this business is it is growing with virtually no where else to have your kids birthday party or special event where you everyone can have allot of fun.
With this new and upcoming attraction location comes with 3 websites and social media already set up just waiting to be promoted to grow your new business.
Make an Offer Now on this Bowling Alley fun Center Equipment
that will be sold quickly
Offers are being accepted until March 31st So act Now
This is a Complete Bowling Alley Fun center with a complete Kitchen that is for sale in North Carolina
Take a look at the inventory list and make an offer. You never know how cheap this might sell for because of the tight time frame as too it needing to be sold. Make an Offer NOW!! if you think you want it, it is sure to go for pennies on the dollar.
Follow the link below To learn more about this deal including 66 pictures of the equipment. This is a really nice fun center that needs a new home.
This bowling equipment is located in Ohio and can be inspected at you convenience.
We have an expert Bowling installer that has been in the business for more than 40 years available if you do not have someone you already prefer to work with.
We also have many more systems available for you to choose from if this is not what you are looking for. We have both Brunswick and AMF. The older equipment is a way you can put bowling in your town for a very affordable price.
To find out more about the bowling packages give us a call at 877-484-9621 or visit us at Pursuit Zone for all you family entertainment needs. We sell both new and used equipment and we can even sell your equipment.
With this game the players take turns dropping checkers into the grid using the buttons on a panel they sit in-front of.
Push the button with the arrow that corresponds with the direction you want to go and try to connect four in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally to win tickets.
Win and you enter the bonus round to rack up even greater points. The bonus round players can win up to 500 tickets by pressing the drop button at just right time.
Players can either play solo against the computer or against another person.
Redemption games are a tried and true game that generates revenue and keep the customers coming back. When your customer sees a prize they want they will spend more time and money playing the game to win that prize.