So that the journey is part of the holiday and that the road is a pleasant experience for the whole family… Areas, the travel catering specialist, is providing interactive games at two first sites in Spain! Currently, two AREAS kids corners have recently been equipped with Kylii Kids games. The restaurants at the Penedes (Tarragona) and Montseny Norte (Barcelona) motorway service areas are now ready to welcome families!
Keeping children busy on the road, a well-known problem for families…
Anyone who has ever travelled in a car with children knows how complicated our dear children can be on the road.
As soon as you start the car, you hear “I’m bored…” or the famous “Are we almost there?”
Dedicated services at rest areas to better welcome families are essential for everyone to relax. This is why AREAS has chosen to provide interactive and fun activities that match children’s expectations in its restaurants.
AREAS kids corners, play and exercise after a good meal before getting back on the road…
Stopping at a motorway service area with children can be stressful. If children are bored, parents grab a sandwich and leave. They may not take the time to eat in a restaurant. That’s why you have to manage the children’s energy! Areas has chosen to install a Kylii Air totem in one of its stations. This Augmented Reality game is controlled by gestures. It stimulates both physically and intellectually the kids. The children interact with their body movements and all their energy is called into play
Interactive games, a thought present in several countries…
Last year, Areas already deployed its first interactive games area with Kylii Kids in France. So, since December, the restaurant in the Vironvay motorway service welcomes children with an interactive multiplayer floor. The children can run, jump and play on the projection which is animated under their feet! Another fun activity to stretch the legs before getting back on the road!
With an operational presence in 12 countries around the world, Areas offers a very wide range of catering services to meet the expectations of travellers and concessionaires, in airports, railway stations and motorway service areas.
In Steskal stores, services and customer experience are the top priorities. The company’s goal is to create friendly places where the whole family will have a good time and be happy to come back. And that’s why, in one of the 20 points of sale of the Pan Steskal bakery and pastry shop, the interactive Kylii Kids games were installed and decorated with their most beautiful colors!
A multi-activity kids area Pan Steskal dedicated to children
In this new concept, a huge interactive Kylii Kids area has been installed so that children can have fun and enjoy while their parents are doing their shopping.
On both sides of this kids area, children can play around the Kylii Touch Tables to have fun together. On each tactile table, up to 6 children can play simultaneously. And it’s more than 24 cooperative and collaborative games available on playful and nice themes. (ecology, fashion, science, nature…)
On the other side of this area, 4 Kylii Touch desks of all sizes are lined up (3-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-12 years and P.M.R). In total, nearly 70 playful and smart touch games will be available to young customers.
And finally, in the center of the space, 3 Kylii View Virtual Reality towers (2 for 6-9 years old and 1 for 9-12 years old) make them travel through virtual worlds, in the air, to the sea or even space thanks to virtual reality.
About Pan Steskal
Pan Steskal started as a family bakery business. Then, the company expanded into several areas (delicatessen chain, artistic cakes, catering, retail…). Pan Steskal is now operating in a new and modern shopping center in Czarny Dunajec.
After Nancy Laxou, the KFC Furiani interactive play area has been set up by Kylii Kids. Augmented Reality games and a tactile table are now available for little corsicans in this amazing brand new interactive play area !
A phygital concept for upcoming share moments
In this fully phygital concept, KFC has chosen to offer mixed, complementary, varied and collaborative experiences. In the play area, we find both a traditional tubular structure and digital games made in France by Kylii Kids.
First, on one side of the KFC Furiani interactive play area, children will have fun with their body movements thanks to the Kylii Air Totem. An augmented reality solution that turns a simple screen into a magic mirror. You can fly a plane just by lifting your arms, put on all kinds of virtual garments like magic… Or even perform a new sporting activity… In total, nearly 40 games available to play, move and stimulate the imagination of young people from Furiani.
Then, on the other side of the digital play area, children will also have the opportunity to play around the Kylii Touch Table. The Kylii Kids Table is multiplayer and allows up to 6 children to play simultaneously. More than 24 cooperative and collaborative games are available on themes both fun and smart. (ecology, fashion, science, nature…)
KFC Furiani interactive play area, a way to get ready to prepare the upcoming reopening…
For now, KFC’s restaurant in Furiani has not yet fully reopened its doors (only for take-away sales). But this project is part of the aim to attract and develop families loyalty. Since the idea of “pleasing the children” is the main motivation for family meals in a restaurant, getting ready for the return of families also means setting up a nice play area for the children.
Interview with Benjamin, Kylii Kids’ Technical Manager
Hey Benjamin! You are Kylii kids’ Technical Manager. Long story short, when a customer orders Kylii Kids’ products, you take over (Purchasing, logistics, interventions schedule and after-sales service).
Why did you choose to join Kylii Kids?
I have known Kylii Kids for a few years now. And, I’ve followed its growth from the very beginning. I immediately feel that the interactive children’s play areas were an avant-garde concept. I saw an incredible potential in it!
So when Johann Gobe, CEO of the company asked me to join the team, I found the idea very attractive. He was looking for an experienced and trustworthy technical manager. I was looking for the opportunity to use my knowledge and skills acquired in an innovative and fast growing company !
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When did you join the company ?
B. P. – I joined Kylii Kids 4 years ago. What stuck to me when I joined the team was the wonderful welcome I received ! I discovered a dynamic team with exceptional commitment and motivation.
Moreover, it was during the large deployment of children’s interactive corners with Flunch (editor’s note. Flunch is a family F&B and more than 80 Flunch restaurants have been equipped with Kylii Kids interactive games these last years.) We can surely say that I had to catch up quickly as soon as I arrived !
Also, when I joined the team, Kylii Kids was starting to grow fast internationally. So, I had the opportunity to take some english lessons to improve this skill upon my arrival.
B. P. – Basically, when a customer orders Kylii Kids’ products, “I take care of everything.” I mean, I am responsible for purchasing, monitoring, equipment preparation, interventions schedule, up to the delivery and installation at the customer’s establishment.
When a customer chooses to install our interactive playground solutions (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Touch tables…), I make sure that all quality and procedure processes are respected. Clearly, the goal of my job is to make the customer happy and satisfied.
When we do our job well, “your start to have positive feedback on the market”.
That’s why we are constantly working our processes to strengthen our customer relationship. We are focused on customer care, support and technical excellence to high level quality to build a long-term and trustful relationship with our customers.
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What is your most amazing deployment experience ?
B. P. – I would definitely say the “Primark Café with Disney” in Birmingham.
Installing our interactive games in the biggest Primark in the world was really challenging!
We have deployed a large part of Kylii Kids range with different and multiple interactive gaming experiences such as augmented Reality, touch tables, interactive floor and interactive individual screens .
That was a team’s project because we have personalized our games with Disney graphics. All of Kylii Kids’ skills and expertise were needed, from IT development to graphics to project management… And we can be proud of the result!
Feedback is amazing. The children’s area is always full. Clients are now lining up to enter the “Primark Café with Disney”!
Now could you tell us how you became a technical manager? What were you doing before Kylii Kids?
B. P. – I started studying technic and technology very soon, since highschool (mechanics, electronics, machining, electricity, production management). Indeed, I’ve always been a jack of all trades, I really like managing productions, bringing new ideas … I needed a job which moves all the time.
After being a technician in production management in a very versatile position for 14 years, I have then taken the post of production manager in a large workshop. This is a job during which I had the opportunity to manage a team of 25 people for large-scale event projects (Tour de France, Football World Cup …).
Apart from having the happiest customers in the world, what are you doing ?
B. P. – I try to spend as much time as possible with my wife and children. Because for me, family is really super important.
I am committed to supporting my sons in their activities (soccer or basketball training). I also try to take some time for myself, through sport, whether it’s mountain biking or going to watch soccer games.
Pirates Paradise, a new restaurant concept, immerses diners in the pirate underworld. With incredible décor, fabulous costumes and fun shows Kylii View provides young pirates with a virtual reality experience in the play area.
Adding virtual reality to an immersive concept is the perfect fit! Engaging, interactive, riveting: become enchanted in virtual reality at Pirates Paradise. At the heart of this new restaurant concept, the Kylii View binoculars invite children to immerse themselves within captivating adventures. No need to be a seasoned buccaneer, the games are so intuitive that they are suitable even for freshwater sailors. With their little pirates happy, parents can enjoy a peaceful meal before going back to the waves of their daily lives. Aye-aye matey!!
This new restaurant concept has set sail in Neuville-en-Ferrain and Montpellier. The décor is worthy of a film studio, actors and waiters in wonderful costumes engage diners and the play area is highlighted by VR Kylii View binoculars. The experience is further enhanced by reconstructions of pirate scenes and makeup sessions throughout the day.
After 50 years the Hippopotamus restaurant chain has been reinvented with an updated visual identity. The steak house boasts new décor, extended hours and a layout to include an interactive play area.
The restaurant brand “revisits the culture of the steak house to adapt to the art of living, where the pleasure of tasting delicious and generous dishes combine with the pleasure of sharing convivial moments”. The idea is also to win back the family audience by providing children’s play spaces so everyone can have a great time. That’s where Kylii Kids come in!
A new area for a new era
The new kids zones include touch tables that can accommodate up to 6 players at the same time. Hippopotamus quoted “The experiences offered by Kylii Kids were fully in line with our desire to provide customers with a special family experience. Positive feedback from our customers confirms we have made the right choice!“. Already 8 restaurants have benefited from these innovations. Bourg la Reine Villabé, Noyelles-Godault, Strasbourg, Nantes Saint Herblain, Massy, Toulouse Roques, Trappes, Gennevilliers, and many more to follow soon
EquipHotel, the reference trade show for the Hotel and Catering sector, was the ideal place to announce the partnership between Transgourmet and Kylii Kids.
It’s now official: Kylii Kids becomes a partner of choice for Transgourmet Solutions. The number two European subsidiary of self-service and wholesale deliveries accompanies restaurant owners and hoteliers to deliver real technical answers to their problems. With Kylii Kid’s digital and interactive games, they can benefit from innovative solutions to attract and retain the family demographic.
The hotel and the restaurant of tomorrow
A large part of the EquipHotel philosophy was indeed dedicated to the future of the hotel and catering industry. Offering the latest cuisine, adopting new trends in hotel management, improving the comfort of working in the kitchen and also welcoming families with the full range of interactive Kylii Kids games. Augmented reality, terminals and tactile tables, interactive floor, and the latest innovation: virtual reality. A fabulous incentive for all hotels or restaurants, appealing to both adults and children, offering families a memorable dining experience.
According to Transgourmet Solutions, “Kylii Kids has taken into account the constraints of operating a restaurant or hotel to provide standalone games without human intervention, with automatic switch on and off, secure and modular to adapt to all the spaces. An entertainment service that allows its customers to differentiate, recruit and retain”. The 2018 edition of the EquipHotel Paris provides a real example of uplift with a 10% increase in visitors. Numerous guests visited the 5,000 m2 Transgourmet stand that hosted Kylii Kids. Business-minded parents and their kids had a great time playing on the Kylii Kids digital attractions.
For a great family restaurant experience, we need to find the right place. A philosophy that the brand has chosen to deploy with a new type of digital playground. Different, innovative, these kids zones encourage fun, active and social play between children.
Flunchers have fun while their parents can relax, enjoy a meal or catch up with friends within a pleasant and carefree environment.
Flunch has chosen to equip its restaurants with Kylii Kids digital playgrounds. The idea is to offer customers of the family catering brand different interactive and renewed activities at each visit:
Augmented reality games where children are the heroes. Go on an adventure in the jungle, become a knight, a princess, an airplane pilot … children see themselves on the screen in a world of augmented reality with which they can interact! Nothing better to make new friends and get active after a meal.
Interactive floor to jump, stamp and have fun with others. Kids love to make up stories. With the Kylii Floor interactive floor, their imagination comes to life under their feet and the ground becomes an immersive playground … magical!
Touch games to calm things down. Yellow, blue, green, Flunch composes its tactile play areas with 3 desks of different colours and sizes. Children from 3 to 12 can have a good time while adults enjoy a dessert.
Kylii Kids Continues the Deployment of Flunch Playgrounds in Europe
Today, more than 80 Flunch restaurants in France and Italy are equipped with interactive play areas. The restaurant brand has deployed more than 150 interactive screens, updated and maintained by Kylii Kids. More than 15O games are available, not counting the novelties throughout the year. They are even available in several languages.
A Kylii Planet lands at Flunch restaurant in Bordeaux Le Lac to make a unique experience for kids.
Due to huge success Kylii Kids continues to equip Flunch with different modules. A Kylii Planet has been installed at Flunch restaurant Bordeaux Le Lac grouping 3 modules. There is an interactive floor, an augmented reality module and also a cartoon media terminal. A digital solution to make a unique and happy experience for children and relaxed experience for adults.
Attract and retain families
This rollout is part of the goal of attracting and retaining families in Flunch restaurants. Kylii Kids continues to meet this goal of welcoming families in Flunch with this new deployment in Bordeaux. Children have fun while parents can enjoy their meal in peace.