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Gateway Ticketing Systems provides Blueshift online store to Curious Minds

Gateway Ticketing Systems, a leading provider of admission control systems, has provided its capacity management solution to Curious Minds

Curious Minds Discovery Zone

Gateway Ticketing Systems has announced that Curious Minds Discovery Zone in Parsons, Kansas, has been using the Blueshift online store for the past three months, addressing capacity management needs in the wake of the pandemic.

This is a popular children’s museum that encourages hands-on learning, founded by a group of parents who wanted to create new learning opportunities with the ability to touch and explore exhibits. Pretend play stations in the museum include a doctors/dentists office, a grocery store, a restaurant, and a farm area. In the science centre, they can get hands-on with magnifying glasses, rocks, fossils, and shells.

Following COVID-19, the attraction was in need of a ticketing system that could handle its new capacity management needs.

Streamlined capacity management

Curious Minds Parsons logo

“In order for our very small children’s museum to open during the pandemic we needed a way to limit the number of people in the museum at one time,” says Becky Falke, Director of Curious Minds. “Our solution for this was to add online ticket sales.”

“As we started to look at companies that provided online ticket sales, we found their pricing to be out of our budget and most provided more services than we needed.  When we found the Blueshift online store from Gateway Ticketing Systems, it was the perfect solution for us!

“Blueshift provides us with online ticket sales that we can afford. And customers are able to reach the store, which matches our website theme, from a link on our website.”

A simple solution

Dave Carey, Product Manager at Gateway Ticketing Systems worked with Curious Minds to help them find the right solution:

“Curious Minds Discovery Zone is the perfect customer for Blueshift,” he says. “COVID-19 caused them to change their plans for how they would be able to open. They needed capacity managed products available to their guests and a website on which to book them. Not only that, but they needed to provide their members with a way to reserve a date and time for their next visit – all things Blueshift does with ease.”

“Our Implementation Team was able to set-up the products quickly, the Managed Services Team created a web store that looked great, and their go-live happened in time for their opening. We were even able to create a custom ticketing option that allows their Family Membership patrons to reserve their tickets online.

“We went from their contract signing to them selling products on their web store in a little more than two weeks!”

Curious Minds Discovery Zone went live with Blueshift on 4 November 2020. “Working with Gateway Ticketing Systems has been friendly and helpful,” says Falke. “They walked us through this process and made it easy and understandable, especially for a company that does not have an IT department and minimal knowledge of computers.”

Earlier this month, Gateway Ticketing Systems announced that it has been named as one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania.

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Charlotte Coates

Charlotte Coates is Features Editor at Blooloop. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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