Don’t stay in the dark. There’s nothing kids — and even grandmas — like more than a couple of intense rounds of laser tag with all their friends. Here are five birthday party venues that are guaranteed to light up your child’s next celebration (with a couple of Nerf war options, too).
(For all of these options, Mom or Dad can even book the place for a corporate event.)
1. Laser Quest, Federal Way. Age 5 and older. Two rollicking rounds of laser tag keep the kids plenty busy. Scores are kept (usually with interesting aliases) and distributed to the kids afterwards. Bonus for older kids’ and grownups’ parties: The site also has an escape room, Key Quest, for people 12 and older.
2. Laser Tag Live, mobile: This business based in Snohomish will bring the laser tag party to you, along with the laser equipment, pop-up bunkers and a Laser Tag Live staffer to set up and run the games. The matches can take place in your yard, in your house, or at a gym or local park, if you get permission. There’s no minimum age, but kids younger than 7 might get worn out by the heavy equipment provided, according to Laser Tag Live.
3. Virtual Sports, Tukwila: Ages 8 and older (and 40 inches tall or more). Virtual Sports dubs itself as the “only tactical laser tag facility in the Northwest.” Parties have a 10-person minimum, The facility also offers the possibility of adding in Nerf wars, dodgeball and virtual reality options.
4. Arena Sports Mill Creek, Mill Creek: Age 5 and older. Roam the two floors of this glowing fake city as you join the laser battle with as many as 31 other people. Look out for the fake Space Needle! Other party options here include bouncy houses, soccer, dodgeball and bowling.
(UPDATE, Sept. 2019: The Tag Zone has relocated from Des Moines to Bremerton.)
5. The TagZone. Age 6 and older. The TagZone will provide all the Nerf guns and ammo, and you provide the kids for this unique all-out Nerf war with no scoring, since, hey, this is just for fun. The birthday boy or girl can pick a battle setting featuring an Army or urban apocalypse theme, complete with plenty of makeshift bunkers to hide behind.
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