In need of some friendly competition? Your little ones will love a round (or 20) of laser tag in NYC. Grab a group, find dark-colored clothes and may the best team win. What better way to spend a Saturday than with laser tag NYC style?
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Best laser tag in NYC
Indoor Extreme Sports has plenty to keep kids (and adults) busy. We recommend Black Ops and Zombie Laser Tag for older kids (ages 12 and up). At the 8,000-square-foot Black Ops arena, players can scoot around fake offices, a restaurant, a clothing store, a video store, a supermarket, a bridge, a tunnel and more—and they'll get into games like team deathmatch, capture the flag, dominator and search-and-destroy. It's even based on the U.S. Military spec projectile-less training platform deployed with the F.B.I. and U.S. Army.
Zombie Laser Tag is downright terrifying. Extreme Sports can rearrange the field so players have a different experience every game, and they also adjust the lighting to "non-scary glow-in-the-dark" to "downright terrifying dark," depending on the players. For an added fee for parties, you can also hire some roaming Zombies to make things even more challenging.
For classic Laser Tag, sign up for Arena Laser Tag at Extreme Sports' 1,000-square-foot field. Teams stand off against each other for three-game rounds that last about five minues each. Indoor Extreme Sports, 47-11 Van Dam St, LIC; 501 Industry Rd, Staten Island (718-361 9152, indoorextremesports.com). Black Ops Laser Tag $41 per player, $40 Sat–Sun; Zombie Laser Tag $33 per player, $44 Sat–Sun; Arena Laser Tag $25, $33 Sat–Sun. Ages 8 and up; Zombie Laser Tag recommended for ages 12 and up.
Bowlmor has more going for it than its bowling lanes—it also offers NYC-themed laser tag in a 3,000-square-foot arena. Kids will be briefed in a room channeling Central Park before entering a dark labyrinth decked out with the NYC skyline, local street signs, a Statue of Liberty mural and the centerpiece: a mock Washington Square Park arch, which players can pass underneath on an elevated platform. As another bonus at Bowlmor, there's also a 1,500-square-foot gravity ropes course suspended high above the space. Here, youngsters can brave a narrow, Z-shaped balance beam, climb up a vertical cargo net, walk across tight ropes and a 35 foot long rope bridge. Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 (212-835-2695, bowlmor.com/chelsea-piers). $8.19–$10.19 per round. All ages.
Fun Force, a birthday party go-to, offers more than roller skating, Gaga Dodge Ball and big, colorful bounce houses—it has a pretty sweet 2,500-square-foot laser tag arena. The smoke-filled, glowing field gives kiddos a huge adrenalin rush! They’ll be equipped with powered packs to indicate their team colors and keep things honest when they’ve been hit; we'd tell ‘em to keep moving anyway, since packs reactivate in 15 seconds. Fun Force also hosts laser tag birthday parties for 12 kids (and $19.99 for each additional child) with pizza, soda and a party host for $300 with plenty of opportunity for inexpensive add-ons. Fun Force, 551 Main Ave, Wellington, NJ (973-777-0767, funforcenj.com). $10 per person per game. All ages.
This sweet facility offers go karts, a 4D theater, bumper cars, bowling, a soft playground, indoor rides and classic games like Whac-a-Mole. Best of all, it offers Cosmic Battle Laser Tag, which is every bit as cool as it sounds. The 6,500-square-foot arena (HUGE!) has two playing levels, pretty awesome-looking laser gear and can accommodate up to 38 people at once. iPlay America, 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ (732-577-8200,iplayamerica.com). $8 per person per game. All ages.
Known widely for its role as an ice skating and ice hockey venue, Bridgewater Sports Arena also offers laser tag in its LaserZone. Kids will dig the fog-filled, black light-illuminated arena complete with colored vests and phasers and will also love the fact that it has plenty of nooks to hide in. When it’s time to take a break, visit the Sports Arena Arcade to explore over 65 games and simulators or check out the Soft Play area with plastic tunnels, mesh crawl spaces and a large ball pit. Bridgewater Sports Arena, 1425 Frontier Rd, Bridgewater, NJ (732-627-0006, bsaarena.com). $6 per person per game. Ages 5 and up.
Q-Zar in Carle Place, Long Island boasts plenty of laser tag games to keep your kids busy! Little ones can play a solo game with no teammates, try “Stun” where players have unlimited lives and the goal is to score as many points as possible, or attempt “Battlefield,” where players have to avoid “mines” that detonate with laser beams. If you want to take a peek at the arena, there’s even an online map, so serious players can make a game plan ahead of time. Q-Zar, 151 Voice Rd in Carle Place, NY (516-877-7200, qzarny.com). $7 per person per game. Ages 5 and up.