Game on! We found epic spots for laser tag NYC families will love, so now's the time to suit up and claim victory!
Planning fun things to do with kids? Many of these venues are part of larger indoor amusement parks! After battling zombies, racing around a NYC-themed arenas and ducking behind cool glow-in-the-dark features for safety, kids can continue the fun with other games.
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For those families who find themselves in Brooklyn, the newly opened Area 53 laser tag is conveninetly located near Time Out Market New York, which is slated for a spring opening. After your family competes against one another, make a pitstop to our new attraction to refuel.
If youngsters are still looking for ways to burn off that pent-up energy after laser tag in NYC, head to our favorite indoor playgrounds for kids.
Best laser tag in NYC
This newly-opened DUMBO space promises a healthy dose of compeition. Suit up for an adventure in a darkened, dual-level basement where you and friends can aim for one another and try to claim victory. Events and parties welcome! All ages are welcome, provided participants are able to handle the laser gun. All ages.
Bowlmor has more going for it than its bowling lanes—it also offers NYC-themed laser tag in a 3,000-square-foot arena ($8.19–$10.19 per round). 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 (bowlmor.com/chelsea-piers).
Indoor Extreme Sports offers plenty to keep kids (and adults) busy. We recommend Black Ops ($40–$41 per player) and Zombie Laser Tag ($33–$44 per player) 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 ($25–$33, ages 8 and up) 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, Long Island City, Staten Island (indoorextremesports.com).
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 HUGE 6,500-square-foot arena has two playing levels, awesome-looking laser gear and can accommodate up to 38 people at once. Click here for pricing information. iPlay America, Freehold, NJ (iplayamerica.com).
Known widely for its role as an ice skating and ice hockey venue, Bridgewater Sports Arena also offers laser tag in its LaserZone ($6 per game, $20 unlimited). Kids (ages 5 and up) 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, Bridgewater, NJ (bsaarena.com).
Q-Zar on Long Island boasts plenty of laser tag games (starting at $7 per game) to keep your kids (ages 5 and up) 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, Carle Place, NY (qzarny.com).
The name says it all—kids' favorite indoor activities are packed into one spot at this Long Island family attraction. When youngsters tire of racing against one another during a game of laser tag, they have plenty more options to choose from, including bumper cars, video games, a roller coaster simulator and so much more. Fun Station USA, Lynbrook (funstationusa.com).
This Queens hotspot takes the glow-in-the-dark games to new levels. Not only are visitors able to try their hand at laser tag ($9 per player), but they'll face other exciting challenges as well. Balladium ($5) lets teams of kiddos compete against one another while operating a ball blasting machine. Time Freak ($5) is a race against the clock as players try to push as many lit buttons as possible before their session is up. Funtopia USA, Middle Village (funtopiausa.com).