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With the weather cooling off, it’s a great time to find a few great activities that the kids can enjoy indoors. If you’ve never explored the world of laser tag with your kids, then you may be missing out on one of the best family activities in town. Both parents and kids will have a blast running through these sci-fi arenas as you shoot down your opponent and fight for victory. Not only is laser tag a fun, competitive sport, but it’s also a great way to include a little fitness in your day without realizing you are actually getting an aerobic workout. Here are a few great places to try laser tag in the Denver area.
8988 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80231
Laser Quest may be one of the most popular spots in town for a game of laser tag. This fun location on East Hampden has a multi-level playing arena and is perfect for birthday parties for kids, adults and teenagers. Really, everyone can have a blast playing a friendly game of laser tag here. Even if you are planning a corporate team building event, a game of laser tag is the perfect way to get the whole group involved. The multi-level maze also has lots of special effects, fog, music and professional lighting to really add to the whole experience. There is also food on location or you can bring in your own munchies to enjoy after your game.
American Paintball Coliseum
4100 Grape St.
Denver, CO 80216
The American Paintball Coliseum may be known for insane games of paintball, however you can also play laser tag here, it attaches lasers right to the paintball guns. The benefit here is that you get all of the realistic weight, recoil and feel of a paintball gun without the sting or mess of a paintball. Laser tag is offered in the indoor field only, but you can always play a game of laser tag indoors and then head outdoors to a game of paintball when you are done. If you have wanted to try paintball, but you’re afraid of the mess, this is a great way to get used to the feel of the guns before you dive into the world of paint.
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Fun City Colorado
9670 W. Coal Mine Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
There aren’t a lot of these big multi-game attraction complexes left in Colorado but Fun City is still going strong. Fun City offers a great version of laser tag called Laser Tag Urban Assault with a futuristic play area, fiber optic battle vests, black lights, graphics and special effects to really enhance the whole laser tag experience. You can play with up to 14 people at a time, making for some really fun and friendly competition. Of course, when you’re done you can also stick around for miniature golf, the rock wall, the arcade, raceway, laser maze and more. There is so much to do here, but you’ll want to head over to the laser tag first, as games tend to fill up fast. That way you won’t miss out on all of the laser blasting fun.
Brunswick Zone XL
9255 Kimmer Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Sure, Brunswick is known for amazing bowling, and you can certainly head down to Brunswick Zone XL for several games. But what makes this Brunswick Zone XL different is the inclusion of a huge arcade and laser tag arena. The laser tag area is a bright and multi-colored world with lots of surprises and challenges around every corner. It contains all of the great effects and fun you’d want in a game of laser tag, with all the convenience of being located in one of the biggest and best bowling alleys in the city. So come for the laser tag but stay for all the other fun things to do at Brunswick Zone XL.
Boondocks Food & Fun Center
11425 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233
Another great place to spend several hours having fun as a family is at Boondocks Food and Fun Center. The laser tag here is very affordable and you’ll find a great arena with nine-foot-tall padded pillars for great hiding and attacking positions. The arena itself is full of brightly colored obstacles, lots of sci-fi fun and offers lots of space for several players at a time. Then, stick around and go bowling, hit the arcade, play a few rounds of miniature golf, enjoy the bumper boats, try the go karts and much more. There are a ton of fun ways to spend some time at Boondocks Fun and Food Center, so make sure you plan on spending the whole day here, because you won’t want to leave.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.