Over centuries, modern firearms gradually replaced archaic weapons, such as the rapier and the sternly worded pamphlet. Take aim with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $25 for 5 one-hour open-play sessions (up to a $50 value)
- $45 for 10 one-hour open-play sessions (up to a $100 value)
- $109 for a two-hour party package for up to 12 children (a $220 value)
Referees hand out Nerf guns and divide groups into equal teams for open-play sessions, which are supervised to ensure that players follow the rules. Guests can choose from four games. During Squad vs. Squad competitions, they try to tag every member of the opposing team, whereas rounds of Protect the Leader designate a member of each team who must be guarded. The Prison sends eliminated players to the enemy's jail, where they can be rescued by fellow teammates who hand-tag them. Capture the Flag ends when one team has transported the opposing team's flag to their home base.
Private parties permit up to 12 guests to launch and dodge Nerf darts for two hours. The package includes eye protection, a safety briefing, and bottled water, as well as tables and chairs as needed. Parents can spectate as the guest of honor chooses which game to play, then unleashes a barrage of foam darts alongside his or her friends.
The Tag Zone
A siren whines, and its volume suddenly overwhelms all other sounds on the ravaged battleground. Soldiers peek out from between layers of sandbags. Some stick to the camouflage netting on the edges of the field, cautious, yet daring to hope that the keening noise means a ceasefire. They're out of ammo. Finally, the call comes over the loudspeaker—"Reload!"—and they rush forward, snatching up handfuls of bright orange darts and popping them back into their plastic weapons. Once the siren goes silent, the fighting will begin anew, and the indoor arena will once again become a flurry of foam projectiles and laughter.
This scenario is a typical open play session at the Tag Zone, where an armory of Nerf guns ensures safe yet thrilling competitions. Every battle follows the rules of one of four team-based games: squad vs. squad, capture the flag, protect the leader, or "the prison." Youngsters ages 5 and up launch and dodge the soft missiles in an indoor arena dappled with padded obstacles. Field #1 displays inflatable bunkers throughout the 2,300-square-foot zone, whereas Field #2 stacks sandbags and barrels around 1,900 square feet of military-themed space. To encourage teamwork and fair play, a referee oversees each bout.
Though The Tag Zone is all for friendly rivalries, the staff refrains from tracking scores. They prefer to focus on in-the-moment excitement and sportsmanship. In addition to rounds of open play, they also host private parties, tournaments, and monthly sleepovers, which bookend a night of rest with Nerf warfare. Additionally, adults can also join in the fun of aiming toy bazookas during corporate events that forge bonds between coworkers. Parents can even participate in open play matches, preparing their kids for the day when they must hunt and capture their own birthday piñatas.