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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.

605 S 223rd St.
Des Moines,
WA
US

My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.

24030 132nd Avenue Southeast
Kent,
WA
US

Founded in South Korea by Grand Master Choi Yong Sul in 1950, hapkido synthesizes the best parts of numerous other martial arts disciplines in the name of self-defense. At Conqueror Hapkido, students learn the secrets of this hybrid art, disarming attackers with a combination of quick strikes, debilitating joint locks, and throws that rely on the opponent's own redirected momentum. In addition to martial arts lessons, instructors also teach bootcamp training sessions that challenge endurance and build muscles with a blend of strength and cardio work.

20049 104th Place Southeast
Kent,
WA
US

Despite its wintery moniker, Kent Valley Ice Centre doesn’t just thrive in the colder months. The public ice skating site and home of the Kent Valley Hockey Association also teems with warm-weather activities, housing miniature golf and batting cages on its sprawling facilities. In addition, the family-friendly sports emporium invites guests to a full-service cafe and bar and a pro shop where visitors can purchase hockey equipment, ice skating gear.

6015 S 240th St.
Kent,
WA
US

The three-day festival of speedy automotive history is presented by the SOVREN guild of vintage-racecar enthusiasts. This festival is the 22nd-annual iteration of classic cars speeding past one another in a beautiful blur, with all proceeds going to the Seattle Children's Hospital.

31001 144th Ave SE
Kent,
WA
US

Developed by USA Football, Pick 6 Sports is way more than just a sports camp. Pick 6 Sports gives its kids the complete experience of what it's like to be a pro—whether wearing official jerseys or spiking the ball in the end-zone before a touchdown dance. Focused on football, courses introduce kids to the sport with basic fundamentals, employing a series of drills by USA Football-certified coaches during no-contact scrimmages. During some games, kids have the opportunity to run onto the field out of a tunnel, while wearing a branded NFL jersey. Pick 6 Sports is also a member of the NFL Flag program and an official licensee of USA Football Fundamentals program.

13028 SE 251st St
Kent,
WA
US

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