Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it's exciting, demanding, and by the end, everyone has pretend-died. Seek revenge for misperceived slights with today's Groupon: for $24, you get admission, 500 paintballs, and equipment at Fox Paintball in Millington (up to a $54 value).
Fox Paintball offers numerous fields that feature multiple obstacles to dodge, trees to duck behind, and forts to claim and use to stockpile gold bars. With plastic globes of paint whizzing through the air, team up with old friends or make new ones, while colorfully picking off opponents. Once your supply is exhausted, restock with a few hundred more rounds, starting at $3 for 100.
Since all necessary equipment is provided, including anti-fog goggles, players won’t need to worry about building their own paintball gun out of PVC pipe, rubber bands, two ounces of rubber cement, a magnet, lead army figurines, and a hair dryer. Though the park welcomes sharpshooters of all skill levels, participants must be at least 10 years old to play and players under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or have a waiver signed by the parent in advance. The fields are open various hours throughout the year. Reservations are required.
Though Fox Paintball sometimes offers other discounts online, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
Located on the shores of the Fox River, Fox Paintball has numerous fields suited for chromatic combat, along with a fully stocked pro shop. The Shipwreck field is comprised of a wooded area marked with ancient-styled barriers—ideal for both close exchanges and long shots—and is inhabited by a druid who officiates each match. The new Ninja Arena puts players among wrecked cars, a trench, sandbag bunkers, and a makeshift "power plant" building. Bunkers and two-story structures dot the other woods fields, and geometric inflatables provide protection from pigment projectiles and low-flying pigeons on the regulation XBall! field. Offering a respite between operations, the pro shop and concessions booth are stocked with eats, drinks, markers, and equipment by makers such as Empire, Tippmann, and Kingman. The park plays host to numerous tournaments and scenario games throughout the year.