To truly understand painting, one must first know what it's like to be painted, which explains da Vinci’s obsession with face painting and van Gogh’s dalliance with paintball. Put friends in touch with their artistic side with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a paintball package at The Badlandz Paintball Field in Crete (a $57 value). This package includes the following:
- All-day walk-up field access
- All-day air refills
- A paint gun and a protective mask
- 500 paintballs
The Badlandz’s pigment-slinging pros ensure a good time with walk-up play geared to all different skill levels spread across 400 acres of playable fields. A rotating turn schedule guarantees bouts begin at all times of day, eliminating waits for newly arrived players or malfunctioning helicopter entrances. Air-propelled balls of color explode against old oaks or wooden bunkers as contestants duck and weave through arenas such as the fort, the Normandy, and the ravine. Game organizers construct teams with similar skill levels, letting first-timers blast away at each other while staying competitive. A full concession stand fends off hunger during the day-long excursion, and picnic facilities allow groups to bring their own grill and goods with which to enjoy a cookout or safely roast effigies of opposing teams.
The Badlandz Paintball Field
Originally constructed to host large-scale tournaments, The Badlandz Paintball Field now accommodates recreational play across more than 400 acres of outdoor forts, creeks, and open fields. Open play draws beginning, intermediate, and advanced paintballers into challenging and fun scenarios. Multiple games kick off simultaneously, sending combatants headlong into battle on isolated fields, with players divvied up based on ability, equipment type, and Duck Hunt high scores to ensure a level playing field. Warriors navigate natural and manmade obstacles as they pummel competitors with polychromatic ammo throughout the woodsball, hyperball, airball, and x-ball courts. Methods of gameplay include elimination, capture the flag, and protect the president and encourage individual or team strategies such as designating snipers or concealing teammates in piles of chameleons. Badlandz staffers patrol the sprawling arena to enforce the game's rules and to ensure that all participants follow the field's stringent safety regulations. Players can bring their own paintballs or purchase them onsite. The facility also runs airsoft games during weekend open play.
306 W Elms Court Ln.
Crete, Illinois 60417