Hanging out amid a flurry of tiny, colorful spheres used to be a pastime reserved for marble-wielding scamps named Alfalfa, Stymie, and Spank-Wheat. Defect from that rascally gang and get a real shooter in hand with today's Groupon: for $17, you get all-day open-play paintball package at Wacky Warriors (a $35 value). This Groupon is redeemable only during open-play hours, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Wacky Warriors' field locations in Wentzville and Millstadt, Illinois.
Designed with both novice and expert players in mind, Wacky Warriors' paintball battlefields host adrenaline-pumping matches including capture the flag and hide-and-seek. Open-play participants can dive over obstacles, shoot from behind barricades, or perch atop a tree and admire the way the sun filters through the branches just before turning enemies into human Jackson Pollock exhibits. The open-play package includes the rental of a semiautomatic paintball gun and mask, unlimited air refills, and 250 paintballs. Each Wacky Warriors referee is trained in the most current safety techniques, ensuring all participants remain safe, so paint ballers can spend more time strategizing and less time worrying about colorful pits of paint-based quicksand.
On 18 playing fields at two Wacky Warriors locations, players can storm a two-story castle, take cover behind barrels stacked in pyramids, and weave through red inflatables. Each 15-minute open-play game mixes beginner and intermediate participants, who compete in matches such as team death match and capture the flag under the watchful eye of trained referees. Fighters take to the fields with their choice of more than 500 rental markers; spectators can monitor the action from netted areas next to the brickyard and airball fields.
Along with open play, Wacky Warriors hosts private parties and special events such as zombie-apocalypse scenarios. After bouts, players can relax in the pavilion, sign their artwork on opponents' gear, and grill up a feast in Wacky Warriors' massive barbecue pits.