Backed by a landscape of rolling green hills, paintballers navigate a maze of trenches, only peering above ground with their be-goggled eyes for a careful survey. With 14 battlefields to choose from, paintballing combatants test their mettle while fostering team-building and strategization skills. Players fire off rounds from Tippmann or Kingman air guns while ducking behind rusted, paint-splattered oil drums, stacks of large tires, or the big yellow dump truck left behind by Godzilla's toddler. Each battleground presents a different challenge—the turf airball course is populated by inflatable obstacles, and the woodsball field forces teams to traverse forested grounds made hazardous by wetlands and overgrowth. After a grueling match, players can take refuge in the shaded picnic areas to rest, refuel, or brush up on Sun Tzu's lesser-known text, The War of Art.
Peekaboo Playland is a safe, creative indoor playground for children aged nine or younger. Located on bustling Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, the airy and colorful space welcomes families to play on the wide array of playground equipment, or kick back with any one of the many toys on hand. This is a shoe-free zone, of course, where kids can climb and jump for hours without getting scraped up, making it a perfect weekend destination for special events like birthday parties. At under $10 per child, Peekaboo offers a local alternative to parents looking to give their kid some play time, and longer play passes mean repeat visits are a cinch. Areas of particular interest for tykes include a Mother Goose play fort, a plastic kitchen nook, beach room and several slides. There’s also a bounce house on premises and a boutique area upstairs.
iFLY Hollywood’s state-of-the-art indoor wind tunnel lets acrophobic and aerophobic adrenaline junkies experience the sensations of skydiving under safe conditions. iFLY Hollywood will suit you up with a helmet, goggles, flight suit, earplugs, and a can of gravity repellent, before an instructor teaches you the basic maneuvers and hand signals. Once you've learned a lesson, you'll be unleashed into the vertical tunnel’s artificial wind current for some air time at terminal velocity. The entire process lasts about an hour, including waiver signing (flyers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign), a 15-minute class, and a flight slot during which your group takes turns flying. In addition to the flight experience, the multimedia package includes a DVD with a recording of your flight.
Indoor skydiving is accessible to a wide, family-friendly age range, meaning that Grandma and Grandpa can celebrate their 60th anniversary with more than the traditional cake shaped like Andy Griffith. iFLY Hollywood’s free observation deck allows for maximum show-offiness, so invite along an audience of hard-to-impress friends, lovers, and butlers to marvel at your simulated plummet through the heavens.
The metallic clunks of baseballs and softballs struck by swinging bats pulse through Castle Batting Cages, located inside Sherman Oaks Castle Park. The hurling apparatuses serve up these ill-fated spheres at speeds as low as 20 miles per hour and as high as 80 miles per hour. The slow-pitch-softball machines toss both low-arc and high-arc strikes, and the fast-pitch-softball cage tests reflexes with speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.
Blast tactically into a beam-blasting fantasy emitting infrared beams with today's Groupon. You get unlimited laser-tag play at Ultrazone Laser Tag, the largest laser-tag arena in the LA area. All you can play passes at Ultrazone are normally $22 with an extra $5 charge for late-night blasting; although all-day play on Wednesdays and Thursdays is available for $12, use today's deal to spend a weekend hitting your loved ones with painless lasers.In his words, Tad is known for “having the hottest girlfriend in town, driving a 1998 Chevy Cavalier, dressing like the dude from The Matrix way before that movie even came out, and never, ever losing a match.” He’s also the world’s foremost expert on laser-tag strategy, having penned the 2004 bestseller LaserTad’s LaserRad Laser-Tag LaserTactics For Laser-Tag LaserFanatics.