Where: Laserdome Plus, North Vancouver
Description: To play laser tag, you wear a vest with target lights and carry a gun that allows you to shoot other people’s targets. Game play takes place in a dimly lit arena where players’ light vests are clearly visible.
The maze contains four stories of terrain with various ramps and barriers to hide behind. The floor is slightly springy, which reduces the likelihood of injury if you fall.
Your gun lets you know when you’ve scored a hit by saying “good shot” and keeps track of your points (you gain points for hits and lose them when you get hit). Your vest tells you when you’ve been shot by vibrating.
Each game lasts 15 minutes, and you can play in teams or as a free-for-all.
Cost: You can play three 15-minute games of laser tag for $17.50 per person. Older teens and adults (aged 15 and up) who play on Friday and Saturday nights can book unlimited games between 9 pm and midnight for $20 per person. There are additional fees for other Laserdome activities, which include climbing walls, a light space (a touch-sensitive floor that facilitates various games), the space jungle (a large playground with tall climbing frames, rope bridges, a space station, and slides), and V-ball (a variation of paintball with projectiles made of Velcro rather than paint – minimum age is 10 and those under 18 require the signature of a parent or guardian).
Time: Laser tag games are each 15 minutes long, but you can buy as many games as you want if the facility isn’t booked up. Access to other Laserdome activities can be purchased in 15-60-minute increments, depending on the activity.
Difficulty: Laser tag can be as physically difficult or as easy as you want to make it. You can run around and get an awesome workout or just hide behind a barrier and shoot opponents when you see their lights go by. It can be tricky to score a precise hit on laser light target of someone’s vest, especially if they’re running, so this aspect of the game does take skill. There is also skill required to develop and implement an effective strategy for yourself or your team.
Required Equipment: Laserdome supplies the vests and guns; just wear clothing that will be comfortable for running around.
- This activity is exceptionally fun – after trying it out, I wished I’d been doing it for years.
- You can get a good workout if you stay active in the arena, and it’s much more enjoyable than doing the hamster-on-a-wheel thing on a gym machine.
- If you play regularly, it will do wonders for your coordination, reflexes, reaction times, physical dexterity, and visual-spatial skills.
- This is an activity that both kids and adults can enjoy, either within their own age groups or together as a multi-age group.
- The climbing walls are also loads of fun. The series of walls at Laserdome offers different levels of challenge, and the auto-belay harnesses enable climbers to simply kick off and slide down slowly at their leisure whenever they lose their grip on the wall.
- The staff at the facility are really nice.
- If you go during peak times for children’s activities, the place is likely to be crowded and noisy.
- Although the prices are reasonable given the equipment required, it’s not a cheap activity, especially if you’re paying for a large group.
- If you’re going with an adult or older teen group, take advantage of the weekend night specials and avoid the peak times for little kids.
- If you’re bringing young children to play in the space jungle, they need to wear socks at all times, so bring socks if the kids are wearing sandals or flip flops.
For more activity descriptions, visit the main Activities page.
*Prices and rules may have changed since the time of this writing