As my son is getting older, I was starting to feel like we had outgrown a lot of the typical party locations in our area. I wanted something different that the kids would enjoy and have them active to burn off their boundless energy. When I discovered Low Impact Paintball, I knew this would be a perfect option for my son.
When kids these days seem to love the shoot’em style video games, paintball can somewhat bring the games to life. However, when I first envisioned paintball, my first reaction was “No Way! That is going to hurt them way too much!” But then I was told about the low impact version. Instead of using the normal size ball that are typically used, they use a smaller caliber paintball that takes less impact to explode and therefore, less of a sting. I know in the past my son has mentioned paintball to me, but at that point I knew he was much to young. Now with the low impact kids 8 years of age or older are permitted to play.
Low Impact Paintball can be found at many of your local Paintball locations and have party packages available for birthdays or just a general group get togethers. Our group descended on Defcon Paintball, not to far from us, and the boys were ready for some fun.
Of course, they were ready to play immediately and couldn’t wait to get started. However, the staff made them go through quite an extensive training and review of all the rules and regulations. It was implicitly implied that if the rules were broken, they would be immediately removed from the game. As a Mom, I was very impressed with the time they took to ensure the kids knew these rules and how important it was for their safety.
After suited up and helmets were on, the boys were ready to go. They could barely contain their excitement.
I was able to slip on a helmet myself and sneak in to get a look a the playing area and see the boys in action. This was an indoor park and they had it well designed for the kids to get into the action and play.
There were a few points where some of the kids were taken aback initially by the impact of the paintball but I think it was a great learning experience for them. When they play video games, they don’t get the actual ramifications of the shooting they are doing. This made things much clearer to them. My son and I actually had quite a conversation about this on the way home.
The boys flew threw a good allotment of their paintballs in their first round of play but once they understood that they didn’t have an unlimited supply of ammunition, they were much more methodical about how and when they shot. It was neat to see them talk strategy with each other. By the end, they were quite worn out from all the running around they had to do and were ready for the pizza and snacks waiting for them in the party room.
They were disappointed that they could go back in after they had some more fuel in their stomachs. Most commented immediately that they wanted to come back again soon. I was really happy to hear this as it is always the sign of a good party. I would definitely recommend parents’ check out their local paintball park as an option for their next party location.
Disclosure: Although items in the post were provided to me, all comments, opinions and photos are my own.