Laser tag is a fun game like most games that are suited for children. Thinking of it in a different way will not make it a less fun game and less wanted by your children.
However, this does not mean that it is free of risks. It is a game and like any other games, there are rules, risks, and fun parts. For sure, laser tag has more fun parts than of rules and risks. Both of them are quite simple and if your kid is too young (7- 9 years old) to go along with his friends to play this game, the laser tag facilities offer the possibility for parents to be there and even recommend at least some of them are, in order to keep an eye at their children.
The laser tag equipment is simple, one has to wear a laser tag vest and have a laser tag gun. These laser tag guns work well up to a range of 1000+ meters.
This is how the points are actually registered in the system and this is how you know in the end who eliminated who.
Laser tag games
There are various game themes to choose from. It was first developed as a highly realistic combat simulation for the combat training by the United States Army. Nowadays, this has various themes that range from combat simulations to sci-fi and other fantasy scenarios.
It is a great and very safe game that is suitable for children over the age of 7 and adults all age range. Its realistic environment makes it thrilling and a great idea for schools or kids parties as well as for corporate events.
There are outdoors and indoors games. While the outdoors games may be a little more exciting, they are also a little more dangerous, though not from a game perspective but from the perspective that you have a bigger space where you can run etc.
Depending on the company laser tag has various games that can be played as a single player or as a team. Some require a minimum of players some a maximum; that all depends on the game and the place.
Playing laser tag
The main goal of laser tag is to move around and make sure you do not get “hit” or laser pointed by the opponent. Being hit will make the vest either light up or make a noise. While avoiding to get laser tagged you should also try and laser tag the opponent.
Once a person is “hit” he is out of the game.
If you play a team game, each team should have the same number of players. When opting for a laser tag game for your child, you can even make up some new laser tag rules:
- Make sure you know what your team is
- Make sure you work together as a team
- Protect your team members
- Find ways to make sure all of you remain on the field at the end of the game
In addition, some other “rules” that you may find useful for your child’s skills development and strategical thinking.
Is laser tag safe for children?
Though laser tag is a game that can be played by everyone aged over 7, the main customers’ for this game are children between 10 years to 19 years.
As a parent, you may be somewhat concerned about the fact that yes. There are obstacles to hide behind, there is loud music or sounds so that everything is more realistic, there are fog and darkness, and there is this shooting one another main action going one. But are these truly things parents should worry about?
As a parent, you may have misconceptions about the game until you play it yourself. Let us weigh the pros and cons of the game and see which weighs more.
- A great realistic game that can develop your kid’s sense of self and confidence
- It can also develop the kid’s team spirit
- It is fun and adrenaline eater
- It is a good thing to allow your child to experience a totally safe game, otherwise, he may become obsessed with it
- This can be a family game and have some bonding time
- Gets them out from the TV or computer screen to outdoors
- Enrich motor skills
- You may think at a psychological level that it may influence your child’s growing up and his future options. However, it is a very remote chance as a person with strong knowledge of what is right and what is wrong is in no danger of thinking otherwise
I sincerely cannot think of any other cons than some parent’s opinion on guns and their usage. However, to me, it is more important to know that my child does not become obsessed with a game just merely because I do not allow him or her to play it. Of course, you should not allow your kids to do whatever they want, but this is truly a harmful game, a game that in my opinion brings only benefits to you and your child.
Laser tag is a game, moreover is a game that helps children and adults interact. It is not a computer game, a virtual one that makes the people playing it stay on the sofa and not do anything but play. It is a game that asks for both your mental and physical part and helps improve them both.
It is a let us say, an extra you offer your child as an entertaining possibility, but if you can offer it, there is no need to get stuck to things that have not been proved since the game was invented. If you do not feel safe allowing your child to play it, a good idea is to try it yourself first, and then you will have the chance to decide whether it helps or harms your child.