What is laser tag, really, but a more high-tech version of “tag, you’re it”? Add in the fog machine, black lights and blood-pumping music, suit up in a provided vest with sensors, and you’re ready for a fierce but friendly round in the arena. In our list here you’ll find Dallas-Fort Worth’s premiere indoor laser tag arenas for kids, some of them stretching to two stories, and all of them at entertainment complexes with many more entertainment options, like arcade games, bowling and bumper cars. Read on below for details you’ll want to know, including height or age requirements, and even where to find laser mazes.
One pro tip to know before your battle begins: Wear a dark color. White and light colors show up under the blacklight and make you an easy target. You’re welcome.
For the ultimate family night out, go no farther than your local Main Event. All seven locations offer laser tag, along with bowling lanes, arcade games and pool tables. Select locations offer even more entertainment like karaoke and those high-off-the-ground gravity ropes to keep your blood pumping. Note that for laser tag, players must be at least 48 inches tall
Frisco: 9375 Dallas Pkwy; 469/362-7227
Grand Prairie: 3106 S State Hwy 161; 972/641-2695
Grapevine: 407 W State Hwy 114; 817/416-1111
Plano: 3941 Central Expressway; 972/881-8181
Lewisville: 2070 South Stemmons Freeway; 972/459-7770
Fort Worth North: 2601 Presidio Vista Dr.; 817/306-0000
Fort Worth South: 4801 City Lake Blvd East; 817/292-5555
This place literally has it all: laser tag, bowling, bumper cars, an elevated ropes course, arcade games. On top of that, the food is way above par compared to traditional bowling alleys and there’s a climate-controlled patio. Even if you’re coming solely for the laser tag, you won’t be disappointed. Each location has a two-level laser arena. There’s no height requirement, but the vest you wear must sit high enough on your chest that it doesn’t fall below your knees. The Plano location also offers a laser maze with an intricate web of laser beams and mirrors to challenge you, and they do have a height requirement: 48 inches and taller.
Allen: 635 Central Expressway North; 972/869-2695
Plano: 6205 Dallas Parkway; 972/781-2695
Las Colinas: 2750 West I-635; 214/765-2695
When you need the kids to unleash their mischievous energy in any place other than your living room, let it fly at this family-oriented entertainment center with laser tag (open to all ages, and setting inspired by the ruins of Angkor Wat), glow-in-the-dark bowling (bumpers and dinosaur-shaped ramps are available to help little ones hit the pins), arcade games, bumper cars, and a new three-story kids zone. With recent additions and upgrades, Shenaniganz is now as much an entertainment destination for adults as it is for the kids. Make it a date night and check out the axe throwing, escape rooms, and live performances in the backyard.
Rockwall: 1290 E. I-30, 972/722-1133
Greenville: 1908 Joe Ramsey Blvd. E; 903/455-2065
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
As you can imagine from its namesake, racing legend Mario Andretti, the main draw to this entertainment complex at Grandscape is the go-kart racing (and before you ask, the junior karts go up to a max of 15 miles per hour, adult karts up to 35 mph), and everything else is equally top-notch. They’ve got virtual reality games in the arcade, a ropes course with a zip line, and an upscale duckpin bowling alley, a variation on the traditional game that uses smaller balls and narrower gutters. But back to laser tag! Their two-level laser tag arena is open to every at least 42 inches tall.
The Colony: 5752 Grandscape Blvd.; 469/527-3278
As they say, you’re in the strike zone in this laser tag arena designed like a post-apocalyptic downtown Dallas with fog and blacklight passages. Strikz doesn’t enforce a height or age requirement for the laser tag but they recommend it for ages 5 and older. Strikz also offers arcade games, pool tables, air hockey, (axe throwing, coming soon) and, of course, bowling. Strikz partners with the Kids Bowl Free summer program to give kids 20 minutes of free bowling time every day through early September.
Frisco: 8789 Lebanon Road; 972/668-5263
Reserve your bowling lanes in advance at this retro bowling alley, with special entertainment for the sports fanatics (batting cages and putt-putt) and for the ultra-competitive kids of your family (laser tag and a 26-foot-tall rock climbing wall). Head to the Hurst location for additional attractions: go-karts, the Rattler mini coaster and a drop tower ride (height restrictions apply). Check out the Kids Bowl Free program here, too.
Arlington: 2008 West Pleasant Ridge Road; 817/784-2695
Hurst: 609 NE Loop 820; 817/589-0523
Laser tag at this entertainment center is open to everyone 4 years and up, generally 42 inches and taller. Purchase one game at a time, or get the five-attraction pass you can use for more fun on dry land, like the 100-plus arcade games, nine batting cages, 18-hole mini golf, and go-karting (with double carts for driving with your little ones as young as 4. During the summer months, beat the beat in the bumper boat pond. Each bumper boat is equipped with built-in squirt guns for optimal splashing.
Dallas: 17717 Coit Road; 972/248-4653
Monster Mini Golf
Treat your little monsters out for a night of glow-in-the-dark fun at this indoor entertainment center with not only mini golf (as the name implies) but also a laser maze. This one’s different than your usual laser tag arena. Think Mission Impossible with music, lighting effects and moving laser beams that force you to think strategically and unleash your inner Tom Cruise. This Monster Mini Golf location also offers mini bowling (bowling shoes not required), a virtual reality room, arcade games and spooky elements all around.
Frisco: 2595 Preston Road, Suite 500; 469/598-0444
iT’Z Family Food and Fun
iT’Z is the year-round destination for family fun and the only bowling alley we could find that also offers mini bowling, with smaller balls, shortened the lanes, and automated bumpers. But if you’re here for the lasers, go play in the laser tag arena or in the laser maze. No height requirement for the laser tag, except that the vest you wear must not fall below your knees.
Euless: 1201 W. Airport Freeway, Suite 400; 817/283-3700
WhirlyBall is not only the name of the center but of another sport entirely. Imagine mixing elements from basketball and lacrosse—while riding in bumper cars. Well, they’re called “WhirlyBugs,” which are akin to bumper cars, and the team sport has its own rules for passing and scoring. Here’s your chance to try out the sport at two area locations, both of which also have arcade games and laser tag. LaserWhirld, as they call it, consists of a two-story arena where you can compete against a max of 25 other players. Good luck out there.
Hurst: 147 E. Harwood Road; 682/235-1030
Plano: 3115 Parker Road; 972/398-7900
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Photo courtesy of Main Event Entertainment