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Where play laser tag

Space Entertainment Center
51 Zapora Drive, Hooksett, 621-5150, spacecenter.com
 
Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, 424-2292, melsfunwaypark.com/Indoor-Entertainment/laser-tag
 
Hilltop Fun Center
165 Route 108, Somersworth, 742-8068, hilltopfuncenter.com

 





Team Up
Treat your date to a round of laser tag

09/24/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Break the ice on a first date or keep things exciting on a 50th date with a game of laser tag.

“I think it’s perfect because you don't have the awkward conversation … there’s something to do,” Space Entertainment Center event coordinator Candace Maynard-Barker said in a phone interview. “It’s always fun.” 
The multi-level laser tag arena at the center starts a new game every 45 minutes with anywhere from two to 36 people playing at one time. Depending on how many players are in at once — if it’s less than five, it’s typically an every-man-for-himself style game— there are different modes for team play.
“We have three different rounds [of] eight minutes, and there’s always a referee to make sure everybody is safe,” Maynard-Barker said.
About a year and a half ago, Space Entertainment Center made a shift toward focusing on the adult demographic as a new market, making it one of several local entertainment-type places that could be a fun date option. They nixed the playground and a couple of kiddie rides in favor of pool tables, ping pong tables, bumper cars, arcade games and a pedestal joust (think rock’em sock’em robots, but with humans).
“During the week even when it's quiet we have couples coming in and groups of younger people instead of the movies or before or after the movies and they're surprised we have grown-up beverages to offer too,” she said. 
While laser tag is a good outing for any date, Maynard-Barker said, it’s an especially good option for those on a first date.
“It’s like a perfect first date because it puts everybody on a level playing field and they've gotten all the nervous jitters out and expended some energy,” she said. “It’s something to talk about and gets everybody loosened up.” 
One benefit of the area's laser tag options is that many of them have other activities built right into the facility. For example, Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield has both laser tag and a laser maze, in addition to batting cages, two minigolf courses, a driving range, arcade games and go-karts. Hilltop Fun Center in Somersworth has laser tag, minigolf, arcade games, batting cages, a driving range and multiple go-kart tracks. So whether you go just for the laser tag or stay longer for the arcade games, you’ve got your date covered.
“I think that would be great,” Maynard-Barker said of a laser tag date. “Wish I had done that when I was young.” 





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