Tag, you're it.
The old-school game of tag has evolved to include lasers. You now can tell the kids to take the sibling rivalry into the arena. This competition-style game engages players both physically and mentally as they strategically attempt to tag the opposing team while not getting tagged themselves. But think fast … or tag, you're OUT.
There are some great spots to play laser tag in Nassau and Suffolk counties, so get ready to think on your feet and have some fun. And when the sun is shining, we've even included a spot where you can play outdoor laser tag. Many of these facilities offer other attractions such as go-karts, mini-golf, arcades, bowling, rides, and more to get the whole family playing together.
For more ways to have fun indoors, check out our guide to indoor play spaces. There's always something great to do for families on Long Island and we've got the info you need at our events calendar.
Get ready for laser action at Active Kidz Long Island. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
Active Kidz Long Island — Jericho
This 4,500-square-foot arena is set up to look like a post-apocalyptic world with robots and zombies. Your kids will have a blast on their mission against the Warbot mechanical droid for bonus points. In addition to laser tag, there is also an inflatable fun zone, adventure maze, toddler center, a cannonball blast, an arcade, glow-in-the-dark dance room and a rock climbing wall. There are also two party options available.
Fun Station USA — Lynbrook
This indoor amusement park features laser tag, bumper cars, a Himalaya coaster and a multilevel play maze. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to participate in laser tag, but the per-person fee is nominal. Unlimited ride bracelets are available for purchase. Choose from four various party packages as well.
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Practice your laser tagging skills on arcade games at Laser Bounce Levittown. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
Laser Bounce Levittown — Levittown
Take the kids to an arena that offers targets, strobe lights, special-effects lighting, glow-in-the-dark and black-light obstacles and a great sound system. It also features a bounce arena, filled with various types of bounce equipment; an arcade with dozens of games; Stuff-A-Bear, where kids can build their own bears; and the unique Ballocity Arena, an interactive, multilevel arena that allows kids to play with thousands of soft foam balls dumped on them from blasters, vacuums, cannons, and buckets. This arena offers parties, which can include one, or any combination of the above-mentioned activities.
Get zapped during a black-light laser tag battle at Q-Zar in Carle Place.
Q-Zar — Carle Place
Competing in a 4,000-square-foot, black-light battlefield, your kids are bound to enjoy testing their skills here. Q-Zar describes the experience as getting inside a video game, set in a "futuristic funscape." Up to 40 players can participate at a time; 20 on each team. There is also an arcade, which offers a variety of options for your kids, including video games, music and dance games, and racing. Birthday parties packages are available.
From roller coasters to bounce houses and laser tag, kids won't run out of options at @Play Amusements.
@Play Amusements — Farmingdale
The laser tag arena is one of the most popular attractions at this indoor play spot. Children wear a vest and are given a phaser gun. Unlike other laser tags in the area, children can get back into the game 10 seconds after being "tagged." With more than 4,000 square feet of space to hide and strategize, kids will feel as if they're in another world. During open-play times, kids as young as age 5 can play individually or as a group. @Play Amusements also has bumper cars, an arcade, roller coaster, adventure maze, and more. Check out our review before planning your trip.
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Lazerland offers multilevel competition areas for laser tag.
Lazerland — Commack
This 5,500-square-foot facility offers the most advanced equipment and a multilevel arena. In addition to laser tag, there is also a sports stadium, where guests can play soccer, dodgeball, tee ball, kickball, and Nerf hockey, among other games. Lazerland offers party rooms, where you and your guests can enjoy socializing and eating in-between games, as well as open play. Call ahead to discuss open-play times and to make arrangements.
Laser Kingdom — Farmingdale, Coram
Laser Kingdom offers both private parties and events for the general public. Participants try to "zap” their opponents through the fog-filled arena. Steel barricades and black lights add to the appearance, and state-of-the-art equipment is used.
Country Fair — Medford
At Country Fair, you can play laser tag and enjoy the nice weather at its outdoor Laser Frontier, which opens for the season in June. This is a great option for younger children who might not feel comfortable in a darkened indoor arena. Appropriate for most ages, Laser Frontier features bunkers and barrels to hide from your opponents. And this family entertainment park offers other outdoor attractions such as mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, and a driving range.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues
This article was originally published in 2014. It was updated in July 2018.