Wednesday Feb 15 2012
Laser Craze opens
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
Northern California's largest indoor laser tag arena grand opening slated Friday
Rocklin’s newest family fun center, Laser Craze, is drawing a lot of attention. “It was getting harder to find stuff to do,” Rocklin teenager Brody Pool said. “The theater was heck-a-fun and now we have this!” Earlier this month, the owners of the 7,000 square foot laser tag arena next to the Blue Oaks Century Theatre (Highway 65 and Blue Oaks Boulevard) held a soft opening to get their 35 new employees up to speed. Friday’s grand opening celebration means it’s time to check out the family fun center. For the $15 admission price, guests get one-half hour of play in the largest indoor two-story arena in northern California. Players can actually see the lasers shoot across the field of play. Lincoln dad Mitch Severs brought his 11-year-old fraternal twins to the center for their birthday party. The family strapped on the laser tag equipment, received instructions and hit the two-story arena course with their party guests. “They’re very competitive,” Severs said. “My son is mad right now because his sister (Amanda) scored more points. I was working with her on strategy.” Birthday girl Amanda admits her brother often beats her at video games so the win was very satisfying. “It was awesome,” Amanda said. “It was so much fun.” Even other parents joined in. Lee McCormick, who escorted his son to the party, decided to try laser tag. It was the first time the 49-year-old man had ever played. “I got a good work out and there is no mess (like paintball),” McCormick said. “It’s good clean fun for young and old.” With the laser tag arena closed to kids under age 7, Laser Craze has set up a large arcade and three bounce obstacle courses for the younger set. “It’s a great place to hang out,” Laser Craze co-owner Susan Hughes said. The owners already have 20 parties booked for Friday with 300 people expected to attend. Reservations for parties have been scheduled through June. “For the first month we’re going to do two parties an hour for two to three hours each, then build up to four an hour,” Hughes said. Rocklin mom Coral Flood had booked a birthday party for her 12-year-old son online and stayed for hours. “I knew it was opening so I went online and got in,” Flood said. “Got pizza, laser tag and video games and they really had a great time.” Flood called the set-up parent-friendly, especially with attendants around to help out. “I know SunSplash has something like it, but it’s dark. This is so light and open,” Flood said. The opening of the center along with the Blue Oaks Theater last year is exciting for Pool, who said he is starting to realize Rocklin is becoming an entertainment destination. Co-owner John Hughes said Rocklin made the best pitch for their business. “It was up in the air whether it was going to be Rocklin or Roseville,” he said. “We met with the city council, mayor, fire chief and they convinced us this was the right place to be.” For prices, reservations and video instructions on how to play laser tag, visit www.lasercrazeca.com.