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Tag, you're it: Laser World about family fun

Aug. 30, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.
Updated Sept. 1, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

Family and friends play laser tag at Laser World's three-story maze of towers and ramps in the Peruvian jungle ruins-themed course.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Laser World

• WHERE: 310 E. Larkspur St., Victoria

• WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Monday, Thursday; 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday; closed, but available for private events, Tuesday, Wednesday.

• COST: Laser tag, $8 per game; 4-D Cinema Adventure, $4 per person; Video arcade - 25 cents to $1 per game

• MORE INFO: laserworldvictoria.com, 361-578-3005

Storming out of the laser tag room, Jeremy Jenkins pauses by the laser vests to catch his breath.

Beads of sweat fall from the 10-year-old's forehead while he de-vests and puts his laser tag suit back on its perch.

"It's like a sport, and there are all these ranks you can get," said Jeremy, a student at Aloe Elementary School, who ranked third in his game of laser tag.

Jeremy has played laser tag at Laser World once before, but he said he hopes to come back many more times.

Laser World opened more than a year ago, and has since become one of Victoria's leading entertainment spots for children and adults alike.

The vast, multi-level laser tag arena, or maze, is equipped for about 40 players at a time, who don top-of-the-line vests and laser guns to zap their opponents.

Bob Hughes, Laser World general manager, said while the facility offers prize games - and the staff is encouraged to play often - the facility offers a variety of activities for the entire family.

"This is a family establishment," Hughes said. "We have a lot of children's parties here, but we've had several special events, graduations and family reunions as well."

In addition to the laser arena, Laser World boasts a massive arcade with reward prizes, 4-D theater room playing interactive movies, snack bar and party and private rooms.

"We're picking up right now. People are coming back from vacations and coming in for laser tag," Hughes said.

Hughes said Laser World has plans to expand and hopes to organize laser tag leagues in the future.

"That would be open to anyone," he said. "I'd really like to see a league with police against firemen."

Since opening, Laser World has partnered with area schools to award students for academic achievements and good attendance.

"We've always been committed to the schools because the owners have always been dedicated to education," Hughes said.

But for kids like Jeremy, laser tag is just a fun way to spend an afternoon.

"I think anyone who came here would have a good time," he said. "It's a lot of fun."

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