Recently had a successful birthday party here for a group of 10 year old boys. The venue is very good, bigger inside than I was expecting, I had a look around the battle arena and its surprisingly big and complex over different levels with lighting effects, fine for the 35 or so kids allowed in at a time. The theme is a sci-fi one rather than the usual army laser battle. The staff were very friendly and helpful from taking the booking to the actual event and ensured everything went smoothly. The kids are briefed on the rules, kitted out then sent to play, the adults can relax in the cafe area and have a coffee and/or food. In the party package the kids get 2 x 20 minute sessions in one continuous go followed by a hot meal, but unusually no dessert is included although jugs of juice were (for very hot and thirsty kids - dress them lightly). Its not so much a problem if your taking a birthday cake and the staff are happy to do the candle honours and put cake in provided party bags (take some napkins). The birthday child also gets a Laserquest tee-shirt. The meal wasn't bad at all, basically anything with chips - the thick beefburgers were very popular.
We were given a dedicated party area on the balcony with a long bench table which helps keep everyone together and safe, although there is a lift that is difficult to keep the curious kids from messing with.
Overall it was a very pleasant hassle free party that the kids enjoyed a lot. Negative points... well the time goes very (too) quickly, I think the session time should be a bit longer for the price, perhaps 2 x 25 minutes at least. The other is the location at Star City, its a hectic place to take kids and not as easy to get to as you would think, with a run through central Birmingham on one side or a trip on the M6 and tackling Spaghetti junction the other - parking can get scarce later on. A few of our guests that didn't know the area struggled a bit. That aside, its not unreasonable to go there, it just would be better somewhere else in my opinion.
When our group, who had already decided to form two teams, were let into the armoury with the other public customers it was a bit of a free for all as all the children are so hyper to grab a gun which meant our planned groups didn't quite happen (the guns are colour grouped). It would be better to bring each party through one at a time to kit out in the same colour if they wanted it.
The gun packs were named with a character name but the kids didn't seem aware that they should remember who they were as the computer logged their scores and displayed it on a big monitor outside the arena - not knowing who was who made it a bit pointless, I think kids that had been there before were up to speed on this.
Thank you to the staff, all the kids have said it was great fun and I would recommend the venue for a novel birthday party for very excited kids made easy.
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