What happens when you take the thrill of paintball, really loud music, and scenes straight out of the movie Dodgeball, shake that all up like a snow globe and distribute foam darts of all shapes and sizes across an indoor arena’s floor?
You get DartWarz, 80922’s number one non-cinematic attraction (once the Sky Sox move).
DartWarz is a natural companion for an El Paso County family of five with three boys in middle school. Even our most pacific family member, the one who wishes he could compete in the Quidditch World Championships, loves DartWarz. It’s loud, it’s kind of violent, there’s neon, most of your friends probably have Nerf guns, and this is where they can compete and unleash their lipo-modified versions on the volunteered public.
I have willingly self-selected myself for two hours of combat at DartWarz on a number of occasions. But only once have I participated in the most DartWarz-y-ish of spectacles, a Wednesday Night “Extreme Night”. Whereas most days at DartWarz it is merely a bunch of kids and likely their parents running around on a noisy indoor battlefield with makeshift cardboard barriers and harbors, Wednesday Night Extreme Night is a bunch of 13 and over kids and some very interesting adults running around on a noisy indoor battlefield with makeshift cardboard barriers and harbors, almost all of them carrying around modified version of the loudly-colored creations you find at Target, and some of them in full homemade Nerf Gun Battle Regalia. Kilts are not uncommon. Nor are moving shields, sometimes as large as five feet. One guy who apparently comes every Wednesday Night summons his troops movements with a whistle. Oddest of all, Wednesday Night is when foam swords and blow dart cannons are permitted. The strange speed and accuracy of the blow darts is not something usually experienced in an across-the-kitchen pitch between fathers in the pantry and sons cartwheeling over the family room sofa.
Are there refreshments at DartWarz? Does Mountain Dew count? Do they serve food? No. Do you wear shoes? No. Do you need to bring your own eye protection? No. Do you need to bring your own Nerf Gun? No, in fact, they’ll happily rent the most tricked-out Guardians of the Galaxy Looking Thing to you for the evening. If you have a bad knee or can’t move quickly, will you find DartWarz enjoyable? It is highly unlikely.
But the absence of all of these might just be the qualifier your son or daughter is looking for in order to have a brilliant time; considering the usual lines on a Wednesday Night, there’s an enormous demographic for whom this DOES qualify as a good time (“Extreme nights are just the best”). By the way: Monday Nights, Parents Play Free, and the First Friday of the Month is Homeschool Day, 1-3 pm.
How do I get to DartWarz?