Every parent wants to throw at least one birthday party for their child that will be remembered forever as the best birthday party of all time. We can help you do that. Whether your child is a girl or a boy, one of the most exhilarating and memorable birthday party ideas is a paintball birthday party. Parents, especially those who have never played a game of paintball, may be filled with questions regarding this activity. By exploring some of the most frequently asked questions and consulting with some experts, parents will soon discover that a paintball birthday party is the perfect choice.
Kids want to play. They have so much energy. Children are naturally competitive and enjoy teaming up and going at it. Paintball is age appropriate for youngsters when the correct safety equipment is used, all players are relatively on the same skill level and proper supervision is in place. From ages six to sixty, paintball is a birthday party adventure that is perfectly age appropriate.
Paintball is one of those outdoor activities that is easily brought indoors. All children can engage, even kids with allergies or who sunburn easily. Parents don’t have to pack an outdoor activity bag loaded down with tubes of sunblock and spray bottles of insect repellant. For an indoor paintball party you just have to show up.
By locating the playing field indoors, this also makes it convenient for everyone to locate. An indoor paintball field could be right around the corner from a family’s favorite market. Parents don’t have to worry about guests getting lost out in the back woods trying to locate the party.
Sure, we’ve all seen the images of grown-ups in their paintball gear, lifting up a shirt sleeve and showing a whopper of a bruise where they were shot with a paintball. That does not have to be your child. Indoor paintball facilities that cater to beginners and youth use low impact paintballs designed to splatter more softly. Fifty caliber, low impact paintball pellets are recommended as they have a ranking of 75% percent lower impact than a standard paintball pellet. Players get all the enjoyment without all the pain.
Paintball is not a contact sport so it is much safer than football, or even basketball, yet at the same time is very physical. Statistics on the sport of paintball reflect that one out of every 4,000 people who play the game end up with an energy requiring medical attention. An injury can be completely unrelated to the paintball pellet itself. It could be something like a sprained ankle. Compare that to one out of 33 people who end up in a hospital emergency room after participating in a football game.
Paintball birthday parties at a professional venue provides parents with peace of mind by having experienced staff that ensure proper safety standards are met. Expect the following measures to be in place:
- Face masks
- Barrel plugs
- Paintball gun velocity limits
- Gaming rules
A game of paintball engages the entire child. It is physical in nature. Kids have to get up and move. Often they have to move fast. The mind must be on high alert, taking in all the action and strategizing a game plan. It is a complete mental and physical workout for kids. After a paintball birthday party it is pretty much a given that everyone is going to need a nap.
With over 15 million people engaged in the sport of paintball, there is no doubt that once a parent announces a paintball birthday party, every single person is going to know exactly what to expect and will be thrilled to be invited. Chances are not a single child will miss the party!
Isn’t It Violent?
A competitive game of paintball is, in essence, a game of mock combat. But that does not necessarily mean violence is being embedded in a child’s psyche. Consider how children play on their own, using their imagination. Often they engage the good guy/bad guy scenario. Perhaps they construct a sword from an old paper towel tube. Even in an imaginary game involving a domestic scene of playing house there is often more than nurturing a baby doll involved. Usually there is a conflict that must be resolved, a problem, a conundrum. Paintball is more than just mock combat, it is a team sport of strategy. It involves the skills of resolving a situation in your team’s favor. It just involves shooting the other team.
If the shooting part gets a parent hung up with an ethical question, think about the fun your child has in a water balloon fight. Kids are mature enough to know they are not injuring or killing anyone. It is play. In fact, many child behavior experts recommend the opportunity for children to engage in rough and tumble play for the emotional benefits it provides. By engaging in a team sport like paintball children learn positive social behavior, their self-confidence grows, friendships strengthen. It helps them feel empowered in their “children’s only” universe.
If you are ready to plan your child’s paintball birthday party, please contact us. We have a variety of packages to choose from that will meet your specific need. Group discounts make the experience even more affordable. We have been providing the perfect environment for kids to have a safe, fun, thrilling adventure with the sport of paintball for years. Ranked the #1 indoor paintball venue for San Diego, you can book your birthday party with confidence. Our experienced staff is here not just because they love the sport, but also because they enjoy seeing others fall in love with the sport by having a great time.