Figuring out a birthday idea for your child can be challenging to say the least. In a world dominated by smartphones and video games, it may seem like there’s little you can do to entertain your kiddo on their big day.
Bring them straight to the action with a few hours of non-stop paintball excitement. We’re not saying it will make them the coolest kid in class, but your child’s very own paintball birthday party certainly won’t hurt!
Make unforgettable memories and have an absolute blast at your local paintball field this year. Nearly every park has private play outside of their designated events that allow for your kid’s party to take on a field of their own so that they can play on their own terms under the direct supervision of the pros.
Is a Paintball Birthday Party Safe?
Right off the bat, we’re going to curb the concerns of many parents out there. Yes, paintball is incredibly safe so long as everyone sticks to the safety guides laid out by the field.
Not only is it safe, but it also has a ton of noteworthy benefits:
- Incredibly active
- Encourages teamwork
- Initiates quick thinking and problem solving
Think of paintball like every other impact sport (football, basketball, soccer, and so on).
Yes, there’s an element of risk — but it’s no more dangerous than the most popular sports out there. Your local paintball field will walk the kids through safety instructions with their paintball marker, safety equipment, and gear to ensure that there aren’t any issues once play begins.
Plus, they’ll constantly be monitoring the kids and have a zero-tolerance policy for unsafe play or removing safety gear.
Your child’s safety is of paramount concern to any paintball field. The most common injury will come from trips or falls that happen on the playground every single day. If you’re concerned about eye protection, there is a strict facemask policy in any designated play zone. Any non-paintball play will be free of paintball blasters at all times.
Have a “Talk” With the Kids
No, not that talk. More of a “listen to the pros at the field and behave yourself.” As we mentioned, paintball safety is all about wearing your paintball gear and playing responsibly.
We all know that one or two kids in our child’s friend group are a little rowdy. It may even be your kid. Make sure to sit the crew down and let them know that paintball is all about having fun, but in order to have a great time, you have to play safe. Let them know:
- Play fair
- Wear your safety gear
- Listen to the field pros
It’s really that simple.
If fellow parents are worried about the paintball birthday party, share some insights from this article or send them a link to ease their concerns.
What to Bring For the Paintball B-Day
Planning a paintball birthday party isn’t too much a chore, either. You’ll have to set up a date and time, get waivers from all parents, rent out equipment, and pay for play. With that being said, there are some other things to think about. Don’t worry — we’re going to make sure you have everything you need for the big day.
1. Extra Clothes
These kids are going to get dirty and covered in paint. If you have an undying love for your vehicle, you’ll want to make sure that everyone knows to bring a change of clothes for the ride home.
Don’t worry about the kid’s clothes getting destroyed. Paintballs are filled with non-toxic, biodegradable, non-staining paint. All it takes is a trip to the laundry machine, and the clothing will be good as new.
Keep the kiddos refueled with some healthy snacks, water, or Gatorade. If it’s a birthday party — there’s likely some cake involved. Make sure that you’re able to keep any types of snacks, desserts, or refrigerated food cool.
Ask ahead if the paintball field has cold storage. If not, you’ll need to bring a cooler. Here are some fantastic options for on-the-go snacks:
- Granola bars
- Trail mix
- Peanut butter and veggies
- String cheese
You don’t need an entire buffet, but keep some snacks for the kids nearby so that they can get a much-needed boost of energy to toss paint with their friends.
Also: DON’T FORGET THE CAKE.
Are you planning on eating lunch at the field? Make sure to bring food that works for the venue. If the local paintball park has a grill — consider bringing some burgers and hotdogs.
Sandwiches and chips are also a safe option. You don’t need to eat lunch at the field, but the kids will be out there for a few hours, so most partygoers do bring meals.
Last but certainly not least are the waivers. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian to participate. Nothing will put a damper on the day more than hauling all of the kids to the venue and realizing that one poor soul didn’t get a waiver signed.
Luckily, most waivers these days can be completed online. This makes the process quick and easy. As the parent of the birthday kid, it’s your responsibility to connect with all of the parents and let them know how to sign the waiver.
Try to get these done as far as possible in advance so that you’re not scrambling to finish the morning of the paintball birthday party extravaganza.
Questions to Ask the Local Paintball Field
Getting all of your ducks in a row when planning a kid’s birthday party can be stressful. Every paintball field has slightly different private play options. So, here are some helpful questions you can ask your local field so that your kid and their friends can be locked, loaded, and prepared for paintball action.
- How long is play?
- Are there different maps or courses available?
- What are the rental packages for gear and paintball markers?
- Do you include paintballs?
- Can kids bring their own gear and markers?
- Do you have cold storage?
- How many staff will supervise?
- Do you allow outside food or beverages?
- Is there reserved staging for in-between time?
Celebrate the Perfect Birthday Party
Hopefully, we’ve done our duty to ease concerns, provide some valuable insights, and prepare you for the absolute best birthday your child will ever have. Vintage paintball offers one of the largest and most immersive paintball experiences in Minnesota.
Book now to reserve private play for your paintball birthday party.