by Kristen Kucharski
THE KID IN ALL OF US!
As adults we sometimes forget how much fun it is to be a kid. The responsibilities of jobs, children, household chores, sports, etc. tend to take over and we forgot about the things we love.
With my girls off at college, I have found that my adult friends and I enjoy the stereotypical kid activities equally as much. We gathered a group of 14 adults, mostly over 50 years old, and most that had never played paintball before; so, it was a new and exciting experience for the majority.
Our host Drew provided several game options, such as One Shot, Assassin, Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, and more; additionally, delivering detailed instructions for our safety and entertainment prior to entering the 50,000 square foot indoor arena.
We were masked and ready, and our hearts were pumping as we strategized our options using the faux houses, barriers, giant truck tires, and abandoned vehicles for protection and diversions. We are an extremely competitive group and it was game on! at the countdown of…… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… when we scattered throughout the space taking cover to protect our team brand while taking aim at our opponent. We were terrified of being hit since the rumor on the street said that it might sting and leave welts; however, we were still willing to sacrifice our bodies for the win!
We laughed, screamed, as well as sat very quietly in inconspicuous spaces while gaining confidence and flair with adrenaline flowing at rapid rates throughout our bodies. Our two hour time frame went quickly and our quest to tackle a new adventure was successful.
The owner, Aaron and his team made the experience memorable ensuring safety and fun for all. A highly recommended activity for kids and adults alike.
The ultimate indoor paintball map designed by the kid in us all. Huge 50,000 square foot playground offering open play, teams, drills, and private events inclusive with full gear, paintgun, and paintballs, and mask.
Power Paintball X
1161 S. Main Street, Lombard
(630) 824-8051 • www.PowerPaintballx.com
Hours: Monday through Thursday by reservation only; Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open Play; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. private bookings, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. open play; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. team practice, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. open play.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at
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