Fans of sci-fi movies, such as “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” might enjoy laser tag because it simulates those on-screen laser shootings. Laser tag traces its roots to “Star Trek”. South Bend Electronics, a division of Milton Bradley, produced and introduced the Star Trek Electronic Phasers toy in 1979. It was the first known toy to use infrared light and a corresponding sensor. Therefore, it was the first laser tag game.
But you don’t have to join Star Fleet to play laser tag. Cincinnati has several venues that offer this recreational shooting sport. All prices listed are per person, per game, unless otherwise noted.
9477 Oxford Way, West Chester Township; mainevent.com.
Main Event is an entertainment complex that offers laser tag, billiards, bowling, games, gravity ropes, a restaurant and bar, and virtual reality. Laser tag costs $8 per 15-minute session.
Hours vary. Their current hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to midnight, Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to. midnight
5055 Glencrossing Way, Green Township; scallywagtag.com.
Scallywag Tag is an entertainment complex that offers laser tag, arcades and mini-golf. The laser tag arena is themed to resemble 18th-century pirate ships and a quaint Caribbean village. It has black lights, laser tag vests and phases. Each mission includes a briefing session and lasts 20 minutes.
Laser tag costs $8 for one game, $13 for two games and $18 for three games. A three-hour pass costs $25, and an additional game costs $5. There are specials on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.
Scene75 Entertainment Center
876 Ohio 28, Milford; scene75.com/cincinnati.
Scene75 is an entertainment center that offers laser tag, arcade, bumper cars, indoor go karts, mini bowling, mini golf and more. They have a multi-level laser tag arena that is themed like the abandoned District 75 – a city that was deserted during the zombie apocalypse. The city has three areas: residential, industrial and commercial. Each area has a base that players mark for bonus points. The first base is inside a house in the residential area of the city. The second base is under the water tower in the industrial area. The third base is on a skyscraper building in the commercial area. District 75 hosts up to 40 players. Laser tag costs $8.50 per game.
Hours vary. Their current hours are Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. .
Speed of Light Laser Tag
5879 US-62, Hillsboro; speedoflightlt.com.
Speed of Light Laser Tag is an entertainment venue that offers laser tag, redemption arcades, bounce house and inflatable rentals, and private parties. Laser tag is $5 per match on Friday, and $8 per match on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only, Friday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Strike & Spare
510 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger; strikeandspare.com/erlanger.
Strike & Spare is a bowling alley with laser tag, arcade, bumper cars, Rilix VR Coaster, roller skating, Time Freak and a bar and grill. Laser tag costs $6.95 for an eight-minute session. Hours are Sunday from noon to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tactical Force Laser Tag
Mobile experience; tactical force lasertag.com.
Tactical Force Mobile Laser Tag is a mobile laser tag company that transports equipment to its customers’ locations. They bring laser tag to homes, churches, schools, festivals and other venues. The company utilizes inflatable bunkers themed as military-style bunkers including military tanks, oil drums, tire stacks and ACME boxes. They can host up to 15 players per game. Their taggers are self-contained, realistic looking guns. Private events start at $400 for two hours of play time.
3211 Lina Place, Colerain Township; theplacecincy.com.
The Place is a venue that offers laser tag, arcade, bumper cars, climbing walls, roller skating and ropes courses. They have a nearly 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art laser tag arena with two levels. There are interactive components on all levels to help elevate the gaming experience. Laser tag costs $8 per game or $14 per two games.
Their hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 17:30 to 20:30, Friday and Saturday from 13:00 to 22:00, and Sunday from 13:00 to 19:00.
The Online Extreme Entertainment
7172 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester Township; funattheweb.com.
The Online Extreme Entertainment is an entertainment venue that offers laser tag, climbing walls, go-kart racing, interactive trampolines, mini-bowling, mini-golf and virtual reality. Their laser tag arena includes eight advanced platforms to foster three-dimensional play. Laser tag costs $9 per game.
Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Friday from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Urban Aerial Trampoline and Adventure Park
3321 Alamo Ave., Oakley; urbanair.com/ohio-cincinnati.
Urban Aerial Trampoline and Adventure Park is an entertainment complex that offers laser tag, climbing walls, dodge ball, drop zone, ropes courses, sky rider, slam dunk zone, trampolines, drop track and more. Laser tag costs $7.99 per game. The Ultimate Pass includes laser tag and other attractions.
Hours vary. Their regular hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday from 3 to 8 pm, Friday from noon to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.