Lasers are flying at St Stephen’s

Published: Tuesday 28th February 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Having opened in St Stephen’s just before Christmas, Fun Station is proving very popular.

Presenting everything from arcade shooters and electronic basketball to air hockey and Highway 66 Family Bowling, it’s an amazing place for all ages.

We spoke to General Manager Emma Patterson about Fun Station when they’d just opened. Today we got back in touch with her to find out about the newly added Laser Station facilities.

“Laser Station is a laser tag arena,” says Emma. “It holds up to thirty players at one time and has the best modern equipment for a really enjoyable and challenging experience.”

Games can be played in teams or on an every-man-for-himself basis, making each session different from the last.

The games are twenty minutes long, which includes a safety briefing and a few minutes to choose your vest and gun.

“A player scores points for every laser that hits another contestant’s vest,” Emma explains. “We really do have the most amazing arena, which is space themed using ultra violet reacting paints.”

Meanwhile, the sound effects are top of the range. A state-of-the-art audio system allows the Laser Station staff to change the mood of the games as required.

“This means that you’ll never get bored of the same game,” says Emma. “It’s an exciting experience no matter how often you visit.”

The arena is spread over two sizeable levels and is suitable for kids and adults alike. The only age restriction is that children must be over the age of six.

“Fun Station has had an amazing response since opening,” adds Emma. “It has been fantastic watching people enjoy their visit, with more customers coming through our doors every day.”

With so much development taking place on the Terrace Level in St Stephen’s, the shopping centre is busier than ever and attracting families, couples and fun-loving adults from near and far.

Emma tells us that Fun Station isn’t just for kids: “We already have a strong customer base of adults, especially during the week. In fact, we bring out the big kid in everyone!”

During our visit we noticed that half of the people playing games didn’t have children with them, so it’s definitely worth a go even if you don’t have little ones in tow.

As for Laser Station, which is based inside Fun Station near the mini bowling lanes, it’s already receiving a lot of interest from student groups.

“I think this is because laser tag is such a competitive activity,” Emma adds. “It’s perfect for people with plenty of energy, although you don’t have to be Rambo to enjoy it.”

To finish off, we asked Emma to describe Laser Station in three words: “Exhilarating, competitive, fun. Come on down and find out for yourself!”

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Published: Tuesday 28th February 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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