College can be a very stressful time with all of the assignments, exams, and work, so it is no surprise that a lot of students want to find a way to relax and have fun. What better way to do this than to reminisce about your childhood and play laser tag at the Hadley Mall?
A hidden gem at the Hampshire Mall, LaserBlast Ancient Adventure is perhaps one of the best things to do, especially if you’re on a budget. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the price for one game of laser tag is $2 and $3 per person. Yes, you read that right. For the price of a drink, you can have an intense battle, fighting among your friends or against them.
I know what you might be thinking, that laser tag is for little kids and it’s kind of childish to go play, and you are absolutely right. But that’s what makes it so much fun. I recently went with a group of friends. Being able to detach ourselves from the "adultness" of college and all the work was awesome. The games are about five minutes long, but when you are running around in the darkness and trying to survive, those five minutes feel like hours. With a ranking system that can be seen at the end of every game, you're sure to get into that competitive mindset and try to outscore your friends.
If laser tag isn’t your thing, and you want to do something that really blows of steam, Pinz offers axe throwing. For $10, you get half an hour to hurl axes at a wooden target. Set in a bar/restaurant environment, the atmosphere is very relaxing and welcoming, all while you are throwing lethal objects at a wall. Pinz, in general, offers a lot more than axe throwing; they have bowling and a giant arcade for any person that wishes to feel like a kid again.
And if you don’t want to do that, there is Interskate 91 in the Hampshire Mall as well, so if you are in the mood to skate or rollerblade, it’s the perfect place for you. In addition, there is an entire go-karting track in the mall for anyone wanting to live fast and furiously.
As you can see, the Hampshire Mall has tons of things to do for leisure after a long week of work. From laser tag, to go-karting, to axe throwing and more, no matter what kind of mood you are in, the Hampshire Mall is the central hub for all things entertainment in the Amherst area.