Are you raising a Nerf fanatic? Book a birthday party at Dueling Darts

When I say that my son is a Nerf fanatic, I mean HE IS A
NERF FANATIC.

He is obsessed with all things Nerf and wants to have
battles daily, with anyone at any time. His friends all seem to be in to Nerf
as well and a quick search of Pinterest reveals that Nerf-themed birthday
parties are popular.

So a few months before his 8th birthday, he asked
for a Nerf party. Not wanting a dozen or so wild 8-year-olds tearing up my
house and pelting each other with Nerf darts, I decided to look for an
alternative location for this shindig.

A friend had liked a place called Dueling Darts on Facebook
and other friends had mentioned a similar place in Detroit, called the Detroit
Dart Club. Since Dueling Darts in Clinton Township is a little closer to our
home, I called them to talk about party planning.

The owners are friendly and open to questions, and so we
settled on a date. One teensy drawback: They don’t take credit cards for party
deposits so I had to drive to their location and put down a cash deposit. It
was good to see the place and talk to the owners about how the party would run.
I was assured it would not be a free-for-all and that there would be structured
games for attendees.

One other teensy drawback. They only allow players aged 7
and up. We normally invite younger siblings to parties, so this was a bit of a
bummer, but once I saw the party games in action, it makes sense. Even some of
the guests at our party (who were all 8-10) struggled with the rules –
especially keeping safety glasses on at all times and not aiming for people’s
faces.

There are several benefits to having a party at Dueling
Darts. They provide all Nerf blasters and darts, so if your guests don’t have
them, no worries. You can’t even bring in your own Nerf blasters or darts for
safety reasons. Also, you can bring in all your own food – including adult
beverages. This wasn’t a huge deal for us, as it was a kid party but a mom’s
night out or a couple’s party might find this a sweet deal.
The party runs very well and time flies. The birthday
parties are 90 minutes, which seemed a bit short. I would have rather had two
full hours, but no one left unhappy. It just seemed rushed at the end.
The facility is very nice and super clean and the owners
really know how to get the party guests active and engaged.
All the kids had fun and were begging for another round in
the arena after they had pizza, cake and drinks. My son keeps asking to have
another party there. Some of the dads participated as well and they had a lot
of fun, too.

It’s a unique party for sure, and one that your child and
his or her friends will be talking about for a long time. It’s also reasonably
priced. A weekend party for up to 10 is $200; each additional player is $15.
They take safety seriously and everyone has to sign a waiver and wear safety
glasses.

In all, we were very pleased with our birthday party at
Dueling Darts. We will definitely be back!

Korie Wilkins

Korie is a work at home mom to an energetic little boy. She loves big books, chocolate, writing and crochet. A recovering former journalist, Korie is also a wife, cook and allergy mama. Follow her on Twitter at @koriemw.

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