pearls of wisdom from an archery tag guru
Throughout my years spelunking through the great valleys and canyons of Nepal, I happened upon a holy guru who taught me the ancient art of Archery Tag (Archery Tag has been around since 2011).
I devoted myself wholeheartedly to it, and I became one with the bow. I leaned to feel the pulsations of the arrow, as it sprung forward to merrily bounce off of whatever unassuming target I aimed for. I learned to hear the whistle of the wind as my marshmallow arrow cut through the breezy sky. I developed an ability to taste the humidity that would affect my shot.
Turns out, I could've learned those same techniques from watching footage of myself as a young'n noob. T'was pretty comical. Here are some archery tag lessons I learned in that ancient Archery Tag temple that most rookies don't know.
Don't be scared
BUT this peculiar "fling of the string" usually causes a "thrash of the lash".
OK, I'm done with the rhymes (for now), but it's true. If you just keep your body straight and focus on your shot, the string should stay clear and leave you be.
Just like diving off of a diving board, if you commit without fear, you’ll land hands first and slide through the surface of the water like a hot knife through butter.
But if fear overtakes you, you’ll end up flailing into the water like a startled pigeon.
If you trust the bow to do it’s thing, not only will you greatly increase the likelihood of hitting your target, but the chance of the string hitting you after the release decreases significantly too.
It also looks a little cooler. Just a little.
Our advice? Commit to the fling, and don’t fear the string.
Trust your gut
Don’t hold your shot! This happens all day with beginners. They hold their pose for far too long, almost as if they are trying to convince themselves that they’re good to release.
But to an onlooker, it seems like they never will.
Firstly, it’s so tiring to hold the string for so long! A classic round of Archery Tag is at least an hour, often more.
You need to preserve your energy. Like a beluga whale.
deviate from what you had originally intended. You just gotta pick your spot, and let it fly.
Don’t "aim, hold, aim a lil’ more, a lil’ more, and then shoot". Rather, "aimandshoot". All in one word.
Our advice? Just let it go! You got this!
What do we suggest?
If you see someone at least 20 yards away with an arrow facing even slightly upwards on wind-up, take a chance! Let the arrow fly to the side of you, and grab the pole as soon as you see the marshmallow pass you.
But stay away from the marshmallow! According to the Hammer City Archery official Rule Book (not a real thing), if the marshmallow hits you, you’re toast (pun TOTALLY- or TOASTALLY intended!). So catch the pole, and stay away from the shmellow!
Our advice? Go for the snag, and catch them off guard.
What did you think of our list? Are we missing anything? Leave a comment below.
kids birthday party in hamilton?
Your kid's birthday party is your annual opportunity to spoil your kids, with no ramifications beyond their friends saying 'WHAT?! Your parents are AWESOME!'
Don't mess it up! Of course, we believe that an Archery Tag birthday party in Hamilton is always your best option. But if you're looking for a bit of other inspiration, here are our top suggestions to get you the awesome party you're aiming for (pun intended):
5. Lil' Monkeys - (Ages 5-13)
Grade for the kids: A
Lil’ Monkeys probably isn’t on your radar for older pre-teens… It should be.
I used to be a camp director for kids ages 5-14, and every year the camp would go on a trip to Lil’ Monkeys. My first summer, I thought it was a bad idea for the older kids, but I didn’t want to mess with the status quo more than necessary.
It turns out, the older kids had more fun than the younger ones.
Imagine a giant palace where 12 year olds feel like they’re royalty by virtue of the fact that they’re the ripe ol’ age of 12. So they climb to the highest window, in the highest castle where they hold exclusive meetings between only those worthy of being at least 12 years old.
Or imagine a world where 10 year old kids are knights trying to navigate through volcanoes and lava filled rivers with nothing to jump on besides for stepping stones and rickety bridges.
That’s what Lil’ Monkeys turns into. Older kids really don’t need so much besides for their friends to have a great time, but if you give them friends and a giant corridor/slide filled kingdom, they’ll have the time of their lives.
Grade for you: A+
Lil’ Monkeys isn’t going to break the bank, and supervision/parent responsibility will be kept to an unprecedented minimum.
Their seating section offers incredibly comfortable couches, perfect visibility of the entire play-structure, complimentary tea and coffee, free wifi, televisions scattered throughout the seating area, and a nice little cafe.
4. Flying squirrel - (Ages 6-16)
Grade for the kids: A+
Remember when you were a kid, and you thought that by combining Coke, Fanta, Sprite, and Apple Juice, you’d get a drink that’s as tasty as Coke, Fanta, Sprite, and Apple Juice combined?
Flying Monkeys is the same concept without the severe disappointment. Turns out, when you combine trampolines, dodgeball, basketball, parkour, and gladiator fighting, you get an experience worth MORE than the sum of its parts.
It’s literally fun heaven, but instead of a floors and walls, substitute trampolines, and more trampolines. Need we say anything else?
Grade for you: B
As amazing as this birthday party is for the kids, it has its challenges for the adults. It’s not cheap, and can be a bit of a Pandora’s Box when it comes to things that can go wrong.
A trampoline room of attractions is as fun as it sounds, but it’s also as dangerous as it sounds. They’re good about going over trampoline safety and doing their best to keep everything as smooth and safe as possible, but you can’t really control who’s going to land on whom/what.
3. triple c farms (Ages 2-14)
Grade for the kids: A+
It’s a zoo, in your backyard. I mean if that sentence isn’t enough to get your kids excited, then I don’t know what is.
Triple C has so many options of animals, ranging from beautiful horses to ride, playful ponies to brush (or ride), goats, pigs, dogs, sheep, alpacas and way more.
This might be an idea you haven’t thought of yet, but it really will guarantee an amazing birthday for you, your kids, and all your guests.
Grade for you: A++
The parent experience is what really sets Triple C apart from the rest of the pack. How great would it be if there was such a thing as a petting zoo that came to you, set up wherever you wanted them to set up, made sure that there were no remnants left behind (poop), and you barely had to break the bank for it.
Triple C farm is actual birthday party perfection. It’s so seamless and easy, and Trish is so accommodating it sort of makes you feel like you’re missing something.
2. chocolate tales (Ages 4+)
Grade for the kids: A++
Chocolate Making for kids and adults. It’s legitimately as cool as it sounds. It’s as delicious as you’d expect professional home-made chocolate to be. It’s as interesting as… well, learning how to make chocolate. And it’s as perfect as… again, learning how to make chocolate.
This is perfect for a date night, girl’s night, kids birthday party, or anything in between. This blog just happens to be about kid’s birthday parties, so that’s what we’re recommending it for.
Unless you hate chocolate (in which case we kindly ask that you exit this site and return to your bewildering chocolate-hating solitude), your kids will love this.
Grade for you: A
OK, so let's go through it shall we...
1. hammer city archery - (Ages 9+)
Grade for the kids: A++
It’s so new, and different. We consider this the poutine of activities. Imagine the guy who invented poutine sitting at his table with a bowl of cheese, a plate of fries, and some leftover gravy.
That’s what Archery Tag is. It’s the combination of everything that is good about combat activities, without any of the bad. It’s so simple, it’s genius.
Have you ever played dodgeball? How about paintball? How about laser tag? This is all of that, and more. More adrenaline than dodgeball, more enjoyable than paintball, and more authentic than laser tag. It doesn’t hurt at all, but you still get that rush of excitement as you dive behind walls and out of your enemy’s line of sight.
Archery tag is new, so you might not know too much about it. Essentially, you get a realistic bow and arrow, but instead of a lethal blade on the end of the arrow (yikes), you get a giant marshmallow. So your kids will basically transcend into a tribute from the Hunger Games, creating a first person battle experience like no other (without the grim results of the Hunger Games). Archery Tag is trending like froyo at the moment.
So if your kid wants to be ‘that guy/gal’ who had an Archery Tag party before everyone started doing it, we’d recommend you book a party ASAP.
Grade for you: A++
Did we mention that we come to you? Wherever you are in the GTA, we’ll bring targets, face masks, bows, arrows, obstacles, and everything for an epic party. We’ll go over all the safety instructions with the kids beforehand, so you don’t need to worry about any of that stuff.
Also consider yourself warned, you’d be hard-pressed to find any parent who didn’t want to ‘give it a go’, so you’ll probably end up participating for a round or 2. Or 3.
Do you agree with our list? Did we miss anything?
Leave a comment below and let us know!