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Paintball is not just a kids' game anymore

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Adult paintball

It’s a common misconception that paintball is for kids, which is understandable and we do get plenty of kids paintballing with us, but recent advances in paintball technology have made paintball more accessible to all ages. In this article, we'll address some common misconceptions about paintball and explore why it has become an increasingly popular activity among adults.

Find the fountain of youth in the joy of paintball

Believe it or not, the average age for a paintball player is 22 years old. In my experience hitting my mid 20s was a transitional period. I don’t think it’s unusual for people to feel a rekindled sense of nostalgia, longing to relive some youthful experiences “one more time” before they give in to the pressures of a career.

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If you're anything like me, the most random sights, sounds and scents can be potent triggers of nostalgia. Hearing the tune of a childhood cartoon, visiting an old neighborhood haunt, or hearing the name of a long forgotten teacher can stir up warm and uplifting feelings of days gone by. Regardless of the stimuli, such feelings can relight the dying fire of the kid inside all of us.

If you had a paintball birthday party or played paintball with a church youth group, then engaging in a paintball experience may have you reliving the “good old days” when life seemed more carefree and fun. Paintball isn’t just a game for kids, it’s a ticket to a time machine that you can punch and relive a youthful activity.

Rediscovering work life balance with Paintball

Let’s face it, life is a grind. Balancing responsibilities and busy schedules leaves us with little time for all the things we once enjoyed. When was the last time you took a nap in the middle of the day, relaxed and read a book, or played a game? Now let that sink in. It’s time to rebalance your grind to enjoyment ratio.

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Paintball is an activity that blends thrill, nostalgia, and much-needed leisure. Engaging in healthy fun doesn't just reconnect us to the carefree days of our past, it also helps us strike a healthier work-life balance. So why wait? It's time to swap spreadsheets for paintballs, and reclaim your free time in the most exciting way possible. Busy schedules are not going anywhere, but your time is. Reclaim it.

3 Easy ways to kickstart your paintball adventure

Oranize a team building event

We do a lot of team building events at Urban War Zone and the events are always a hit. Paintball is an excellent way to promote teamwork and camaraderie. Not only does it promote communication and strategic thinking, but it also delivers a fun-filled experience in a safe, fun setting outside of the office. The best part is you may be able to get your company to sponsor the event!

Group of people posing for a team building event.

Celebrate a birthday

Have a birthday coming up? Consider hosting a paintball party for your old high school or college friends. Paintball is a unique and exciting way to celebrate that is sure to create unforgettable memories to look back on for years to come. Get the crew back together again!

Embrace Going It Alone

Whether you’re a former player or just starting your paintball journey, going solo is a great option. Like Urban War Zone, most paintball parks welcome individuals to join in the games and should have all the gear you need to play. Who knows, you might find some like-minded people and make new friends while you’re here!

Group of people posing for a team building event.

Unleash the power of paintball for adults

Fitness and Fun Combined

Have a gym membership? Use it? If you do, get tired of the treadmill? Good news! You can unshackle yourself from the monotony of treadmill workouts and redundant gym regimes. Paintball blends fitness and entertainment and will challenge your core, back, and arms. Dread leg day? Hammies and quads will get blasted as you run, squat, crouch and do burpy style movements as you play. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry, it’s not all crossfit style working out. Whether you are athletic or not, there is a paintball style for you.

Engaging in an outdoor physical activity like paintball helps relieve stress and promote mental well-being. A good game can flood your system with dopamine, injecting positivity into your day.

-David Merritt

Social Engagement

Paintball is a great way to rekindle old friendships or make new ones. It's a shared experience, an exciting platform for teamwork. Whether you play at Urban War Zone or any of the other paintball fields in Houston, you’ll find great people having fun. Swap the office for an outdoor paintball adventure!

Group of people posing for a team building event.


Paintball is more than a kids’ game, it’s an activity enjoyed by adults every weekend here at Urban War Zone. The sport offers an escape from the daily grind, helping to strike a healthier work-life balance. It’s a remarkable platform for team building, birthday celebrations or solitary adventures. Best of all, shooting it up with friends will make you feel like a kid again. When you add in health and fitness benefits, it’s hard to beat as a weekend pastime.