If you’ve always wanted to be part of the action in sci-fi movies, look no farther than a new laser-tag arena that’s opening in Noblesville on Friday, just in time for Hamilton County schools’ winter break.
The new two-story arena is part of a 7,800-square-foot addition at Three-Two-Fun bowling center on Westfield Road.
Center owner David Small of Cicero touted his indoor recreational facility as “the first in the country to get 4-Dimensional Laser Tag.”
The game, where players escape the real world to enter a fantasy world, adds a fourth dimension where the game plays either with or against you. The arena features larger-than-life props, detailed murals, lighting effects and music, all of which I witnessed during a visit this week.
Just crossing the threshold into a “briefing room” -- where you get your mission command -- it feels as if you’re stepping into another world.
“Mission rules” are posted, and guests receive instructions.
Next is a “vesting room,” where 26 lighted infrared-sensitive target vests await players, who learn how to suit up and use the laser-tag equipment.
Players enter an arena for a game of tag using guns that fire infrared beams. Games last 15-18 minutes. Cost is $9 per laser-tag game or three for $25. Birthday parties are available, and include three-game sessions and a party room and pizza, Small said.
While the arena will open for business on Friday, the official grand opening, with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear and dignitaries cutting the ribbon, will be a week later, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, with the arena open until midnight. The grand-opening celebration continues on Saturday, Dec. 30, with the arena open 10 a.m. to midnight, and then noon to “whenever” on New Year’s Eve.

He said the laser-tag game participants can be as young as preschoolers. “All they need to know, really, is just to come and have a good time,” said Small, who has tested out the laser-tag game a half-a-dozen times himself.
He said guests may bring their own parties, or can team up with others. Each game can play eight to 26 participants at once. But no worries, if you’re solo. “We’ll get you in a game,” said Small, whose arena offers 36 different games. “So you’ll truly never have the same experience twice. It will always be different.”
When Small bought Cooper’s Stardust Bowl in 2015, his goal was to rebuild, rebrand and regrow the center. First came the rebranding, with the renaming of the center. Seeking a “true family entertainment center where you can go and do just everything,” the center is undergoing a $1.5 million renovation.
The addition, which has been under construction since the fall, will also feature a new game room, with 50-plus arcade games, and new party rooms that seat up to 50 people each, that will open in January.

Small has completely remodeled the interior and exterior, adding  “top-of-the-line” scoring, new carpeting and furniture in the concourse, new front counter, new lighting, new video screens and new restrooms. Lanes 1-8 make up four VIP suites and may be sectioned off in two-lane increments, to serve 10 to 50 people, and on Fridays and Saturdays after 7 p.m. are designated for ages 21 and older. The restaurant menu was simplified and offers more and better food choices, with buffets available for parties.
The current glow-in-the-dark miniature golf on the second level will be remodeled in February.

“I’m so excited to bring it to Noblesville and bring it to our community,” Small said. “… Just in time for winter break.”