Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Laser tag, rock climbing at Lutz's Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center

Luke Deandrea, 7, concentrates on his game while his sister Payton Deandrea, 11, plays basketball at Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center in Lutz recently. At top, Shane Arbet, who works at the center, is outfitted for a game of laser tag. The center also houses arcade games, bowling and other activities.

Photos by KERI WIGINTON | Times

Luke Deandrea, 7, concentrates on his game while his sister Payton Deandrea, 11, plays basketball at Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center in Lutz recently. At top, Shane Arbet, who works at the center, is outfitted for a game of laser tag. The center also houses arcade games, bowling and other activities.

LUTZ

Related News/Archive

The action has gone from pumping iron to pumping tokens. For years, buff bods went in to tone muscles at World Gym. Now, the site is Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center, a central Pasco arcade with laser tag and other features that opened June 14.

After a $3 million renovation, owner Ann Atkinson and general manager Leila Kroll have traded in the free weights for prize tickets.

"It's different, for sure," Kroll said, referring to switching from bodybuilding to gaming high scores. "They're both fun places (the gym and Xtreme), but the kids here make it worthwhile. They can be so cute, especially when they win their tickets and they bring them to the counter (to exchange for prizes) and they take forever to select something. That's just great because they are usually pretty happy. It is so fun to see their smiles."

Xtreme includes a 6,000-square-foot, two-level arena housing Lazer Tag Adventure; an obstacle maze-like game called Lazer Frenzy in which participants must weave through lasers without touching them; a revolving rock climbing wall; Highway 66 Bowling, which is pretty much miniature bowling using small balls and pins; and an assortment of the latest arcade games.

"For miles this is the only place like this," Kroll said. "On a Friday or Saturday night, we're busy — just packed — but it's fun. Perhaps we've cornered the market and we're really trying to build up our parties and corporate events and even church groups."

Kroll says Lazer Tag, which has an adventure theme that screams Indiana Jones in a swirl of wild colors, is the main attraction. Lazer Frenzy, however, is a new and increasingly popular game.

"It reminds me of Mission Impossible," Kroll joked. "Kids love it because they challenge each other in there."

Kids of all ages have found their way to the 17,000-square-foot fun center, many of them riding their bikes from the Carpenter's Run subdivision just a stone's throw behind the building.

"There's just nothing for kids to do out here that's not sports," said manager Mark Arbert, Atkinson's brother. "When we first started pitching ideas, we were thinking a teen nightclub, but came to the arcade and laser tag instead. There is, however, a little of something for everyone, from little kids, to teens, to even adults. We feel like we got a lot of ground covered."

The fun center idea formalized mostly because Atkinson has teenagers, but Arbert soon realized Xtreme would differ from, say, Chuck E. Cheese. Not only is there a full kitchen and a bar with beer, Xtreme appeals to a wide range of customers.

Just like Jennifer Boroff, who played chaperone for her preteen son's birthday. He and his friends couldn't get into laser tag fast enough.

"(His) other (friends) had been here before, but he hadn't," Boroff said. "When we were pulling up in the parking lot they're like, 'Whoa, this is great.' They were pretty excited."

Kroll, a mother of young kids herself, can relate. Though she chuckles to herself when remembering how it habitually rains during the summer months. When the sky opened up, the doors to the gym wouldn't.

Not so with Xtreme. Rainy days become the excuse to go to the arcade "because the parents want the kids out of the house," Kroll said.

More than just getting out of the house, it's a new avenue for kids in this area.

"It's definitely different," said Gino Forrester, a Wesley Chapel resident, who, on his first visit, had his family of five partaking in everything Xtreme had to offer. "It's something off (State Road) 54 that doesn't take a while to get to. I thought there was everything there for any kids. Like the bowling. It seems to appeal to a bunch of ages. I'm pretty sure we'll be back."

Mike Camunas can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 544-1771.

Fast Facts

Xtreme Adventures

Where: 24810 State Road 54, Lutz

Owner: Ann Atkinson

Manager: Lelia Kroll

Features: Lazer Tag, Lazer Frenzy, arcade games, Highway 66 Bowling and a revolving rock climbing wall.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Web site: xtremeadventures4fun.com

Information: (813) 949-3866

Laser tag, rock climbing at Lutz's Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center 07/26/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 26, 2009 10:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

    K12

    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.