Frequently Asked Questions
Are there age restrictions?
Most of our open play sessions are age 8 and up. We find this is the right age to start to grasp the complexity of our games and more importantly hold our equipment. We don’t have smaller plastic phasers. Our metal guns can be a bit large on some 6 or 7 year olds. We will allow age 6 or 7 in a private event with prior notification. Our 10:30PM public session on Fridays and the 10PM & 11:45PM public sessions on Saturdays are for age 17+ only.
What should I wear?
We recommend something comfortable. While you can’t run in our arena, you will move around a lot. We don’t use black lights so you won’t have to worry about wearing all black or anything like that. We recommend tennis shoes if possible, but others have played in sandals before. High heals are probably not a good idea. We try to keep the arena a bit cooler, especially during the summer, so you’ll feel chilly to begin with but by the end of the session you’ll feel pretty warm. T-shirts are usually a better idea than heavy sweatshirts.
Do I need a group to play?
Nope! You can come in with a group, but you can also come in alone or in pairs. Just join one of our open play sessions and you’ll play with anyone else in for that session time!
What is a ‘public open play’ session?
Everything we do is split into hour and a half blocks we call sessions. They include your briefing, gearing, and then about 5-8 missions during that time. Sessions work a bit like a movie play time. You can find session start times on our hours page or inquire by calling us at 414-483-2222. Find a session you would like to play in, make a reservation online or by calling, and then get in just beforehand. You’ll then be playing with anyone else that showed up for that session time. It could be anywhere from 4 to up to 60 people! If friends or family sign up separately but for the same time then don’t worry, you will be playing the same session. We don’t have groups waiting to play or anything like that.
Do I need to reserve ahead of time or can I walk in and play?
You do not absolutely have to make a reservation in order to play. We will accept walk-ins as long as there’s room in the session you want to join. That said, sessions do fill up or are locked out by large groups from time to time, so we definitely recommend making a reservation if you can. It’s the only way to guarantee your spot. You can reserve by calling us at 414.483.2222 or booking online. Unlike a restaurant where you might only wait 15-20 minutes for a spot if a session is full you might have to wait over an hour and a half to the next one. If you can’t make a reservation and have a decent drive in we definitely suggest at least giving us a call at 414.483.2222 to see if the session you’re driving in for has room or not.
Will there be kids and adults together?
Public sessions can include any demographic age 8 and up all playing together. Our number one goal is for everyone to have fun, and to do that we split teams as fairly as possible. The easiest and best way to do this, we find, is to split all the larger groups in half, so you’re playing against some people from your group and with some from your group. Not only does this give some fun competitive opportunities within your group, it means that teams are evenly split. We would never have a team of 20 year olds against a team of 10 year olds, because we know that just wouldn’t work. We also even split anyone who’s more experienced or has come in a few times. Smaller groups of 2 or 3 may get to stay together. Overall, we do a great job creating an even team environment. We kept track of session scores for years and they came out incredibly close. On top of all that our mission based format keeps briefing to a minimum and incentivizes people to play with their team. We balance things knowing that some people will have fun just shooting and others will go full force toward an objective. Public open play is a massive part of what we do and it works very well. The reviews speak for themselves!
We’re new. Will we know what to do?
New players are perfectly welcome at CMP! Our games are balanced for new and veteran players alike. No matter your experience we know you’ll have an amazing time. Referees are with you the entire time. We start every session with a briefing that goes over how our equipment works. Then in the arena we explain how each and every mission works plus recap how they went afterwards. Referees are also a great resource if you need some helpful tips or direction during the games. Just find one of our yellow vests!
Is there anything extra to rent or buy in order to play?
Nope! Unlike paintball or airsoft we provide everything you need in order to have an amazing time. The lasers are free, so you don’t need to account for any more than the cost of your session.
Are food or drinks available?
We do have some party packages that include food. We also have a large catering menu for team building or youth group events. Both of these options must be ordered at least a week ahead of time. Outside of those our location doesn’t have any food options. We do have a small cooler with drinks available currently, and we’re working towards some much bigger offerings. Until that time, though, we don’t mind if you bring in smaller food items to eat in the lobby, but keep in mind our lobby isn’t terribly large so you won’t have a lot of room outside of standing. You can rent a party area with one of our party packages, though, if you wanted some sit-down space. We’ve got big plans to change our offerings soon!
Can I bring my own food/drink?
We don’t mind smaller items being brought in to be consumed in our lobby, but keep in mind we don’t have a lot of space outside of standing room in our lobby currently. If you purchase a 2 Star or 3 Star party Package you will have sit-down room after your session and you’re more than welcome to bring in bigger items then. For team building and other larger group events that have preferred catering vendors, we can work with you to accommodate. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
What size events can you accommodate?
Our larger arena can hold about 60 people at maximum capacity and our smaller arena can hold up to about 14. We also have a large meeting/party area that can fit about 50 people. We have actually held events for upwards of 200 people in the building at the same time and rotated groups throughout each of our arenas. If you have a large group, please contact us at email@example.com with info and we can help you plan an amazing event!
Can I book a private event?
We have two arenas at this location, so that makes it much easier to accommodate private events during on-hours or off-hours times. You have three choices for a private event at CMP Tactical Lazer Tag Milwaukee. While we are open for normal hours, you can book a group of 10-14 in our smaller arena, The Complex. You could also lock-out one of one of our normally public sessions for just your group. With this option you could have up to 60 players at a time. You’ll have to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get info on the lock-out number for the session you want. You can also book off-hours, during a time we don’t normally have available, and play in our larger arena Urban Warfare with a group of up to 60 players. You can see pricing for these options on our Birthday Parties Page, Youth Group Events Page, Corporate Team Building Page, or our Bachelor(ette) Party Page.
How do I get one of the special weapons?
As you can see in our Armory Page, we have plenty of different guns here at CMP Tactical. Most players, however, will get our standard SMG. It’s the most new player friendly. It’s also reliable, maneuverable, and pretty preferable for a lot of our veterans. That’s why it takes up most of our fleet. We will put many other special guns into play in each of our sessions. We spread them evenly across the two teams and put out more depending on how large the session is. A maxed out session will get all of our special guns. We don’t have any pay to win schemes or anything like that. To get one of these you just have to volunteer when our referee asks your team. That’s it! If you have a special event happening like a birthday or you’re the bachelor then let our referees know ahead of time and we just might be able to get you something special for that day.
I still have questions!
Email us at email@example.com with any other questions not covered and we’ll be happy to answer!