Indoor and Outdoor Kids Activities: Experience ZTAG

Ever since the movie Tron, players have not just wanted to play a video game, they have wanted to _be in_ the video game. Nintendo took the first steps to bring this to life with the Wii, and Microsoft took it a step farther with the Kinect, one of that fastest adopted peripherals in the history of video gaming. Many hoped virtual reality would be the next step, but they broke an rule that both Nintendo and Microsoft supported. We want to share great experiences with others. VR, despite it’s power feels isolating.

When we play, we want to play together.

Indoor and Outdoor Kids Activities: ZTAG

Fostering Connections Through Shared Experiences: The GameTruck Philosophy

As the founder of GameTruck, I have always been fascinated by the power of play to create connections. I believe friends are made shoulder to shoulder through shared experiences. This is one reason we have a giant long couch in the game trailer – so everyone can pile inside together and play. The screens being all on one wall make it easy for friends to scan and see what everyone else is up to. The environment creates a _shared_ experience.

Indoor and Outdoor Kids Activities with ZTAG that combines classic playground games with new technology for high energy fun!

Bridging the Gap Between Video Games and Social Interaction: Introducing ZTAG

Playing video games together is great. But I wondered, “what if there was a way to be in a video game, but _share_ the experience of being in a game together?” And last year my question was answered in by the genius product ZTAG. ZTAG is the brain child of the brilliant engineer (and now close friend) Quan Gan who has a long history in Haunted House design (“a haunted house is an interactive theater experience,” he explains). He wondered if there was way to bring together kids face to face for fun social interaction.

He saw an interactive experience without the theater. I saw a video game without the console. Together we teamed up to bring ZTAG to families around the country, a high energy activity that puts kids _in the game_.

Indoor and Outdoor Kids Activities with ZTAG for ages 4 and up!

Bring the Fun Indoors and Outdoors: Discover ZTAG, the High-Energy Game from GameTruck

The concept is actually quite simple, even if the technology behind it is complex. We take a group of players, and have them put on a connected device that looks like a watch. (called Taggers, or Game Trackers, or Game Watches). These devices all coordinate to create fun, active, group games where the kids are the controllers. Inspired by classic play ground games, the system teaches players how to play walking them through red light green line (learn to respond to your game watch), to pattern match (learn how to work together and score points), to everyone’s favorite, Zombie Tag! (break into teams and compete!)

Get kids moving with ZTAG!

Versatile Locations: Host ZTAG Events Anywhere, from Gymnasiums to Backyards

Every game is physically active. Every game brings kids together. And every game is high energy. What’s more the system works indoors (all you need is a multi-purpose room, gymnasium, even a dance studio can work), or outdoors (your typical soccer field, park or backyard is perfect.) Because all the games are non-contact, ZTAG works for ages 4 to 40 (and up!).

Active Group Games for All Ages: How ZTAG Keeps Kids Engaged and Moving

Because all the games are non-contact, ZTAG works for ages 4 to 40 (and up!).

ZTAG is an Indoor and Outdoor Kids Activity that combines old school games with new technology to get kids moving and having fun!

Testimonials from GameTruck Owners: Why ZTAG is Perfect for Schools, Summer Camps, and After-School Programs

“ZTAG is perfect for schools, summer camps, and after school programs,” Says Joel Carlson, owner of GameTruck Orange County. Joel was one of the first GameTruck Owners to adopt ZTAG. “If you’ve got kids and you want to wear them out with fun, ZTAG is the ticket.”

“While we may not have Tron yet, ZTAG from GameTruck gets us a step closer,” Says Julius Freeman owner of GameTruck Atlanta. “Kids love it because it’s fun. Parents and teachers love it because it looks like kids _playing and having fun_.”

If you want to know more, give us a call today or go to our website to find out of ZTAG is available in your area!

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Large Group Activity Ideas: Why ZTAG Rocks!

Hey there! Your search for large group activity ideas ends here! Let me tell you all about why Z Tag is the absolute best game for big groups like yours. At Game Truck, we’re all about bringing people together for some serious fun, and Z Tag is the perfect way to do just that. So grab a snack, get comfy, and let’s dive into the excitement of Z Tag!

Z Tag is like stepping into your very own live-action video game. Imagine this: you’re wearing a special wrist tracker that acts as your gaming controller. It’s got a big, bright screen that gives you instructions and guides you through all the action-packed games. And let me tell you, these games are seriously fun!

High Energy Excitement

First up, we’ve got classics like Red Light, Green Light. Remember playing that as a kid? Well, now you can play it in real life, with all your friends racing to see who can reach the finish line first. It’s a blast!

Then there’s Pattern Match, where you’ve got to use your smarts to find the person with the same color pattern or shape as you. It’s like a high-energy game of hide-and-seek, and it’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

But wait, it gets even better. Our most popular game by far is Zombie Tag. Picture this: you and your friends running around, dodging zombies and trying to outsmart each other. It’s a thrilling adventure that’ll have you on the edge of your seat!

Large Group Activity Ideas for schools. Large Group Activity Ideas for preschools.

Easy Rotation for Everyone

And the best part? Each game only lasts about 7 to 10 minutes, so you never get bored. Plus, with our fast-paced rotation system, we can switch out groups quickly, making sure everyone gets a turn to play. That means we can accommodate up to 100 people per hour – now that’s what I call a party!

But wait, there’s more! Since the rounds are short and sweet, everyone gets multiple turns to play. That means even if you’re not the best player, you’ll still have plenty of chances to show off your skills and have a blast with your friends.

Large Group Activity Ideas for teambuilding

Safe and Inclusive Play

Now, you might be wondering, is Z Tag safe? Absolutely! Since it’s non-contact and players tag each other using their trackers, there’s no need to worry about anyone getting hurt. That means kids of all ages can join in on the fun, whether they’re little ones or big kids like you.


So whether you’re planning a big birthday bash or just looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon, Z Tag is the ultimate game for big group fun. With its high-energy excitement, easy rotation system, and inclusive play, it’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone. So what are you waiting for? Book your Z Tag party today and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget!

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Can You Book GameTruck Over Text?

Yes, you can book GameTruck over text!

When I started GameTruck in 2006, we used to write booking information on index cards. Then we got “fancy” and preprinted forms on the index cards. We have come a long way in 18 years, but what has not changed is our desire to make it as easy as possible for you to communicate with us.

You can book GameTruck over text with a live events expert through our new system

Over the years, we kept investing in software, systems, and people to make it easier to book. 2006 was the year before the first iPhone launched. By 2010 we were rebuilding our website to be mobile friendly. In another few years, we had to make everything load in under a second. You’re a busy person, you can’t wait around for web pages to load! And I don’t blame you.

So we implemented online booking.

We Take Online Booking Seriously

BTW, online booking for a business like ours is no joke.

  • We do not operate at airports where the distance between destinations is always known.
  • We are not a plumbing company, or an appliance delivery company, who gives you vague deliver time “windows” which they miss more often than not.

No. We commit to be at your house, at a specific time, ready to play. What’s more, we have to know where we are coming from, and where we are going to next. And it all has to just work. Automagically.

While we always value the personal touch (hey, we come to your home, to entertain your irreplaceable children, we think connection matters), we also recognized that you want to be able to self serve on your schedule. Waiting to talk to a booking specialist is not always convenient.

from ZTAG to Laser Tag to the Mobile Gaming theater, you can Book GameTruck Over Text

Experience Seamless Party Planning: Book GameTruck Over Text

Online booking was such a major innovation, I would have thought that would have been it, but nope. Once again, we needed to innovate. In all likelihood it was all the spam phone calls (I assume I’m not the only one who gets those), or it could have been the explosion in messaging apps, but more and more people, just like you, prefer to communicate via text. And so we revamped our processes once again, integrating text communication so our amazing booking agents can help you where ever you are in your party planning process. You never have to talk to someone on the phone.

The goal has always been, and remains the same; Make it easier for you to communicate with us. And that’s just one of many reasons we have thousands upon thousands of five star reviews.

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