Try something new in Tempe

Tempe is a city that can’t easily be defined. It’s not just a place for those who are interested in arts or athletics, food or festivals; it’s a place for all. Including those who are looking to do something out of the norm and do something a little more edgy.  Here are some creative options to break out the ordinary and do something extraordinary in Tempe!

Escape Zone – 414 S. Mill Ave. #112, Tempe, AZ 85281

The time is now to test your skills at Escape Zone in Downtown Tempe. You will have the choice to stop a compromised train from crashing, breakout from a jail cell or try to uncover a hidden inheritance that your grandparents left behind. Each theme has its own story line, puzzles and a series of problems to solve. You must be quick, as you only have 60 minutes to find keys, follow the clues and crack the codes to succeed in your mission of escaping the room! If you happen to get stuck, the “Game Master” will send you hints to nudge you along the way. Escape Zone has just one question: do you have what it takes?

Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing – 3105 S. Fair Ln., Tempe, AZ 85282

Ever had the urge to wield an axe? Then Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing is the place for you!  Lumberjaxes is an indoor axe-throwing facility very similar to a shooting range, except your weapon of choice is an axe! There are eight bays, with two axe throwing lanes. Each bay has a Lumberjaxes axe throwing specialist to insure all participants are safe and learn proper axe throwing techniques. Make sure to pay attention because there is nothing more satisfying then finally making your axe stick. Lumberjaxes runs on a “BYOB” policy, meaning you can bring your own adult beverages and food into the facility. You will also want to bring closed toe shoes and a fun attitude!

Simply Smashing – 1301 E. University Dr. #101, Tempe, AZ 85281

Does your computer and/or life in general have you feeling frustrated? Do you need an outlet to help relieve your unwanted feelings?  Look no further than Tempe’s very own “rage room,” Simply Smashing. Simply Smashing provides a healthy alternative to eliminating your pent-up emotions. Here is how it works, come in alone or grab up to three of your closest friends, co-workers or companions and release your rage on the room. You will be given protective garb and tools to smash as much as you can in the allotted time. The room is filled with several things you can smash, such as glass bottles and plates and you can even add on items à la carte. Feel free to bring in your own things to smash like your pesky copier that you love to hate at work or possibly a picture of your ex? Hey, no judgment here. Beginners tip: come prepared with a music playlist to blast over the speaker you have in your room. Go creepy and calm with some Beethoven or give it all you got with AC/DC. Either way, you will be in store for a simply smashing time!

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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