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Laser Bounce is opening a new location inside the Shops at Atlas Park.

The new year is bringing an exciting new place for kids in Glendale to play and have parties.

Laser Bounce, a Long Island-based play center with laser tag, inflatable bounce houses and an arcade, is opening a new location in the Shops at Atlas Park. While there is no set date for the grand opening, Laser Bounce co-owner Ryan D’Amico said that he hopes to have the new site up and running by mid-to-late January.

“We wanted to expand our market and were looking for a neighborhood that had a bigger demographic,” D’Amico told QNS. “In Glendale, we fell in love with the community and how tight-knit it is.”

The new and improved Laser Bounce, which is its first expansion, will have several features that set it apart from the original. Most notably, the arcade will be twice as large to accommodate a pair of fully immersive video games, D’Amico said.

One is a 4-D motion simulator that the players sit inside of. As a scene of riding a runaway train or hang-gliding down a mountain side plays out, the simulator moves and even blows air to make the players feel like the experience is real.

The other is a four-player virtual reality game made by the German company Hologate that D’Amico said is the first of its kind on the East Coast. The players wear VR headsets that respond to their eye movements as they duck, crawl and shoot at aliens invading all around them. The mission takes 10 minutes to complete and D’Amico said he was amazed at how lifelike and real the game felt after he tried it.

Another unique feature of the arcade is the decision to “go green” by eliminating the paper tickets that the games dispense, D’Amico said. Instead, players will be issued a plastic card that will give them access to games and store all of their points to be exchanged for prizes at the end.

Also included at the Atlas Park location will be Laser Bounce staples such as laser tag, inflatable bounce houses and Ballocity, a play arena with multi-level platforms and a variety of features like buckets and canons that send foam balls flying in every direction.

Laser Bounce will be located where the former SteinMart department store used to be, two flights below the Regal Cinemas movie theater. The former SteinMart had been vacant for many years.

D’Amico, who co-owns Laser Bounce with his father, Joseph D’Amico, said that it’s “always exciting to get new faces” in the play center, and he hopes it will become a must-visit attraction at Atlas Park.

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