We just had a very successful and wickedly fun introduction to paintball at Gold Dragon for my 11-year old son's birthday party. Our group consisted of eight 11-year olds (including one girl), my 8 year old son, and me (a 40+ year old dad). No one in our group had any prior experience with paintball. Jack, the proprietor, carefully instructed us on use and safety of the equipment, and the rules of the game (we stuck with total elimination). We played on 3 very different fields ("bunker hill", a 5-man speedball, and a large wooded area, and had each field to ourselves while we were on it. Our group shot 6500 rounds of paint between us over the course of the day. No one got hurt. Everyone had a fantastic and memorable time.
The take home message:
1) Paintball is a really great activity for a 11+ year old kid's birthday party. It's a bit expensive, and I was a bit apprehensive about the cost, but in hindsight I found it to be well worth it. Go for it. You won't regret it.
2) Gold Dragon is an excellent field to take a group of newbie kid players for a party. Jack took great care of us. I got the impression that he enjoyed hosting us as much as we enjoyed our experience. The total cost was exactly in line with the cost he estimated for our event when I first contacted him by phone. There were no hidden surprises. We had a super experience all around.