Andrew had a surprise a couple of weekends ago — his friends flew down to see him so that we could have a bachelor-ish party/birthday party weekend for him. He’s been trying for years to get a group together to go play Whirlyball — which, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a game that’s a mix of bumper cars, lacrosse, hockey, and basketball. Super fun. So, when his friends and I were on working ideas for what to do, I threw this out there, and people were into it.
Unfortunately, I was way too tired to take pictures of the event, but we had a lot of fun and I recommend anyone who isn’t afraid of getting a little bruised to get a group together to play it. I think it’s only offered in Illinois areas which is crazy to me, because this is such an amazing idea. Besides Whirlyball courts, the building also offers laser tag, bowling ball, and a full bar. If we lived a little closer to its Chicago location, we’d probably be visiting at least once a month.
Because the bumper cars are controlled by levers, it’s a little hard to get used to at first, it was easy to figure out after a few minutes of playing and it wasn’t that much of a problem. (I, actually never got used to it, but I have issues with space perception/depth perception, so fully functional people can figure it out easily.) Overall, it’s a lot of fun, even though gameplay takes some getting used to. Frankly, it is easier to just hold the ball yourself and try to score, but playing with the team aspect is what makes it fun. It’s a lot of goofiness and physicality, so I don’t think either of us would have been comfortable playing with strangers — but with friends, it was perfect. We would happily go back again if we could find people to go with.
Live in the area? Interested? Check out Whirlyball’s home page.