I just had my first whirly ball experience at age 29, and it.was.AWESOME. How did I miss out on this place as a kid? My parents obviously deprived me as a child.
Some of you may be asking…what the heck is whirly ball? Well, Whirly ball (as defined by Urban Dictionary) is: the greatest game ever. You sit in a bumper car but instead of a steering wheel there is a pole between your legs that you spin in circles. You have a hi-ly like scooper and you attempt to throw a wiffle ball into grapefruit size hole on a basketball hole. You are not allowed to exit the cart due to the possible chance of electrocution. The score often ends up being 0-0 and you just run into each other but it’s still super fun. Imagine quidditch on meth.
Now, after reading that review, you must be intrigued. Let me fill ya in. My sister was brainstorming ideas for her fiancé’s birthday and sent me the link to Jimmy’s Mad Mad Whirld to get my thoughts. I was a whirly ball virgin, so I had to watch the video to figure out what it was. We figured this would be right up his alley. Ours? Maybe not so much, but she was planning to invite some of his other friends to join. So, they could play and we could just watch, right?
The “package” included 2 hours of all you can play whirly ball and laser tag for $20 each – sold!
The night of the surprise whirly ball party, I arrived first and was very much underwhelmed by the pretty ghetto arcade set-up from 1992 at the front and the overwhelming smell of burnt nacho cheese and stale popcorn. I was also thinking, dear lord, I hope everything is up to code in this place and no one loses an arm in the bumper cars. When Flynn pulls up with Gary outside of the place, he looks at her and says in a sarcastic tone, “we’re NOT playing whirly ball, are we?” Sorry, Gary, yes, yes, we are. Happy birthday!!
The whirly ball carts were a little dated and I had to get a new one halfway through the game because I was seriously lagging behind everyone else (no bueno, when speed is the name of the game). The goals are also not exactly functional, but there is a referee keeping score, and he was definitely giving the girls the advantage – and we needed it!
Laser tag especially is a surprisingly good workout – you are basically fast walking (no running!) for like an hour through the maze trying to sneak up on people to shoot them with your laser. Jack Bauer’s got nothing on me now – ha!
After an awkward start, the night ended up being SO.MUCH.FUN. We played whirly ball and laser tag for over two hours and were drenched by the time we left. But not before enjoying some delicious cake plastered with Gary’s childhood face.
Bottom line: if you haven’t played whirly ball or laser tag since you were a kid (or ever, like me) and think “I’m way too old for that…” Think again! Your childhood self will thank you 🙂 Also, please invite me, k? Thanks!