Since the day I became an uncle up until now as a father, I have always been a firm believer in getting out of the house and enjoying the amenities the city has to offer. Whether it’s going to the zoo, a trampoline park, or the pool, I want any kid of mine or a family member to really get out and have fun. The latest venture took us to The Alley Indoor Entertainment complex which also includes the Escapology escape room. If you’ve never stopped by or it’s been a while, here’s what all you can expect on your visit.
11413 E 13th St N
Wichita, KS 67206
Monday: 12pm – 12am
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday: 9am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 12am – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm
There’s literally a little bit of everything for everyone in the family. We started off day off with some bowling. Our group of eight had two lanes to share. The adults were on one side with the kids on the other.
Years ago, I used to be in a bowling league. My friends and I played for roughly six years and maybe one day, I’ll come out of retirement. So bowling has always been fun for me even back to the old days of Rose Bowl East on Kellogg. That afternoon, I let myself down and finished second among the group. That’s also because I didn’t have my own bowling shoes or balls and my right arm was sore from carrying the baby earlier that day…… I could probably come up with twenty more excuses on why I lost.
Next up was Escapology. If you’ve never been, I urge you all to check out their website. They are an escape room and if you’ve followed my blog, you’ll know I’m a huge escape room enthusiast. My girlfriend had some of her extended family members join us. They were first timers so we set them all up in the Cuban Crisis room. Since I’ve already done it, Escapology let me sit back in the control room and watch the craziness ensue.
While friends and co-workers can be fun to do a room with, I think no more dynamic is better than family. People don’t hold back! After a quick start and some rough patches in the middle, they ended up escaping with four minutes left.
Up next on our afternoon of fun was the go-karts. We had kids from 8 on up all join in on the fun. I’m pretty sure I was the fastest one in our group. Years of speeding tickets ended up being good practice for this.
After that, we made our way over to the Laser Maze. Have you ever seen an action movie where they have to go over and under lasers to try and grab some big diamond? And if their body touches the laser, alarms go off and/or the laser burns the crap out of their body? That’s what this is minus the burning. I’ve tried it before and left days of aches and soreness, so I let the kids give it a go. They enjoyed competing in teams of two along with separately to see who could finish in the best time.
For those that love arcade games, they all all sorts of things like Skee Ball, Pop A Shot and everything else to take my money. I’m a huge sucker for these types of games.
We weren’t done yet. A recent addition to The Alley is Hologate which is a VR game. You put on a headset and play different games like shooting zombies or participating in a snowball fight. There were six different games to choose from. Up to four people can play at once and games last around 5 minutes which is an ideal time to keep you from getting motion sickness. If you watch the YouTube video at the end of this blog, you can see the kids in action. After trying everything at The Alley, the kids enjoyed this the most.
And if you still want more, there’s The Hot Seat! It’s a puzzle game where you have to keep the red buzzer on the chair pressed at all times. While in the little room, you have two minutes to decipher the clues. That’s all I can tell you. I’m happy to say, I figured this out.
While we didn’t stop by, there’s also an AJ Sports Grill attached to the building. They are of course home to the 29″ Superdome pizza which we’ve talked about in the past.
Overall there’s a TON of stuff to do at the Alley. I understand many families are price conscious so I encourage you to check out the specials listed on their website. Often times they’ll list holiday, happy hour, weekend specials and VIP nights that include bulk pricing for activities.
If you want to see it all in action, check out my low-production video:
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