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Immersive Entertainment Center In West Nyack Gets Warm Welcome

Cutting the ribbon at 5 Wits in West Nyack last month were, from left, Al Samuels, Lucy Redzeposki, Darrin Houseman, entertainment center founder Matthew DuPlessie, George Hoehmann, Frank Borelli, John Noto and Asia Seibert.
Cutting the ribbon at 5 Wits in West Nyack last month were, from left, Al Samuels, Lucy Redzeposki, Darrin Houseman, entertainment center founder Matthew DuPlessie, George Hoehmann, Frank Borelli, John Noto and Asia Seibert. Photo Credit: Kim Parr

WEST NYACK, N.Y. -- It gets harder and harder to pry kids -- or adults for that matter -- away from playing games on their electronic devices, but, fear not: There is finally a fun way in West Nyack to get them to exercise their little gray cells instead of just their thumbs and fingers.

5 Wits, a new immersive entertainment center, had a soft opening during the winter at the Palisades Center and its official ribbon-cutting – attended by local dignitaries – last month.

Players must use their “wits” -- common sense, imagination, estimation, fantasy and memory – and work together as a team to solve puzzles and other mental and physical challenges, says 5 Wits’ CEO Matthew DuPlessie.

They also have to interact with realistic computer-controlled special effects that range from a bellowing pharaoh to fire-breathing dragons to an incoming asteroid storm.

Because their responses determine how the adventure unfolds, they can have a different experience each time they play, DuPlessie said.

5 Wits, born in Boston in 2004, has locations in Foxboro, Mass., and Syracuse, N.Y., and plans to open a fourth location in Albany sometime next year.

Not just for kids age 7 and older, the center is available for corporate team-building exercises, birthday parties and other private events.

VIPs at the formal July 22 opening included: Lucy Redzeposki, Rockland’s tourism director; Al Samuels, president of the Rockland Business Association; Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann: Clarkstown Town Board members Frank Borelli and John Noto; and Darrin Houseman, general manager of the mall.

For more information, visit http://5-wits.com or call 855-955-WITS.

The Palisades Center is at 1000 Palisades Center Drive.

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