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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