Behind the Wheel at WhirlyBall

Vernon Hills, IL

At Little Lake County, we conducted a social experiment and dared to ask the question:

What happens when you give a bunch of suburban moms the night off and trade in their minivans for WhirlyBugs?

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© H. Worth | | 2015

Behind the Wheel at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills

We told you all about the fun you can have at WhirlyBall in Vernon Hills. But it simply isn’t enough to tell you about it. We’ve got to show you…

All this week, we let you size up the competition, which was fierce, and honey, I ain’t talking about our high heels. The moms of Little Lake County didn’t come to play, and we came to dominate.


This wasn’t some knitting circle. The pace was intense. The action hard-hitting. I think I even broke a nail.


Our Mom-in-Chief, Melissa said:

It’s the perfect Mom’s Night Out activity for Mom’s Clubs! You get to take out all your hidden aggression on the mom in the group that annoys you. When you slam her with your WhirlyBug, you can always pretend you don’t know how to drive!

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© H. Worth | | 2015

It was Red Team versus Black Team in an all-out war. Tears were shed, and blood was spilled (not really.) Someone may or may not have peed their pants. But we’re moms; we are familiar with wet pants. We soldier on!

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© H. Worth | | 2015

Dining at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills

In the end, each team emerged triumphantly and shared in the spoils of victory.  Our kids call it “Mommy Juice,” we call it “therapy.”

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© L. Thomas | | 2015

I can’t divulge who the victors were because we were too busy laughing to keep score. Regardless, enemies on the WhirlyBall court were once again friends as we broke bread, sipped wine, and enjoyed the feast laid before us, all the more delicious for the fact not one of us was required to do dishes afterward.

But it wasn’t enough to put our feet up and relax, for another challenge lay in wait. We don’t run from a challenge. We eat challenges for breakfast. Usually, because we are running late for school drop-off.  I now unveil to you, the Lasertron Arena!

WhirlyBall Laser Tag

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© L. Thomas | | 2015

We suited up in our tactical vests, and aimed our sights on annihilating the opposing team.

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© L. Thomas | | 2015

The multi-level arena allows for attacks above and below. Those who didn’t stay alert were caught unawares…

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© L. Thomas | | 2015

Laser tag at WhirlyBall gives “having a blast” a whole new meaning.

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© R. Bridges | | 2015

How’d you like to meet this mom alone in a dark alley?  Genevieve’s kids had better remember to clean their rooms tonight. I’m just saying.

So what do the rest of the Little Lake County writers have to say about their WhirlyBall experience?

From Heather:

So fun! I felt like a kid again. I have never laughed so hard as I did running around in the dark shooting my friends with laser guns. Seriously! Can we go back? Fun times!

From Jennifer:

Laser tag was a great workout in addition to great fun! The food was delicious–upscale, flavorful and fresh. There was also a wide variety of drinks offered, too, and the bar service was excellent.

From Cheryl:

I never played before and it was very simple to catch on. We had a great time and didn’t stop laughing the entire night.

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© R. Bridges | | 2015

After all our exhaustive research, (seriously, the lengths we go to for you people!) we collected our data and came to the following conclusion:

12 Moms

0 Kids

2 Drinks each

1.5 hours at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills

= Carnage, Mayhem, Memories and one seriously AMAZING night out!

You can have an amazing night out too! Book an event or simply reserve the court for a fantastic night out with friends, family, arch-nemesis, whoever!  It makes a memorable Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Jack and Jill Wedding Shower, Family Reunion, Birthday Party, or just a fun way to blow off some steam.

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© R. Bridges | Little Lake | 2015

WhirlyBall – Vernon Hills
285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills | (847) 918-0800
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By Loralie

When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home.

Disclosure: WhirlyBall Vernon Hills provided Little Lake County with a complimentary team-building event to facilitate our review. No other compensation was received.  

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