In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon: for $155, you get a whirlyball outing for up to 15 at Whirlyball Novi in Novi (up to a $389 total value). The outing includes:
- One hour of play for up to 15 people (a $200 value; value during month of December is $225)
- Pizza, salad, and breadsticks for 15 people (a $9.95 value each)
- Three pitchers of soda (a $14.75 value)
At Whirlyball, competitors face off in one-person vehicles similar to bumper cars as they zoom around a 4,000-square-foot indoor arena in single-minded pursuit of scoring goals with a whiffle ball. A referee explains the rules of whirlyball, which is akin to a motorized version of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, before guests divide into teams of five, petition the United Nations for recognition of their newly formed nation state, and hop into their red or yellow motorized WhirlyBugs. Plastic scoops sling the whiffle ball back and forth as competitors aim for the opposing team’s goal, a hoop-less 15-inch hole in a backboard. Those not sweating on the court can lounge in a private party room while biting into slices of pizza, stabbing crunchy salads, and playing Jenga with breadsticks. Leather couches, flat-screen televisions, and the clink of billiards balls and glasses at two full-service bars lure players away from the arena. Although not covered by this deal, Whirlyball will festoon the party room with balloons and arrange for party favors, photography, and other celebratory amenities for an additional fee or three genie-granted wishes.
At Whirlyball Novi, teams in motorized cars call whirlybugs spin and bump their way through one-hour bouts of a competitive wiffle-ball game that combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai. Bright red and yellow whirlybugs, powered by electricity and the tears of the defeated, race across a 4,000-square-foot court as their drivers toss balls to each other with plastic scoops. Referees keep track of each team's score as friends look on from the comfortable leather couches of the lounge. After matches, teams sip on drinks from the bar, feast on one of several meal packages, or continue calling each other "liver-licking kumkwats" over games of pool.
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Such a great time! Would definitely do this again :)”
“Great place to teach team work”
“Had a great experience, staff was welcoming and easy to work with. We had a great time and will be going back.”