VR experience at the Kalahari

My family and I recently stayed at the Kalahari Resort located in Wisconsin Dells. The Kalahari has a lot to offer, from their water park to an Indoor Theme Park. We decided that one of our nights we would experience Arena-The Ultimate Virtual Gaming Experience.  I have never experienced a virtual reality game and was excited and nervous to play.

When you walk into the Arena you are placed in a briefing room. Here you will be briefed on how to play the game, what to expect and how to maximize your fun. There will be a lot of information thrown at you so make sure you don’t get distracted by your company, or you will miss some valuable information that may affect your safety.

After the briefing is over the game master (person in charge of your whole experience) will give you your gear and walk you through how to operate it.  I will say that it is a little heavy so be prepared. Also, if you have long hair, bring a hair tie to pull it back so it won’t get caught in the gear.

Now that you are geared up you are ready to enter the warehouse which is powered by Zero Latency. When you enter the space, you notice the room is a grid and within the grid are colored circles. You will be instructed by the game master where to stand. Once everyone is settled into their spaces you will begin the experience.

When the game turned out I was automatically transformed into a colorful world with dimensions and twists and turns. I will not go into a lot of detail, I do not want to spoil this for you. I will tell you there were times when I was upside down, running on edges and even underwater.

The whole experience was a lot of fun and the 30 minutes we spent on the mission I felt went by it was a lot of fun! helps work on communication skills.  Next time you visit The Dells, make sure you add The Kalahari on your list.

Extra information(courtesy of the Kalahari.com)

  • Free-roaming, warehouse-scale, multi-player, virtual reality gaming experience
  • 2nd location in the United States
  • Multi-player adventures allow up to 6 people to explore, conquer, and challenge one another for high-scores and skill evaluations, all tracking in real-time
  • Multiple games for participants to choose from



Meet #33 from the Chicago Bears

I was recently invited to Macy’s semi-annual men’s fashion event with a special guest appearance by Chicago Bears Running back Jeremy Langford.

Guests experienced models showing off the latest fashion trends. Keeping the energy up there was a DJ spinning top 40 songs.

If you needed a break from shopping, there was a virtual reality oculus Google game. It allowed guests to step into their football field or rollercoaster in a virtual experience.

Guests could stop by the Michale Kors Men’s Shop where they could enter and win a Michael Kors shopping spree. There was also a chance to win custom shoes by The Sole Revival. The first 150 guests who spent $35 or more had the chance to have a meet and greet with Jeremy Langford. There he took time to answer questions and receive and autograph.

I had the opportunity to ask Jeremy a couple questions.

Tanya Abbey: “How do you separate being Jeremy Langford Chicago Bears running back, to Jeremy Langford who works for the Chicago Bears?”

Jeremy Langford: “Matt Forte taught me that, you should never take anything for granted and that no matter where you are, you are always representing the Chicago Bears and that you should always show your best. You are a brand yourself and you need to put your best foot forward.”

TA: “How do you find time to wind down and stay humble, you are on a huge stage where everyone pays attention and wants to get your attention at all times. How do you wind down and turn off the public figure and become a private citizen?”

JL: “I stay grounded by keeping my family and friends close, they keep me humble and they don’t let me get away with anything.”

Jeremy also added that he understood that his time in the spotlight is short lived and enjoys every minute of it, because he knows once it is gone he will miss it. The few minutes I got to spend with him, proves just that. He isn’t just a running back. He is a very down to earth person, and is very welcoming and personable. He really enjoys being a Chicago Bear and we enjoy having him represent us on the field.

H2O Go! It’s a blob thing.

My son recently turned three and since he is a summer baby, I thought a slip and slide would be a lot of fun! I went to my local Toys R US and was heartbroken. All the slip and slides were for ages 5 and up. They were not recommended for my son. I was about to give up and get him something else, when I noticed H20GO! Fun Sketching Art Blobz.

Say what now?

Per their description you simply hook the blob up to a garden hose and fill it with water. Once it is filled, water will spray across the top. To add more thrills, water fills through the nozzle on top of the blob, creating a cool surface for playing and sliding across. Plus, the sketching blob includes 5 erasable crayons to use for sketches on the blob.

Tanya tries

In other words, it is a water blob that allows your kids to slide through the sprinkler onto the splash pad. If they get tired of the sprinkler they can still slide around. Once bored with those options, they can color the blob.

My kids have spent countless hours slipping and sliding and jumping and coloring on this blob. We are in love.

This is now sold out in stores! I put a few places you can find it below online. Have a splashing time!!



Toys R Us


*This is not sponsored no product was exchanged for this post*

THE JOKER is unleashed and makes no apologies

I was recently invited to Six Flags Great America‘s media day to celebrate the opening of their 15th roller coaster officially named THE JOKER Free Flyer Coaster.  Six Flags unleashed chaos into the Yankee Harbor section and placed it next to his nemesis BATMAN.

As you walk towards THE JOKER it is hard to miss it standing at 120 feet tall. This one of the most unique coasters Six Flags has ever build in their history and that is nothing to joke about. I had the pleasure of being able to enjoy this newest attraction by riding it 5 times.

“wait till they get a load of me!”-Joker, Batman 1989

Here are some facts about this chaotic addition.

  1. You will flip head-over-heels at least six times
  2. The vehicles are winged which has you spending on the sides of the track
  3. They seat up to 8 per vehicle (4 on the left and 4 on the right)
  4. This ride allows you to pick your chaos.
    1. the purple side which is the calmer side of THE JOKER. If you ride coaster but aren’t trying to chance fate, this is the side for you.
    2. the green side which is the more chaotic side of THE JOKER. This is for the thrill seeker who doesn’t mind being out of their seat.
  5. There are 90-degree “raven” drops giving you the free-falling sensation

“Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.” Joker, The Dark Knight 2008

The event was officially opened by the Park President Hank Salemi, but was interrupted by The Joker himself he officially opened the attraction with smoke bombs and his signature colors purple and green confetti.

“Come on Mcguiness laugh it up now!”-Joker, Batman Beyond Return of the Joker 2002

Here are some tips on how to enjoy the ride to the fullest:

  1. Wear tight fitting shoes, your legs are free and you don’t want to lose your kicks while you are being flipped
  2. Don’t eat or drink anything before riding.
  3. If you have long hair, place it in a ponytail to avoid getting whipped in the face.
  4. Scream loud and laugh harder
  5. Make sure you take a selfie in front of THE JOKER and use #Greenside or #Purpleside to show off how you took on the chaos

This ride is my new favorite attraction at the park. Even after riding it 5 times, I did not get sick of it.  Remember this is the newest ride and the lines may be long at first, but it is definitely worth the wait.

Chicago is Shopping Buzzed!

Hi Everyone! I wanted to give you the latest buzz about the newest party in Chicago! Shop Buzzed was concocted by two loveable ladies behind Chole’s Cravings and Shop 522 Envy. It is a once a month event that combines drinking your favorite cocktail or caffeinated beverage and local Chicago entrepreneurs in one space.  They […]