Alibi V.24 No.50 • Dec 10-16, 2015 

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Playing

Gifts for the fun of it

The Holidays are a time for relaxation, enjoyment and, ideally, a bit of family fun. Too often, though, that sense of play gets overwhelmed in the stress and desperation of an ever-longer shopping season. So why not combine both? Here are some gift ideas that focus on bringing fun back to the holidays.

A selection of games at Empire.
A selection of games at Empire.
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Game Time
Adults for $3/hour, children for $2/hour
Empire Board Game Library
3503 Central NE
empiregamelibrary.com

Empire offers a slightly different take on the boardgame experience, with a vast library of games that anyone can pick up and play. Old classics like Monopoly and Risk are joined by new ones like The Settlers of Catan and Carcasonne, as well as shelves full of new games you haven’t heard of yet. Not only that, but a full service espresso bar and sandwiches await. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and used for either the purchase of a game or for play-time in the Library.

Escape Scenario Gift Voucher
$32.16 per person (price includes tax)
Escape Room New Mexico
3916 Carlisle NE
nmescaperoom.com

“Surprise!”you say to your gift recipient, “I’m going to lock you in a creepy room! Merry Christmas!” No doubt this will prove their worst suspicions of your relationship and maybe provide some catharsis for you, but actually you’re giving them a good time via one of the more unusual games you can play in New Mexico. Escape Room NM offers participants an experience that calls on observation skills, quick wits and teamwork in order to solve the mystery at the heart of each of the scenarios, including hunting down a lost treasure map, finding out where a serial killer has trapped his latest victim before it’s too late or engaging in a bit of cloak and dagger espionage.

Ninja Park obstacle course
Ninja Park obstacle course
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Ninja Training Session
$60 for one person, $90 for two
Ninja Park
2420 Comanche NE
ninjaparkabq.com

Everybody secretly wants to be a ninja. That’s just something I made up right now, but it sounds right, because ninjas obviously have the coolest job in the world and get to wear awesome all-black uniforms when they clock in for their nightly routine of sneaking around, doing ninja kicks and tossing smoke bombs. Sadly, this lifestyle is out of reach for most of us who aren’t born into the ancient Iga clan, but thanks to Ninja Park, a locally operated fitness and obstacle course featuring trainers who participated on the television show “American Ninja Warrior,” we can at least pretend. One-on-one training sessions start at $60/hr or $90/hr for two people if you want to tag along with your giftee.

2 Hours of Jumping
$20 per person
Fallout Trampoline Arena
10000 Coors Bypass NW
falloutjump.com

There’s a good chance you’re going to be cooped up for a few of your vacation days and, if you’ve got visitors or family staying with you, you might all need an escape to blow off some steam. Fallout Trampoline Arena offers obstacle courses, foam pits and (who knew?) trampolines for all ages, meaning that you can haul your whole crew over and spend the afternoon bouncing all that excess energy out.

Solve a Murder Mystery
$58/person for dinner and show (includes tax)
Foul Play Café
2600 Louisiana NE
foulplaycafe.com

After the holidays, you might just be ready to murder someone. But take my advice, avoid the jail time and settle for the vicarious thrill of trying to figure out who pretended to kill someone else while you scarf down a four-course meal at the Sheraton Uptown. Mumm’s the Word, the mystery currently being put on by Foul Play Café, features mobsters posturing and threatening each other in a 1920s speakeasy and it’s up to you to figure out who actually did the shooting.