Earlier this summer we began to write about the many new attractions that were being added to our Great Wolf Lodge resorts. With each story, we’d say to each other, “That sounds fun!” or “Can’t wait to try that!”

During a recent visit to Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, I got to try one of these new additions and play Oliver’s Time Challenge. Twice!

Located on Main Street on level one at the resort, Oliver’s Time Challenge is an interactive competition. It was first described to me as a life size version of the Milton & Bradley game, SIMON®. Remember that one? It had four color buttons that lit up, causing you to hit them quickly so they would turn off. Well, the resort definitely has a unique spin on that classic game!

Picture yourself running around, hitting lit buttons as fast as you can. Imagine you are competing against someone while you tap each button. And pretend you really, really want to win!

Oliver’s Time Challenge is a three minute experience that I think everyone should try. It can be played with two people, or an entire family. My trip to Williamsburg was for a photo and video shoot and Oliver’s Time Challenge was on the list. After looking at it and being told how it worked, we decided the best way to truly understand it was play it. Afterall, it was for was research, right? Sure – research!

My colleague, Kristen, took one side of the square room, and I took the other.  Next thing I knew, the buzzer went off and we were both dashing around hitting blinking buttons as quickly as possible. Some were up high, some down low – and yes, for a few, I was too slow.

Kristen and I are each slightly competitive, so we took the experience seriously. We played hard.  We dashed from one side of the room to the next, chasing the blinking lights and joking we just might be a little out of shape!

Almost too quickly, the final round started – multiple lights all lit up at once. It was like WHAC-A-MOLE® in the speed zone! When the game ended, we both found ourselves laughing – and gasping – from the three minute experience.

Later in the day, we invited several young guests to play, too. Remembering how much running around we did – and how fast it all went – we encouraged them to play in teams. Inevitably, the kids chose to play “boys vs. girls” first. Then “adults vs. kids” and soon it was, “We really, really just want to play one more time.”

Next time you are Williamsburg, check out Oliver’s Time Challenge. If you’re looking forward to some friendly family competition or you want to help your kids burn off the day’s last little bit of energy – this is the experience for you. Who knows, you just might find me there, waiting for someone to play against.