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Beer and Learning in Omaha

February 15, 2018 by

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PICK OF THE WEEKSaturday, Feb. 17: Moving on from the hearts, candy, flowers, and cupids, let’s flip to something really fun—Haunticon Omaha at the Historical Union Stockyards. Take a  class, listen to some speakers, and decide for yourself what’s real. Don’t forget to get a reading done and try your hand at an escape room designed by Entrap Games. Find out all the secrets here.

Thursday, Feb. 15: If you’ve ever wanted to share a personal story with a crowd of (slightly tipsy) strangers, the Show & Tell StorySLAM at The Sydney is where you need to be tonight. Think The Moth (NPR) but with booze. This round the theme is “firsts.” Whether it’s your first love, first job, or first time getting drunk, write it down and share it with strangers and friends alike. To learn more, click here.

Friday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 25: Had your fill of wine, champagne, and flirty red cocktails? Get back to basics during Omaha Beer Week. (OK, so technically a little more than a week, but who’s complaining?) A homebrew competition kicked things off on Monday, and tonight you have two potential stops—Infusion Brewing Co. and Liquid Sunshine Taproom. But things don’t really start hopping until tomorrow (Friday), with over 20 local businesses rolling out the barrels. Find the right fit for your palate here.

Friday, Feb. 16: It’s a weekend packed with unique, informative opportunities. Friday gets it going in a big way with “Calming Your Mind to Follow Your Heart” a special lecture from Golden Globe-nominated Native American actor Adam Beach (though he may be best recognized as Slipknot from Suicide Squad). This lecture is part of the third annual John Trudell Distinguished Lecture in Native American Studies, honoring Trudell, who was an actor, poet, and activist. Beach will speak on his own life experiences, including his activism and hope for the future of Indigenous people. The learning starts at 7:30, doors open at 7 p.m. While this special event is free, be sure to reserve seating here, as it will no doubt fill up quickly.

Saturday, Feb. 17: Geek out this Saturday at the Nebraska Robotics Expo at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. and this dynamic display of ingenuity lasts until 3:30 p.m. Watch local students compete and show off their robotics knowledge and creativity. There will be a CEENBoT Showcase, a Creative Visual Arts Expo, and a First LEGO League, which includes a Hydro Dynamics Challenge and experimentation with LEGO Mindstorms technology. Find out more about the event here.

Sunday, Feb. 18: Continue getting your education on this weekend at The Civil Rights Movement in Omaha workshop at the Great Plains Black History Museum. This free 90-minute workshop will cover the civil rights movement in Omaha and the city’s own struggle toward progress. This is a good opportunity for the family (middle school age and up) to learn together. Be sure to head to the new location at 2221 N. 24th St. in the Jewell Building. To find out more, click here.

Entrap Games

January 12, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The games began the moment we walked in.

As my friends and I waited for our adventure to begin, we played with old-fashioned brain-teaser games in the lobby, such as a pair of horseshoes chained together with a ring in the middle.

My friend Jill Cuff and I tried to solve a tangram. We stood at the counter and placed the triangles in every conceivable manner until suddenly the space for the trapezoid appeared.

Thus began our trial of teamwork, and a bit of magic, at Entrap Games. We, along with our spouses, Jeremy Rodman and John Wade, entered a tale of roguery and numbers.

“Which one are you doing?” a lady standing next to me asked as the counter clerk checked my reservation.

“We’re doing The Heist.”

“Oh, geez!” the lady said. “Be prepared to do math!”

The concept of Entrap Games is not new, but the specific business is. Operations Manager Daniel Dittmeyer helped launch this business after opening similar sites in Des Moines and Milwaukee.

“When I first started about 12 months ago, these games were not well known. Now, there are two to three in every major city.” Dittmeyer said.

Entrap Games offers multiple rooms into which teammates can be locked for an hour and try to escape. The story of “The Heist” is that you and your fellow thieves cheated at poker and won a large sum of money. Now you have to find the DVR security footage and remove the hard drive so you don’t get caught.

The Heist has a success rate of 21%. Nothing is as it seems in this game. It takes effective communication, collaboration, and time management to solve the puzzle, making Entrap Games an ideal corporate event for teams of two to six players. A game room for up to 12 players is in the works.

The employee walked us into the room and explained the details. We needed to find a canister of CO2 and the DVR, remove the DVR’s hard drive, and find the code for the door…all in one hour. Good luck!

The room contained a baby monitor and a television screen that we could use to communicate with the clerk. We received two clues automatically, and after that, we could ask for clues. We could not move anything labeled “do not move.” Everything else was fair game. The game relied on patterns—primarily numbers and colors. Coded padlocks abounded.

We were given two minutes to plan, during which time we looked around the room to see what we had to use, but should have used those moments to define our roles in the game.

When the clock began to count down, we ran. I looked at a deck of cards sitting on a table, Jeremy looked at the shelving unit, John began to look under the cushions of a couch, and Jill looked at the artwork on the wall.

Jeremy found the CO2 canister. John found the hole where you use the CO2 canister within 15 minutes. With 45 minutes left, we continued to search for clues.

The biggest lesson learned was trust nothing. Locked compartments opened on their own; sometimes black meant black, other times black meant white. In the end, we became one of the 79% who did not solve the puzzle in one hour, but with better teamwork and communication, we will crack the code next time.

Visit entrapgames.com to learn more.