I’ve been to Ballard numerous times. I love their one-of-a-kind coffee shops, iconic architecture and unique restaurants. But I’d never been to The Kangaroo and Kiwi before last Thursday night. While there, I had the joy of witnessing the liveliest round of Bingo in recent memory—TWIF Bingo!
Traditionally associated with old ladies, Bingo brings to mind either retirement-home entertainment or a certain farmer’s dog. As you might have guessed, Bingo TWIF-style is neither geriatric nor canine-related (not that there’s anything wrong with that). TWIF Bingo throws trivia and physical challenges into the game, so your brain and body don’t get left out of things while searching for B9 or N42.
I arrived a little late, and everyone was already busily poring over their Bingo squares with colorful ink pens and enjoying brews and pub fare. The place was hot and packed. And loud. I joined a table and started soaking up the atmosphere.
Our announcer, also TWIF’s own secretary, kept things lively on the mic. Think it might be difficult to inject humor and variety into the calling out of Bingo numbers? Well, he did it, and will hopefully be emceeing future events.
Interspersed with the calling out of numbers and the cheers and disappointed sighs of bar patrons, were the physical challenges. One involved balancing a stack of Whoopie Pies on your forehead for as long as possible. Another, dancing wildly to get all the ping pong balls out of a Kleenex box attached to your butt (pictured below).
As a 80s movies fan, I’d have to pick the Maniac/Pedometer challenge as my favorite. Each lucky contestant attached pedometers to his or her limbs and then flash-danced their little hearts out.
By the end of the evening, $660 had been raised, amazing prizes had been won (tickets to The Triple Door, discounts at local restaurants and more), and I think everyone’s view of Bingo had been changed for the better.
-Maggie Tarnawa is an Events Blogger for The World is Fun