June 30

Play in the Sandbox

SLU’s new virtual reality gaming platform is now open.

Seattle’s ever-growing tech sphere is getting a new dose of immersive entertainment as Sandbox VR opens its second Seattle-area location in South Lake Union. The world-renowned virtual reality gaming platform set up shop at the bustling intersection of Mercer Street and Westlake Avenue North at 520 Westlake.

Sandbox VR redefines the virtual reality experience by combining full-body motion capture with high-quality haptics. Offering much more than home VR systems, it delivers a level of realism that completely immerses you into the gaming world, promoting active socializing in a fun and dynamic way.

A group of friends in virtual reality gear.

With four private “holodecks” that allow groups of four to six to explore different virtual worlds, this new location promises to be a hub for social experiences. Armed with cutting-edge VIVE Focus 3 headsets, haptic vests, and motion sensors, players can physically interact and team up to become stars of their own action-packed narratives.

“520 Westlake is in the heart of the tech sphere—where people live, work, and play—making it ideal for our second Seattle-area location. It will be a great place for companies to host team building exercises and other social events,” stated Steve Zhao, founder of Sandbox VR.

Already boasting over 30,000 five-star reviews, Sandbox VR stands as an unrivaled destination for group activities, from birthday parties to corporate events. Backed by major names like Andreessen Horowitz, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, and even celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry, it’s clear this venture is one to watch.

Guests will be spoiled for choice with seven exclusive immersive experiences created by Sandbox VR’s in-house team of video game industry veterans. From battling zombies in Deadwood Valley to exploring alien worlds in Star Trek: Discovery, the thematic range guarantees excitement for everyone.

A group of friends in virtual reality gear.

As a cherry on top, all players receive personalized highlight videos capturing the intensity and excitement of their experience—perfect keepsakes of memorable adventures.

Experiences are about $50 per person and can vary based on time and date. Click here to book.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of Sandbox VR.

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