Sandbox VR Opens In Mockingbird Station

Sandbox VR, a virtual reality experience, recently opened across from the Angelika theater in Mockingbird Station, joining other area shopping centers in adding interactive entertainment options to their tenant mix.  

Players in groups of up to six can choose between six free-roam virtual reality experiences for between $45 and $50. Participants don gear that weighs about 20 pounds and includes haptic feedback technology that simulates physical contact such as zombies or other virtual reality creatures running into you.

“We’re thrilled to open our newest location at Mockingbird Station,” Sandbox VR founder and CEO Steven Zhao said. “Dallas is a particularly exciting city with its thriving economy, booming tech industry, and diverse communities. We’re honored to be a part of its growth story.” 

The company has 22 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Asia, with new locations opening this Summer in Cincinnati, Oakland, and London. The Mockingbird Station location and another recently-opened outpost in Fort Worth join its first Texas location in Austin, which opened in 2020 at Domain Northside. 

“With Austin being one of our top locations, we’re excited to bring Sandbox VR to the heart of North Texas: Dallas and Fort Worth,” Global Vice President of Real Estate David Friedman said. “We’re also actively looking at locations in Houston and throughout the whole state of Texas.” 

The Hong Kong-based company founded in 2016 received a new round of venture capital funding late last year for a total of $119 million to help pay for its expansion, TechCrunch reported. 

Another entertainment tenant, Hack Shack, which is an indoor golf simulator bar, is also coming soon to Mockingbird Station. Hydrate IV Bar, a wellness concept that offers IV therapy services, also recently opened in the shopping center.

The mixed-use development with retail, apartment, and office space, has five restaurants listed as coming soon on its directory, including the Londoner, which will open a new location in the space formerly occupied by Trinity Hall Irish Pub. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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