By now most people have heard of escape rooms – a new form of entertainment hitting major cities throughout North America. If you have no idea what I am talking about, Wikipedia defines escape rooms as a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit, or having completed a mission. This now popular form of entertainment first started in Asia and in 2015 there were over 2800 escape room venues worldwide.
Locked in a room you think – who would I want to be locked in a room with? Well, I recently tried this out with my family – my hubby and 2 kids, aged 13 and 11. We called and made a reservation at Mission Possible Escape Rooms in Burlington. (note – make sure you call and book a time – this is a popular activity!). Mission Possible offers 4 different escape rooms, so we booked the Pirate Captive.
When we arrived, the staff were friendly and welcomed us. I’ll be honest, going in I had no idea what to expect so went in with an open mind. I learned that our room at the beginner level (which I’m glad we did!) had a 36% win rate, with a record time of 52:09 (allowed 60 minutes in total). When our room was ready, we were escorted in to watch a quick video on safety features and how things would work, given a secure locker for our personal belongings – including cell phones and then introduced to the staff member who would be taking us to our room. She was lovely and bubbly and explained she would be available anytime we needed her, if we just pushed a door bell in the room.
You may be thinking – locked in a room, with your family, with no cell phones – why would I do that?! But let me tell you – it was great. For one whole hour, we had to work together (and yes, argue together) to figure out how to get out of this room. Not once did any of us feel claustrophobic – my kids had been worried they may feel that way. It’s not like that- the time flew by and we had lots of fun! We did call for help on a couple occasions and were given clues to help us out.
I can’t tell you too much about the experience in the room as I don’t want to give anything away at all about it – once you do a room, you can’t do a room again (although I have to admit, escape rooms are NOT my strength and I’m pretty sure I could be put back in that same room and I wouldn’t be able to get out!). I am thankful for my children and their fresh brains! (sidenote – it was the end of the day and we had a late night with a couple glasses of wine the night before!).
I am pleased to say we escaped- we didn’t beat the record but came close! My kids are hooked – already asking to go back to do the Mafia-themed room.
Once we were met at our escape we were taken back to the lobby and got to take a fun family photo.
I highly recommend Mission Possible and trying this either as a family, as a team-building exercise with coworkers, or as a fun activity with friends. If you don’t live near Burlington, find another escape room near you – it’s a great experience and one my family is still talking about!