Whether you’re looking for a fun school break activity or something different for a family game night, a locked room adventure is sure to satisfy your group. Here are some great reasons to add escape rooms to your family fun idea list.
1. Participate Instead of Watch
Sure, you could just rent another movie or head to a theater for some excitement but participating in a locked room lets you actually get involved. Don’t just watch your favorite hero try to escape zombies while trying to recover a priceless heirloom, find the artifact and rescue it yourself. Don’t sit back while treasure hunters solve riddles, get your hands on those puzzles.
Get your kids to work creatively and intelligently solving multiple scenarios without their smartphones. You may find that sitting back and letting one of the kids take over allows for leadership growth. This is an important quality for kids of all ages to develop.
2. Pull Together as a Team
There are a lot of things pulling family members in different directions. Kids have school, friends, sporting activities, after-school events, and other activities. Parents have work, friends, community responsibilities, and everything that goes into keeping the family running. Once in a while, it’s a good idea to plan an activity that brings you all closer together.
An escape room brings you all into a physical closeness, and also invites all family members to participate cooperatively. You’ll work as one to reach the same goal. This type of bonding experience can be hard to find in other settings. You may be surprised at how resourceful and clever your kids can be when faced with this type of challenge.
3. Get Away From Screens
Kids today are naturally drawn to technology. It’s used in school and has become a natural part of daily life. Kids and adults use technology to listen to music, watch TV, look up recipes, and find out what the weather will be like. So, it isn’t unusual to find kids paying more attention to their screens than to the world outside of that screen.
Participation in a locked room adventure is a great way to give your kids and their friends a way to engage with each other and pay attention to their surroundings. An added bonus for you as the parent, is that this time you get to be the good guy.
4. Boost Family Morale
You may cheer for one family member who excels at basketball and another whose team was victorious at an academic decathlon. There are a lot of great ways to encourage individual members of the family in their separate activities, but it isn’t as easy to find ways to triumph as a whole family. When you work together to escape a locked room, however, you strengthen family ties that last a lifetime. Family members will treasure the memories you create when working and playing together.
5. Schedule Convenient Getaways
A lot of great family fun adventures require a lot of saving and planning ahead. Escape rooms, on the other hand, are springing up all over the place. There’s probably one within an hour’s drive of your home. The adventures are fairly affordable; you won’t pay much more for this experience than you would for a movie and popcorn. You may be able to participate in a new adventure several times before you head back to re-do a room you’ve already completed.
It can be hard to find an activity that the whole family enjoys doing. Escape rooms tend to provide some type of enjoyment for everyone, from the littlest family member to the grandparents. If you’re struggling to come up with something that everyone in the family will love to do, give a locked room adventure a try.