5 Tips To Help Kids Enjoy Escape Rooms
Most escape rooms are designed for teens and adults. All of our Escape Rooms are family friendly and multigenerational. We recommend if children are going in without an adult that 12 up are the best ages. During the Christmas season we create How The Mob Stole Christmas so children of all ages can participate with their family in a 30 minute escape game.
Escape rooms require a large amount of concentration, focus, logic, and teamwork. Young children typically do not excel in these areas. One hour is a long time for younger children to be trapped in a room. We do recommend if you are bringing smaller children or babies, that you reserve a full room so strangers will not be trapped with your kids. Here are 5 tips to help children enjoy escape rooms and keep the parents sane.
1) Research The Room: When looking at different escape rooms think about the theme of the room. Escape Rooms vary wildly from company to company and room to room. Will it be to scary, have loud sounds or flashing lights that may startle them? You don’t want to traumatize your five-year-old for life. Will the room be too difficult for them to participate in? If there is a video trailer for the game online watch it together. Fortunately, most escape rooms are happy to provide these kinds of details, if you simply call and ask or check out their FAQ section on their website.
2) Prepare Your Children Ahead of Time: If it is your child’s first escape room, take a few minuets to explain the story and what they can expect and what you expect of them. When a child enters an escape room, they are usually barraged with strange and exciting sights and sounds that are new to them. They are very unlikely to pay close attention to the instructions given to them by the escape room staff. Remind them that it takes attention, concentration, and teamwork. It is not the time for running, throwing things and screaming. Make sure they understand the scenario is pretend. It may feel too real to them. Knowing what to expect ahead of time helps the children feel more secure when they’re in the unusual surroundings of an escape room.
3) Know That You Will Have a Different Experience: Frustrated parents lead to frustrated kids. It is unrealistic to believe that young children are going to sit quietly in a corner for an hour while the parents fully enjoy the escape room. If you take young children into the escape room, they are going to be excited to be there and ask you a hundred questions about the unusual things they see in the room. They are going to be excited by the thing directly in front of them, instead of thinking about the overall progression of the escape game. This is not to say parents can’t have a good time in an escape room, but it will be a different experience than an all adult escape team would have.
4) Give Kids A Task: Parents that make an effort to keep the children engaged in the escape room are typically the ones who have the most fun completing a room (with the least amount of problem behaviors from the children). Let the kids be the scavenger hunters to look under tables and in cabinets and cubby holes. Have the children push specific buttons to complete the puzzle. Young children love to push buttons, spin dials, etc. They don’t have to understand how the puzzle was solved, they just love the idea of it being involved.
5) Positive Reinforcement: Kids need strong positive reinforcement in real life and even more so in escape rooms. You would be surprised how many parents forget concept when they are trying to escape. All ages enjoy it when I make a “Congratulations!” message appear on the in-room screen after they solve a puzzle. Some of them even dance around with happiness. So, if adults enjoy praise of their escape room performance, just imagine how much praise means to a young child who is trying to navigate the confusing environment of an escape room.