Looking for great family therapy activities to improve communication?
Escape rooms could be your perfect fit.
They draw you and your family out of the routines that dominate life at home. The games encourage everyone to work together and communicate more effectively in order to win. This serves as practice for getting along and respecting each person’s unique strengths.
How can these immersive games help you achieve better family bonding – and improved communication (like they do during family therapy activities)? Let’s find out.
You may find that the members of your family seem to have fallen into roles and routines, forming patterns of behavior that are difficult to break free from.
Example: For instance, your spouse may grow agitated if the day’s usual schedule goes awry. Your children may be refusing to do their homework or clean their rooms for no evident reason other than to be rebellious.
In your home, where everything is familiar, it’s easy to remain stuck in the routines and roles that you have developed, even if these patterns have negative consequences.
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An escape room, on the other hand, is a novel environment. The room is full of unusual objects, sights, and sounds, which might not make sense right away.
This is because the whole point of an escape room is to roam. You think outside the box. You turn puzzles that don’t make sense into solutions which do make sense!
As your family navigates the escape room, they will gain experience in breaking free from their usual thought patterns. This outside-the-box thinking can help you learn to break free of unproductive routines at home as well.
If you and your family just can’t seem to get along in daily life, an escape room can help you bridge the gap between you.
No man is an island, and that is especially true inside of an escape room. You and your family will quickly realize that you cannot win on your own!
Example: While a typical family game night may fall apart over accusations of cheating, in an escape room, everyone is on the same team.
Winning is a powerful motivator, and the only way to move forward and win an escape room game is to work together.
Escape Room Solution:
You’ll be committing to each other’s success within the context of the escape room. You’ll also be working as a team to find the clues and solve the puzzles. As such, your family will learn to be a cohesive unit in the outside world after the game is done.
Communication is the most important tool for creating a stress-free family environment. However, communicating is often easier said than done.
Example: Perhaps no one in your family seems willing to have an open and honest conversation. Everyone ends up assuming ill intent rather than actively communicating. In order to effectively work together and win an escape room game, you and your family must put your communication skills to work - using similar skills that they teach in family therapy activities.
Escape Room Solution:
Escape rooms are a safe, low-stakes environment that gently forces your group to be clear and open with each other. After all, talking to each other and being as clear as possible is the only way to win the game. As such, your family will be compelled to do just that.
The communication strategies that you and your family develop in the escape room can then be transferred into your daily life. It’s possible your family won’t realize the game taught them anything at all, but the results will be clear!
Every escape room is different. You want your family to be motivated to participate, improve communication, and get the most out of the experience. As such, be sure to pick the best room for your unique family! Here are a few tips to help you choose the ideal room.
When checking out different escape rooms, be sure to make note of any minimum age requirements. That will be important if you have younger children, but will also indicate how complicated the puzzles will be.
For example, a room that requires a minimum age of eight years old might be an easier game than one that requires a minimum age of twelve or eighteen years old.
When it comes to precise difficulty, escape room games can vary widely.
Check the listed difficulty level of a room.
Rooms may be labeled as “easy,” “medium,” or “hard,” or with synonyms for each - such as “beginner,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.”
If this is your family’s first time entering an escape room, perhaps choose an easier difficulty level. This will help get your feet wet. However, if your family is full of avid puzzle solvers, they may thrive in a harder-level room.
Most escape rooms are more than just a series of puzzles. They also include a story!
You and your family may find yourselves:
Also, some escape rooms are more adventurous or comedic, while others are more mysterious or horror-themed.
To ensure your family has a great time, choose a theme that they will enjoy. If your kids are not into horror, then pass over the murder mystery themes. If your spouse loves science fiction, then an escape room with a high-tech laboratory theme may be perfect!
The more closely the escape room aligns with your family’s interests, the more engaged they will be. As a bonus, they’ll learn more communication skills (similar to the skills learned during family therapy activities) from the experience!
When deciding on family therapy activities to improve communication, it's good to have many options. This helps you best customize the experience to your unique family!
As such, 60OUT covers a wide range of genres and difficulty levels. You can decide which fits the tastes or puzzle-solving skill levels of your group.
Our escape rooms are ideal for encouraging you and your family to break free from routines and have a unique, memorable night out together.
Check out the 23 escape rooms at 60OUT and book your escape room today!
Interested in the top two tips you'll need to solve the casino escape room?
Picture this: You enter an abandoned casino, cleared of people, but you know there’s a safe full of money somewhere inside. However, you’re not the only one looking for this payload!
In this escape room game, you and your family must work together to solve puzzles, find the money, and get out of the casino before your competitors catch up with you. To up the suspense, the casino is going to be demolished in an hour – so you’d better hurry!
In this article, we'll share the top 2 casino escape room tips to help you and your family get the payload before the building is demolished.
What exactly is in store for you and your family inside a casino escape room? Here are two types of puzzles that you may discover and need to solve:
Many casino escape room clues can be found in the letters and words you find around the room. This can include papers and journals stashed in desks, or even scrambled letters on the wallpaper.
Sometimes combination locks to safes require letters as well as numbers, and stray letters left around the room might just give you the combination you need!
You don’t need to be a math whiz to beat a casino escape room, but basic math puzzles are often part of the adventure.
Keep your eyes open for common math signs or symbols left around the room, such as plus signs or minus signs. Choose someone in your family who likes playing around with numbers to focus on these puzzles.
Now that you know the puzzles to expect in the casino escape room, read are our top 2 tips to help you and your family create the best strategy to win the game!
While it’s important to work together in any escape room games, working together does not mean standing clumped around the same clue.
The clues to solving any single casino escape room puzzle are likely spread throughout the room, to make it more of a challenge.
There are also a lot of puzzles to solve, and only so much time. If you spread out, you increase your chances of success.
Be sure not to keep everything you see, do, and think inside your own head.
Make a point of commenting out loud about anything you notice, even if you aren’t sure yet whether it’s a clue.
If you are looking at a combination lock that needs four letters, and you hear someone say across the room, “There are four letters repeated on this picture frame.” then you can put those clues together.
Use these tips to solve the Casino Heist escape room at 60OUT, which has puzzles that are perfect for family bonding time. All of their 23 immersive, themed escape rooms are privately booked, so you don’t have to play with people you don’t know! 60OUT’s escape rooms include a wide variety of themes and difficulties, so you’re sure to find one that your family will love.
Check out 60OUT’s Casino Heist Escape Room, and book your puzzle-solving adventure today!
Looking for a few fun escape room alternatives for you and your family?
While escape rooms are a great way to spend time with the family, there may be times when a typical escape room theme isn't a good option for you and your particular group.
Will your friends enjoy solving puzzles? Can your family work together well? How will your kids do with the limited space and time limit?
If a basic escape room game isn’t exactly what you’re after, here are 6 fun alternatives you can try instead!
These 6 escape room alternatives can be created in your own home!
A typical escape room takes place in a large, closed-off room indoors, and lasts around an hour. You can make your own mini-escape room, in your house or backyard!
All you need is:
Mini-escape rooms keep the puzzle-solving fun to a small area and usually last around ten to fifteen minutes.
For a simple mini-escape room game, you’ll also need:
Put the pictures up around the tent, and draw numbers onto the edges of the frames, as clues for the numbers needed to unlock the box!
Feel free to come up with a fun story to explain why your kids or friends are trying to open the box, such as that there is a pirate treasure inside.
All that’s left to do is place a little prize in the box, be it a sweet treat or a message from a pirate king!
Puzzle races serve as excellent escape room alternatives for a larger group.
Separate your group into two or more teams, and give each team a similar series of puzzles. These puzzles can include jigsaw puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, or crossword puzzles.
The teams must work together to solve all the puzzles as quickly as possible. Whichever team finishes first, wins!
Puzzle races can be very similar to mini-escape rooms; it’s like having two escape rooms running at the same time. These races encourage teamwork and create excitement through their competitive spirit.
Tabletop games are a great way to spend a quiet evening in with the family while still having fun and creating great memories.
You don’t need to stick with the classic board games or card games like Monopoly or Go Fish, though. Many tabletop games are also role-playing games, which challenge your group to use their imaginations!
You can also find “escape room” tabletop games, which include all of the elements of a mini-escape room inside a handy box!
The perk of a tabletop game is that it does not require much set-up beforehand. These can be comfortably played sitting around the kitchen table.
You’re never too old for a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt! Scavenger hunts are excellent both for staying at home and for going out into the world.
For your group, create a list of items they are likely to find in your chosen location. Be sure to print off enough copies of the list for everyone! If you are playing at home, including items such as a roll of tape, a toothbrush, or a pillowcase.
If you are playing at the park, perhaps challenge your family to find a blue flower, a picnic table, or a perfectly round rock.
For more variety, add clues that could have multiple correct answers, such as “find something pink” or “find something that isn’t where it should be.”
Have your participants take pictures of themselves with the items to prove they found it! Scavenger hunts are great escape room alternatives for people who would prefer to be running around, instead of sitting still at a table.
For even more running around, expand the scavenger hunt into an “Amazing Race” style challenge!
Find a local park or other large outdoor space, and set up several stations for challenges.
These challenges could include:
Send several small teams around the park to take on the challenges. The first team to complete them all wins! You can have each team start at a different challenge station to ensure they don’t run into each other.
This kind of race is great for large groups that can be divided into many small teams. It's also one of many escape room alternatives that keeps you working together, without becoming too disorganized.
However, Amazing Races require more set-up and volunteers to help run the challenges, in contrast to the other options on this list.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which you use GPS coordinates to go find a hidden container.
This container, known as a “geocache,” holds items and clues that direct you towards the next container. All you need in order to set up this game is:
Give your family members the first set of coordinates and set them off on their adventure. In each container that you hide, leave behind pieces of a story for your group to find. To hear the next part of the story, they will have to find the next hidden container!
This activity turns reading, which is usually a sedentary activity, into an adventure that requires moving around!
When choosing the best game for you and your family to play, it’s important to consider your family’s unique traits. You want to pick something that everyone will enjoy, after all!
Are your kids' outdoorsy adventurers who love to get their hands dirty? If so, a scavenger hunt in the park would be perfect for them.
Do your kids prefer to spend their evenings curled up on the couch with a book? A tabletop game might be more appropriate for them.
Be sure to also consider your family’s likes and dislikes. If your spouse is deathly afraid of zombies, then a zombie-themed mini-escape room will not be fun for them.
If your family enjoys one or more of these alternative games, then it may be time to upgrade to a more advanced theme.
60OUT offers twenty-three uniquely crafted games spread out across seven locations. No single location has two rooms that are the same, creating a unique experience for every visit.
Each escape room contains an immersive adventure full of challenging puzzles - encouraging teamwork and creating exciting, fun memories for all. These games range in both genre and difficulty level, so you are sure to discover one that best fits your family’s needs and interests.
Book a 60OUT escape room today, and let the family fun begin!
If you’re considering escape rooms for large groups, you may be curious: which is right?
What themes should you choose, and what kind of pricing can you expect?
An escape room delivers puzzle-solving fun for friends, family, and coworkers – no matter how many you bring - and many rooms can accommodate large parties for certain occasions.
Here are our best tips for which escape room to choose for large groups, so you can be sure to book a fun, exciting event!
The best escape room theme for your large group is one that will excite and engage all the players. Be sure to consider the types of stories that your teammates enjoy when you are choosing a room!
First, you should decide if you will play together or in smaller teams.
Certain escape room locations may provide numerous smaller escape rooms with the same theme, clues, and puzzles inside. With these rooms, your large group can split into smaller teams. Even though you are not together, you will get to have the same great experience! Afterward, you can share and compare your adventures.
However, if you’d prefer to stick together, specialized rooms are designed with six, twelve, or even eighteen players in mind. This involves a much larger space with far more clues to uncover or puzzles to solve, so nobody ends up standing around doing nothing!
Now it’s time to pick your favorite theme:
Some of the most exciting escape rooms feel like you're stepping into a video game.
Whatever the plotline, a sci-fi escape room is sure to keep you on your toes!
You and your large group are cast as family members eager to inherit a well-off relative’s riches. Your relative – a beloved grandmother, or perhaps an eccentric uncle – has left you with a challenge.
If you can solve the puzzles in their house and find the treasure, then it is all yours! You will have to work with your team to unlock the final reward.
Sometimes an escape room involves a literal escape. One kind of escape is trying to get off a deserted island!
You and your group will need to explore this tropical environment for clues that will help you attract the attention of a search party’s plane. Alternatively, you’ll have to solve puzzles for building a raft that will get you back to shore.
For a more frightening kind of escape room adventure, take on the horror theme of a zombie escape room!
You and your large group will find yourselves locked in a room with a zombie chained in the corner, tugging away at its bonds. To avoid becoming the zombie’s dinner, you must work together to solve the puzzles and find the key out.
As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one!
Escape rooms require that you and your group work together to solve the puzzles and challenges inside the room before your time runs out.
Here are some hints to keep in mind, and details about the puzzles you and your group may find in an escape room.
With a larger group, it’s easy for things to get a bit disorganized. Before you get to the escape room, assign roles to your teammates for more effective play! Here are some key roles:
The “leader” is the team captain, who guides the rest of the group. A leader stays focused on the group’s overall goal and assigns everyone else tasks. Each person reports their findings to the leader.
In groups of twelve or more, two leaders may be needed, who can then collaborate with each other.
The “searcher” is the group member who focuses on finding things. Escape rooms are full of objects that could be either puzzles or clues, both obvious and hidden. The searcher checks all corners of the room to bring each clue and puzzle out into the open, where the group can see them.
In larger groups, it's best to have multiple searchers for uncovering clues.
The “organizer” takes the objects that the searcher(s) found and puts the clues into an orderly fashion, looking for patterns. For example, if there is a lock that requires four letters in order to open it, the organizer will be the one to find the four letters scattered among the clues.
Be sure to play to your teammates’ individual strengths. Remember: more than one person can take on each role.
Every escape room is different, but the puzzles inside tend to belong to specific categories.
Physical puzzles are common. Any safes, cabinets, or drawers with locks on them might be opened to reveal a clue – if you can just find the key! Your group may also have to put together physical puzzle pieces to read a clue.
Puzzles can also involve words and numbers that you find around the room. If there is a Sudoku or crossword puzzle hung on the wall, you might need to solve it.
Mixed-up or highlighted letters in a book could be unscrambled to reveal a vital word.
Math signs or other symbols may come together to create a simple equation, leading you to the number needed to open a combination lock.
Also, remember that not all puzzles are as obvious as a crossword or a locked safe! Keep an eye and ear on your surroundings at all time.
If you hear a series of beeps or taps in the ambient noise, that might secretly be a message in Morse code.
So could a pattern of dots and dashes in the room’s wallpaper!
Check inside drawers and even books for hidden compartments, and leave no dark corner uninvestigated.
60OUT offers a wide range of immersive, engaging escape room adventures.
Unique Themes and Multiple Locations
With more than twenty-three uniquely themed games across seven locations, ranging in genre and difficulty level, you are sure to find one that best fits your group’s interests!
New Games All the Time
60OUT constantly imagines more games for you and your family and friends to play. The rooms are full of challenging puzzles that require teamwork to solve, making them perfect for a large group to bond over and have a great time-solving.
Branded Themes That Accommodate Large Groups
The unique Fire & Ice escape room requires your large group to split into two teams, each supporting a different side in a fantasy war.
Best of all, 60OUT games are always privately booked – so you never have to worry about playing with strangers!
Book your reservation today and let your escape room adventure begin!
Have you ever heard of escape room zombies?
This escape room theme presents you with a new, interesting way to spend time with your family, have fun with friends, or get to know your coworkers. Would you like to test your ability to survive the extreme circumstances of a zombie apocalypse?
Then you can work with your team to race against the clock and escape the zombie threat!
But just what is a zombie escape room? What puzzles are inside to challenge your brain? Do you need to bring anything? Here, we cover everything that you need to know, so you can beat the undead!
In this escape room, you and your teammates are ‘trapped’ in a room in the middle of a zombie attack! You have one hour before the zombie breaks free of its chains. There’s just one thing to do: solve the puzzles in the room and escape before the zombie attacks you!
Escape room zombies are a suspenseful adventure, fun for all ages. It’s much more exciting than passively watching someone else escape a zombie on TV.
The escape room requires that you and your family, friends, or coworkers get on your feet and move around an interactive room. The puzzles encourage you to think outside the box and give you a sense of pride when solving them.
Escape rooms put you right at the center of the video game-style action. There is no screen between you and the sights, sounds, and objects you will use to solve the puzzles! To win the game, you must work as a team to solve riddles, uncover clues, and ultimately beat the zombie!
Can you escape the room before the clock runs down and the hungry zombie wins? It’s time to take on the challenge!
There are several different puzzle categories. During your escape room zombie adventure, you might encounter one or all of them. Here are a few types to keep in mind!
This is the most typical category of zombie escape room puzzle.
Any drawers, cabinets, or safes with locks on them could be opened to reveal a clue within – or even the key to get out of the room and escape the zombie!
Be sure to listen to your game master at the start of the escape room session. Not all escape rooms require you to move furniture around. If you get the go-ahead to move the furniture in the room, then keep an eye out for any dressers that look out of place. There might just be a clue behind it!
Sometimes there are clues to be found in papers and journals left around the escape room.
Sometimes combination locks require letters as well, so keep an eye out. Highlighted letters or crossword puzzles may give you the combination you need.
You do not need to be a math genius in order to beat escape room zombies. However, basic math puzzles often appear in zombie escape rooms.
Pick someone on your team who likes playing with numbers to focus on these puzzles.
Not all clues to beat escape room zombies immediately look like clues. The way that the room around you looks and sounds can also give you important information.
Does the ambient noise include a series of taps or beeps? Perhaps it is Morse code!
If there is a mysterious whispering, what is it saying?
If there is a record player, tape player, or CD player, see if you can find something to play them on – and make careful note of the lyrics.
Take a closer look at the details of the room around you as you search for clues. A series of dots and dashes scribbled along the edge of the wallpaper could be Morse code.
A family portrait hung on the wall could include an object that’s in the room itself, and you need to use to escape.
And if there is anything in the room that does not seem to fit the theme – like an old Victorian clock in a science-fiction setting – it is definitely important!
Finally, pay attention to the lighting of the room. It is easy for your eyes to go towards the brightest part of the room.
However, if there is a darker corner, see if you can find a flashlight to uncover any hidden clues back there.
Part of the fun of an escape room with zombies is that the puzzles are a challenge to beat. Therefore, it is rare for a clue to be set out in the open for you to easily notice.
Every part of the room could be hiding more than one clue, so be sure to check everything at least twice. You might find that a clue you uncovered when you first entered the room – like a secret word or number – suddenly becomes important again near the end of the hour!
60OUT offers more than 23 immersive, themed escape rooms across seven locations, and is developing more every day. These rooms cover a wide range of themes and difficulties, and are full of fun, challenging puzzles.
All 60OUT escape rooms are privately booked – so that you don’t have to worry about playing with strangers! You want your best team by your side as you work together to escape the hungry zombie.
Book your reservation today and let your escape room adventure begin!
Are you looking for a thrilling event to put all other game nights to shame? Then you should try a sci-fi escape room!
These escape rooms have challenging puzzle games that place you in an immersive science fiction adventure.
But before you begin, what can you expect? Here is everything you need to know about sci-fi escape rooms.
Any escape rooms can become an exciting adventure as you solve the puzzles within. A sci-fi escape room, however, takes this to another level with its incredibly immersive theme!
Have Fun. You and your family may find yourselves trekking through a mysterious jungle, exploring an abandoned space ship, or outwitting robots. It’s like being inside a video game!
Improve Teamworking Skill. As you work together to find clues and beat the challenges of the sci-fi escape room, you and your family will have to use your wits and problem-solving skills. It’s a great way to learn teamwork in practice, bond over challenges, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Escape rooms vary in difficulty, and they each have different puzzles. Younger players might have a more difficult time with the harder rooms. Be sure to check the listed difficulty level of a room before you book it!
Physical Requirements. A sci-fi adventure can also require more physical activities than a typical escape room. For example, if your sci-fi escape room is themed to a mysterious alien jungle, you may have to climb over logs or crawling through tunnels.
No matter what escape room you choose, be sure to wear closed-toed shoes for safety!
When booking a room, choose a theme your whole family will love. Do your kids like robots? Deep-sea creatures? Jungle adventures? Keep those preferences in mind and choose the room that sounds fun for everybody!
Once inside the room, listen carefully to the game master’s rules. There may be clues hidden in the introduction! Bring everything that looks like a clue to one central location; this helps make connections between puzzles clearer.
Above all else, remember that your goal is to have fun as a family! If you focus on enjoying a good time, you’ll make a winning team.
Ticket prices for escape rooms can vary based on the theme of the room, the time of day, and how many people you bring with you.
Be sure to keep an eye out for ticket packages – you can often save money per person with a larger group!
Incentives. It never hurts to ask if the escape room company has a discount for birthdays or other special events.
All of 60OUT’s escape rooms are privately booked, making them ideal for family time. You don’t have to play with strangers!
Also, no 60OUT location has two rooms that are the same, so each room is a unique adventure! With their wide range of themes, difficulty levels, and prices, there’s an adventure perfect for your family waiting at 60OUT Escape Rooms.
Are you wondering how to find the best escape room rates?
You want a good deal. However, you also want to make sure you’re going to a reputable escape room where you'll have an enjoyable experience.
Therefore, you'll want to find a room that's priced in the middle - not too cheap that you’ll have a subpar experience, but one that fits comfortably into your budget.
After you read this guide, you’ll know how to find the best escape room rates for your family.
When you book an escape room, the rates are going to depend on three things: the room you book (theme), the time of day you go, and the number of people playing.
Different rooms, with unique themes, have different rates.
For example, branded themes (e.g., Disney) are usually more expensive than non-branded rooms. These are rooms modeled after pop culture or movies. The boost in price is a result of the brand helping to create an even more immersive, high-tech experience.
In addition, some themes can take longer to solve which leads to a higher cost per person. This is because the elements to the puzzle are more detailed and require a larger number of keys, clues, and other elements. This increases the price tag but also boosts your fun.
Finally, when an escape room company is well-known for a specific theme, they may charge more for that theme.
For example, a company specializing in high-quality horror themes can charge more for their horror rooms (vs. their general fantasy rooms) due to the reputation they've built for spooky entertainment.
Generally, non-specialty themes don't cost very much.
Like any other entertainment options, escape rooms have on-hours and off-hours.
Weekends, in general, are considered “on-hours.” This is especially true in the late afternoons and evenings.
As such, you’ll pay more to visit an escape room during on-hours, due to the high demand during these times.
Many people want to visit an escape room during these hours, and they’re willing to pay a premium for that option.
Weekends as a whole are desirable, but Saturday afternoons are uniquely appealing to most visitors - and will, therefore, be more expensive.
For families that have kids in school or work 9-to-5 jobs, visiting during on-hours may be the best option, even though it’s more expensive.
If you want a discount, it’s better to go during "off-hours." Off-hours are defined as being earlier in the day on weekdays, such as Monday morning. These are times when most people are working or in school.
The drawback of visiting an escape room during off-hours is that it requires a very flexible schedule.
However, going to an escape room during off-hours can be a great option for vacation days, or days that kids have off of school.
Finally, escape room rates depend on how many people you have on your team.
Further, your team size can vary depending on whether you’re booking a private room or a public room.
Public rooms typically offer just one ticket price for every person, regardless of how many people you book. That’s because every room will end up being completely full — you’ll be matched with strangers if you haven’t booked the entire room.
On the other hand, private rooms will almost always have a volume discount. As more people buy tickets, the cost per person goes down.
However, rooms that are in extremely high demand don’t have a volume discount. For example, a branded room will offer one ticket price regardless of how many players you’re bringing along.
60OUT has variable pricing for almost all of its escape rooms.
The first set of prices applies to smaller rooms. These prices apply to rooms that accommodate 2-4, 4-6, or 2-6 people.
These prices do not apply to the Da Vinci’s Secret room; bookings for this room are an extra $15 per booking.
Tiki Time and Grandma’s Masterplan, which accommodate 3-8 and 3-7 players respectively, are $20 more expensive per booking. These rooms can hold larger groups. That makes them perfect for big families or multiple families playing at once.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is 60OUT’s only branded room. The room is high-tech, created in direct conjunction with the Jumanji brand, and has a more simplified pricing structure. While you can play with 4-8 players, ticket prices are the same regardless of the number of players.
Except for the Jumanji room, you can also save money if you’re flexible about the time you play.
You can also take advantage of a great discount when you book further into the future. All bookings made for a date more than seven days in the future automatically receive a $10 discount! There aren’t even any promo codes to remember.
If you want to get even better discounts as they come around, you can also join the 60OUT newsletter. That way, you can be notified as soon as a new room or location is introduced, and you’ll receive exclusive discounts.
At 60OUT, you can take advantage of a number of built-in discounts, such as the $10 discount on every booking made at least seven days in advance and the declining per-person rate as you book more people for one room.
Book your escape room today and get the best escape room rates on the best rooms across the city.
Want to know how to win escape rooms? To give your family a higher chance of bringing home the gold?
The secret to achieving the ultimate goal is outlined in this article.
Keep reading to discover six winning strategies and six things to avoid.
There are six things to remember that will lead you to victory in an escape room.
Before you head into your escape room, your gamemaster will read you the rules for the game.
Many of these rules are common sense. For example, you shouldn’t mess with electrical wires or outlets, and it’s not a good idea to try and dismantle the room.
Some rules, however, are specific to the escape room you’re playing.
For example, some escape rooms require you to move furniture, but if you hear a rule that says not to move anything large and heavy, then your escape room cannot be solved by moving furniture.
One of the best ways to uncover clues is to remember the theme of the game.
For example, if the room is based on the book Alice in Wonderland, you’re likely to find references to different characters and plot points from the original Alice in Wonderland story. There are plenty of potential clues from the story, like the growing and shrinking foods, the suites of cards, and the White Rabbit’s role in leading the way for Alice.
Whenever you find a clue, a key, or a piece of a puzzle, you’ll want to put it in an easily accessible section of the room.
Many teams choose to place items in the center of the room. If you find a physical key, you should create a space exclusively for keys. If you’re trying to find pieces of a torn-up note, you should put together the note pieces as you find them.
By keeping track of all the clues and keys, you’ll be more prepared to solve the puzzles.
In an escape room, every member of your team should have a different specialty.
There are a number of escape room roles, and making sure you fill the four main roles is crucial. Those roles should be assigned before you even get inside the room.
Once you start playing, you should take the initiative in assigning specific tasks to your team members. You may direct someone to start rifling through books, or tell another person to try and solve a jigsaw puzzle.
Every escape room has a time limit.
If you want to win your escape room, it’s important that you have an idea of how much time you have left. That way, you can tell if you’re moving too slowly.
This is also good for getting a boost of adrenaline. If you know that you’re five or six minutes from the end, you’re more likely to zoom through that last puzzle!
Communication is always crucial, but it’s especially important in escape rooms.
If you don’t communicate with your team, you won’t know who’s solved a puzzle, who’s found a key, or who’s looked through a pile of papers already. Someone else might spend a few minutes doing the same thing another team member just did, and that’s just wasting time.
A good strategy is to have team members yell out what they’re doing and what they’ve found. Then, everyone hears it at once.
The gamemaster is here to help you win, and you should take full advantage of that.
Your gamemaster will let you know how clues work for your specific game. You may get only a certain number of clues, or using a clue may take a few minutes off your time.
If it’s been ten minutes and you haven’t found anything for the next puzzle, talk to your teammates and decide whether you want to use a hint from the gamemaster.
If someone’s just standing around, not doing anything, there’s a problem.
Everyone should always be involved in the escape room. Even if it seems like one of your team members doesn’t have anything to do, you can always find something.
For example, you can assign them to check all of the paintings in the room or look underneath desks for clues. No matter how insignificant it may seem, it could lead to an answer.
Draw on your knowledge of common escape room tricks to get all of your family members in the game.
Even if you think a team member’s idea is silly, you should always listen to what they’re saying.
Everyone in your family has different perspectives, and that means they’re all going to come up with creative ways to solve puzzles.
It can be tempting to brush off silly-sounding ideas, especially if they come from younger members of the family, but if you’re stuck on a puzzle, what’s the harm?
When you acknowledge ideas and strategies your team members come up with, they’ll be happier with the experience, even if you don’t win.
Don’t assume that you’ll only use an item once.
It’s true that in many escape rooms, your key or cipher will only be used on one lock, and the other locks will be different.
However, that’s not a universal truth. Once you’ve used an item, set it aside, but don’t forget about it. If you’re stuck on the next puzzle, try revisiting that item and seeing if it can help in any way.
Even if you don’t directly use a previous solution, it might give you some insight into the room. That’s invaluable information either way.
Every escape room relies on multiple puzzles, so you need to focus on solving all of them (not just one).
If the whole family is crowded around one particular puzzle, that means nothing else is being investigated, and that means you’ll have a harder time finding solutions.
When you approach the puzzles in a linear fashion, it gets time-consuming: five minutes to solve the first puzzle, then five minutes to solve the second, and so on.
However, if each member of your six-person team solves their own five-minute puzzle, the first six puzzles would be solved within five minutes!
If a puzzle solver needs an extra hand, don’t be afraid to add that extra manpower. But generally, you’ll want to give each person their own duty.
This point always bears repeating.
Your team is your lifeline, and that means you need to be communicating at all times.
Yell out puzzle pieces you’ve found, ask for help if you’re stumped, and share information if you think you have a solution.
After all, you’re acting as a team! Rely on your family members to help you with the escape room, and you’ll have a much higher chance of reaching victory.
Communication is one of the most important parts of solving an escape room, so don’t skimp on it.
Now that you know how to win escape rooms, you’re probably excited to find an escape room that your family will love.
At 60OUT, you can choose from multiple difficulties, different genres, variable pricing, and a range of time slots, so you can find the perfect room for your family.
Don’t wait — book your reservation online today!
As a first-time player, you may be wondering: are escape rooms safe?
In a well-supervised escape room, there’s nothing to worry about.
Here are ways in which escape rooms are designed for your safety, and how you can be certain of an accident-free good time.
Many first-time escape room players have certain safety concerns, which make them wonder, are escape rooms safe? Here are the most common concerns.
There are plenty of lock-puzzles to solve in most escape rooms, so it’s natural to worry about a lock on the exit door.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about that.
In every escape room, you will always have the opportunity to leave if you'd prefer to bring the session to an end - no matter your reason. The door itself may not be unlocked, but the gamemaster assigned to your session will be on hand to open the door if needed.
However, be aware that you may not be allowed to return to the room until the session is over. This is to minimize interruptions and ensure no one can Google the puzzle answers outside.
The idea of being stuck inside a room can worry some people that feel claustrophobic. After all, the concept can feel a bit limiting.
In actuality, escape rooms are almost always the same size as a regular room. They're no more constraining.
The size of your group may affect how claustrophobic you feel. Be sure to keep that in mind when booking a room. Perhaps a private booking with a small group of friends is the right choice for you.
In any case, you can exit the room at any time, for any reason.
First-time players may be worried that they will be in danger if they don’t play the game correctly.
In actuality, companies design escape rooms to be safe for the players.
Before you start solving the room, the gamemaster outlines the rules, which, of course, you'll want to follow.
Beyond this, the only danger posed to you is the kind you'd find in a peaceful everyday life - no matter how high-stakes the story or room appears to be.
For example, if one of the clues or tools happens to be a screwdriver, it's important to be careful when handling it. If the room is dimly lit, be careful of your steps to avoid bumping into an object, such as a chair or table.
In order to make sure that you’re as safe as possible, escape rooms employ a number of safeguards.
Escape rooms need oversight, but having a company representative the room with you could ruin the atmosphere. That’s why you’ll usually find cameras monitoring every escape room.
By using a camera security system, your gamemaster can check in throughout the game. They’ll also be able to let you know if you’re misusing a prop, so you don't accidentally end up harming yourself or the room.
Alongside a camera monitoring system, an escape room also has an audio system.
Listening to the players can give gamemasters a hint as to whether you need a clue.
They also allow you to communicate with the gamemaster, should you want to exit the room or have a question about the rules.
Every escape room needs to have rules. By following the rules, you’ll have a great time without misusing the props, clues, or other items inside the room.
Before you head into any escape room, you’ll need to listen to your gamemaster read the rules. The rules may include tips such as: don't force open a box that isn't readily opening or don't excessively pull on shelves built into the walls.
Another common rule is that no outside objects should be brought into the escape room by players. This includes knives, screwdrivers, and other items which can be used to cheat, dismantle the furniture, or pry on items.
All the tools you need to win the game will be provided and are designed with your safety in mind.
Following the rules ensures the room is kept in good order and that you won't accidentally harm yourself, such as bruising your fingers by prying open an item that's not intended to open.
When you visit a 60OUT room, the gamemasters will keep a steady eye on your group.
You’ll receive a rule briefing before you enter the room, and if you have any problems, your gamemaster will be more than happy to help you out!
Every escape room at 60OUT is both safe and exciting.
Book your reservation today for a fun family experience!