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Why Do an Escape Room for Your Birthday? 4 Great Reasons

13 Jun 2019

Why should you do an escape room for your birthday party?

An escape room is like a real-life video game. You and a group of people must work together to explore the room, find clues, and solve the puzzles - before the time limit runs out!

In this article, we'll give you four reasons why escape rooms are the best option for a birthday party, and tips for how to plan a great party!

4 Reasons to Play an Escape Room on Your Birthday: Hosting an Escape Room Birthday Party

Whether you’re headed out to an escape room venue or even planning an at-home party, there are plenty of good reasons to pick an escape room for your party.

1. A Fun Time for Everyone

So many popular birthday party activities have age restrictions. A kid's birthday party held at an amusement park can easily be ruined by a “you must be this tall to ride” sign. For young adults, a birthday spent bar hopping with friends inevitably leaves anybody under 21 years old feeling left out.

Escape rooms, on the other hand, are for everyone. All you need to participate is a curious mind and desire to have fun!

The rooms are designed to be played in groups, instead of individually. As such, the rooms are full of enough puzzles and clues for everyone to get involved.

2. A Rewarding Challenge

Escape rooms are full of team-building puzzle games, so solving the puzzles inside can be a real challenge for participants.

You and your guests will have to work together to figure out the room’s clues and beat this challenge before time runs out!

The result is a great feeling of accomplishment, which is even better than the rush of joy when unwrapping a present… at least according to us!

What better birthday gift is there than being able to say, “We won the game!”

3. A Cost-Friendly Party

After buying the cake, preparing the drinks and snacks, reserving the space, and purchasing presents, even a child’s birthday party can quickly become very expensive!

The good news is: you don’t need to drain your wallet to host a fantastic birthday party. Instead of going on an expensive outing, an escape room birthday party is a cost-efficient alternative!

4. A Unique and Memorable Experience

An escape room birthday party may seem unusual, but that’s part of the appeal!

Why play yet another round of musical chairs or “pin the tail on the donkey”?

You, your friends, and your family could go on a sci-fi adventure or journey through history in a virtual reality escape room! Your party guests will fondly look back on time spent together in the escape room, solving puzzles and enjoying the room’s engaging theme.

Tips for Hosting a Great Escape Room Home Party

Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your at-home escape room party.

Looking for tips on hosting a birthday party at an escape room venue? Check out this article: How To Host a Killer Birthday Party at an Escape Room Near You.

Considering the Group Size

Different escape rooms support different group sizes. When you plan your escape room birthday party, think about how many people you’re inviting!

A smaller group - of around three to five people - would have the most fun in a compact venue. For example, a single room or small tent.

However, if you have a larger group, you’ll want to devote a larger space to the game. Larger groups may also need more clues and puzzles in the escape room so that every partygoer has something to work on.

Another option for a larger group is to create multiple versions of the same small escape room. These include identical puzzles, which are then divided among the party attendees’ rooms. Challenge the groups to race and see which room solves the puzzles first!

Choosing a Theme

Most escape rooms have a theme or a story which the puzzles support, immersing the players in an exciting adventure. For an escape room birthday party, pick a theme that the birthday boy or girl will love!

If they’re a fan of science fiction, create puzzles that take you on a journey through a mad scientist’s secret laboratory, searching through his notes for clues to escape.

If they like horror movies, then a haunted house or zombie-themed escape room is a good match.

But stay away from horror games if the birthday kid doesn’t like to be frightened!

Creating the Clues

Once you’ve chosen your theme, you can create the puzzles and clues that will make the game an engaging challenge! Most puzzles you find in a public escape room can be made at home as well.

What’s the best escape room puzzle?


Most people favor physical puzzles. For example, you can lock a prize in a box, and hide the key to the lock elsewhere in the room.

You can also create a physical wood or plastic puzzle with a vital clue written on it; this can only be read once the puzzle is put back together!


Other puzzles are solved with your mind, rather than your hands. You can add detail to the escape room’s story, as well as create puzzles to solve, by leaving books and papers around the room.

Did a pirate leave behind cryptic instructions to find his buried treasure? Is the combination for a casino safe found by filling in the highlighted spaces on a Sudoku puzzle?


Don’t forget about clues hidden in the atmosphere of the room. If there is a tape player sitting on the table, your guests can search the room for a tape to play in it, and hear an important clue.

If the background music includes a series of mysterious, regular beeping sounds, then it might be a Morse code message!

Atmosphere clues take your escape room party experience to the next level.

Why 60out?

If you don't have time to create your own escape room birthday party, escape rooms are the perfect place to host your birthday party!

Each of the more than 20 escape rooms at 60out create an immersive, themed experience for you and your party guests. They’re full of challenging puzzles and engaging clues.

Best of all, you don’t have to worry about sharing your escape room with strangers. All 60out escape rooms are privately booked!

Learn more about hosting an escape room birthday at 60out on our website, or contact us today to learn more about our birthday party packages.