Private Escape Room or Public Escape Room? (& Which is Better)

Which is better: a private escape room or public escape room?

When you go to book your escape room, you will find a number of options for different rooms in your area. One of the choices you’ll have to make is public versus private bookings.

Which is better? How does each one work?

Read this article to find out!

What Is a Private Escape Room?

When you book a private escape room, only the people you bring will be allowed inside the room. That means you won’t have any strangers with you when you’re playing.

Private Booking Benefits

Booking privately means you’ll only play with the people you bring.

Although it can be fun to play with other people, it can also be difficult. After all, you don’t know them, and you’re not really there to bond with them.

Booking privately ensures that the people you’re there to have fun with are the only people you're surrounded by. Plus, it can make it easier to solve the escape room, since you’re working with people you already know.

Drawbacks of Private Booking

With private escape room reservations, there will always be a minimum number of people required for a reservation. Public escape rooms may be able to accommodate just one person and pair them up with other groups, but private rooms require a minimum number in order to cover operating costs.

This also helps provide appropriately challenging puzzles — many puzzles require more than one person to operate.

What Is a Public Escape Room?

With a public escape room, groups can be mixed and matched in order to reach the required minimum number of players.

Public Booking Benefits

When you play in a public room, you can usually book as few people as you want. After all, you’ll be added to another group! Some private escape room bookings require 3 or 4 people as a minimum. This makes it hard to book one-on-one events like date nights. With a public booking, you're able to participate in an escape room no matter how small your group is.

Drawbacks of Public Booking

Of course, while being paired with other people in an escape room can be positive, it can also be negative. Especially if there are multiple groups in one room, or there are multiple newcomers to the escape room experience. It can be easy to retreat into your comfort zone.

If you're uncomfortable playing with strangers, or one team isn’t good at that, you’ll have a harder time playing.

Why Is 60OUT the Best Option?

60OUT offers private escape rooms for as few as two people, but allows up to six! You can make a booking for your next date night or family outing surrounded by people you know (instead of strangers). Book a room and try out our private escape room today!

14 Dec 2018

Escape Room Dress Code: What to Know Before You Go

Do you want to have a Friday family night at the escape room, but don't know the dress code?

While escape room dress code is generally pretty casual, there are some key pieces of apparel you’ll want to wear-- and some you’ll want to avoid-- before entering into the new world of escape rooms.

The Best Dress Code for an Escape Room

As a general rule of thumb, you’re going to want to dress in comfortable clothing for your escape room adventure.

Many escape rooms require you to reach, climb, and squeeze through mild obstacles to find your clues for escape. Because the majority of your time in an escape room will be spent standing and walking, comfort is key. Here are a few items to pull from your closet before heading out:

1. Comfortable, close-toed shoes. Aim for a shoe with a sturdy sole so that you stay comfortable as you move through each room. Shoes leaning toward the sneaker variety are usually best.

2. Non-restricting pants or shorts. Choose a pair of pants or shorts that jive well with activity. You don’t want something too tight or constricting, but you won’t want to wear anything too large or baggy, either. Athletic shorts or a comfy pair of jeans are a great option.

3. A breathable t-shirt or sweater. Your escape room will have air conditioning, but you’ll want to wear something breathable and loose as you will be moving around for an hour. A loose-fitting t-shirt, light sweater or long-sleeve tee that breathes well are good options.

What NOT to Wear to an Escape Room

Wearing uncomfortable or constricting clothes (that don't allow for easy movement) will keep you from fully enjoying yourself, and should be avoided. Here are a few tips on what NOT to wear:

1. Short dresses or overly tight clothing. These clothes will prevent you from ducking into corners, climbing up steps, and crawling through tunnels. They can ultimately keep you from the whole point of your adventure -- escaping!

2. Heeled and open-toed shoes. Leave the sandals and high heels at home (or in the car). While you won’t be running, you will be consistently walking. Wearing shoes that allow you to maneuver through each room without getting toes stepped on is key.

3. Jewelry and Accessories. Simple rings and accessories that will stay firmly on are acceptable, but anything that jangles and risks falling off should be avoided. For members of your family that have longer hair, we suggest putting it up in a ponytail so it doesn’t get caught on anything.

Tips on Choosing the Right Outfit

Here are 3 tips on picking the right escape room outfit:

1. If you’re an athlete or an active person whose closet is mostly filled with running shorts, thin windbreakers, and compression pants, then you have clothing that allows you to zip through the escape room to victory.

2. If most of the clothes you own are a bit more professional, look for clothing you might wear if you were cleaning your house -- nothing too athletic but something you’re going to be comfortable moving around in. In that case, grabbing a breathable t-shirt and some khaki shorts or a stretchy pair of pants and a thin long sleeve will do just fine.

3. If you really want to bring the family together (and forever traumatize the pre-teen in your life), have your family dress in costume! Escape rooms allow costumes if you want to take your dedication to the next level. Just make sure they align with the dress code guidelines.

Why Escape to 60Out?

Knowing what to wear before taking your family to an escape room is important because it will help shape the entire experience for everybody. When your crew is equipped with the right clothes that follow the dress code for an escape room, then everybody is comfortable and can focus on the adventure of escaping!

60Out’s escape rooms are family-friendly, fully immersive experiences, and include such adventures as Alice in Wonderland, the Wizards Workshop, Nautilus, Titanic, and many others.

With seven different locations and 23 completely different escape rooms to try out, there’s an escape adventure waiting for every member of your family.

Schedule your escape room adventure now!

11 Dec 2018

How to Reserve Escape Room Sessions

Escape rooms are fun, exhilarating, and a great way to bond with friends and family members.

But at the same time, if you’re not sure how to set up your escape room reservation, you may find yourself confused before you even start tackling the puzzles!

Instead of flying blind, here are some pointers that you can use to reserve escape room experiences.

1. Where Should I Start?

Before you even get your family together and start working out availability, there are a few important things you should know. Understanding the scheduling guidelines beforehand can help you have the best experience in scheduling (even if your plans have to change a little along the way).

When Should I Make My Arrangements?

You can reserve your escape room multiple months in advance.

When you book escape rooms far into the future, it gives you more options. You’ll also have more time to work out issues if something does come up. On the other hand, some escape rooms may have same-day bookings available! Check on the room you’re interested in.

What If I Have to Cancel?

If something changes and you have to cancel, give us a call as soon as possible. 60OUT has a 24-hour cancellation policy; if you cancel more than 24 hours before your scheduled time, you’ll get a full refund.

Reservations canceled less than 24 hours prior will be charged a $60 fee. If you decide to add more people to your group, or you want to change the reservation time, just give us a call. We’ll see what we can do to make sure that you get everyone in on the action, at a time that works for you.

Who Can Be Part of My Group?

Rooms have different age limits, physical activity requirements, and themes. You should consider how these requirements apply to your group!

Generally, teenagers and children are welcome as long as there’s a chaperone. Just check the room you’re interested in to make sure it will be suitable for your children. Most rooms don’t require climbing or physical activity, but if there are activity requirements, it will be noted on the room page.

2. Where Can I Book a Room?

We book our rooms directly — no need to go through third-party sources. You can book online or by phone.

Online bookings are simple, secure, and easy. If you’re looking for something that’s not listed on the site, like special arrangements or reservations for a large group, you can book by phone or email.

3. Is It Better to Reserve My Escape Room in Advance?

In general, it’s a good idea to book your escape room well in advance. That gives you more options for time slots, plus time to change your booking if you run into unexpected problems.

In addition, if you book your room more than seven days in advance, you’ll save $10 on your overall booking.

By booking your room a day or two in advance, or trying for a same-day booking, adds a feeling of spontaneity to your experience. If some extended family members came into town on short notice, or you have a date tonight and no idea what to do, we may have openings. It's worthwhile to check!.

However, the building excitement of a reservation on the horizon can be even more fun than spontaneously deciding to go! It’s also easier to get reservations to the most popular escape rooms at high-traffic times.

If you can, it’s better to reserve your booking in advance, so that there is an established date and time for you and your loved ones.

4. How Do I Make My Booking?

Once you’ve determined how many people are coming, what room you want to play, and when you want to play it, it’s time to make your reservation.

It’s easy to reserve escape room appointments with 60OUT! On the Schedule tab, put in the number of players coming with you and select a date. You can also narrow the options by location, time period, and genre if you’re not quite settled on a room.

Once you choose your escape room, click your preferred booking time. Fill in your contact and payment information so you can finalize your booking.

Congrats! You’re ready to go.

If you have more questions that aren’t answered on the website, you need special arrangements, or you’d just rather have a representative talk you through the process, 60OUT can accommodate your needs. Just give us a call at (310) 478-4444, or send us an email at mail@60out.com. We’re happy to help you book the perfect room.

Why 60OUT?

Regardless of what room you end up choosing, you’re sure to have a great time working through your escape room. The room is only part of the fun, though — we’re here to make sure that, most importantly, you have a great time with the people around you.

Whether you want to build a stronger family relationship, connect in a way that you’ve never connected before, or just get out of the monotony of life, 60OUT escape rooms are the perfect way to do it.

Reserve your escape room today and get ready for an adventure!

08 Dec 2018

How to Choose an Age Appropriate Escape Room

Are you looking for a way to pull the family together and away from devices? Escape rooms could be the answer. They're an immersive adventure for the whole family.

Yet not all escape rooms are age appropriate for all kids. Before choosing an escape room adventure, it is important to know the age appropriateness of the setting and plot.

Of course, age is only one consideration. The maturity and cleverness of your child are also important, which is something only you know best.

Minimum Age Recommendation for Escape Rooms

The minimum age for any escape room is 10 years old, although some have a minimum age of 12 years old. There are several reasons for this recommendation.

  • The children must be old enough to follow instructions and rules of the game.
  • They must be trusted not to handle off-limits props and handle other props appropriately.
  • They should be mature enough to participate in the immersive experience. If they are unable to work together to solve the puzzles and the adults do all the work they are likely to become bored.

Different escape rooms also have different plots and themes. It is important to choose an escape room that is age appropriate for your child. You don’t want to put them in a situation that will seem too spooky or give them nightmares later on.

Tips on Choosing an Age Appropriate Escape Room

Most escape rooms are labeled for a minimum age for participation, but this is only a guideline. For example, not every 12-year-old will be well suited for a harder adventure.

Three tips to choosing the right escape room:

1. Difficulty

Some escape rooms may be rated for children 12 and older but are very difficult.

When choosing an escape room, you want to be sure that it isn’t too hard for your child, otherwise, they might get frustrated and give up. You are the best judge of how good your child will be able to work with you to solve the puzzles and escape the room.

2. Interests

It is a good idea to choose an escape room that is aligned with their interests. The more interesting the story is, the more likely it is that your child will truly have fun.

  • If your child is really into fairy tales, the Alice in Wonderland adventure might be appropriate.
  • Jumanji might be more up their alley if your child likes video and board games.
  • If they like a funny story and have a good sense of humor, Grandma’s Master Plan might be right for them.

3. Team

Who will be participating in the adventure? The more adults or older teens in the group, the harder the adventure can be as the adults take the lead.

If there will be more children than adults, or several children with just one chaperone, an easier adventure that the kids can immerse themselves in would be better.

Why 60OUT?

60OUT has a number of escape rooms that are appropriate for children aged 10 or 12 and up. We make it easy to choose an escape room for your family. Each escape room is rated in difficulty and age, with summaries available of the plot of the adventure.

Recommendations by age:

10 and up: Jumanji, Wizards Workshop, Fire and Ice, Casino Heist, Grandma’s Master Plan, Zen Room

12 and up: Hyde and Seek, Alice in Wonderland, Titanic, Nautilus, The Krampus, Mafia, Ghost Ship, The Mystery of Senator Payne, Doctor Psycho, Red Alert

16 and up: Amityville, Cartel: DEA Undercover, Outbreak, Davinci’s Secret, Dracula

Schedule your escape room adventure now!

04 Dec 2018