Have you heard of Escape the Room? You and 8 other people are locked in a room. Words, numbers, and pictures are scattered throughout, all of them clues. A projection on the wall shows there are 60 minutes remaining to escape. A frenzy sets in as everyone ransacks the room, looking for clues leading to the keys that will open the door that just locked behind you. Before you know it, the projection shows: 10 minutes have passed.
At least, that was how the adventure began for us.
My aunt came up with the idea for a bunch of us to take on Escape the Room in Scottsdale as a fun family activity this weekend. Umm, it was amazing. They have a bunch of themed rooms to choose for your escape. We did the apartment. As the name suggests, the room was set up like a basic apartment: a living room that opened into a kitchen, then further back was a den connected to a bathroom. But we quickly realized it wasn't just a normal apartment. There were all kinds of locks on cupboards and cabinets. We had to find clues to figure how to open them and then use whatever was inside to help us get closer to finding the keys to escape. I won't spoil anything by writing any of the clues or surprises, no worries.
I just assumed everything was a clue. "You guys, I think the shape of the apartment might actually be a clue!" "Guys, is this piece of glitter a clue? I think it might mean something." Ha! I'm glad everyone just ignored me. Luckily, I come from a family of puzzle and brain-teaser masters. They rocked it. No lie though, this challenge was hard. The hour flew by and we still had quite a way to go. It wasn't until within the last two minutes* that we found the last two keys to escape and a big surprise. I loved that my cousin was wearing a fitbit, so we were able to see how crazy her heart rate got right at the end. It was so intense! But we escaped!
Our guide, who gave us the rundown before we started, informed us that only 20% of the groups who chose the apartment were successful in escaping. Uh, what? Then he told us that four other groups had attempted it that day ...and lost. We were the fifth though. We were the 20%! We chanted that as we started and we chanted it when we finished. This was such a fun experience. It's still mind-boggling thinking about some of the things we were able to put together at the last second. I can't stop thinking about it.
So who's down to escape the room? Remember to save a spot for me, because I can't wait to do it again. They have an 80s-themed room, guys. The 80s.
*Yes, it took us right around 59 minutes to escape. Pay no attention to the time written on the sign my brother-in-law is holding in the photo (he wanted us to look extra-impressive;) )