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At Room To Escape, our locks aren’t childproof. We encourage children to get into the game and all our escape experiences are appropriate for ages eight and up. Why?
Kids See Things that Grown-Ups Miss
Children see the world from a different angle – both literally and figuratively. They can crawl under tables, they aren’t afraid to pull things off shelves, and they’re great explorers and detectives. Also, kids tend to have fewer cognitive biases than adults, meaning that kids are often better at seeing things for what they are versus what we expect or prefer.
Kids Benefit from Inclusion
Escape experiences can be a great opportunity to give kids a sense of accomplishment and belonging. These positive outcomes can happen whether or not your team wins. It’s all about inclusion. If you slow down and make the youngest member feel like part of the team, he or she will have a chance to let their talents shine!
How to Involve the Younger Escape Artists
Here’s a five-step approach to involving kids in your next escape experience.
- Let the youngest member(s) of your group choose the escape experience before you book. Room To Escape offers four unique escape rooms, each with a different story and design.
- Give your youngest player a simple job to gauge what they can handle. Tasks like keeping objects organized or keeping track of clues are good starting-points. If your youngster is comfortable reading aloud, he or she could read the written clues to the group.
- Call upon kids when the going gets tough. If your group gets stuck, ask the youngest player what to do next. They often have an opinion or idea and are just waiting to be included!
- Encourage, encourage, encourage.
- Let kids do the fun stuff like turning keys, entering combinations, and opening locks. It’s an experience they won’t forget and can lead to a sense of accomplishment.
Include kids in your next escape experience and you might be impressed with what they can do! Book online or call our friendly Room To Escape staff at (800) 454-3927 for more information.