Do you need a way to bond with your kids? Try this.
Have you tried an escape room yet? Ever tried one with kids in tow? Escape games provide a great venue for bonding with the younger generation. It’s an hour of fun, problem-solving, and togetherness. And it’s an hour without phones or devices to get in the way. Plus, if you book at Room to Escape, you’ll also have access to our fully-stocked game café before and after your escape game.
All of the themed experiences at Room to Escape are appropriate for younger audiences. Because of the critical thinking required, we recommend our games for ages 8 and up. Current opportunities for fun + quality time include Cabin in the Storm, Dining Room Caper, Lab Disaster, and Night at the Museum.
Many of our guests return to play them all. Are you new to escape gaming? We love introducing people to escape rooms and our friendly staff is happy to answer questions. Call us at (800) 454-3927, email us at email@example.com, or start a chat on our website. You can also stop in to see us at 3734 Allen Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Guests are welcome to hang out in our game café and browse our merchandise wall without an appointment.
We Sell Fun, Not Fear
Some new players tell us that they were apprehensive about booking an escape room because of a fear of being “locked-up.” At Room to Escape, we don’t handcuff players or put them behind bars. Our escape rooms are just as thrilling and creative as horror-themed rooms, but still family-friendly. Your heart might race a bit and you’ll experience a few thrills along the way, but we’re not here to scare you. We’re here to make life fun and give people of many ages a chance to showcase their skills. Escape rooms are so enjoyable that the industry has grown by a thousand-fold over the past four years.
Do you want to try an escape room? Book now before the Holiday rush. We’ll have your room ready when you get here. Can your team figure out the clues, and find the keys and combinations needed to win the game? We’re rooting for you! Schedule an escape game today.
Oh, by the way…
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Room To Escape’s Newest Game Lets Guests Peek Behind the Curtain
Magic enthusiasts will delight in Room to Escape’s exciting new game – The Disappearing Act! We’ve created “RTE Theater,” a special, custom-made room just for this new escape experience. The Disappearing Act is a magic show like you’ve never seen before.
Here’s the story: It’s one hour until showtime, but the magician and his assistant have gone missing. It’s up to you and your team to find them before time runs out. Can you find the clues, solve the puzzles, and navigate the illusions in under an hour? You’ll use your whole brain in this game. Finding the missing magical duo will take smarts, creativity, and teamwork. Plus, you’ll have a lot of fun in the process!
Are You a Seasoned Escape Artist or a First-Time Player?
At Room To Escape, we love our guests! Most of our gamers return to play again. We wanted to give Fort Wayne’s growing population of escape enthusiasts a new place to play, which is why we created The Disappearing Act.
Whether you’re a return customer or a first-timer, you’ll love your experience at Room To Escape. Get your “abracadabra” skills ready. The Disappearing Act opens in January of 2019. The Disappearing Act will be popular this season, so book early to get the day and time that work best for you.
Become the star of this fun-filled adventure by finding the magician and his assistant before the curtain rises. The show must go on!
How to Book
Booking online is simple and you can secure your date and time in advance. Our friendly staff is also available by phone at (800) 454-3927, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in-person at 3734 Allen Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can also start a live chat on our website (www.roomtoescape.com) during working hours. We’re always happy to answer questions before you book. Join us soon for a fun-filled, magical escape experience!
Teens are kids, too. They still need guidance and discipline from their parents. They need our time and attention, even though it may seem like they’re always trying to avoid us. And it doesn’t hurt to have a little fun along the way! At Room To Escape, we’ve seen firsthand how something as simple as an escape game can help parents bond with their older children, and we think a family-friendly escape room experience can be a GREAT way to reward good behavior.
What is Positive Reinforcement?
“Positive reinforcement” is a style of discipline that rewards desired behaviors. Positive = desired behavior and Reinforcement = give something. The opposite would be “negative punishment,” which is a style of discipline where something is taken away to discourage an undesirable behavior (like taking away screen time if your teen receives a poor grade). Sometimes the teens and older children in our lives need a little help in learning to make the right decisions. Okay, who are we kidding. They need help all the time. They’re still kids, after all! That’s where parents and caregivers come in. It’s our job to guide the kids in our lives, but it isn’t always easy. Parenting can be a challenge and it’s no fun when we have to be the “bad guy,” constantly punishing and telling young people what to do and how to behave.
What if there were a less stressful way to discipline your teen? Positive reinforcement may be the answer. According to a column in Psychology Today, Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff insists that positive reinforcement isn’t just the best option for discipline, it’s the only one that has a sustainable, long-term effect on behavior. The trick, says Dr. Chasnoff, is to “catch ‘em being good” and reward that behavior. Punishing an undesirable behavior may work in the short-term, but rewarding the good in your teen will result in long-term benefits. (Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/aristotles-child/201105/catch-em-being-good)
Rewards for Teens
What can you do to reinforce the good in your future adult? There are various echelons of reinforcement, and the simplest is a smile or a word of praise. Kids are born wanting to please their parents and your approval might mean more to them than you know. If you notice your kid doing something good today, tell him or her that you appreciate the effort. Find the good before criticizing the bad.
Larger, longer-term efforts could be met with larger rewards. Hard work at school, improvement in sports or other interests, and a commitment to respectful speech and actions are all things that we desire for our teens. Rewarding those behaviors with something like an escape room night, dinner out, or a new app or video game might be the motivator your teen needs. The opportunity for rewards is endless. What matters is that parents make a purposeful effort to catch their teens doing something good and respond as quickly as possible. If we can find the good and reinforce it, we’re likely to see more good behavior in the future.
Discipline isn’t just about punishment. Reinforcement goes a long way and is more likely to encourage long-term behavior changes in your teen. The next time you have the chance to reward the good, give it a try!
Articles touting the importance of the first five years of childhood are everywhere. They remind us that early years of a child’s life are impressionable and should be handled with care. While that’s certainly true, we at Room To Escape are focused on a different phase of child development. We’re talking about the years from age 13 – 17. We call it the “last five years” and we think those years are just as important to a child’s development as the first five.
Why Do The “Last Five” Matter So Much?
The last five years are a parent’s last chance to help their teen develop into a young adult and a productive citizen. It may be the last five years that you’ll live in the same place as your kid. The last five years are valuable and filled with opportunities to make a difference in the life of your child. They’re a beautiful time for parents and caregivers to bond with their children.
At Room To Escape, we love seeing parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers interacting with the teens in their lives. Our escape games are a great chance for families to connect. We offer an hour of quality time without phones or outside distractions. Our games are fun, challenging, and family-friendly. You’ll work as a team and have a great time in the process. Plus, you can stick around to enjoy board games and free coffee, water, and tea in our game café!
Do you want to know more about escape rooms? Check out our website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers. And be sure to visit our blog archive for tips on engaging kids during your escape experience.
The teen years are more than just the end of childhood. They’re the beginning of the next chapter in a young person’s life. Make the most of this impressionable time. Do you remember how fast the first five years went? The last five years go by even faster. Make great memories at Room To Escape!
Should you bring kids to a Room To Escape experience? Can they really contribute to the game?
YES and YES!
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.
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.
We all know that muscles get stronger the more you use them. Our minds are no different. Use your brain and you’ll get smarter. Similarly, if we let our thinking skills go by the wayside, we risk losing the knowledge and skills we’ve worked hard to build.
Have you ever considered taking steps to strengthen your memory? With a little effort, memory is a skill that can be improved. A better memory could be used for things like remembering what’s on your to-do list, knowing when to wish people a “Happy Birthday” and most importantly, winning at escape room games. At Room To Escape, we love seeing people win! That’s why we compiled this list of quick tips to help you improve your memory:
At Room to Escape we have the challenges of escaping a room within 60-minutes as well as our
20-minute memory/puzzle game that allow you to exercise your brain. Are you ready to improve your memory? Try the ideas listed here to help get your mind up to its fullest potential!
Getting smarter sounds appealing. Who wouldn’t want a few extra I.Q. points? Sure, it’s easy for the school kids. They learn for a living. But can adults make new neuro-connections without going back to college?
Increased brain power could be used for things like remembering what’s on your grocery list, solving complex math problems, and most importantly, winning at escape room games 😊. At Room To Escape, we wanted to find out whether music could make people smarter. We did a little research and came up with the following:
Then, in 1993, researchers Rauscher and Ky published a study in the journal Nature that linked classical music listening to an increase in cognitive activity (October 14, 1993 issue). The cognitive effect, and possible increase in I.Q. was temporary, lasting approximately 15 minutes after the music stopped. The classical piece used in the study was Mozart’s Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, hence the term “Mozart Effect.”
Can music make you smarter? The research is still young and we still have a lot to learn about how music affects brain development. Early studies look promising, though, so play and listen to your heart’s content. Your brain might just thank you for it!
Most of us learned about the five senses in school. The traditional five senses are sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But did you know that there are a host of other “non-traditional” senses widely studied in the scientific community?
Non-traditional senses are integral to daily life and they manifest in many ways. Our bodies require the ability to detect and process things that the traditional five senses don’t reach. Following are five examples of non-traditional senses and how they help humans in everyday life:
Temperature Detection – The ability to perceive hot versus cold is also known as “thermoception.” Our own body temperature is the baseline for this sense. Thermoception is useful to humans because it helps us determine whether our body is in a situation where our basal body temperature could increase or decrease. (Sometimes we want to increase/decrease our body temperature, and sometimes we don’t.) Thermoception also tells us when something is hot or cold enough to damage our skin.
Awareness of Pain – Pain, though it isn’t fun, is a useful sense to humans. Pain, otherwise known as “nociception,” is the body’s warning system. The discomfort associated with pain tells us that something is wrong with our body. Pain can also be an indication that the body needs rest.
Mechanoreception – Can you guess what mechanoreception is? It’s the ability to sense vibration. Mechanoreception relates closely to the sense of hearing. Persons without the traditional sense of hearing use mechanoreception to enjoy music and to perceive the movement of people, cars, and other objects. Scientists have also studied musicians’ ability to sense vibration and how their development of this sense leads to their understanding of sound and pitch.
Hunger/Thirst – Our bodies tell us when it’s time to eat or drink via the senses of hunger and thirst. This combination of non-traditional senses is crucial to human survival and our body’s ability to self-sustain. Hunger and thirst are complicated processes that involve the central nervous system as it works in conjunction with internal organs and the traditional sense of taste.
Balance – How do you get from Point A to Point B without falling? It’s your sense of balance, or “equlibrioception.” Balance isn’t just for gymnasts - humans rely on this important, non-traditional sense for any activity that requires mobility, movement, and/or focus.
At Room To Escape, we consider both traditional and non-traditional senses when we plan and build new escape rooms. Play one of our escape games and try to identify six or more of your senses at work!
Escape Rooms have gained popularity in recent years. If you haven’t tried one, you’ve probably heard about them and may wonder what all the buzz is about. Escape Rooms can be difficult to explain since the people who create escape rooms don’t want to give up their secrets and spoil the fun!
Here’s a little info that we CAN share about escape rooms. They’re fun, they’re challenging, they’re great for all sorts of events and outings, and they’re getting more popular every day.
What to Expect During an Escape Game
An escape game is essentially a role-playing game in real life. You and your teammates are “locked” in a room and have a pre-determined amount of time to escape (usually one hour). You look for clues, solve puzzles, and work as a team to get out. Critical thinking is essential, but so are fun and adventure! This is an immersive experience that brings gaming to life and encourages you to use all your senses and unlock your brain power.
The escape gaming industry has grown tremendously over the past five years. Consider the following statistics:
What Are You Waiting For?
Whether or not you escape in time, you’ll still bond with your teammates and have a great time doing it. If you haven’t tried an escape game yet, you’re missing out!
This content was authored by Room To Escape, a family-friendly escape room facility locate at 3734 Allen Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.