Do you think you have what it takes to build your own real escape room? Escape rooms are a great idea for your at-home birthday party, and a great activity to hold at summer camp or even at school!



Does your child love mystery book, movies, and stories? Do they imagine themselves as the detective, solving crimes by piecing together clues they find and discover? If so, arranging an escape room in your house for their birthday party is perfect! Building an escape room in your home is not difficult to do. All you need is a few household items, a bit of imagination, and some creativity. Your child and their friends will have a blast using clues to solve the mystery you create. Their party will be something they won’t soon forget!



Escape room activities in schools are a great way to help your students prepare for a test. Teachers can work as a team to pull together information from different subjects in order to help students understand the big picture.


Escape room-themed educational activities have been making their way into. These immersive and educational games are fun for both students and teachers. By using inexpensive materials and content from a variety of subject matters, teachers can team up to create interdepartmental activities that test students’ knowledge as well as their ability to work in a team.  This is a fantastic and fun new way to give students a chance to use the information they spend hours learning in an exciting and engaging way.



Escape room activities make the perfect rainy day activity at summer camps. They are easy and inexpensive to set up.  All you need are a few items that you can easily get (or that you can find in your storage room) and a lot of creativity! With a bit of logistical planning, you can run the same room for all the groups at your camp by staggering the time for the activity. In order to adjust the level of difficulty for younger campers, assign a counselor to dress up and play the part of a “guide”. This way, the younger campers can receive extra clues or be pointed in the right direction by the “guide”.



There are a lot of tips and tricks available to help you design your own escape room. You can use maps, word puzzles, number puzzles, and riddles to lead participants to clues that unlock different types of locks like old briefcases, bike locks, or combination locks. Here are some ideas to help you get started:


  1. Get creative: Think of a one sentence theme that sets the theme of the escape room. It should include the place that the escape room with happen, as well as the main goal.

For example:  The camp director was kidnapped by aliens!

Here we know that the game will take place either at camp, or in space, and the goal is to get back the beloved camp director.


  1. Start to see the new reality: Now it’s time to begin to design the wacky world of your escape room. What are some items that exist in it? These can be used later as the basis for puzzles and clues. Search the internet for images relating to items you set in your escape room world.


  1. Tell the story: What happened before the participants walked into the escape room? How did the camp director meet the aliens? You can also include a few steps that will need to be completed before succeeding in escaping your escape room. A good story line will always include the main goal, such as returning the lost treasure, or finding the stolen artifact. It’s important that all the puzzles stay related to the theme.


  1. Make it challenging: Now that you have your story line all mapped out, it’s time to create the challenges. Create one puzzle for each step in the story. Make sure that the puzzles lead into each other and participants are not able to skip any steps. However, try to keep the game to last around 45 minutes. Lastly, don’t make it too challenging. After all, you want the participants to be able to eventually solve the game!

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