Are Escape Rooms Suitable for Children?
An escape room game can be a great family bonding experience, as you work together to find clues and solve puzzles. However, every escape room is different in terms of theme, difficulty and the specific skills needed to complete the game. The production value and design of an escape room can also affect its suitability for children.
We often get asked if our escape rooms are suitable for children, or if there is an age restriction on entry. Nonetheless we actually believe it’s up to parents or guardians to make that choice. Some games are more family friendly than others, due to content and the challenging nature of the puzzles involved – so ask us about each of our escape rooms and we’ll be happy to make a suggestion tailored to your group.
Can I bring young children?
Children over the age of 10 are usually keen to get stuck in, but younger children are often less predictable. Children under the age of 10 may not have an understanding of the game and may find the logic puzzles and problem solving tasks too difficult. On the other hand, kids can be adept and can usually spot certain clues that adults miss! Every child is different so we don’t like to tell families whether a certain game is suitable for their child or whether they will enjoy it. Here are Omescape’s general rules surrounding children:
1. There is NO age limit
2. Children under 4 can enter the room free of charge
3. Recommended minimum age for the escape room games is 12
4. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Playing games with your children is a good way to spend quality time together and can build confidence in their skills. Don’t forget during an escape room experience you’ll have to use communication skills, logic and mathematical and investigative skills to break out in time.
Tips for families
If you do decide to take on an escape room as a family, with a range of ages in your team, then here are some top tips for your experience.
1. Be prepared to explain your thinking process to the younger members of the team. They won’t be as quick to understand clues or prompts and may feel left out.
2. Find tasks younger children can get involved in – everybody in the team has a part to play so try and identify easier tasks for the kids
3. Step back and don’t take over! It’s easy for the adults to overlook the children’s capabilities. Our games masters can see and hear everything as you progress through the game, and they often find that the kids have the answer when the adults get stuck! Listen to each other and consider all options. Children have a different perception of the world, and have grown up in a world full of technology – so sometimes they know better than you!
We’re determined to give families a great experience, and are excited to announce that we will soon have brand new rooms to explore! We’re working on fantastic family friendly new themes with puzzles which are simpler … so watch this space.