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Escape Room Birthday Party; How to give your child the coolest party

It is probably recognizable for most parents. It is almost your child's birthday and you are faced with the challenge of coming up with an original children's party again. Preferably something new, which is great for your child and which the friends will talk about for a long time to come. Oh yes, not unimportant either. It has to be easy to arrange for yourself and it has to be a bit of an affordable birthday party... Good luck! An Escape Room Birthday Party is totally cool these days. Fun on location, but also for a children's party at home.

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Kids escape room, popular with your family or for a birthday party

What we find really cool to do is to play escape rooms. We have played quite a lot of rooms already. And yes, fortunately most of them escaped. Well, except for the time I accidentally included the locker key of our coats in the game. Why doesn't that key fit anywhere? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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Unforgettable escape room birthday party at home?

What is an escape room?

In short for those who don't yet know what an escape room is: An escape room is a location where you are locked up together with a group of friends. By solving puzzles and codes in different rooms, you need to escape as quickly as possible. Many of the rooms have a special storyline in which everything happens. Only by working well together, it will usually be possible to escape. This is also the most amazing thing about an escape room. Because working together turns out to be quite difficult in practice. Adrenaline does the strangest things to you. You immediately see all the characters coming back into the game. Are you a leader who takes the initiative or a silent puzzler who solves most of the puzzles in the end?

Kids escape rooms are becoming more and more popular. With our girls we have regularly done a family escape room. Super cool family outing. The funny thing is that children often look at puzzles in a very different way. We ourselves sometimes think in a very complicated manner. While they have the solution right in front of you.

Escape room birthday party at home

When we started our gaming site a number of years ago, it was of course no surprise which game we were going to make: An escape room! But to rent and renovate a spooky abandoned basement went a bit too far for us. (let alone our two left hands!?). The challenge was to make an escape room that you can do at any location. We were so proud when the game the Maffia Gang (our first Dutch Escape Game) was finished. Playing an escape room is fun, but making it is just as much fun!

Create an escape room

If you want to make an escape room for your birthday party just like us, you can do it of course. An escape room birthday party at home can be just as much fun. What's more, it's affordable, you don't have a maximum per room and you can do all sorts of things besides that. With a little preparation and creativity, it has to be possible, right? In our blog 'Making an escape room' we have listed some tips for you.

Don't feel like doing this yourself? And do you want an escape room kid’s party at home? Maybe our game the Escape room junior is something for you. Good luck! Have fun playing.

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Our first escape room birthday party  

For our youngest girl we once organized an escape room children's party. That was a few years ago. Back then you didn't have a lot of escape rooms for children. Everyone loved the party. All the children came out of the room bouncing and full of adrenaline. Now we are lucky that we have a top escape room on location in our neighborhood. Tailored down to the last detail and a good fit with the storyline. With many different rooms for adults and children.

An escape room birthday party, suitable for every child?

With every children's party it’s always a guess whether everyone is having a good time. Sometimes we have also experienced that some girlfriends were in tears at a children's party. When we celebrated the escape room children's party for our daughter, it didn't seem to go well at first either. All the children were very cool beforehand. "We're going to escape!", they cried very bravely. When they entered, they saw some posters of the adult escape rooms. You saw the faces change. Oops! Fortunately, after some lemonade and a bag of crisps, their attention was elsewhere.

Is an escape room scary for kids?

Even though the escape rooms are made for kids, some children find it quite scary and exciting beforehand. It's good to take that into account. The children's escape rooms themselves are often fully catered for. In our first kids Escape Room, for example, the room was more illuminated and a "help rascal" went into the room with them. This way it is less scary and they can get a little help.

Escape Room kids party

What should you pay attention to?

Are you organizing an escape room children's party for the first time? Then here are a few tips you can look out for in advance:

  • Minimum or maximum number of children in the escape room?
    Usually, your child wants to invite just a little more children than you had planned. Well, then it will be tricky if you can only play in the escape room with a maximum number of children. At some locations they have rooms that you can play against each other. Handy for large groups at children's parties. Then you can split them up.
  • Do you only pay for the room or is it an escape room arrangement?
    An escape room birthday party can be quite expensive. Usually you only pay for the room. For children's parties these days, they offer handy arrangements, so that you don't have to pay extra for fries, for example.
  • What is a suitable age for an escape room for children?
    Some escape rooms start at the age of seven. Usually this will be fine. However, it is good to read in advance what the theme is and whether it is not too scary. In our experience, children from the age of nine to ten have the most fun trying escape. There is only one disadvantage. Due to the hype, there usually have been other children's escape room parties at their friends, so you can't do it yourself anymore.
  • Can you be present as a parent or is there supervision from the children's escape room?
    We loved to see a group of girls escaping with each other. We allowed a parent to come inside with us (also a party for ourselves!). In addition, someone from the escape room went with us. Usually this is the case and as a parent you can look behind the scenes. If you have very frightened children, it is useful to check this beforehand.
  • Read the reviews to see if the room is really suitable as an escape room birthday party.
    Nowadays there are so many sites with reviews about escape rooms. The really good (and bad) rooms usually have a lot of comments. Also from parents about children's parties, or rooms they played with the family. This way you can assess whether the theme suits your child and whether it's not too exciting.
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Unforgettable escape room birthday party at home?

Escape room kids party: affordable and feasible?

No matter how cool we thought our daughter’s escape room birthday party was, there were some drawbacks too...

An escape room is usually not very cheap. On average, they cost a hundred euros or more. Okay, you buy a great experience for your child. That is worth a lot. But after an hour you are outside again. And then you still have to entertain all those bouncing, starving kids. The costs for some fries and a bag of sweets must still be paid for. Ketsjing! That doesn't fit in everyone's budget for a children's party.

Escape room party expensive

With two cars

Luckily, there are escape rooms at many locations these days. But most of the time it is a bit of a drive. We used to stuff some more children in one backseat. With the police checks nowadays we don't do that anymore. You often need two cars for a birthday party to get somewhere. And then you sometimes have the misfortune that a room can only be used for a maximum number of children. So you must first figure this out in order to be able to arrange it.

Giving away puzzles

Then there is the final risk of an escape room birthday party. The "whining" girlfriend that ruined it for the rest. "Yes, I know!" An escape room is just the most fun when no one has played the room yet. How annoying it is when someone reveals all the puzzles. So now that it is so popular to escape, it is useful to check in advance whether any of the children have already done this escape room.

Complete your birthday party with an escape room invitation

I am sure we are not the only ones with this funny habit. When we organize a party for our girls, then everything should match the theme. Whether it was a witch party, Paw Patrol children's party or a who is the mole children's party. Sounds familiar?

How nice it is, when you already receive an invite for an escape room children's party at home, to get you in the mood. And when you leave, you also get something that represents the theme. It takes more time, but it’s worth it. Worried you haven’t got the time? With these handy tips, it's easy:

Fun ideas for making invitations to an escape room birthday party

  • Write the invitation in mirror writing and stick it on your card.
  • Make a secret document containing the (short) invitation text.
    You can also do this in two parts, where the children will get the explanation a day later, for example. 
  • Create a riddle, the outcome of which they have to link to a telephone number.
    If they get the answer right, they will receive the invitation per app via WhatsApp.
  • Make your invitation look good by using Canva, for example.
    Canva has many handy templates that you can use for free. For example, you can give the invitation your own style which is the same as the children's escape room you are going to. It contains all kinds of pictures with locks, keys, bars, etc. This should do the trick.
  • Puzzles for unwrapping the presents
    What always worked well for us is that every time a child is allowed to give the present, you first do a puzzle or riddle together. Only when the puzzle is solved, your child can unwrap the present from that friend. (Hide his or her name in the puzzle, even more fun!) If you want ideas for fun escape room puzzles, take a look at our previous blog about creating your own DIY Escape Room at home.
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We hope we have given you enough ideas to organize a cool escape room kid’s party. We wish you a lot of fun!

The 16 best Escape Room Ideas: How to create your own DIY Escape Room at home?

Are you looking for nice Escape Room Ideas? Do you want to create a DIY Escape Room too? Then you’ve come to the right place. Making your own Escape room is of course a great thing to do, but where do you start? What do you have to think about? We will give you the most awesome Escape Room ideas in this blog.

How to make your own DIY escape room?

How to make the games and how to ensure that there is enough surprise and challenge in them. In this blog we will go through all the steps so that you won't forget anything and hopefully get a lot of inspiration to create the most beautiful Escape room game ever at the location of your choice.

16 best Escape Room Ideas

Escape Room ideas: What do I need to think about in advance?

When making the Escape room at home or at another location there are a number of things you should think about beforehand.

  • How many people will enter your DIY Escape Room at the same time? 
  • At which location do you want to set up the DIY Escape Room? 
  • What’s the theme / story of the DIY Escape Room?
  • Who is the Escape Room for (adults or children)?
  • How long can they play this Escape Room, in other words: how long will it take the players to escape?
  • Who will test the Escape Room?
  • Which materials can you use? 
  • And of course you want to get some ideas about what kind of escape room puzzles you can use.

The 16 Escape Room ideas in this blog

In this blog we share our Escape Room ideas and experiences on creating an Escape room game. Do you want to see how we made our Escape Room for kids? Then order the Escape Room for children (9 - 13 years).

You can order it and play it at home. A complete and ready-made Escape Room at home, with a script, explanations and materials. We get a lot of nice reviews about this game, so it will certainly inspire you - besides being a great experience to play.

Have fun!

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Where to create an DIY Escape Room?

First of all you need to determine a good location where you are going to play the Escape Room. An Escape Room game can be played anywhere, as long as you have one or more rooms available, where a number of people can solve puzzles. If you are going to play it at your home, you must remember that the players will search your rooms, so chances are they will open up all kinds of things.

So either make sure that all the stuff you want to keep private, is gone or communicate very clearly that all the stuff the players need can be found without having to open cupboards, drawers, etcetera.

No secret doors
Unlike the real Escape Rooms you probably won't break down walls and create secret doors to other rooms. Which is not really necessary if you are going to use multiple rooms, which are all connected to each other. Just stick an A4 sheet on each room and give it a name or number, so players will know which room they are allowed to go to when they have solved the room they are in.

It is nice if the players have a place in every room to put things down and to puzzle. A table or desk will come in handy. Chairs are certainly not necessary, because players tend to walk around and you can stimulate that by hanging certain puzzles or information on the walls. By hanging information in various places, players have to walk back and forth and have to cooperate and communicate well with each other. And that makes your escape room game extra fun.

Tools and material for creating the Escape room

If you're looking for fun Escape Room ideas, don't miss the specific tools and materials. If you have ever visited an Escape Room, you know how nice it is to find all kinds of materials with which you have to do something. We'll walk you through some Escape Room ideas about materials and tools.

#1 Combination Locks

If you are in the possession of numeric locks, then of course you should use them. A code lock can be used in combination with a code. That code must be retrieved by solving puzzles and filled in as a combination of digits on the combination lock. With the cipher lock you can lock a box, desk drawer or anything else. And in that box you could, for example, put a letter that refers to the next assignment or that gives the players permission to go to the next room.

escape room ideas combination lock

#2 Communicating on your Website 

If you have your own website, you can easily create a page where players have to fill in a code to get to the next website page. In WordPress you have the possibility to change the visibility of your page for example to 'Password Protected'. How nice is it when the players find a letter with the link to that website page in the box with the combination lock. And that they first have to crack another code to continue.

#3 Escape Room idea: Autoresponder Whatsapp 

A very surprising effect is the WhatsApp. If players get stuck in a room, you can give them hints. Of course you can be present in the room and tell them the hint. But... with WhatsApp it can be much more fun. You can install the App Auto responder for free on all Android phones.

Then you tell the players that if they want a hint, they have to attach a certain word to the number (that you give them before the escape room game starts). The Auto responder will then automatically respond with the hint.

#4 Hiding hints of keys in a book

A great Escape Room idea that doesn't have to be difficult is hiding something in an old book. You can easily cut a square out of an old book. In which you can put a hint or a key, for example.

Escape Room Ideas hidden keys

#5 Voice mail 

If you have a number (preferably prepaid) that you don't use very often, then you can consider dialing in a voice mail. And the outcome of one of the puzzles is a phone number that they will have to call. We know from experience that this brings a lot of excitement and hilarity. Because most people find calling an unknown number quite exciting.

#6 Cryptex

This is one of the best Escape Room ideas you may not miss. If you really want to surprise your group, you can consider a real cryptex. In several YouTube movies you can see how to make them. One thing is for sure: with the cryptex you will drive your group crazy. If you don't feel like spending so much time on it, there are many other variations possible.

Escape Room Idea cryptex

Make your own cryptex with a toilet roll and some paper.

#7 Jigsaw puzzles

You regularly see pieces of jigsaw puzzles scattered around in a room. Solving the jigsaw puzzle means that something becomes visible which can help you to move on. Sometimes there is a question on the jigsaw puzzle or it is a map, with which you can find the next object. You can also do it easier, by cutting an A4 sheet into a number of pieces. On that piece of A4 paper you can put the text or image that they eventually have to solve. A not hard to make Escape Room idea, but very nice to solve.

#8 QR code in your DIY Escape Room

With a QR-code you can lead the players to a website or for example a YouTube movie. You can decide to put or paste a QR code somewhere. Then players can read the QR code with their smartphone and they will be directed to a website. You can also choose to use multiple QR codes.

QR Code Generator
Only the correct outcome will lead the players to the right website page, where you can post follow-up information. On this website: https://gratisqrcode.nl you can easily create your own QR code of the desired website page (the website is in dutch, but is free). 

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#9 Skill games

Everyone knows the games of the past. This requires some craftsmanship of course and takes a lot of work. But then again, the result is incredibly cool. For example, you can work with magnets and a glass plate. The players can't reach the other side of the glass plate with their hands, but by placing the magnet on the other magnet (with a small key attached to it, for example) and by following a maze (which is also under the glass plate) they can move the key to an end point where they can take the key with their hand.

#10 Mastermind

We think that one of the most amazing Escape room ideas is mastermind. As a player you have to put colors in the right order to be able to crack the code. You can arrange it that somewhere else in the room you can found out which number belongs to which color.

picture brain teasers mastermind

Read the answer on our riddle page.

#11 Pigpen cipher decoder

Secret codes should of course not be missing from the list of Escape Room ideas. There are several ways to use codes and secret writing in your escape room game. Attached an example of the Pigpen cipher decoder. The shapes and dots refer to letters. So you can create any secret message in your Escape Room.

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#12 One of the beste Escape Room Ideas: Morse code 

One of the Escape Room ideas that has been used for a long time is the Morse code. Dots and dashes represent letters. You have hidden the Morse decoding somewhere. Without that decoding, players can't make words or sentences. Use the online morse code generator


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#13 Polybus square

Each letter represents a combination of a vertical and a horizontal number. You let the players find the numbers and they have to make a word or phrase with it.

Escape Room Ideas Polybius Square

#14 Using light in your DIY Escape Room

You can always do nice things with light. For example, you can make it reflect between mirrors. Because when the players rotate the mirrors the right way, the light will find its way from the starting point to the end point where a code will appear on the wall. You can do this, for example, by using black light. Without this light you will see nothing on the wall, but with this light you can suddenly read the secret message in your escape room game.

#15 Hebrew, Chinese or Hieroglyphics in your DIY Escape Room

Other nice Escape room ideas is to communicate in another language as a secret code. For example in Hebrew, Chinese or hieroglyphics. This also depends on your Escape Room theme. Hide the translation table somewhere in your room, so players will have to decipher the letters.

Escape Room Ideas Hieroglyphics

#16 Create secret messages with invisible ink

You won't believe it, but there are really crazy ways to create invisible messages. For example with cola. If you really want to surprise your group, this tip is one of the top 16 great Escape Room ideas.

DIY Escape Room ideas and inspiration

Now that we have gone through the list of escape room ideas and puzzles, the success of your escape room game all depends on creating all those puzzles and assignments with various tools and materials. And even though we have already mentioned several things, a little extra Escape Room idea is still welcome, right? So here are some Escape Room ideas and tips that you should definitely check out to get enough inspiration for creating your escape room game.

Use Pinterest for great Escape Room ideas

For all the games we make, we always use a number of sources of information. When making the Escape room we visit several escape rooms in a short time. Not to steal from them, but to help the creative imagination and to come up with some really good Escape Room ideas. However, with all the games we have created, one source has always proven to be very valuable. Pinterest. If you don't have an account yet, create one right away.

If you search for Escape room ideas, you will be overloaded with creative ideas in terms of puzzles and materials.

Handbook, Rules and Hints in your DIY Escape Room

Once the Escape room game is finished, there are still some things to think about. It is useful to make a script for yourself, that describes the whole game. You describe all the rooms, from A to Z,  what should be in them, what should be glued, hung etc. And also the puzzles with the solutions, the codes, the logical order of the puzzles; you write down everything. This will be your script.

After each game, it is relatively easy to put everything back in its old state, so that a next group of players can start playing again.

If there are game rules, you have to communicate them clearly to the players before the game starts. Put them on an A4 sheet so you will never forget to tell them. It's annoying if you don’t want them to look inside the cabinets and you forget to tell them, and all the cabinets are pulled upside down and leaving you with a huge mess to clean up after the game.

Hints Escape Room

Finally, you will undoubtedly need hints in the escape room game. Only the perfect player will get through all your rooms without help. The reality is that it is often more difficult for players than you might think. In order not to make the game too easy, you make some hints, which you communicate to the players somewhere in the game. As described earlier, you can do this fully automatic, for example, with the auto-answer app, but you can also just use extra envelopes, which are numbered. They always have to open envelope 1 first to read that hint. You can then think of a penalty time for every hint they use.

We hope this blog has inspired you enough to create your own Escape Room game. A lot of work of course, but once you have finished, you can invite a lot of people to come and play your Escape Room.

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