Are you stuck in the weekend rut of sweatpants and Netflix? Do you like puzzles? Are you dating someone and want to test their problem solving skills? Are you looking for something new to try with your family or friends that is low-key? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions continue reading!

Escape rooms have been around for the last decade or so but probably started to become more popular in the last few years. The concept is quite simple: you are placed in a room that has a series of clues or puzzles to achieve the ultimate objective, usually to get out of the room. My most recent experience was just a week ago and it inspired me to write a blog about why you should ditch a night in to try an escape room. Here’s why:

  • THEY ARE FUN: Really, they are so much fun. An escape room allows you to escape (no pun intended) reality for 60 minutes. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of school, or work, or our children’s activities. When you enter an escape room all that *stuff* is forgotten!
  • IT’S AN EASY NIGHT OUT: No make-up and fancy clothes needed. While I am asking you to ditch the Netflix, no need to ditch the sweatpants! You can book an escape room from the comfort of your home, show up, play for an hour and return home. As my kids would say,”easy peasy, lemon squeezy”.
  • IT’S GREAT EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN: As I mentioned, each room contains several puzzles and clues. The puzzles will help you with your concentration, it will expand your creative thinking and it will help with other cognitive functions. It also gets you away from a screen (and let’s face it, we all need that).
  • YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE AN UNIQUE SETTING: Typically each escape room has a unique theme… I have been in a professor’s office, in a time machine and in a bank with alarm sensors everywhere. You could end up in a prison cell or the Oval Office. An escape room will allow you to experience scenarios and atmospheres you wouldn’t normally encounter.
  • IT’S GREAT FOR TEAM BUILDING: Escape rooms are usually for small groups, around 6 people. You need to work together to solve the puzzles, it is definitely not a one-person show. It can be great for team building whether for a team sport or work. It is also perfect for some quality family bonding. 

Have I peaked your interest? If you are looking for somewhere to go in London, I most recently visited Trapdoor with my sister, my mom and my niece. The room was thoughtfully done and the theme was so very well executed. Did we get it done in time? Sadly no… but it was still such a blast! Give it a try, I bet you won’t regret it.

Trapdoor is located at 248 Dundas Street in downtown London. Call them at (519) 914-1335 or check out their website at: www.trapdoorlondon.ca