My husband loves zombies. I mean really loves them. He watches every zombie movie ever made, and likes to comment on the multi-faceted nature of zombies. Some are slow-moving and dim witted but inexorable (Night of the Living Dead), and some are swift and deadly like insects in a swarm (World War Z), and everything in between – or so he says. So when I found Escape From a Room with a Zombie Adventures, I just KNEW I wouldn’t have to twist his arm to go. He lept at the opportunity and took our tween with him.
You may have heard of this already but in case you haven’t, let me explain: Escape from a room with a Zombie is a clever dramatic concept: 12 people (most of whom don’t know each other) are quite literally trapped in a spooky room with a zombie chained to the wall. While this zombie is a bit like the Night-of-the-Living-Dead species, there’s a twist: the chain is lengthened by 2 feet every 5 minutes….That’s a very real problem, because if the zombie touches you, you have to sit on a chair for the remainder of the session.
While you are avoiding the (rather creepy) zombie you have to work with the group to decipher clues and unlock puzzles, drawers, satchels, safes, etc. to get to the key that unlocks the door. The pace is rather frenetic- especially towards the end when the group is running out of time, and the zombie is creeping inexorably closer…
The nature of the mental puzzles was more suitable for the 12+ crowd, but Middle (7) did fine. Apparently only 25% of the groups actually escape in time. Funny thing: Teenagers have the best survival rate of all the groups.
In any event, Middle was bubbling over with stories of daring and burst through the door to say that they made it out with only 2 minutes to spare. He was so excited to re-tell the harrowing turns of the 1-hour session. It was absolutely awesome to see (and now he realizes why the math he’s learning in school can be very useful in “real life”…..) It is also interesting to watch people who don’t know each other work as a group to solve problems. It could be the best 1 hour dramatic experience I can think of to watch your children focus…hard…on something other than a video game, yet watch how some of the skills they’ve learned during those hours of play on iPhones actually pay off. After all, this game is very very real – they are in the game itself! Totally cool concept.
The good news is that they run the sessions multiple times a week, and so it is rather easy to get your group tickets. I really recommend participating with your children and watching the fun occur before your eyes. After all, in this game you’re on the same team!
This is also ideal for a group of teen or tween friends to celebrate a birthday, middle school graduation or high school graduation.
If you’re not in an area with this particular escape room company, check out Groupon b/c they have tons of deals for escape rooms across the country.
All the fun takes place in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Room #632, Chicago, IL 60605