What Is the Average Age for an Escape Room?
Escape rooms are fun and challenging activities for all ages, although they may be better suited to certain age groups than others. Young children may lose focus on the tasks and become restless, while some adults may be apprehensive about organised fun – especially if it’s not them organising it.
So who are escape rooms aimed at and who takes part? Let’s take a look at some of these frequently asked questions.
What Age Are Escape Rooms Aimed at?
Escape rooms don’t necessarily have a target age group, although anecdotal data suggests they’re most popular with teens and young adults, aged roughly 15 to 25. However, this may simply be due to teenagers and students having more free time and the desire to liven up their social lives with a group activity.
Anyone can complete an escape room, although under 10s tend to become restless as they don’t always have the concentration span to complete the puzzles within the time limit of roughly one hour, so escape rooms aren’t ideal for young children. However, escape room puzzles can be a fun family activity, so if you think your children are interested, you can go in as a family and encourage the littluns to help you find clues and spot patterns.
Plus, being trapped in a room without a bathroom can also be hard for very young children, but we’ll let you in on a little secret… There are no escape room rules that stipulate the doors have to be locked, and you’re able to communicate with your games master throughout your time in the room, so if you or your children are desperate, you can also ask to use the bathroom and a staff member will take you.
Occasionally younger teenagers can also become listless without an adult to motivate them, so at Escape Now, under 16s need to be accompanied by a participating adult. But escape rooms aren’t just for the younger generations, older adults and elderly people are more than welcome to take part as well, and can delight in solving different puzzles and games as a family or a group of friends. For younger and older generations with mobility issues, there are usually chairs inside escape rooms so you don’t have to spend the whole hour on your feet, but even if there aren’t, you can ask a staff member to bring a chair in for you when you enter the escape room.
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How Many People Can Do an Escape Room?
The number of people who can participate in an escape room at once usually depends on the size of the room, as it would become too cramped and hard to find clues if there’s a group of more than 10 people. At Escape Now, our rooms are made for groups of 2 – 6 people, so there’s plenty of room to move around, no one gets left out, and there are enough brains to solve the puzzles.
Having a bigger group doesn’t always mean higher chances of success, two people who communicate well and work together have an equally good chance of completing the escape room as a group of 6; it ultimately comes down to how good your problem-solving skills and teamwork are. However, we don’t usually open escape rooms to just one person, as it can be difficult to finish the room within the timeframe with just one pair of hands, and escape rooms are about working together, so you would miss out on many of the benefits of escape rooms if you were to participate alone.
Luckily, there are online forums and groups for escape room enthusiasts, so whatever your level, if you want to do an escape room and don’t have a willing friend or family member, you can post in a group and put a team together to do an escape room.
“Am I Smart Enough for Escape Rooms”?
One question we hear too frequently is “am I smart enough for escape rooms”? And the answer is (almost) always yes! Escape rooms aren’t about being academically brilliant or even necessarily having a particularly high IQ, but about puzzle-solving which involves critical thinking, pattern spotting, having a good short-term memory and communicating well with others. So, everyone can take part in escape rooms regardless of school grades or perceived intelligence.
Moreover, not everyone completes escape rooms. In fact, less than a third of participants do, so the end goal isn’t always winning – it’s about taking part and enjoying a fun activity with your group. So, if you’re put off by escape rooms because you think you aren’t clever enough, you couldn’t be more wrong. They’re great fun, and you’re sure to feel good after completing some of the puzzles, even if you don’t manage to finish the whole escape room in time.
What are the Benefits of Escape Rooms?
- Improves communication
- Improves leadership skills
- Encourages critical thinking
- Engages our brains
- Releases dopamine
- Social activity
Escape rooms are an excellent social activity, and can help bring you closer as a group or friends or a family, as you learn to effectively communicate with each other, including listening respectfully, engaging everyone and taking on a leadership role where necessary. This is also why they can be a great work event for a team-bonding activity! But it’s not just adults who can benefit from escape rooms.
Can Children Benefit from Escape Rooms?
Children can benefit greatly from escape rooms, especially when encouraged and motivated by their parents or guardians. It can be an incredibly positive family bonding experience, with everyone realising their potential and working together for an end goal. But more than that, escape rooms also include basic maths and literacy tests in the form of fun puzzles that children love to get involved in, and actually help them learn and improve invaluable skills in a fun, interactive way.
What’s more, finding clues and solving puzzles releases dopamine in our bodies, making us feel satisfied and pleased with our accomplishments, which greatly benefits adults – especially those who need a break from the stresses of the outside world – but also gives children confidence. When children feel like equal partners with older generations and see that they can help out and even spot things that their parents have missed, it gives them great confidence in their abilities which can translate across many other activities in their lives.
Taking your child to an escape room will also provide them with an unforgettable experience of spending time with you – a memory that they’ll likely hold dear for a long time.
Choosing the Right Escape Room
Although escape rooms are intended for all ages, some may be inappropriate for some audiences. When you choose your escape room adventure, you can see the theme of each room as well as its difficulty rating. Many escape rooms are family-friendly, focusing on mystery and adventure, however, there are some horror-themed rooms that are inappropriate for young children and people of a nervous disposition.
Escape rooms aren’t the same as haunted houses, so there won’t be actors jumping out to scare you, however, the lighting will be dim and there will be plenty of spooky items in the room ready to give you a small fright. You can talk about any concerns with staff members before you make your booking so you know you’re choosing the right escape room for your group’s age and abilities.
At Escape Now, we have three rooms to choose from:
- Sherlock’s Secret – Difficult
- Haunted Hollow – Medium difficulty
- The Getaway – Medium difficulty
Ready to Escape?
Escape Now is Birmingham’s newest and most exciting escape room, with three thrilling rooms ready to test your brains and give you an unforgettable experience. Think you’ve got what it takes? Book your escape room experience now!