Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt? Or a game of maze, or Sherlock Holmes’ tactics, or Harry Potter’s Elder Wand?

We all have an empty room at home, and the best thing to do is make it the trove heaven for our kids.

Speaking from the developmental perspective, escape room games can unleash their cognitive strength and improve their motor skills, and critical and creative abilities come in as a bonus.

The idea gets better but the common question is, ‘How do I do it?”

Fret not, for we are here with the best escape room ideas for kids that will give them a good time and a wholesome, much-needed family time that will cheer them up.

Read along, as these ideas will unleash the creative cupid hiding inside you.

Is Escape Room for Kids a Thing?

Three children examining a table with a lamp and a book. A potential scene from an Escape Room for Kids

Yes! However, the outbreak of COVID-19 might have told you otherwise, where virtual escape rooms for adults saw the light of the day and roared with popularity.

The idea is initially rooted in kids’ favor; however, with the onset of professionalism, parents hardly get time for their children, and thus, the idea subsided with video games.

Escape rooms are not only fun and fulfilling but also are benefitting in many ways, like:

  • Children learn teamwork and leadership skills.
  • They boost their mental agility.
  • It improves their critical and logical thinking.
  • Develops communication and improves motor skills.
  • Children often welcome new skills like developing a competitive spirit, etc.

What are Some Good Escape Room Ideas?

A group of friends solving puzzles in a mysterious room.

Repeating the same old codes can be tiring, and children get bored. Whether it’s a night stay, your kids’ birthday, or their usual get-together, escape room ideas for kids never get old.

Planning to stay at home with your house and lovely kids? Here is what can cheer them up.

These 7 great ideas will do you good when it comes to being the perfect escape room master planner.

1. Get all Harry Potter-ey with Invisible Ink

Children in lab coats examining a paper, possibly engaged in a scientific experiment

Today’s Markets are full of invisible inks and markers, ready to welcome you into the world of magic. Get a few at your disposal.

Write down clue riddles on the wall or scrap paper and hide them nearby. If you are using an invisible market, hide its violet light (that comes with the marker) in a new hidden location, maybe a small chest box hiding under the cupboard.

This can be your way to get magical, and kids love nothing more than Leviosa, not Leviosar (if you know, you know)!

2. It’s always Mirror Mirror on the Wall

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Leaving clues in folded paper is a tad too old, and nothing good can come out of it anymore.

It’s time you boost your baby’s cognitive strength and give your girl a chance to become the snow white she dearly loves.

Leave clues in the form of mirror images. This will add to the intrigue and enhance their problem-solving skills.

If you are playing with grown-up kids, try putting up images in codes, like, for example, if A=1, then 3,1,18,16,5, 20 (Answer= CARPET) and hide another code under the carpet. Use mirror images of these numbers.

3. Trouble with Scrabble

A wooden block with letters and numbers on it, reflecting the phrase "Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Puzzles have always been amazing in improving kids’ thinking abilities. Scrabble plays a master role in it.

Put up a Scrabble board in the corner. Form words while missing out some so kids can try to fill in the gap to form the clue.

Or, leave a clue on a piece of paper and leave related alphabet blocks nearby without spelling them out properly.

The tactic is old but always works; the harder it gets, the better it gets.

4. Play with a Periodic Table

A young boy engrossed in a board game, enjoying his time while playing

If your kids are a little grown up, the periodic table will do them good. Not only will it help them remember it, given that it is the necessary dose in their Chemistry class, but it will also aid in their IQ level.

Stick up the periodic table on the wall and make clues leading up to it. Now, play with element names to form another clue.

For example, leave the clue Iron and Argon. On careful solving, it will spell into FeAr and then expose them to a scary situation.

You can always make more such words; the periodic table is LENGTHY!

5. Tough Time Together

A child holding up a stopwatch, symbolizing perseverance and determination during challenging times

Introducing deadlines and timers will pump up the adrenaline.

Not only do these barriers introduce friendliness and team spirit, but they also add to the fun.

Set timers for one or many codes; if the player can’t solve it in the given time, then BOOM! He is lost and locked in the room for hours.

6. Bluffing with Balloons

Balloons with a lock and key design, symbolizing "Bluffing with Balloons". Colorful and playful party decorations

Balloons have always been the master players in escape rooms. Blow up many and let them float throughout.

Write random alphabets on them except for the code. For example, if the next clue is near the window, take up six balloons and spell W, I, N, D, O, and W on each.

Leave the rest to confuse the kids. The first one to solve it gets the next clue to the rescue.

7. Creativity with Key

A colorful painting of a key with various artistic elements, showcasing creativity and imagination

Lock and keys are the essential parts of any escape room. Try using a digital lock with a password.

This will fuel up the enthusiasm and code game. If you use a traditional lock and key, get creative and hide the key in a place that is obvious yet excessively hard to find.

You can use small treasure boxes to hide the keys or place many unnecessary keys with the right ones to boost confusion and play.

Closing the Blinds!

Escape room games have a deep history, yet the game has not lost its charm. With innovations, even adults play these games today in their corporate sectors and workplaces.

Initially meant for kids, these games are medically prescribed to bring homeliness among them and develop their skills in subjects and general matters.

Playing these games will not only build a healthy bond with your child, but also, these ideas will help him grow better.

Remember, it is always good to get creative and add extra from your end to build enthusiasm. Play such games and enjoy the feel called ‘home’ like never before.

Carlos Rivera

Carlos Rivera is an Event Planner with over a decade of experience organising memorable events. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in event management, Carlos honed his corporate and private event planning skills. His expertise ranges from intimate gatherings to large-scale corporate events, and his work has been recognized in several industry publications. Beyond his professional life, Carlos is an avid traveler, drawing inspiration from cultures worldwide to infuse into his event designs. In his downtime, he enjoys photography and exploring the countryside.

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