Escape rooms are all the rage among adults. But are they family friendly? Which Twin Cities escape rooms can you participate in with kids? How does an escape room work? What age is best? We’ve got that information below.
What Is an Escape Room and How Does It Work?
Escape rooms are interactive, themed puzzles. They usually last about an hour. Each room holds a small group of people (8 to 10). You can book a room with friends or take your chances with strangers. Participants work together to find clues to solve a mission and escape the room. Different venues offer their own variation on this basic theme.
What Age is Best for Escape Room Family Fun?
As a general rule, Escape Rooms are puzzles built for adults. Under the circumstances, this outing is probably best for a parent/teen combination. If you want to bring younger kids, expect to have to help them along, especially if they can’t read. Some venues require you to buy out the room if you are bringing younger kids. Look for kid-friendly escape rooms at your local parks and libraries.
How Much do Escape Rooms Cost?
Escape Rooms generally cost between $30.00 and $40.00 per person. With some outliers on the high or low side of that. For a FREE Escape Room, check your local libraries.
Which Twin Cities Escape Rooms Allow Kids?
Breakout | Minnetonka
Open to all ages, but under 14 must be chaperoned and minors require parental permission. Tickets.
The Escape Game | Mall of America
Games are recommended for ages 13+ as some game content may be too difficult for younger kids. However, younger children are allowed. Children 14 and under require a chaperone and all minors require a waiver signed by an adult. Note: Children age 4 can accompany their parents free of charge, but you need to call ahead so the venue can reserve the space for the child. See Gianna’s review in our Mall of America guide. Tickets: $35.99-$39.99/pp.
Escape MSP | Minneapolis, St. Paul & Lakeville
This venue does not allow children under age 10. Some missions are harder and, therefore, recommended for 17+. However, parents can make that call. Chaperones are required for ages 15 and under. Minors require waiver signed by parents. Tickets.
Escape The Room | Downtown Minneapolis
This escape room was created for adults, but children can come under certain circumstances. Parents need to chaperone any child under age 14 and buy out the room if children under 10 want to play. Tickets.
Escapology | Ridgedale Center, Minnetonka & Burnsville Center, Burnsville
Games are all ages and family friendly but the ability to read is helpful. Children under the age of 11 require an adult chaperone in the game. Teens between 11 and and 15 can play alone, but parents must stay in the mall. Ages 5 and under are FREE. Tickets.
Hidden Puzzles Room | Roseville
Games are designed for ages 10 and up. Children under 14 require an adult chaperone and all minors require a parental waiver. Contact the venue to book a private game if you are bringing children under 10. Tickets.
Lock & Key | South Minneapolis
Minors require a signed parental waiver. Teens 13-15 require 1 adult chaperone for every 3 kids or you can book the entire room. Special arrangements need to be made for kids under 12. Tickets.
Missing Pieces | Edina
Parents must accompany kids 10-15 years old. Children under 10 can attend with their families in private game. All minors require a signed parental consent form. Tickets.
Mission Manor | Northeast Minneapolis
All ages allowed, but recommended for 14+, and those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Minors require a parental waiver. Tickets.
Puzzle Works | St Paul
These games are designed for adults, but kids 10 and over can participate with an adult chaperone. Minors require a parental consent form. Tickets.
Tactical Escape 101 | Maplewood Mall
While created for adults, children 9 to 15 are welcome with an adult chaperone. Children 5-8 may accompany their parents as a paid player, but the puzzles may be too challenging for them. Tickets.
The Riddle Room | Northeast Minneapolis
The venue recommends a minimum age of 10 for these adult-level puzzles. However, the content is family-friendly. Anyone 15 and under requires an adult chaperone, and all minors require a parent signature. Tickets.
Trapped Puzzle Rooms | Saint Paul & North Loop
This escape room venue makes puzzles specifically for children. However, most the adult puzzles are designed so that kids can still contribute. For these rooms, kids 12 and under require an adult companion. All minors need waivers signed by their parents/guardians. Tickets.
Zero Hour | Plymouth
Must be 8 or older to play and must be accompanied by an adult if 14 or under. Kids under the age 8 can attend with their parents for free. Tickets.