An Escape Room for kids has just opened on the Central Coast! How cool is that!
Now, let’s start by putting all minds at ease about what an Escape Room is: if you’re visualising scrambling around a dark room trying to find a locked door, you’re wrong. There’s nothing spooky about this experience. The scene is a child’s bedroom complete with toy-lined shelves, a ball pit, car race track, single bed spread with primary coloured doona and – here’s the odd thing – lots and lots of padlocked chests. It’s bright and airy and invokes zero claustrophobia. In fact, it actually just invites the kids to play and explore.
The room is called “Locked Away” and it’s aimed at children aged 8+. I say “+” rather than a top age, as while this room is aimed at kids, us adults were quite stumped by some of the codes too. Laserblast says it’s for the 8-14 crowd.
The aim of the game is (seemingly) simple: find the lost item – be it a teddy or Game Boy – somewhere within the room. But where is it? It’s not as easy as looking under the bed. The room is packed with puzzles, codes and clues and it’s up to you to crack them. As you work your way through the codes, new clues will be revealed, new keys discovered and finally the teddy will be found.
Our group of detectives included four kids aged 5-10 and two adults and I’m happy to admit that even us adults were quite flabbergasted as to where to start for a good 10 minutes. After lots of false starts and dead-end code cracking attempts our helpful Laserblast Escape Room master Isaac kindly gave us a clue that got us off on the right track. One staff member is in the room with you throughout the experience – they’re there to offer clues if you get stuck. You can ask for clues or choose to get none – it’s up to you how much assistance your group gets.
Once you crack the first couple of clues, things really start to roll as you suddenly get an idea of what’s required of you.
We don’t want to say too much as that would clearly ruin the experience for any would-be detectives, but we will say this, “DO IT!”.
If you like cracking puzzles, reading detective novels, Rubik’s cubes, coding, Sudoku or anything else that gives your brain a little tease and makes you think outside the box, DO IT. It was fascinating to see how our kids’ brains ticked, how they worked through problems, how they worked together as a team, who took the lead and who was happy to follow. More interesting still was the realisation that even though us adults were in there as “helpers” we were actually not much help at all – we all genuinely had to work through the problems and work together to crack the codes.
This activity is fun. It’s different. It’s challenging. It’s something your whole family can do together and – importantly – equally enjoy. Get there soon and have a blast!
Kids Escape Room at Laserblast family entertainment centre, Charmhaven
Laserblast at Charmhaven is a family entertainment centre that’s home to three awesome activities within the one venue: laser tag, escape rooms, and new for 2019, a mini putt putt golf course. Click here for details on all that they do.
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10am-9pm. Monday-Tuesday 10am-7pm. Please call in advance to book.
Locked Away Family Escape Room Cost: 30 minutes in the room plus briefing. The room takes 4-8 players. If you have 8 kids 1 parent is included for free; less than 8 kids and a parent is required to pay. $25 per person.
Teen/adult Escape Rooms Cost: They have two additional Escape Rooms aimed at adults and teens aged 15+. The Pirate Cove Plunder Room and the Espionage Room each give you a 60-minute escape room experience and start at $35.
Birthday Parties: Laserblast hosts kids birthday parties. Packages start at $200 for 8 people. Click here for details.
Address: Unit 6, 132 Chelmsford Rd, Charmhaven.
Phone: 4392 5278
TO BOOK: Call 4392 5278.