Virtual Escape Rooms
Escape rooms have become the newest form of entertainment to hit mainstream America, taking over retail space in shopping malls and prompting the creation of community-based knock-offs. It can be a great way to escape boredom and take off on an adventure, without the hefty price tag.
Shelter in Place? No Problem.
With so many of us avoiding crowds these days, it’s no wonder this novel idea has been adapted for at-home family fun. And thanks to local libraries around the country, it’s catching on like wildfire.
While there are plenty of for-profit companies online who charge for an an evening of ‘shelter in place’ entertainment, the libraries are making them available to the masses free of charge. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE libraries?!
Here are three of our favorites that will stretch your brain and rouse the imagination:
Harry Potter is a household name, so kids will be apt to enjoy this one simply because of the theme. The best part is that it’s free, thanks to the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA—the library that started it all. So, if you’re new to the concept of virtual escape rooms, this is a great place to start!
Enjoy this fun and engaging story inspired by J.K. Rowling, as you work alone (or with friends) to find your way out of a locked room in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And don’t be fooled into thinking it will be easy. The use of magic is not allowed in this escape room—that’s cheating! Check it out >
Inspired by the Hogwarts Escape Room, this global adventure was created by the folks at Washington-Centerville Public Library in Ohio. As a recent (top) graduate of a prestigious spy school, you become an apprentice learning from the spymaster, Carmen.
During this epic journey, you will solve puzzles as Carmen takes you on an exciting trip around the world. Slightly more challenging than the others shared here, this one is probably better off left to the teens. Check it out >
We have Moultrie-Colquitt County Library in Georgia to thank for this one. Based on the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, this journey takes you down a virtual rabbit hole chasing after the white rabbit.
Using video clips and age appropriate puzzles, this one is a great option for the younger kids. If they’re not familiar with Alice in Wonderland, no worries. Though it may be the perfect precursor to a family movie night! Check it out >
Looking for a New Challenge?
If you’ve escaped every room and you’re looking for a new challenge, try creating your own virtual escape room. Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian and creator of the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, has put together this awesome tutorial to help you get started.
Many thanks to all of the amazing librarians who continue to find new and impressive ways to ensure libraries remain relevant in this digital age. You are my hero!