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I absolutely love escape rooms and scavenger hunt games, and after hosting them for my family for many years, there’s a few things I have learned.
While the game itself matters, there are a few ways to take it to the next level, which don’t take much effort.
This is my process for creating these games from scratch with little money and a lot of fun.
If you have followed from my other site, InspiredMyLove.com you know I like to share games like these.
An escape room party is a thing right now and they are a just as much fun to make as they are to play. It’s a gift from the heart.
When you put games together like this your family and friends will be begging for you to do it again.
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There all different style of escape room at home games, but I’m talking about going big for an escape room party. Creating something more than a board game, clue cards, and timers that you get in kits.
I’m talking about creating an experience that’s hands on and involves more than just the logical mind. Kids love this!!
There doesn’t even need to be a time limit, if you so choose. It also doesn’t have to be all about solving puzzles, you can add games and physical challenges too!
If you were truly stuck somewhere, and needed to escape or played a part in a heroic story, then it is likely you would use both problem solving and physical activity.
Kids have wonderful imaginations, give them an opportunity to really dive in and live it out.
Decorate to make it visually interesting and to build your story. To create an experience think about the senses, make it interesting to hear and see. Decorate and have an awesome soundtrack.
Decorating can be simple, low lighting and some props that support your escape room story is enough. You can use what you have around the house, dollar store, and the thrift store.
Most all my games are made from stuff around the house and some supplies from dollar store, most of our Carnival Escape Room was sourced from the dollar store and stuff around the house.
Sound and music are so powerful, it can really intensify the experience. A bluetooth speaker queued with sound effects goes along way, and you can just about find everything for free on YouTube or Spotify.
For our Carnival Escape Room, I used a creepy carnival soundtrack that was playing loudly as the guests entered the carnival, on a bluetooth speaker inside the madhouse there were spooky noises and scream sound effects from YouTube.
It’s satisfying for the kids to have a sense of completion, with the carnival escape room the last event is a pinata, so not only do the kids when their freedom but also a bag full of candy!!
BUT, again don’t forget to tease them too, one year the pinata was filled with broccoli (don’t worry they eventually found their candy), you can imagine the shock and horror on their poor little faces. I still get a chuckle out of that moment and they still talk about it!
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