Can You Escape? Featuring the Escape Hour Plus 8 Other Escape Rooms in Calgary

The room dims and the lock clicks shut. There’s a moment of silence. Now what?

Escape rooms have become a popular activity for families, youth groups, and even business colleagues. It’s a simple concept: allow yourself to be locked in a themed room, and solve the riddles inside to undo the locks.

Escape Hour (Family Fun Calgary)

Can you make it out?

Could I make it out? As I was locked in this room with my husband and 3 children, this was a pertinent and poignant question.

I’m not sure if it’s an over-active imagination, a penchant for stories, or simply a layer of childishness I never outgrew, but immersing yourself in a story is delightful entertainment. As such, I love visiting the Disney parks, but one must be practical some of the time. It can be difficult to find family fun that everyone gets excited about, but we paid a visit to the Escape Hour as a back-to-school celebration, and everyone loved it! We were whisked away to the world of the Arabian Nights, and everyone was engaged and excited about our experience.

 

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This was only our second experience in a locked room. The first time, I was skeptical. Lock myself in a room with children and work to get out? I was unclear how this was entertainment. We had a good time, however, and I was curious to try again.

We chose the Curse of the Evil Genie from the 4 rooms available at the Escape Hour (stay tuned for new rooms by 2020!). The room was pleasingly themed and rated harder than the first room we had tried, giving me some doubt that we would succeed. The kids confidently spread out in the room and began the task of noticing, deducing, and attempting to solve the puzzle. My kids were between the ages of 10 and 14 and it was interesting to watch them solve the puzzles and work together. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but each of them had an inspiration about a clue that no one else had yet thought about, definitely assisting in our escape. The excitement the kids had when we solved a riddle was contagious.

It was also good to note that an employee of The Escape Hour was watching our progress and would type a message that would be displayed on a screen in the room if we needed help. (There are three levels of “help” you can access. We chose Normal and definitely appreciated the hints we received!) I have to admit, we did need a few hints. Time flies in an escape room and soon the clock read 30 minutes, and then 20. We were so close, but then we had only a few minutes left. With a flurry of activity – okay, plus another eleventh-hour hint – we solved the last riddle and burst out the door with only 2 minutes to spare!

There was much excitement and chattering as we escaped. You might have thought we really did escape the Evil Genie! And the kids were pretty proud when they got to dress up and pose for a picture with a sign that proclaimed, “We did it!”

Not knowing what to expect when you first try an escape room is part of the fun. But this time, having some idea of how these rooms could work gave us more confidence and, I think, enhanced our enjoyment. Sixty minutes of forgetting the problems of the real-world and losing ourselves in a story made the best escape.

Escape Hour (Family Fun Calgary)

First escape room experience: Finding the Lost Jewel of Zanzibar

5 Tips for Escaping:

  1. Look everywhere for clues – inside drawers, behind pictures, up or down – anything could help. The type of pictures on the wall might be a clue, page 42 of a book might solve a mystery, or even the music playing could help you escape.
  2. You won’t need to perform acrobatics or heroics to escape. Our guide showed us the broken leg of a chair – contrary to what the person who broke it thought, nothing was hidden in a hollow leg. It should be obvious what NOT to do. (Our escape room had little signs on things that shouldn’t be touched or moved.)
  3. Pay attention; the details matter. What is out of place? What strikes you as odd? What triggers that almost unconscious thought in your brain? What tools in the room should you use?
  4. Work together! A half-thought you have might combine with a half-thought someone else has, and the riddle will be solved!
  5. It’s a game. It’s supposed to be fun. If you just can’t figure something out, ask for a hint. It might be the nudge you need to go the rest of the way on your own. And don’t worry about feeling stuck or claustrophobic – you’ll be too busy to even think of it!
Escape Hour (Family Fun Calgary)

Your group is only as strong as the weakest bladder. #wisewords

Escape Room Attractions in Calgary:

There are several escape room locations in Calgary, and if your kids are a bit older, they really are a fun family activity!

Please note: many of these rooms will not be suitable for children.

The Escape Hour:

The Escape Hour was 4 themed rooms: The Lost Jewel of Zanzibar, The Curse of the Evil Genie, Prohibition – The Lucky Duck, and Cypherspace. The rooms have varying levels of difficulty. Expect new rooms by 2020.

Address: 3016 19 St NE #200, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-975-8999
Website: www.escapehour.ca

Lockdown Escape Rooms

Lockdown Escape Rooms is designed for families with kids ages 7 and up and they have 11 games in easy, medium, and hard levels. They have the only motion (moving) escape rooms in Canada, with a 26 ft submarine and 22 ft spaceship! Walk-ins welcome and they have reduced rates for children, youth, and seniors.

Address: 6712 Fisher Street SE, Unit 80, Calgary, AB
Phone: 587-352-4836
Website: www.lockdowncalgaryse.ca

Captive Kids Escape Room:

This is Calgary’s only option specifically designed for kids and families! They have 3 themed rooms: Pieces of Eight, The Witch, and Mr Moody’s Ghost. Specially designed for kids 4 -12 and their families, and different levels of difficulty can be chosen.

Address: #5 – 3600 21 St NE Unit 201, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-452-7772
Website: ww.captivekids.com

Confined Escape Room:

The Confined Escape Room also has 4 rooms: Frankenstein – A Steam Punk Adventure, Escape Trump’s Tower, Cabin Fever, and Alice in 3D.  You are locked in the Frankenstein room for 70 minutes, instead of the usual 60, and it does come with a disclaimer.

Address: Bay L, 2020 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-452-4441
Website: www.confined.ca

The Locked Room:

The Locked Room actually has 3 location throughout the city, all with different themed rooms. The NE location has Mutiny on the High Seas, Quest for Excalibur, Game Over, Hangar 403, and The Quizzler’s Revenge. The Southland location has Lair of the Minotaur, Mission: Antarctica, The Great Train Heist, and Sinister Study. Finally, the SE location has Forbidden Temple, Prison Break, The Heist, and Captivity.

Address: NE: Bay #15 2015 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB
Southland: 9937 Fairmount Dr SE, Calgary, AB
SE: 5330 72 Ave SE #191, Calgary, AB
Phone: NE: 403-455-0545
Southland: 403-454-4496
SE: 403-271-9645
Website: www.thelockedroom.ca

A/maze Calgary:

Located in a heritage building in downtown Calgary, A/maze Calgary currently has escape rooms called Cabaret Voltaire and Tesla’s Study.

Address: 206 11th Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 587-583-5803
Website: www.amazecalgary.com

Escape 2gether:

Escape 2gether is offering you 4 rooms, which are Red Cabin, Escape the Camp 22 Prison, Trapped in Time, and Psychiatric Hospital.

Address: Unit C6, 416 Meridian Rd SE, Calgary AB
Phone: 403-207-5777
Website: www.escape2gether.ca

Escape Capers:

Escape Capers offers The Spectres Upstairs and A Holly Jolly Lougheed Christmas.

Address: 4235 16 St SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-903-9162
Website: www.escapecapers.ca

Trapped:

Trapped currently offers a number of escape rooms: Ancient Pyramid, Medieval Prison, Contaminated Hospital, Death Note, Chaos Effect, Jack the Ripper, and Aunt Elisa’s Inheritance.

Address: 1139 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 587-356-4488
Website: www.trapped.ca

The author would like to thank the Escape Hour for hosting our interactive experience. All opinions expressed are her own.

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