We’ve been wanting to try an escape room since they became popular a few years ago, so when the opportunity to visit Escapes in Time in Orem came up, we jumped at the chance.
One thing that we liked about Escapes in Time is the family-friendly environment. As we’ve researched other escape rooms, we’ve seen a lot of scary themes: zombie apocalypse, serial killers, and the like. One escape room even starts with you trying to turn off the fog machine, which just doesn’t seem like a good time for our 6 and 9 year-olds.
At Escapes in Time, we were placed in a Leonardo da Vinci themed room. There was nothing scary, and though the puzzles were well-above 6 year-olds, it would have been okay to have him along.
We don’t want to ruin any of the puzzles, but we will give you a little of what to expect. In this escape room, there was an iPad that monitored your progress. Each time you solved a puzzle, you found a coin, usualy accompanied by a key or combination of numbers. As you placed the coin in the box near the iPad, it updated your progress. All around the room were different items with clues. There were also boxes with key locks, combination locks with 3, 4, or 5 digits. Hints can be found on the walls, in pictures, and items that you find.
It is amazing how rewarding it is when you figure out a puzzle. The click of an opened lock is like music; the creak from a hidden door like a good dream. That was our favorite thing about the escape room. The sense of accomplishment was like a natural high.
You should know that you are being watched on cameras while in the escape room. Employees are monitoring your progress, making sure that you aren’t causing mischief, and helping when needed. We found da Vinci’s treasure in 54 minutes without any help, but according to the employees, everyone is successful, though sometimes they step in to give you a hint.
If you’d like a fun night with your family, even the little ones, try Escapes in Time in Orem. We had a really great time. Make sure to check their website or follow them on social media before you schedule because they always have great deals!
Escapes in Time is located at 768 S 400 E, Orem, UT.
Tips for Families
- Schedule the escape room ahead of time. Check their website for times and deals.
- Be careful which room you choose. Some rooms have a spookier theme, so we were careful to choose rooms we thought would be appropriate for our kids even though our kids weren’t with us.
- Invite friends or family to come with you. We went with another couple and that made it really fun. We worked on solving the room together. If you don’t schedule with others, you could be in the room with people you don’t know. I guess you would become friends quickly!