Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mystery Room with Kids?

On a rainy Sunday in Austin we decided to get out of the house and try something new.   We went to the Domain, an outside mall in North Austin and checked out Mystery Room.   Mystery Room is an interactive adventure where you have to read clues and solve puzzles in teams in under 45 minutes.   Mystery Room has 8 rooms with a variety of levels of difficulty, making it fun for all ages.   As this was our first time and we had our 2 kids we decided on a level 1 room.   We chose Block Ops a military inspired room with a cot, sever suit case and containers all with locks and picture and military items on the walls.  Our mission was to find and diffuse the bomb in under 45 minutes. Challenge accepted.   We went off to our room with the first clue after 15 minutes they attendant came in and checked on us and gave us a hint.   From then on we cruised through the clues which led us to different key and types of locks and finally to the bomb.    We finish with minutes to spare.   This activity I think would be good for older kids ages 7 plus and kids that know how to read.   Our little 4 year old wanted to help but didn’t get the clues and wasn’t able to really understand what we were doing.  My 8 year old on the other hand loved it and wants to go back and try a harder room.  The rooms change every 12 weeks so you can come back over and over again. Once you are finished they allow you to take a picture with props from your room and signs.   

Here is a listing of the Type of Rooms:
  • Black Ops – Level 1 or Level 3
  • Superhero’s Adventure – Level 1
  • Sherlock’s Library – Level 2 or Level 4
  • Pharaoh’s Tomb – Level 3
  • Treasure Island – Level 1 or Level 3
  • Special Agent – Level 2 or level 4
  • Houdini’s Magic Cell – Level 3 or Level 5
  • Escape from Alcatraz Level 1 or Level 3


Hours:
Mon-Sat 10AM to 9PM
Sun 12PM to 6PM

Rates:
$20/ person and Kids 6 and under are free.     At $20/ person for 45 minutes this is a bit steep wait for a groupon and check this place out.


Come and try it out if you need an activity for older kids on a rainy or hot day.   Bonus:  It is in the Domain and you can have lunch or Dinner after.   There is a Yogurt Planet, Flemming Pizza, and a Subway right next door to grab a bite plus an open space with a play ground shaped like a Texas Long Horn. 

There are several of these Escape Room type places here in Austin but this is the only one that welcomes children.    At the Austin Panic Room children need to be over 10 years old.  At the Escape Game children need to be over 12 and for Lockout Austin you need to be over 13 years old.  All ages are welcome at Mystery Room.  However children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.   Kids 6 and under are free.  

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