Time Escape - Richmond
Activity:Our family has pretty well tried every family friendly activity under the sun. That’s why when Mom said, ”We’re going to try something NEW;” I thought , “Yah, right, I’ll believe it when I see it.” Anyway, I know this doesn’t happen often, but I was wrong. We ended up going to a place in Richmond called Time Escape. When we pulled up, I asked Mom, “What are we doing here?” She answered, “I have no idea.” I thought, “this is weird.” We went inside and two friendly attendants greeted us. They explained we would be going into a room and it was our mission to figure out how to get out of the room. We would have 45 minutes to do it. Because we were first timers, they would be placing us in the “Easy” room called Operation Rescue. There are eight rooms in total. Mom right away got worried, clarifying with the attendant that she would be able to leave in case of an emergency, which for Mom is going to the bathroom. Dad had a different issue: claustrophobia. He was afraid the room would be too small. It definitely was not. Jen and I watch CSI all the time, so we thought it would be a piece of cake. We each put on a blindfold and the attendant led us into a room. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s put it this way, it wasn’t what I expected. The room had a bunch of possible clues, but we had no idea where to start. We spent about ten minutes getting nowhere and decided it was time to ask for help. (You get two clues if you’re stumped). Even after solving one puzzle, we had trouble figuring out the next one. I was counting on Jen, the brains in our family, to figure out the clues; but she didn’t know anymore than the rest of us, which made me realize you don’t have to be smart to figure out the clues. In fact, I think Mom, the one Dad says has a computer learning disability, figured out the most puzzles. What you need to do to be successful in Time Escape is think out of the box, and work together as a team. After we got the hang of it, we actually managed to figure out a few of the clues. Before we knew it, our time was up. The attendant told us we were about 70% of the way out. In other words we did not escape. I thought we’d be bummed out because we didn’t make it out, figuratively speaking, but it was the opposite: everyone was laughing at how bad we were. Jen and I picked out the room we wanted to try next time. Mom thought we should go back and do the same room, so we could feel good about ourselves. Dad wanted to practise codes online before we went back. I’d like to take some of my brainy friends from school; maybe go for my birthday. I can hardly wait to see how good they are at solving the puzzles. Anyway if you want a true test of your family’s problem solving abilities, give Time Escape a try. Dad thought it would be best if kids were about ten years and older. But Mom thought even younger kids would get a kick out of it. Even if they didn’t know how to solve the puzzles, they’d have fun trying, and helping out with tasks like unlocking locks, looking under objects, and opening suitcases. You never know, the little kids may even be better than their parents. Good Luck!
Details:Time Escape is located at #140 - 3471 No.3 Road in Richmond. Phone: 604-232-9775. Website: TimeEscape.ca
Season:All year round