No, I'm not talking about literally escaping Bloomington, I'm talking about a business called "Escape Bloomington." Some friends of mine and I went to Escape Bloomington last weekend and I loved the experience. So much, that I'm already planning a date night to go back. If you like solving puzzles and brain teasers, you have to try this!
Without giving anything away, or spoiling the fun, the jist of it is this.... you willingly go into a room, get locked inside, and have 60 minutes to get yourselves out. There are 4 rooms to choose from, Focus Pocus, the Morgue, the Playroom and the Office. Check out their website, www.escapebloomington.com for more information and ratings of the rooms - some are harder than others.
While you're in the locked room, the "game masters" are watching you through a camera and you're allowed 3 hints, given on a TV screen in the room. We had to use all 3 of our hints and even discussed one of them with the game master on the "house" phone because we were arguing about a clue we had already found, ha! (we aren't strong minded woman or anything). We successfully made it out of the room with 58 seconds to spare - whew!! And then they took our picture to officially announce we did it!
For those of you that might freak out about being locked in a room - yes, there is an emergency key. So don't worry if you have to go to the bathroom or just get uncomfortable being confined to a small room with 5-9 other people.
How do you book your escape? It's super easy, just go to their website (www.escapebloomington.com) and click on "book a game" and then pick a date, time and room and pay online. Each room has a suggested number of people, so if you're going as a group, just make sure you don't exceed that number. Also, if you're just going as a couple, be aware that others can book in that time slot until it's filled to capacity. So you may end up with people you don't know - which could be fun... or disastrous!
So if you're looking for something different to do on your date night or a girls night out, I highly recommend trying this!
Melissa Ash - mom of 2 energetic boys, wife, and business woman. Just trying to "do it all".