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Tips for Spending Real Quality Time with Family

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Are you tired of the lack of real, meaningful, and worthwhile conversation with your family? Are you tired of looking up from your computer and seeing your entire family in the room with you but no real connecting is going on because everyone is devoted to some kind of screen? TV, Kindle, iPhone, Fitbit, LeapPad, the list of screens and technology-based activities goes on and on. And though these devices are beneficial and entertaining – they don’t always help us spend quality time with family. Here are some tips on what you can do to create some real family bonding time:

Use One Form of Technology – Together

Instead of allowing everyone their own screen to zone out – figure out something you can all do together with one form of technology. Some fun examples could include:

  • Play Wii – It is even more fun when the activity is active
  • Watch a movie together
  • Make your own family movie
  • Read a Kindle book
  • Listen and dance to songs

Try an Escape Room

Escape rooms involve a group of people being locked in a room for a specific amount of time. They must solve a series of puzzles, riddles, clues, etc. in order to beat the clock and escape. Here are some of the reasons you and your family should consider going to an escape room for a family night:

  • Work Together – According to workingmother.com, “One of the best things about doing an escape room as a family is that it gives you the opportunity to be a unit all in the service of the same goal. It’s the kind of bonding experience that no other type of entertainment can match.”
  • Everyone Can Participate – Everyone in the family can participate and have fun in the escape room – you all must work together to get out and it is a great bonding experience.
  • Use Your Brain – Instead of watching a movie, you get to use your brain and actually experience the things that typically happen in many movies. It is a thrilling experience that will drive you to keep going until you escape.

Make Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Some family members might be a little young to enjoy an escape room to the fullest capacity. They may be too young to have any experience with treasure hunts, clue finding, scavenger hunts, etc. Try making your own scavenger hunt at home for the little ones to create quality time with family. Once they understand the concept of clues and finding and figuring things out you can take them along to help out in the real escape room!

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How to Have A Killer Birthday at Lockology Columbus

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Are you looking to do something different this year for your birthday? Have you heard about escape rooms, and are curious about the experience? Grab your friends and head to Lockology Columbus for a birthday celebration you won’t soon forget.

You may think you know your BFFs, but just wait until you’re locked in a room with all of them! Your group will have up to one hour to solve a series of puzzles to complete your room’s objective.  You’ll have to work together quickly, using the clues around you. Think of it as a real-life video game. Depending on the escape room you choose, you could be hunting down a murderer, escaping from a haunted prison, or even figuring out how to exit a Mayan temple.

Escapes rooms are a collaborative effort, so everyone has to pitch in to succeed. You’ll see a different side of your friends as you work together searching for clues and thinking through strategies. As the clock ticks down, who will stay calm under pressure and who will feel the heat? At an escape room, you won’t just be celebrating your birthday. You’ll be bonding with your friends while creating new memories and having a blast.

We recommend booking your escape room early in order to reserve your preferred time slot. Our escape rooms vary in theme and level of difficulty so you can choose the one that’s just right for your group. Whether you want something easy or are up for more of a challenge, we have an escape room for you. And we’re located off of Bethel Road, so after you’ve worked up an appetite doing detective work, you can enjoy a birthday meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Make this the year you have a killer birthday, and celebrate at Lockology Columbus.

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Can you escape in 60 minutes or less?

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The title isn’t a threat. It’s a serious question; or a challenge if you will. What if I told you of a physical location where you can have an exciting adventure with your family, friends, or coworkers? It’s called the Lockology Columbus Escape Room, and it’s exactly 100 times cooler than it sounds!

You and a group of your peers can book a premier escape room. After booking a room, you travel to a physical location, get locked into a room for 60 minutes or less, and solve the mysteries within. Not to worry, though, there are emergency exits and someone is always standing by if a situation arises and you have to exit the game.

This escape room is not unlike some of the point-and-click computer games where the objective is to solve puzzles and escape a room. This place brings those games to life! Currently, there are three scenarios you can choose from Haunted Prison, The Crime Scene, and coming soon, The Mayan Temple of Knowledge. Each scenario has a different level of difficulty to choose from so choose carefully!

The Lockology Columbus Escape Room not only brings entertainment to a new level, it has many other benefits as well:

  • It’s an unconventional way to get the family together for some outside-the-box fun.
  • You can bring a date and impress him or her with your bravery and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Companies often come for team-building exercises. It’s a valuable experience for comradery with coworkers.
  • You can book an adventure for your family and take a well-deserved nap for an hour while they’re locked in a room.
  • You can purchase this experience as a gift for birthdays or special occasions.

The next time you’re planning a good time and you’re getting a little weary of the same old same old, maybe consider this off-the-beaten-path venue for an unforgettable experience!

Check us out for more information! We’d love to challenge you to escape in 60 minutes or less!

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4 Ways Escape Rooms Bring Families Together

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With busy schedules and more entertainment options than ever before, finding an activity that will bring families together in a focused, meaningful way can be a challenge. Escape rooms are a natural extension of the classic family game night but with some advantages over a traditional board game.

Escape Rooms Require Full Attention 

In a world full of cell phones, tablets, and television screens, it can be difficult to bring families together.  Even when we’re all sitting in the same room, our focus can easily be drawn far away, making it difficult to really pay attention to one another. There will be no such distraction during an escape room adventure. You’ll be too busy using all of your observations and communication skills on the shared task at hand.

Escape Rooms Create Quality Time 

Melissa Milkie, a sociologist who studies the impact of togetherness on family outcomes, explains that the quality of the time spent together is more important than the quantity. Interactions that create true connections help families build healthy relationships. In an escape room, the entire time is quality time because so much of the event is spent communicating directly with one another while experiencing a shared goal.

Escape Rooms Provide a Chance to Talk

One of the more challenging family dynamics comes from intergenerational communication. It can be difficult for parents to find a way to talk to their children, especially once they become teenagers. According to Psychology Today, one strategy for reaching teens is to give them a chance to solve problems. An escape room functions as a shared problem to solve together, and it gives parents the opportunity to demonstrate to their teens that they hear and value their opinions.

Escape Rooms Target Many Skills 

It can be difficult to choose an activity for the whole family that doesn’t favor one particular person’s skills and interests. Sports favor the athletes. Word games favor the bookworms. Many games favor the most competitive family member. An escape room allows each family member’s own skills to come forward and combine with the rest. There are so many different tasks required to solve the room that each call upon a different way of thinking, so everyone gets a chance to shine. Completing the challenge is cooperative, so competitive family members can feel satisfied with a win without alienating the less competitive ones.

If you’re ready to take your family game night up a notch, book your escape room adventure today!

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Why Do an Escape Room with Your Friends and Family

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Escape rooms are popping up all over the country and their popularity is growing. They offer fun and excitement for everyone who participates and are a great activity for groups of families and friends. If you are tired of the usual dinners, movies and game nights, why not try something new with an escape room?

Escape rooms get you out of your comfort zone and put you in the middle of a mystery. You and your family and friends have to think like a detective. The room is full of hidden clues that will help you solve the mystery and escape. You’ll find yourselves celebrating every clue you find as it gets you closer to the final solution. This is a lot more fun than going to dinner or a movie!

Getting out in the time allowed will only happen if you and your group work together. It takes everyone working as a team to solve the mystery and escape. Kids and adults alike can contribute equally. You’ll find that everyone in your group sees things differently and that definitely works to your advantage. What you see as unimportant in the room, might actually be an important clue. You may come out of the experience with a new appreciation for the way other people see things.

Do you really remember every dinner you’ve eaten or movie you’ve seen with friends and family? Chances are you don’t. You will remember your time at an escape room, though. You’ll find yourself laughing about your adventures and how much fun you had for years to come. This is an opportunity to make memories with the ones you love in a unique way.

Next time you plan a fun group outing with your family and friends, try an escape room. You will be glad you did!

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Try a Whole New Team Building Experience

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So. you’ve been assigned the task of coming up with a fun and unique team building experience. Your boss has trusted you to “knock this one out of the park.” What to do? There’s always the traditional activities like sitting in a conference room trying to solve a customer problem for three-and-a-half hours, while everyone gets on each other’s nerves because they’d all rather be pretty much anywhere else in the world. Let’s scratch that idea.

There’s also something a little less mundane like paintball or laser tag, but paintball gets messy and those paintballs actually sting quite a bit sometimes. Maybe not the best idea for the fragile accountant on his way to retirement in less than six months. As far as laser tag goes, it’s really something that’s better suited for an eight-year-old’s birthday party.

Have you considered an idea where everyone needs to work together, collecting clues and solving puzzles to achieve the ultimate goal of escape? It’s time for something a little more outside the box … or inside (pardon the pun). If it sounds impossibly intriguing, interactive, and incredible, that’s because it is. Welcome to Lockology Colombus Escape Room, a premier escape room with a twist.

Whether it’s your sales team, IT team, or beer-drinking softball team, escape rooms are an excellent way to instill collaboration, creative thinking, and a hugely positive state of morale. There are varying difficulty levels depending on the experience level of your team. If you have one or two veteran escape room players, you may want to encourage their knowledge sharing, and try a room with a slightly higher degree of difficulty.

At Lockology Colombus Escaper Room, your team of eight persons or less can currently take on the goal of escaping from a haunted prison or solving a murder at a crime scene. Coming soon is the mysteries of the Mayan Temple of Knowledge. No matter what adventure you choose; excitement, fun, and camaraderie are sure to abound.

Book now to discover your team’s strengths and weaknesses, while evaluating your ability to work together to achieve a common goal. The Lockology Colombus Escape Room is just what you’re looking for in a one-of-a-kind team building experience.

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3 Reasons Escape Rooms make the Perfect First Date

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When thinking through what to do on a perfect first date, a lot of the available choices that come to mind do not lead to truly getting to know your date. Movies, dinner, sporting events are the obvious choices, but a trip to an escape room creates an unforgettable experience. This intense situation can reveal your true selves to one another and help you form an honest opinion of one another.

Why an escape room is the perfect first date activity

1. No awkward silences. There is a limited amount of time and a lot that you have a lot to do. There is no time to stand around or wonder what the other is thinking. You get to immerse yourselves in an activity and make quick decisions together. Clear communication is necessary and easy when you have an important task at hand.

2. It is fun. There is no denying the fact that an escape room adventure is fun. You have the opportunity to use your creative thinking skills and play like a kid. Side effects include laugh out loud moments and even screams of excitement. There is something about playing a role that brings out the inner child in people.

3. It is a chance to really get to know one another. As the clock ticks down, you really get a chance to see how your date reacts under pressure. Do they react in frustration and anger? Are they controlling? Do they make wise decisions? Do they give up easily? All this is good to know. Whether you succeeded in escaping or not, now is a good time to grab a bite to eat and reminisce over the fun you had. This shared experience can lead the way to more conversations, breaking the ice in a way that a regular first date cannot.

Ready to try an escape room in Columbus? Visit us to book your perfect first date today!

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Why an Escape Room is a Fun Family Activity

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Every family is always seeking something new and exciting to do together. With that said, how about considering an escape room for your next fun family activity? Never heard of it? Well, here’s the skinny on this hot trend for friends and family…

What is an Escape Room?

You can look at it as a real-life, in-room, team-based puzzle. These are fun activities that are done between friends and family who, essentially, search for a way to escape from a locked room. It’s in essence a real-life riddle!

Why Should I try it?

Well, if you and your group are interested in riddles and puzzles, this is the place for your next fun family activity! But, there’s so much more to it than that. Here are several other reasons why you’d want to get involved in this indoor, proverbial chess game:

  • The Objective: It’s all about the thrill of the hunt. The primary goal here is to find the key, or whatever various means of leave is provided, via patterns and clues that will get you thinking and connecting the dots.
  • The Story: Each escape room comes with a story. Maybe a prison room, a crime scene or a hidden temple. Look at it like a real-life video game: you’re the main character trying to escape from the worlds you’ve been temporarily trapped in.
  • A Time Limit: Are you into besting time? Continuing with the video game analogy, you’ll be wracking your brain trying to figure out how to best the clock before it’s “game over.”

If this is something that intrigues you, and you’d like more information or to plan a visit today, please visit our website.

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3 Ways Escape Rooms Build Trust and Team Unity

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An escape room is, fundamentally, an artificial situation that simulates a real intense situation. Many families, work groups, and teams of students would love a way to get to know each other’s styles of leadership and attitudes under pressure before a real life situation strikes. The best part? Escape rooms are also incredibly fun, meaning that rather than simply being a test of your team, they also forge your close bond.

Escape Rooms Make Teams Delegate Tasks

To finish all the challenges in an escape room within the allotted hour, most teams find it necessary to split up and tackle multiple separate components. One of the hardest things to do as a leader is giving up control over the whole process, but everyone from students in a group project to board members in a company must learn to trust their people. By simulating this trust, your team members get the chance to show they are up to the challenge and can handle some aspects of the process without a leader’s supervision.

Escape Rooms Show Each Team Member’s Unique Creativity

The escape room is full of “breakthrough moments,” when everyone was thinking about a challenge in one way and, all of a sudden, one member suggests a new approach. This kind of creativity is hard to discover until a challenging situation happens, and when you start to see that your fellow team members possess this strength, your respect and trust in them grows. We cannot ensure that any one person will always have an out-of-the-box solution, but an escape room can show you how someone on your team is likely to have a new answer.

Escape Rooms Inspire a Group Debrief and Continued Thought

Whether you succeed in escape or cannot finish the puzzles in time, your group will leave the room interested in how they could have done better. Escape rooms are a bit addictive in this way, since once you’ve tried them, you want to try more! Rather than being an isolated experience, these rooms start your team on the path of both hard work and critical self-reflection. They’ll want to not only stimulate their brains again but also learn from any missteps along the way.

Ready to try an escape room right here in Columbus Ohio? Visit our website to learn more!

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Add Some Character The Next Time You Go To An Escape Room With Your Friends and Family

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Escape rooms have been growing in popularity over the past several years, and they’ve finally exploded into the mainstream. If you’ve never been to one, the concept is pretty simple. You, and usually a few friends, are locked into a room with a puzzle. If you follow the clues and solve the puzzle, then you’ll find the way out of the room, and escape. While they’re simple in concept, escape rooms are unique brain teasers that get people off the couch and immerses them completely into an experience that’s unlike anything they’ll find online, or in the typical bar scene.

If you want to make your escape room experience a little more fun, though, then why not get into character with your friends to make it a truly immersive experience?

A Little Roleplaying Never Hurt Anyone

While every escape room has a puzzle that has to be solved, each room also has a unique theme to it. A story that adds some context for why you’re there, and for why you need to get out. For example, in the Haunted Prison you and your friends thought it would be fun to poke around the local ghost town, but when the gates to the prison slammed behind you, things suddenly got deadly serious. If you choose to solve the murder of a prominent journalist, you and your team of expert sleuths have one hour to crack the case and finger the right suspect in order to be sure the killer doesn’t get away. At the Mayan temple of knowledge, you and your team of archaeologists are trying to solve the riddles of the ancients… before it’s too late.

That setup is necessary because it puts the escape room into context. However, what if you took it a step further, and got your group into the spirit of the room? While you don’t need to come in costume (though more power to you if you decide to), you could sit down and create unique identities and a character for each of you. For instance, if you were going into the Mayan temple, you might choose to be Doctor Rufus Blackwall, Professor of Antiquities and South American history. One of your friends might take on the role of Helen Forrester, a grad student who’s here as an intern, and now finds herself trapped in this horrible situation. Another friend might be the organizer from the university, completely out of his element, but still trying to help.

The idea is that, instead of solving the puzzles as yourselves, you become a part of the story in character. What’s even better, though, is that your characters are weaving a tale, even as you try to solve the puzzle, and escape the room. Whether you succeed or fail, you’ll still have a story to tell. And, of course, you can always try again.