Escape rooms are fun, interactive puzzles where groups of participants are closed inside a themed room and then have to look for clues and solve a mystery together—usually within an hour—in order to win and successfully escape.
They’re all the rage these days, with new escape rooms opening seemingly every month. They can be booked for birthday parties or simply for a fun family outing. Not all escape rooms are appropriate for all ages, but below are some especially kid-friendly escape rooms in or near Toronto. Some have games geared just toward kids or custom kids’ birthday parties.
In most cases, the number of people required to book a room ranges from 4 to 10; prices are around $20–$25 per person and reduced rates for kids may apply. Put your minds to the test and try your best to escape!
Created specifically for kids and families, this escape room is the perfect adventure for birthday parties and special occasions. There are two different experiences: Pieces of Eight, where you’ll be a band of pirates looking for Blackbeard’s treasure map, or Mr. Moody’s Ghost, where you’re looking for a stolen dinosaur egg in the famously haunted Moody estate.155 Winges Rd., Unit 3, Vaughan
Minimum age: 7–12 years
Welcome to the Circus Hullabaloo! In the game The Hidden Treasure of the Grand Carnival, the ringmaster, Maurice Rousseau, mysteriously vanished six months ago, but his famous golden hat, worth millions of dollars, is rumoured to still be at the circus. It’s up to you and your fellow treasure hunters to find it.322 Bloor St. W., 3rd floor, Toronto
Minimum age: 6–12 years
In the Fun House room, you’ve travelled to Mystery Adventure Park for a relaxing vacation. But when you arrive, you discover that it’s time for their annual show. Awaiting you are mysterious and strange puzzles that need to be solved!388 Spadina Ave., 2nd Floor, Toronto
Minimum age: 5 years (with an adult)
In this family friendly escape game, you’ll be helping Ms. Maryweather, an archaeologist and explorer whose treasured artifacts are in danger of being stolen by her nemesis! It’s your job to search her mansion for her most prized possessions and protect them from her sinister opponent. Be sure to check out the other escape rooms offered here that are just as fun. They have two locations on the Danforth, so be sure you’re headed to the right one!2944 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Suitable for all ages (0–12 years)
Each room here has adjustable difficulty levels, which means kids have the chance to play all on their own in a room that is designed specifically for them! This means they can play with no adults in the room and solve the mystery all on their own.4380 South Service Rd., Burlington
Minimum age: 10 years
The television show Murdoch Mysteries is brought to life in this immersive escape game. Detective Murdoch is missing and it’s your job to find him as Toronto’s newest constables. You’ve got 60 minutes to solve the Secret of Station House No. 4!George Brown House, 186 Beverley St., Toronto
Minimum age: 10 years
The Muffin Man has a special job every year; he bakes tasty treats for the world. But this year, he’s misplaced some of his ingredients and it’s up to you to find them!83 Centre St S, Oshawa
Minimum age: 6–10 years
You and your friends have stumbled across Merlin’s sanctum. The ancient wizard has collected many treasures and is now allowing you to come into his domain and take Excalibur for yourself. Will you be able to make it past all the puzzles and traps that guard this stunning artifact?125 Edward St., Aurora
Minimum age: 6 years (with adult)
Photo credit: Looking Glass Adventures