Escape Rooms: The One-Hour Getaway

Remember when we would immerse ourselves in make-believe worlds? For most of us, it happened during our childhood when we'd freestyle storylines and simultaneously act out the parts. It was never fun until we'd run into a challenge that we just had to figure out in order to win, survive, or save the day!!

It took teamwork, smarts, and unconventional thinking in order to move on from one obstacle to the next. Sometimes we'd fail, but that would only motivate us to think up alternate solutions in order to complete our tasks.

And all of this happened in a finite amount of time, as we had to race against the clock before school recess would end or dinner time would show up out of nowhere.

Well, do you remember doing that? Do you remember (bada-ba-ba-ba) loving it?

If so, you may have heard a thing or two about my latest hobby: ESCAPE ROOMS!!

 Peeps from  The Big Bang Theory  in an escape room.

Peeps from The Big Bang Theory in an escape room.

I know I know, escape rooms have been around for a handful of years, but they were still foreign to me before I had my first experience in late January. My friend Cristina celebrated her birthday with a doubleheader of escape rooms and I couldn't have asked for a better way to plunge into the world of escape rooms. And get HOOKED.

The craze hit me hard, as I went on to experience a total of 6 escape rooms in less than a months time. I had to stop buying the occasional $10 lunch during the work week; instead, I consumed colorful dust particles found on the floor in order to afford all of this.

I'm only kidding of course!! however, the typical cost for an escape room is around $25-$40, not cheap, but for someone who doesn't indulge on a regular basis, it has been well worth it.

Below is a breakdown of my escape room experiences so far (don't worry, no spoilers):

  ESCAPE ERA  (MAP)    —  my first escape room experience was the "Deja Vu" room at  Escape Era . It was so fun that I squeezed into an extra-tight Anfernee Hardaway jersey to celebrate our successful escape. The elements of surprise were well done at Escape Era and I cannot wait to try their upcoming room, "Arcade".

ESCAPE ERA (MAP) — my first escape room experience was the "Deja Vu" room at Escape Era. It was so fun that I squeezed into an extra-tight Anfernee Hardaway jersey to celebrate our successful escape. The elements of surprise were well done at Escape Era and I cannot wait to try their upcoming room, "Arcade".

  UNLOCKABLES  (MAP)    —  located next to a ramen shop is  Unlockables , a well-designed non-linear experience by escape room aficionado  Edwin Tactay . I did the aptly named room  "The Escape"  which has been my favorite beginning set-up so far of all escape rooms (try it and you'll find out why...)

UNLOCKABLES (MAP) — located next to a ramen shop is Unlockables, a well-designed non-linear experience by escape room aficionado Edwin Tactay. I did the aptly named room "The Escape" which has been my favorite beginning set-up so far of all escape rooms (try it and you'll find out why...)

  60out  (MAP)    —  wanted to try LA-based  60out  and was not disappointed. Felt whimsical and did the  "Wizards Workshop" , which yielded clues that required extra Butterbeer to understand. So far this room has had the best room transition experience. 60out has several locations across LA, each featuring a unique set of rooms.

60out (MAP)  wanted to try LA-based 60out and was not disappointed. Felt whimsical and did the "Wizards Workshop", which yielded clues that required extra Butterbeer to understand. So far this room has had the best room transition experience. 60out has several locations across LA, each featuring a unique set of rooms.

  Escape Game SD  (MAP)    —  decided to try another Harry Potter-inspired room, this time the "Wizards and Spells" at  Escape Game SD . Unfortunately we were one of the guinea pigs, as this was a brand new room with kinks being worked out, and it has been the most disappointing experience thus far.

Escape Game SD (MAP) — decided to try another Harry Potter-inspired room, this time the "Wizards and Spells" at Escape Game SD. Unfortunately we were one of the guinea pigs, as this was a brand new room with kinks being worked out, and it has been the most disappointing experience thus far.

  60out  (MAP)    —  went back to  60out  for their room  "Outbreak"  which is up there on my list. This time it was just Stacy and I, as we felt the pressure of saving mankind. Best use of usable props, including a gun and metal detector. We escaped, which probably means we're officially good to marry now.

60out (MAP) — went back to 60out for their room "Outbreak" which is up there on my list. This time it was just Stacy and I, as we felt the pressure of saving mankind. Best use of usable props, including a gun and metal detector. We escaped, which probably means we're officially good to marry now.

  House of Hints  (MAP)    —  my latest experience was at  House of Hints , recommended by my friends Denise and Nicholai. I was fortunate to experience the  "Black Ops Safe House"  room, as it is soon-to-be retired. Though my amazing party was unable to escape (WE GOT SO CLOSE!!), it is the best overall experience I've had so far. Everything from the authentic decor to the progressional revealings were well designed, I look forward to their new location in San Marcos coming soon.

House of Hints (MAP) — my latest experience was at House of Hints, recommended by my friends Denise and Nicholai. I was fortunate to experience the "Black Ops Safe House" room, as it is soon-to-be retired. Though my amazing party was unable to escape (WE GOT SO CLOSE!!), it is the best overall experience I've had so far. Everything from the authentic decor to the progressional revealings were well designed, I look forward to their new location in San Marcos coming soon.


Doing escape rooms is a wonderful getaway from the daily grind. They propel you to exercise your brain in a myriad of ways, causing you to use your imagination and creativity to accomplish a series of goals.

Just like when we were kids :)