The Christmas adverts have commenced, which can only mean one thing – silly season is almost upon us. Every year the frantic frenzy of shoppers on Cyber Monday and Black Friday is a stark reminder of just how much we rely on ‘things’. As the random bloke in the tank top reaches for the top shelf and you fall – seemingly in slow motion – into his sweaty armpit, ask yourself this… is it really worth it? And, wouldn’t you rather be having a laugh with your friends and family in an escape room?
Down with the armpit fiasco, who needs stuff when you can create new memories? Whether you’re more minimalist than hoarder or you just want to help your friends and family create new memories, here’s 5 reasons to avoid the Cyber Monday and Black Friday masses this year. Offering you validation to shop online and treat your friends and family to escape rooms and escape games this silly season instead.
1. Escape room games will help you bond
No more Monopoly induced family feuds or Charade inspired yawns, banding together to solve the clues will help you bond and bring you all closer together. We recently wrote about puzzle room psychology, exploring research from Scott Nicholson on the teambonding effect of escape rooms, he said:
“Escape Rooms bring a whole different experience as players distance themselves from a board with meeples and cards, entering a physical fantasy world where they will find challenges and engagement opportunities.”
2. Make a full night of it at the pub
All of our escape rooms are based in pubs that can entertain and sustain you and your friends or family through the day or night. Whether you want to make a night of it with pre and post drinks or enjoy a family meal. Some of our venues even have VR games, RC racetracks, retro gaming and mini-golf to keep you busy – not to mention lovely pub gardens and DJ’s or live music events.
3. Escape room challenges will get you all laughing
Over Christmas there’s a lot of pressure to be ‘happy’, which often leads to increased anxiety and family feuds. Letting your hair down together in an escape game, having a physical experience, will distract you from any pressure to ‘get on’ and lead you to actually have a good time. Our game hosts are great at keeping players engaged and encouraging participation, even the most straight-faced Dad or grumpy Grandparent won’t be able to resist a giggle.
4. Escape room nostalgia: all ages can relate
The on screen return of 90’s puzzle room bonanza The Crystal Maze has helped nurture a shared generational love for escape rooms. No matter the age or experience of your group of friends or family, everyone is likely to love your escape game gift. Not only that Lady Chastity’s boudoir is dripping in historical memorabilia and our new game Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop is rife with vintage trinkets and toys that are bound to ignite childhood memories for elder members of your famalam.
5. It’s a great excuse to ‘escape’ the crowds
Genuine sentiment aside, avoiding the Cyber Monday and Black Friday crowds is reason enough to hop online and buy an escape room experience instead. Better yet, even if you’re not convinced of the greater benefits, you can use this list to validate your present choosing choices. It’s a win win.
Don’t follow the crowd this silly season
Avoid drowning in the hoards of people grabbing for ‘stuff’ this silly season. Just sit back in the comfort of your own home, hop online and book your friends and family an escape room experience instead.
Not only will you get the most unexpected gift this year – winner winner chicken dinner – escape rooms are also a great way to bring the family together. Silly season escape plan sorted.