Bethany Woods, aged 17, recently attended our ‘Escape Room’ Young People’s Event at The Treehouse – read her account of the day below...
I recently took part in one of the Young Persons groups at The Treehouse, called the “Escape Room” event. Now, as the name suggests, it was an event based around the idea of making the Treehouse into a giant escape room for the day…but before I get into any more detail, I’m going to give you the rundown of what happened from start to finish at the event.
When we first arrived, we got given a lanyard with a coloured piece of card hanging from it. The colour of each coloured card represented each team (there were three teams, I was on the orange team). Next, we got to do an activity, where we had to guess the names of famous fictional detectives, by looking at pictures of them, which had an anagram of their name underneath. Once everyone had finished the anagram solving activity, it was now time for the orange team (my team) to be the first team to do the escape room.
The theme of the escape room was ‘time travel.’ The whole idea of this theme, was to go into different areas of The Treehouse, with each area representing different “times” (there was Roman, Steampunk, the Future etc.) and in these “times” we had to find clues that would help us solve riddles, which would therefore fix our (pretend) time machine and get us back to our own time. Once we were apparently “back home” our team had completed the escape room and we all had time to do our own thing, before gathering again for lunch.
Our lunch was a pleasant one; the food included a choice of different sandwiches, pizza, sausage rolls and other finger food, followed by a variety of dessert food.
Once we had all had our lunch, we did a word solving activity, where we had to look around the Treehouse for small paper magnifying glasses, which had letters written on them and these letters (once we had found all of them) were supposed to make four words; if one of the magnifying glasses had a letter on it that was written as a capital letter with a small number next to it, then that meant that one of the words began with that letter and the number indicated how many letters were in that word, therefore making it easier when it came to trying to figure out how to make the words. Once the letters were found and arranged into the correct order, we worked out that the words made the sentence, “There Is No Prize.”
Now that we had solved that riddle, we got to do more mystery based fun things, like writing secret messages on black paper with a pen, who’s writing you could only see, by putting the paper under a UV light.
After all the fun activities, we had a feedback session using different mediums (writing, drawing, film, photography. As someone who is a budding writer, my writing instincts kicked in and I chose the option to write my feedback).
Finally, we managed to fit in a few games of Boccia (basically a Paralympic sport, which is similar to Bowls), before we had to go home.
Overall, I would say I had a fun day, full of fun, brain stretching activities, good food and plenty of laughs and I feel so lucky to have been able to take part in this event.
Huge thanks to Bethany for sharing such a fantastic account of her Escape Room experience! We're on the look-out for more young people who use EACH services (aged 14+) to help create content for The Den website and Transition Times e-newsletter - so if you're a budding writer or film-maker, get in touch! Email email@example.com, or fill in our online form.