Kid-Friendly Escape Rooms in Metro Detroit

Test your family's ability to solve problems under pressure at these exciting escape rooms in metro Detroit.

Are you a puzzle master who problem solves well under pressure? Then, escape rooms are the gaming outlets for you.

This live-action phenomenon was introduced to the U.S. in 2012, but the hype’s proven explosive, and now venues are peppered all over the Mitten. How does this gaming craze work? Players get locked in a room with friends, family or strangers and have (on average) around 60 minutes to escape.

For many, this sounds like the ultimate nightmare. But these team-building exercises mesh scavenger hunting with investigative sleuthing to test gamers’ intellects and get your adrenaline pumping.

All venues suggest players arrive 15 minutes early for a briefing on the game’s objectives. Consult their websites to book rooms and get more information on times, prices and parties. But take note: At some spots, you can’t challenge the same room twice and tickets are typically nonrefundable.

While the rooms foster mystery, there’s nothing scary about the experience (except, perhaps, the room with the zombie). Most venues require adults to accompany youth younger than 18 because the problem solving is usually geared toward adult minds.

Check out one of these escape rooms in metro Detroit and let the timer begin!

Breakout! The Room Escape Game

Nostalgic for the circus? Locked inside The Ringmaster’s Den, find the key before the timer reaches zero, or you’re doomed to stay as a permanent resident. Feel like snooping? You can also choose from Zombie Roadhouse (for ages 16-plus), where the onslaught of the undead has forced survivors to take refuge in an abandoned pub or the Chamber of Illusions, where you are transported into a mysterious realm where nothing is what it seems.

Escape the Room Novi 

Choose from easy, moderate, hard and very hard rooms that include themes like The Bunker, Speakeasy, Illusionist, Cabin in the Woods, Pirates of the Sea and many others.

Escape Room-Zone

Ready for an adventure? You can visit Kentsworth Sanitorium, find your way out of Alcatraz, escape from an airlock and more. Don’t miss new rooms making their debuts throughout the year at various locations.

Michigan Escape Room

Puzzle gurus, unite! Get locked in a room with some of your favorite people, and assist your team with your expertise. The venue is regularly showcasing new rooms, but veterans’ favorites such as the Elevator and Kidnapped are always ready for a fresh batch of newbies.

The Fifth Wall Escape Rooms

This spot’s original room was built for the great Harry Houdini to attempt to escape. Tragically, he passed in Detroit before he could try the room. Now, local metro Detroiters can solve the puzzles and riddles that were built to specifically vex the master escape artist. A newer option, The Purple Gang, is just 25 minutes and pits you, a group of Detroit Police detectives, against the Chicago mob and Weirder Stuff simulates the original Fifth Wall Society investigation.

The Great Escape

Choose from scavenger hunt rooms Sherlock Study and Moriarty’s Gameroom. They also have rooms that feature live performances and a “portable” option, too.

Think It Out Escape Rooms

Sleuth for puzzle pieces under pressure. Rooms offered include On the Radio, The Locker Room, Campout and Superhero U.

Looking for even more family fun? Check out the Metro Parent calendar for ideas.


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Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.

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