I recently had to opportunity to participate in an escape room activity at Think Escape Games in Oakland Park with the Ft. Lauderdale Bloggers, a chapter of The Blogger Union. Escape rooms are the new U.S. gaming trend and 14,000 escape rooms are housed in 277 cities and 53 countries! This was actually my first time escaping a room, so I was intrigued about the experience and curious to see if I would enjoy it.
Escape room games are perfect for team building because the team members’ strengths are brought to light, for example, the team member who is proficient in time management vs. the team member who keeps the whole team organized and on track – escape rooms also help facilitate better communication amongst the players – they must effectively communicate to stay on task and ultimately escape in 60 min or less to win the challenge.
Before or after your escape game, feel free to play some other games in the front lounge area.
The above photo was taken at the entrance to one of the themed games called Laboratory 51. Our escape game was theme was “The Study” and it had a difficulty level of 8 out of 10. Up to 12 players can participate and it is recommended to have at least 3 players involved. We had so much fun working together as we solved multiple puzzles along the way to escape the room!
As a Registered Dietitian, we are responsible for earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on a yearly basis to stay abreast of the ever changing research in the field. I am fortunate to be in a career that keeps me learning. For those who are not regularly practicing critical thinking skills, activities such as escape games can be a good method to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time. As the saying goes, use it or loose it! Cognitive decline is a serious and growing issue. Aside from more serious diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia are growing concerns as well. Limiting sugar intake, having a healthy cardiovascular system, getting enough omega-3 DHA, and of course keeping your brain active are important for prevention.
About Think Escape Games:
Founded by Greg Kormendi and Shannon Best in November 2015, Think Escape Games offers live-action team-based games where players solve puzzles, accomplish tasks and work together in a hands-on environment to escape the game in a set amount of time.
Currently offering three rooms of unique unfranchised gameplay, Think Escape Games offers players and corporate teams the chance to stretch their minds in new and unique ways.
About My Wellness RD:
Holli Lapes, RD, LD/N is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in South Florida. Holli is the founder of The South Florida Sage (http://thesoflasage.com/) a food & drink blog featuring culinary experiences from the Miami, Broward and Palm Beach area.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary experience at Think Escape Games. All opinions are my own.