303, 2020

Family Escape Rooms: a good idea?

Family Escape Rooms: a good idea?

Escape rooms can be challenging right?  If you’re having issues with family dynamics, why would doing an escape room be in any way a good idea? Well let us stop you right there… because in actual fact, doing an escape room could be just the tonic you need.  Honestly.

No matter how young or old, no matter how many family members, tackling an escape room en famille can be an incredibly fulfilling experience.  Here are the reasons, and our top tips for family escape room success:

Why is doing an escape room as a family such a rewarding experience?

Reason 1: Quality family time

Yes it’s time to come together, and remember that actually you can be quite effective when you work as a team! If you manage to beat the room, you will leave on a high, naturally – however even if you don’t, you will have a great time trying to solve the clues.

Reason 2: You recognize each other’s strengths

It’s unlikely everyone in your family is good at exactly the same thing. So celebrate your differences!

Divide up the tasks and you’ll find one person is better at maths, another at word clues, another at thinking outside the box, another at practical clues.  Whatever puzzles you find in your escape room, you’ll also gain  some interesting insights into the family skillset.

Reason 3: Improved communication skills

You’ll never beat an escape room without good communication skills.  You need to COMMUNICATE with each other clearly throughout the challenge, so that every member of the family knows what’s going on and can chip in their thoughts to solve the clues. Good communication skills are skills well worth having and honing, whatever you’re doing in life.

Reason 4: Fully immersive – no distractions, no phones! 

At last, an activity you can do as a family where phones and gadgets don’t get in the way.

Reason 5: Satisfying

If you manage to escape, congratulations, and very well done 🙂  You can go home and know your family rocked it! If you didn’t escape, you’ll still feel an uplifting sense of satisfaction: you tried your best, you all contributed, and you probably succeeded in solving many of the puzzles and had great fun along the way.  Escape rooms are known to be great for your brain, eliciting positivity and improved concentration and communication skills.  Win win.

Top Tips for Family Escape Room Success

1). We’ve said it before, communicate!

2). Recognise each other’s strengths.

3). Be patient: take the time to explain clues to any younger members of the family – you might just find they come up with the answers before you do.

4). Distribute tasks – for example younger children love looking for clues, the ultimate treasure hunt.

5). Give one family member the role of time-keeper so you can keep your eye on the time.

6). Don’t take over, you are most likely to succeed if everyone is involved!


For more information about any of our escape rooms, click here

Most of our escape rooms in Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford are suitable for children aged 10+. Should you be doing an escape room as a family and have younger members aged 10-13 joining you, our team can provide additional clues and help along the way so that you have the best possible experience.  We also have junior escape room at all our venues for children aged 6-9 years old – perfect for kids seeking a challenge they can do with their friends as opposed to their parents.  Contact us for more information on 0330 303 0888 or email


2201, 2020

KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES: We care about parents too!

KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES: We care about parents too!

Sometimes, when booking a kids birthday’s party, the part parents have to play is often overlooked.

Head Researcher, Chief Administrator, Bookings Officer, Head of Transport, Organisation Officer, Catering Manager and of course Financial Controller – the list is certainly long and often challenging!

No surprise then that arranging a child’s birthday party is one of life’s more stressful requirements… the very reason VIRE has made it a top priority to think about parents needs too.

Booking a birthday party couldn’t be easier

No joke. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

So what do you get?

  • a simple, straightforward booking process.
  • flexible party options so we get everything absolutely right to suit your child, whether that be Nerf Wars followed by Virtual Reality games; a brilliant escape room then VR; or a mix of all three things ie escape room, Virtual Reality and Nerf Wars! You simply choose what you’d like and we can make it happen.
  • invites included in all our party options.
  • and best of all, full management of the party from start to finish – all meaning parents can cross some of their usual roles off of their long birthday list! We’ll also do all the clearing up after the party has finished, what’s not to love?

Bottom line?

It shouldn’t just be the kids saying they’ve had ‘the best birthday party ever.’  There’s no better sight than seeing a parent pick up a book, settle down with a coffee in our café, and relax, knowing their child’s special day is in good hands.

For more info about Kids Parties at Vire in Aylesbury, Bishop’s Stortford and Hemel Hempstead, click here. Please note, Nerf is only available at our Aylesbury and Bishop’s Stortford centres.

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