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A Parent's Guide to Escape Room Era: Is 'The Hide' Suitable for Kids?

A Parent's Guide to Escape Room Era: Is 'The Hide' Suitable for Kids?When it comes to planning a fun and

September 11, 2023

Written by David Watermeier

A Parent's Guide to Escape Room Era: Is 'The Hide' Suitable for Kids?When it comes to planning a fun and

A Parent's Guide to Escape Room Era: Is 'The Hide' Suitable for Kids?

When it comes to planning a fun and exciting outing for the whole family, escape rooms have become a popular choice. The thrill of solving puzzles and working together to escape a room within a time limit can be an exhilarating experience. One escape room that has caught the attention of many is 'The Hide' at Escape Room Era. But as a parent, you may be wondering if this particular escape room is suitable for kids. In this parent's guide, we will take a closer look at 'The Hide' and help you decide if it's a good fit for your little ones.

'The Hide': A Murder-Mystery Escape Room with a Horror Twist

'The Hide' is a murder-mystery themed escape room with a horror twist. Players take on the role of private investigators tasked with gathering evidence against a suspected serial killer. The room is designed to be challenging, engaging, and immersive. The goal is to investigate Ted Gein's apartment and bring the criminal to light.

Age Recommendations

Escape Room Era recommends 'The Hide' for players who are 16 years and older. This age recommendation is in place due to the horror elements and intense atmosphere of the room. Younger children may find the room too scary or overwhelming. Additionally, the puzzles and clues may be too challenging for younger kids to fully enjoy and participate in the game.

However, it's important to note that every child is unique, and what may be appropriate for one child may not be for another. If you believe your child is mature enough and won't be frightened by the horror elements, you can consider bringing them along. Just remember to use your best judgment and consider your child's comfort level.

Horror Elements in 'The Hide'

'The Hide' is categorized as a horror escape room, so it does contain elements that may be scary for some individuals. It's important to consider your child's sensitivity to horror and their ability to separate reality from fiction.

In 'The Hide,' you'll encounter dark and eerie settings, atmospheric lighting, and suspenseful sound effects. The room is designed to create a sense of tension and mystery. While there are no jump scares or actors involved, the overall atmosphere may be unsettling for younger children or those who are easily frightened.

If your child enjoys horror-themed movies, shows, or books and doesn't get easily scared, they may be able to handle 'The Hide.' However, if your child is sensitive to horror or easily frightened, it may be best to choose one of the other escape rooms at Escape Room Era that has a less intense theme.

Working as a Team

Escape rooms are not only about solving puzzles but also about teamwork and collaboration. Players need to work together, communicate effectively, and share ideas to successfully escape the room. This aspect of escape rooms can be a valuable learning experience for kids, teaching them problem-solving skills and the importance of teamwork.

'The Hide' can provide an opportunity for parents and older siblings to bond with younger kids as they work together to solve the mystery. However, keep in mind that the room is designed to challenge even experienced players, so ensure that everyone in your group is capable of actively participating and contributing to the game.

Alternative Options for Kids

If you feel that 'The Hide' may not be suitable for your child, don't worry! Escape Room Era offers a variety of other game rooms that are more kid-friendly. Here are some alternatives:

  • 'Christmas at Franklin's': This holiday-themed escape room is designed to be less intense and more suitable for all ages. Players take on the role of Seal Team ELF-A, tasked with acquiring Benjamin Franklin's latest toy invention.
  • 'Murder and Mayhem': This room has a mystery theme but without the horror elements present in 'The Hide.' Players become detectives, trying to solve a murder case by finding clues and connecting dots.

By opting for one of these alternative game rooms, you can ensure that your child has a positive experience that is both enjoyable and appropriate for their age.


Escape Room Era offers a range of immersive and exciting escape rooms for players of all ages. While 'The Hide' may not be suitable for younger children due to its horror theme, there are alternative options that provide a kid-friendly experience. Remember, it's essential to consider your child's age, sensitivity to horror, and ability to work in a team before choosing an escape room.

So, if you're looking for a thrilling and challenging experience for the whole family, Escape Room Era is the place to go. Gather your team, put your problem-solving skills to the test, and embrace the excitement of escaping within the time limit. Whether you choose 'The Hide' or one of the other game rooms, you can be sure that you're in for an unforgettable adventure.



Escape Room Era has been providing premier family-friendly immersive and challenging escape room experiences for the novice or enthusiast since February 2017.

In these completely private live games, participants use their team building, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills to beat the clock.

Players must quickly work together to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and riddles, and crack codes to ultimately accomplish their assigned mission within one hour.

Whether players consist of co-workers, family, friends, or schoolmates, they’ll be bonded by their memorable experience at Escape Room Era.

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