Diary of a Frugal Mum

A Christmas of escaping!

Christmas 2019

Dear Frugal Mums,

The kids have been desperate to do an escape room, so I decided to make them one to complete with their cousins over Christmas. They absolutely loved it, and it cost very little to do – a much cheaper option than visiting one! We always keep any boxes we receive in the post to re-use when we need packaging, so I grabbed some of those from the top of the cupboards in the utility room and made holes to attach padlocks. 

The combination locks were £8 for 4 on eBay and, apart from these and some sweets from Aldi for their escapee prizes, the rest didn’t cost me anything. These locks can also be reset and re-used, so now I have them I can make them another game in the future for nothing! I made up some rhymes, hid some clues around their rooms and printed Christmas puzzles and code breakers off of the internet. It didn’t take long, and it was good fun!

We did an adult escape room too, using the Escape Team app which is brilliant – for a couple of quid you can buy all 5 missions and the rest is just printed straight from their website. The app has clues and a timer, as well as a screen to enter the combinations; it’s a brilliant game.

If you fancy doing a DIY escape room, have a look at some of my ideas here.

Nat x


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