These free, downloadable Escape Rooms can be used in group settings face-to-face or online on Zoom or other teleconferencing apps. They were originally written for 11- to 14-year-olds, but have also been played by groups of 14- to 18-year-olds and 9- to 10-year-olds (just be prepared to give more clues), family gatherings, groups of 20-somethings and for adult office Christmas parties!
One or more people present the puzzles using a shared screen online or a laptop and projector, the rest play the Escape Room. There are different puzzles to solve to escape the room or solve a problem, including spot the difference, quizzes, codes and riddles.
I am currently editing these escape rooms to make them easier to play in person. If you want to help, even if you're just willing to trial one when it's written, please get in touch.
I am in no way affiliated to Zoom, nor have they approved this content.
Find the escape room you want to play below, which are divided into all-year or seasonal escape rooms.
"Thank you for this wonderful resource. Our youth group had a great time."
Lindsay Jacobs, Sunday school teacher, Hendon Baptist Church, London
"The escape room was a breath of fresh air!"
Gavin Rodgers, Elder/Pastor, Jubilee Church, Teesside
"Dave, thanks so much for these. I did one with our youth group last week and am going to do one with my family over Christmas. They’ve been a real easy way to make Zoom socials actually fun."
Simon Diggins, Youth Leader, St. Peter in Eastgate, Lincoln
"This was such a great resource, thank you so much. My youth loved it, and it got us out of a cycle of the same Zoom awkwardness week after week!"
Ruth Scholes, Youth Worker, St. James' Church, Carlisle
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If you adapt these or create your own, then please get in touch. I'd love to share things that work well more widely.
OTHER ESCAPE ROOM RESOURCES
Aaron Griffin, creator of TheBibleApplied channel on YouTube, has created an escape room for 7s-11s, based on Jesus' words 'I am the resurrection and the life.'
“Comprehensive, practical and soundly theological. This book has been my go-to resource for all of my questions. Having known very little, with no one to teach me the ropes, before starting, it has covered pretty much all of my questions and more."