It’s a week into the summer holiday and you’ve already exhausted all the traditional summer holiday entertainment options. What now? 

If your little angels are already driving you up the wall, we’ve got the perfect solution. 

Lock them in a room. 

No, we don’t mean as a punishment. We mean as a treat. 

We’re talking about locking them in at Breakout Manchester, the city’s number one escape room experience. A much more wholesome summer activity. 

Breakout are the biggest escape room in the city – with 13 rooms over two city centre sites. 

Themes range from the wild west to the carnivalesque, and each one is graded with a difficulty level – handy for identifying (and avoiding) any potential tantrum-causing rooms.

If your child loves to play the investigator, book them into the Identify game. The premise is as follows: one of their friends has been murdered, and they know who did it but need to find proof. Cue invading their lair to find the evidence and bring them to justice, but be quick – before they return and find you there.   

Or have a go at role-playing a Wild West bounty hunter who’s broken into a saloon in search of loot and has the sheriff hot on their tail. 

For seasoned Breakout-ers, there’s a brand new game at the Church Street site that’s an absolute must-see. A wild and wacky multiple-room game, it’s called Cursed Carnival and is already proving very popular. 

Inside Breakout Manchester cursed carnival escape room

Here, a group of friends are tasked with taking a cursed item from the funfair and escaping before the clock strikes midnight. 

A lot of the games are very logic led, but this game in particular is very interactive – mimicking the sort of games you might find at a real funfair.   

You’ll find Breakout’s High Street venue opposite the Arndale market and, just a stone’s throw away, is their newly-opened Church Street venue, hidden underneath a Northern Quarter skate shop.  

The games aren’t just good fun, they’re brilliant for helping your child develop their problem-solving skills, become a better team player and think more critically.  

Oh, and it’s all indoors. Keep this one it in your back pocket for a rainy day. You know it’s coming. 

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