What to do with the kids over the summer holidays: lock them in a room


Manchester might not generally be known for its gorgeous weather, but we’ve had a stormer so far this year.

As and when the inevitable rain-fall comes, however, we want you to be prepared. After all, the summer holidays are fast approaching and you’ll want to keep a fun activity up your sleeve ready for that day when you notice the kids are beginning to climb the walls.

Iconic Manchester escape room company Breakout is a perfect choice for an afternoon of family bonding. It’s all indoors, too, so a great rainy day activity.

There are two Manchester locations, one on the High Street opposite Manchester Arndale and the other on Brazennose Street near to Albert Square / The Town Hall.

At both sites, Breakout has designed a selection of child-friendly escape rooms for the whole family to feel excited about.

If your kids fancy themselves mini-sleuths, make a bee-line for the Detective Office at the Brazennose Street venue to live out a game where you find yourself framed as a killer and are on the run.

Or, if your kid’s a little daredevil who fancies a prison break experience, why not book into the Infiltrate game? The game set-up involves one of your friends being wrongfully imprisoned, and then it is your job to break them out.

If you’re after doing a bit of shopping whilst you’re in town, park at The Arndale and nip over to the High Street venue for a game of Most Wanted. This gives you the opportunity to step into the shoes of a cowboy for the day and act as a bounty hunter: breaking into a saloon in search of loot with the Sheriff hot on your tail.

Alternatively, if your kids aren’t keen on cowboys, have a go at Identify. In this game, your friend has been murdered and you think you know who did it but the police won’t believe you. In search of justice, you must invade the killer’s lair in the hope of finding some tangible proof to bring the killer to justice.

Each room has a game operator who watches over you through CCTV and lends a helping hand with a clue or a nudge when you find yourself a little bit stuck.

Get down to Breakout this summer for a bit of family bonding time. After all, it’s not that often nowadays you get to spend some quality time together as a family. This game isn’t just fun, it build critical thinking skills and encourages your kids to develop a team-player attitude.



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