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Local Escape Room Offers Christmas Fun

Written by: Communicator StaffDecember 14, 2017

Santa has been kidnapped and is being held captive somewhere in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms is calling for teams of individuals to help solve the mystery Dec. 16.

“It’s a great way to get involved and do something fun for the holidays,” Jennifer Rao, co-owner of Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms said.

The cost for Santa’s Missing is $150 for teams of all ages up to five players. IPFW students receive $10 off this event and regular admission with a valid student I.D.

Space is limited to the first 20 teams to sign up. To register, call 260-999-6949.

“No matter what your age or physical ability, anyone can be a part of the escape rooms and contribute in some way,” Rao said.

Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms has had guests ages 6 to 86.

“It is a brain game and doesn’t require strength or braun,” Rao said.

Teams will begin their search in Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms’ newest room, Santa’s Magic Keys. Once a team completes the puzzle and escapes the room, they will be given directions to their next destination.

The search will lead participants all over the city, stopping at several local businesses.

Most of the businesses were very excited to be a part of the search to bring traffic and exposure to their stores. One of these businesses is a huge Fort Wayne landmark and another has just undergone major renovations, Rao said.

Teams must provide their own transportation, and are judged based upon how quickly they reach the final destination.

The fastest team to find Santa will receive a cash prize of $150, a private escape room for up to ten guests and their team name on a plaque at Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms.

“It’s a great way to get out and see some of the businesses in town you may have not seen before,” Rao said. “Go to places you haven’t been to before, spend some times with friends and use your puzzle solving skills.”

The first time slot begins at 10 a.m. and the last at 3 p.m. with start times staggered every 15 minutes. This is to prevent businesses from becoming overwhelmed and promote team safety, Rao said.

This is the first year co-owners Rao and Gaston of Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms have hosted an event of this kind, but they plan to host a similar multi-day event in the spring if Santa’s Missing is a success. Rather than searching for Santa, participants would find the Easter bunny.

With their busier season in the winter, Rao hopes the spring event would attract more business.

Additionally, Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms has a speciality room for children during the summertime. Last year’s room was “Escape from the Principal’s Office.”

Year-round rooms include Apartment 13 and Area 51, which are open to the public Friday. 3-11 p.m., Saturday. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday. 12-5 p.m. The rooms can also be reserved other days of the week for special events and by appointment.

The cost for these rooms is $25 and includes a debriefing prior to the game and a one hour session in the room.

Participants are encouraged to become completely immersed in the game, as no phones or other electronic devices are allowed in the escape rooms or throughout Santa’s Missing.

“It takes you off the grid, causes you to be challenged, use your brains, laugh, touch stuff and make memories you are not going to soon forget,” Rao said.

For more information call 260-999-6949 or visit Fort Wayne Chamber Escape Rooms’ Facebook page.