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Real Fun, Fake Ninjas: Ninja Escape = Birthday Fun

Clockwise from top left, C.J. Thom with Sir Tug-A-Lot, Alicia LoBiondo, David Hinkle and John Harlacher are the minds behind Ninja Escape.

Photo: Joshua Huston


Have your offspring outgrown your birthday party Pinterest talents? What about bouncy houses, soccer bashes, movie outings and party favors? Have you considered locking the kids in a room and asking them to use their wits in order to escape? Sound like the birthday party of your dreams? 

Parents, meet Ninja Escape, one of Seattle’s newest real-life room-escape games. RLREs challenge players to work as a team (up to 12 players in this case) to solve puzzles that will allow them to escape from a locked room.

The mission at Ninja Escape: You’re a team of ninjas dropped into the office of a rogue agent who has stolen billions of dollars. You have to solve layers of puzzles and challenges, crack codes, recover an account and steal back the money — with only one hour to get the job done, or you’re done.

Kids can work together and brainstorm to crack the puzzle — all without realizing that they’re doing math! Even if you don’t “survive” the challenge, the game is great fun. 

The challenge comes with a few hints and ask-for-help opportunities, so you aren’t left hanging if you’re truly stuck. There’s no age restriction at Ninja Escape, but know your kids. If they need a lot of running around, get frustrated easily or don’t have a comfortable handle on basic math, this is probably not for them yet. Kids under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.

While you can attend Ninja Escape as a small group and get paired up with strangers (who will rapidly become friends in your mutual crime-fighting quest), they ask that kid parties bring enough people to reserve the entire room. Combining a gaggle of giggling teens with an adult couple on their first date is something Ninja Escape prefers to avoid.

With two escape-room missions to choose from and a third to come in the future, you’ll never run out of adventure, mystery and hidden passages, guaranteed to appeal to those mysterious tweens and teens in your life. 

3800 Aurora Ave N, Suite 280, Seattle

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