Easter Egg Hunts:
The Training Ground for Escape Rooms
We all might not be born with the skills to dominate an escape room, but fortunately childhood brings many opportunities to learn. This is the time of year for one of my favorites – Easter egg hunts!
As a kid on Easter morning, I would awake to that mystical story (aka parental lie) that a mysterious giant rabbit left eggs filled with goodies for me to go find. I wondered to myself, “why would a bunny leave eggs? Did mom and dad mean to say a giant chicken?” But my doubt quickly subsided as I remembered the candy part of the story, and I forgot all about this perplexing question.
At this point I grabbed my Easter basket so that I had something to collect all my found treasures. But similar to how we start in any new escape room, I would start to look high and low for anything that seems out of place or just of note. As a child, this was easy because I knew I was looking for a brightly colored egg, but when you are in an escape room, sometimes the “eggs” you are looking for are as mundane as a picture frame on the wall.
As soon as I found an Easter egg, I would holler “I got one” so that my brothers knew I was dominating the hunt. While I’d like to say I have matured, not much has changed on this front over the years. I still get super excited when I find something before someone else – particularly if it allows me to better my husband!
As I got older, the Easter Bunny became much better at hiding eggs. No longer did the brightly colored eggs just sit atop the lawn, no, now I actually have to look in planters, under steps, and on tree branches. And while my Easter basket did not fill up as quickly, it was still a ton of fun!
Thanks to the tricky Easter bunny, now when I enter an escape room, I know anything is fair game and will rush to look under beds, roll up rugs, and turn over chairs to see what I can uncover.
After a few more years, I realized there was not actually a giant rabbit sneaking about our house every spring. Instead, I just had a set of cool parents who tried to make life more fun by arranging these scavenger hunts. I feel my parents were particularly dedicated as they tried to keep the tradition going into my teenage years, but with a twist. Instead of leaving jelly beans in the eggs, they left a clue that would lead on to the next egg, and so on until I found something really wanted – like $5, or a gift card or something like that. All this is to say, there is nothing like the silly things we do as kids to help shape what we become when we’re older.
Maybe you’ve got kids, and you’ll be hiding eggs for them this year. Or maybe you still get to be the one on the hunt. Either way, it’s always a ton of fun, and as I look back now, I realize that escape rooms help bring that childhood joy to life for me still.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!
If you want to see Wrigley go on his Easter Egg hunt, check it out on our Facebook page!