Escape Rooms Come to The Franklin Institute
Philly's science museum offers two kid-friendly experiences.
As a first for science museums across the country, the Franklin Institute will open two escape rooms: Island Escape and Intergalactic Escape.
Unlike many escape rooms in the city, the Franklin Institute’s are designed to be kid-friendly: Island Escape is recommended for children ages 8 and up, while Intergalactic Escape is ideal for kids ages 13 and up.
Island Escape, the more comedic and whimsical adventure, transports participants to a deserted island where they must complete challenges to earn safe passage off the island within one hour.
In Intergalactic Escape, teams of six to 14 must work together to save Derrick Pitts, the museum’s chief astronomer and planetarium director, from a worm hole by finding clues and solving puzzles. Participants are equipped with wristbands that assign each player a role and allow them to activate parts of the game.
“This is a first for The Franklin Institute and an extension of our initiatives to reach new audiences,” said Larry Dubinski, the president and CEO of the museum. “Developing an escape game experience at the Franklin Institute allows us to blend the puzzle-solving challenges that carry a universal appeal, with the most advanced technology, all while encouraging critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills that are crucial in all fields of science.”
Both adventures have “game masters” from the museum who can hear, see, and control the games so that no two experiences in the escape rooms are alike.
Steel Owl Adventure Rooms, the creators of Escape the 1980s in East Passyunk, designed and developed the room in collaboration with the Franklin Institute. Elizabeth Garson, a producer from Steel Owl, said the rooms are “oriented to the city” with small references to Philadelphia. The rooms are designed to be expanded upon and for new elements to be added down the line, she added.
The escape rooms are open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 9 pm, from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and from 10 am to 7:30 pm on Sundays. Tickets cost $28 per person.
The Franklin Institute is at 220 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.
Photographs courtesy of the Franklin Institute.