Being a week shy of 14 years of marriage with two young children at home, Daniel and I are in a life stage where date nights continue to be a bit elusive for us. Finding time and energy to go out is just hard right now. So most of the time we don't. We still enjoy each others company, but our outings almost always include two little ones.
We have been trying to make more of effort to go actual dates, so we jumped at the opportunity to join up with friends for a group date on Saturday night. We met for an early dinner at Clyde's on Main before heading over to the Escape Experience to try our hard at their hardest escape room: C-Block.
We have never done this type of thing so we really didn't know what to expect. One of the couples has completed several rooms, so they were helpful in guiding us through the process.
I'm not going to give away how we escaped (though we did escape with five seconds left on the clock), but basically you are locked in a room for 60 minutes and you have to discover clues to help you escape. We started our challenge with all six of us handcuffed together, which meant we had to find a key before we could proceed to break out from our cell and subsequently the jail. You have the option to ask for three clues during the time you are locked up, which we did. As the time ticked down we went ahead and requested a few additional clues since we knew we weren't going to break any records.
It was down to the wire and Daniel was able to complete the very final task as the clock ticked down. I'll just say that his engineering knowledge came in handy at the very end! It was a fun experience and we are both glad we had the chance to go out with friends (without the kids).
The Escape Experience is a little pricey at $28 per person, and you probably want to plan to go with a group of people you know since you have to work together to figure out how to escape (up to 8 players), but it was a lot of fun and I would recommend it if you have the opportunity.
It wasn't a quiet, romantic dinner, but it was more reminiscent of the type of fun we had before we were married. And sometimes you just need to do something different.