Escape room trend hits mid-Michigan

Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 15:59:52-05

The clock is ticking. At Escape 20/20 in Okemos you only have 60 minutes to break your way out of a locked room.

Your only help are the puzzles and clues you find around you.

Escape rooms are the newest trend across the country.

Kathleen Fox and her sisters just opened up the Lansing area's first escape room business in January.

"When I first started looking at this, about 300 of them were open in the United States," says Fox, "in the last six months it has doubled in size. And what I wanted was Lansing to be on the map.'

Whether you're with family, friends, or co-workers, it's a test of wits.

You'll find yourself locked in a turn of the century parlor, or maybe in a 1950s sitting room decked out in memorabilia.

Escape 20/20 caters to families looking for a fun time, or businesses hoping to build teamwork.

"You can critique and figure out what worked and what didn't work and then practice those skills," says Fox.

And so far, "breaking out" is getting rave reviews.

Maybe you'll have to search a book case or enter the right set of numbers - either way, the countdown is on.

You have to call to make a reservation. It costs $24 a person.

They have cameras going in the rooms to keep an eye on things and help out if you need it.