We designed The Crooked Key’s games to be generally family-friendly (no extreme jump scares or true horror elements), but the escape room puzzles are geared toward adults, young adults, and families playing together.  Here are some guidelines:

  • Ages 7 and under – Our puzzles are somewhat challenging and not designed for young children. To be honest, kids this age will likely be more of a distraction than a help. That said, they do tend to have a blast finding hidden objects and playing with the props. If you are more concerned about making a family memory than a record escape time, babies and small children are more than welcome. However, out of respect to other players, if your group includes a child 7 or under, you must be the first to book six or more spots to ensure a private game. If you do not want to book a private room, please call us; we will do our best to accommodate you at a non-peak game time, or possibly even pair you with another family.  Or, consider our outdoor game; all Key to the City: S.K.I. games are private regardless of group size, and children 10 and under play this game for free!
  • Ages 8-11 – We want everyone who plays to have fun. Therefore, our policy is that at least one adult play with kids under 12 (under 14 for the Key to the City: S.K.I. outdoor game).  And honestly, the more adults the better to help guide them and help them feel successful. Children this age are good at noticing things and working with locks. They often make connections adults do not…  ahhh, young minds!  It is recommended, but not required, that families with children under age 12 book a private game (reserve 6 or more spaces), as you likely enjoy your children more than strangers, and the gamemaster can offer special accommodations to make the game fun for everyone in your group. You know your children best.  Please do not subject strangers to wild or misbehaving children; book a private room if warranted, or consider Key to the City: S.K.I., as this game is private regardless of group size, and children 10 and under play this game for free!
  • Ages 12 to 17 – Young adults ages 12 through 17 (14 through 17 for the Key to the City: S.K.I. outdoor game) can participate alone, but a parent or guardian must sign a waiver.